languages

Why languages matter to me: Eddie Izzard, Alastair Campbell and more | Education

Eddie Izzard, stand-up comedian, currently touring his show Force Majeure in a multiplicity of languages across the globe I describe my language ability in percentages of fluency. I’m about 65% fluent in French, 30% fluent in German, about half a percent fluent in Spanish. I’m already touring my show in French in France, and after that I’ll be doing it in Spanish, then Russian, then Arabic. They say if you have French and English you should be speaking Spanish pretty…

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No habla español? How Netflix could transform the way we learn languages | Education

For years people around the world have learned English by watching Hollywood movies and costume dramas on the BBC. Now British monoglots have one less excuse for not returning the favour: a new online tool that turns the streaming service Netflix into a sofa-based language lab. Language Learning With Netflix (LLN), a tool that allows viewers to watch foreign language shows with subtitles both in the original language and English, and pauses automatically to allow the learner to absorb what…

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Learning foreign languages should be compulsory, says report | Education

Learning a new language should be compulsory for pupils up to the age of 16, according to a new report highlighting the UK’s recent abysmal record in encouraging young people to study languages other than English. The report published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) cites an EU-wide survey showing that just 32% of young people in the UK say they are able to read or write in more than one language, compared with 79% of their peers in…

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How to Quickly Email Parents in Multiple Languages – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela Each week I communicate with the parents of my 200+ students in multiple languages and this has made such a profound impact on student outcomes and relationships! In this post I explain how to use the free Google Sheets add-on,  Form Mule,  to send a personalized email to…

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Brexit ‘putting pupils off modern foreign languages’ | Education

The aftermath of Brexit and the difficulty of new GCSE and A-level exams have combined to put off young people from studying modern foreign languages (MFL) at school, according to a new report by the British Council. While more than two-thirds of teachers surveyed by the British Council said the difficulty of the exams was causing concern, one in four said Brexit had “cast a pall” over pupils learning any foreign languages, with some parents actively discouraging their children. Teachers…

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