Monthly Archives: June 2019

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Babies Can Link Language and Ethnicity

A recent study from Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) suggests that eleven-month-old infants can learn to associate the language they hear with ethnicity. The research, published by Developmental Psychobiology, found that 11-month-old infants looked more at the faces of people of Asian descent compared to those of Caucasian descent when hearing Cantonese but not…

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Welsh Speakers Urged to Create Digital Recordings

Welsh speakers worldwide are being asked to help safeguard the future of the Welsh language by recording their voices using Common Voice, an initiative run by the free software community Mozilla to improve digital services in the Welsh language. The aim is to help technologies including phones, computers, and other electronic devices understand how people…

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The Human EdTech for Diversity

LeiLani Cauthen argues for the symbiosis of teacher connection and technological advancement  Vector illustration Technology dominates the education landscape discussion. It can bridge language-learning gaps and increase access with automation so fine that it can literally speak to a student and correct pronunciation and context, while removing any sense of embarrassment because it can be…

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College Language Enrollments Down Ten Percent

Total enrollments in languages other than English declined by 9.2% between fall 2013 and fall 2016, but there were enrollment gains on nearly half of all language programs (45.5%), indicating that the institutions with well-constructed programs were attracting students, according to Modern Language Association’s (MLA’s) latest report on language course enrollments in colleges and universities…

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Univision and Twitter Sign Spanish Accord

Univision Communications and Twitter have agreed upon a partnership “to better serve the Hispanic community” by enabling Twitter to distribute Univision’s Spanish-language entertainment, sports, and news content. It will include coverage of the 2020 U.S. elections, “the buzziest real-time red carpet” content from the Premios Lo Nuestro and Premios Juventud awards, and soccer highlights from the…

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Unpacking the Box

Technology has become so prevalent in modern, mainstream educational systems over the last few years that it now seems redundant to consider EdTech as a separate topic for educators, since it permeates all areas of teaching. However, technology is more than a delivery system—it has the capacity to provide vast amounts of teaching resources suited…

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Ontario Invests in French

The Canadian province of Ontario will invest about CAN$20 million in projects and initiatives to support students, parents, and teachers in French-language schools over the next twelve months from its new $330 million Priorities and Partnerships Fund (PPF), which funds high-impact initiatives that directly support students in the classroom. “We continue to take action to…

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Spanish-Language Cuban Radionovelas to Be Digitized

From the 1930s to the 1950s, Cuba exported more Spanish-language daytime and nighttime radio shows than any other nation in the Spanish-speaking world. When Cuban immigrants landed in Miami post-revolution, they began creating their own original Spanish-language radio soap operas, called radionovelas.  The Latin American Library at Tulane University is digitizing a large collection of…

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Jamaicans Urged to Learn Spanish

Jamaica’s minister of education, the Honorable Alando Terrelonge, is encouraging parents to be more open to the idea of their children learning Spanish as a second language. Adding to a comment by Spanish Embassy representative Victoria Garcia that more emphasis should be placed on Spanish as a second language, to increase the marketability of Jamaican…