24 avril 2019

English language usage and politicians’ prowess

The GuardianThe second language of any scientist or engineer will almost always be English. Yes, language teaching in British schools is a disgrace. We should teach French, German and Spanish in our schools and require evidence of reasonable fluency in them as an indispensable component of an acceptable level of education. But when you get told by a security guard, as happened to me when trying to use French at the shipyard in La Ciotat, to “speak English. I like to practise my English”, it is easy to see why native English speakers don’t see the point of trying to acquire any great facility with any other language. More...

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22 avril 2019

Langues étrangères : les résultats décevants des élèves français

The ConversationOn se lamente souvent sur le niveau des jeunes Français en langues étrangères. Qu’en est-il réellement ? C’est la question que s’est posé le Conseil national d’évaluation du système scolaire (Cnesco) lors de sa conférence de consensus sur l’apprentissage des langues, organisée en mars 2019, et dont la synthèse et les recommandations viennent d’être publiées ce jeudi 11 avril. Plus...

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Want to get ahead this century? Learn an Asian language

The ConversationCultural attitudes are crucial for Australia in this Asian Century, specifically, the cultural attitudes of Australian young people. More...

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Teaching Asia to Australia: it’s not just about languages

The ConversationA large decline in the uptake of Asian language courses has prompted some experts and public figures to argue for a greater emphasis on studying languages. Without a fluent population they argue, we can’t reach Australia’s full potential in the Asian century. More...

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Language nests: a way to revive Indigenous languages at risk

The ConversationMore than 90% of Australia’s Indigenous languages are critically endangered and two-thirds of those languages spoken a hundred years ago are now dormant. The seeds of the current situation were sown long ago, even before English was widespread in remote communities and Aboriginal children went to school. More...

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21 avril 2019

‘Difficult’ Latin risks remaining a qualification for elite pupils

The ConversationA key shift in policy is the move to measure schools’ performance or progress primarily on the basis of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), the achievement of pupils in English, maths, science, a language and history or geography – rather than English, maths and three other subjects, as has been measured previously. More...

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You too could be multilingual – it’s just about unlocking the skills inside

The ConversationThink back to when you first started learning a foreign language. For many readers it was probably French, German or Spanish at school. More...

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The sound of inclusion: Why teachers’ words matter

The ConversationThere isn’t just one way to sound like a scientist, or to sound like a scholar. Scientists and scholars come from a wide variety of backgrounds and speak in different ways, in different accents, dialects and languages. More...

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How to woo French teachers to stay in Canada’s schools

The ConversationFrench-English bilingualism is a star act on the stage of Canadian multiculturalism. French language programs in Canadian schools — which consist of core French, extended French and French immersion — are renowned throughout the world. More...

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A new language doesn’t hamper kids learning. Other things do

The ConversationSouth Africa is a linguistically and culturally diverse country. There are 11 official languages and several other minority languages. But English continues to be preferred as the language of learning and teaching. More...

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