language learning

  1. THE OPIc ARRIVES IN CHINA

    THE OPIc ARRIVES IN CHINA
    The Oral Proficiency Interview computer system (OPIc), developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), was recently introduced in Shanghai to assist those seeking employment with international companies to demonstrate their proficiency. Currently, the OPIc covers 13 languages and five of them, English, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish, are now available in China. “The system was introduced in China because it...
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  2. Does Bilingualism in America Threaten the English Language?

    Does Bilingualism in America Threaten the English Language?
    English is in no danger of disappearing any time soon; it is firmly established both in America and in countries throughout the world. In fact, no language has ever held as strong a position in the world as English does today. Some people worry when they see Spanish showing up on billboards and pay phones, but in a neighborhood with...
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  3. IMPROVEMENTS TO AAPPL SHORTEN TEST SEGMENTS

    IMPROVEMENTS TO AAPPL SHORTEN TEST SEGMENTS
    Starting April 1, 2016, ACTFL has launched new updates to AAPPL, The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages. The changes shorten test segments by 10 minutes and impacts all three current levels that include: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. Due to these improvements, the test segments are now 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes. Each level (Novice, Intermediate, and...
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  4. Superior Social Skills Tied To Bilinguals

    Superior Social Skills Tied To Bilinguals
    It's well-known that being bilingual has  obvious advantages. Some of which are that it allows you to take advantage of new experiences new conversations.  But in recent years, psychology researchers have demonstrated some less obvious advantages of bilingualism, too. For instance, bilingual children may enjoy certain cognitive benefits, such as improved executive function — which is critical for problem solving and other mentally...
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  5. World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

    World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
    The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages define the central role of world languages in the learning career of every student. The five goal areas of the Standards establish an inextricable link between communication and culture, which is applied in making connections and comparisons and in using this competence to be part of local and global communities. The World-Readiness Standards...
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  6. The Language Trend in Future Global Markets

    The Language Trend in Future Global Markets
    Research by the Modern Language Association indicates that the number of American students who learned a language other than English decreased by about 100,000 between 2009 and 2013. So what does this mean exactly? For starters, it means the demand for multilingual employees is rising. This trend has made the need for language testing across many markets all the more prevalent...
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  7. Brain Processes Sign Language Similar to Spoken Language

    Brain Processes Sign Language Similar to Spoken Language
    American Sign Language, or even simple gestures are processed by deaf people in the part of the brain that is used for spoken language, according to a recent international research study headed up by a neuroscientist from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Aaron Newman, Associate Professor with the university’s Department of Psychology and...
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  8. Protests Spark at U.S. Colleges Over Micro-Aggressions

    Protests Spark at U.S. Colleges Over Micro-Aggressions
    In recent months there have protests at college campuses across the nation calling attention to a previously little-known term: "micro-aggressions," commonly defined as routine verbal and non-verbal slights and harassment (often based on race and gender but also including age, sexual orientation and disability) that is typically unintentional but nonetheless hurtful. Calls for colleges and universities to implement training...
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  9. Talking Toys: Helping or Hurting Young Language Learners?

    Talking Toys: Helping or Hurting Young Language Learners?
    A new and very interesting study in JAMA Pediatrics discovered that toys marketed as language promoters don’t prove to be so in most cases. In fact, the study found that these toys in fact, hindered the language learning process in young children. Professor Anna Sosa, of Northern Arizona University, led the study and provided participating families three different types...
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