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How a second language can boost the brain. Why You Can Understand a Language but Not Speak It. Read: Destigmatizing Hawaii’s Creole language Ruth Singer, a linguist at the Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity Project of the Australian National University, realized this by chance, and wrote about receptive multilingualism at Warruwi Community recently in the journal Language and Communication.

Why You Can Understand a Language but Not Speak It

In 2006, for one of her trips for fieldwork on South Goulburn, Singer and her husband had a Toyota truck shipped from Darwin by boat. Though the island’s not very big, there aren’t many cars, so having one is a social lubricant. Singer and her husband became friends with a local married couple, Nancy Ngalmindjalmag and Richard Dhangalangal, who had a boat and trailer but no car, and the two couples ended up going fishing and hunting, and digging up turtle eggs on the beach. A drag queen's heels and a miner's boots: show lets you walk a mile in their shoes. People often have a deep attachment to their shoes – much deeper than to any item of clothing.

A drag queen's heels and a miner's boots: show lets you walk a mile in their shoes

A well-worn, much loved pair almost becomes a part of you. We use shoes to express who we are, and we make snap judgments about others based on their footwear. Transgender Teachers: In Their Own Voices : NPR Ed. Posterfortomorrow. Drawings of Dogs. Humans of New York. A Thousand and One Books. Visit the world’s first Empathy Museum. Empathy Museum. Guardian short stories podcast. Krtin Nithiyanandam is tackling Alzheimer and cancer. Michael Newington Gray.

Krtin Nithiyanandam is tackling Alzheimer and cancer

I Should Be Able to Use Restroom as a Transgender Boy. Anti-Racism Educator Jane Elliott: ‘There’s Only One Race. The Human Race' How This 11-Year-Old Turned Something Scary Into Something Sweet. Mikaila Ulmer is only 11 years old but she's all about the business of bees.

How This 11-Year-Old Turned Something Scary Into Something Sweet

She's a social entrepreneur, public speaker, philanthropist and a savvy 6th-grader from Austin, Texas whose signature venture, "Me & The Bees" lemonade — developed from her great-grandmother's 1940 recipe — is now a thriving national business. After securing $60,000 on the hit TV show "Shark Tank," last year, Mikaila's lemonade will now be sold in 55 Whole Food stores — the world’s leader in natural and organic foods — in states including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida.

While accepting her honors as one of the Movement50 (MVMT50) Top 10 Innovators of the Year at the South by Southwest festival, Mikaila also announced expanded distribution through UNFI (United Natural Foods), a leading national distributor of natural foods and beverages. Mikaila, who started her lemonade business in 2009, said the operation takes organization, commitment and energy. Short Film Showcase. Beyond 'he' and 'she': The rise of non-binary pronouns. Image copyright Kit Wilson In the English language, the word "he" is used to refer to males and "she" to refer to females.

Beyond 'he' and 'she': The rise of non-binary pronouns

Seven YA novels that show the lives of teens across the world. Many fantasy, sci-fi and historical novels are set in or inspired by countries across the world; take books by Linda Sue Park or Ellen Oh, for example.

Seven YA novels that show the lives of teens across the world

But English language YA contemporary stories disproportionately take place in the US and, to a lesser extent, the UK, and those few that are set in other countries are often told through the lens of a newcomer rather than an actual native, which can detract from the cultural authenticity of the book. When you ask for YA contemporary novels set outside of Anglo-America, what you’re likely to get is a flurry of stories about upper-middle-class Americans or Brits who move halfway across the world and suffer from extreme culture shock.

'Onda estrangeira' força adaptação de escolas da rede municipal de SP - 16/08/2017 - Educação. Publicidade É cada vez mais comum ouvir palavras em espanhol, francês e árabe em meio à agitação nos corredores das escolas públicas de São Paulo.

'Onda estrangeira' força adaptação de escolas da rede municipal de SP - 16/08/2017 - Educação

Nos colégios da prefeitura, por exemplo, os estrangeiros dobraram nos últimos cinco anos e já são 4.747. Somando-se aos estudantes de unidades estaduais, eles já ultrapassam 10 mil na cidade. 8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them. A generation ago, IT and digital media were niche skills.

8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

Today, they are a core competency necessary to succeed in most careers. That’s why digital skills are an essential part of a comprehensive education framework. Without a national digital education programme, command of and access to technology will be distributed unevenly, exacerbating inequality and hindering socio-economic mobility. What’s your DQ? The challenge for educators is to move beyond thinking of IT as a tool, or “IT-enabled education platforms”. Like IQ or EQ – which we use to measure someone’s general and emotional intelligence – an individual’s facility and command of digital media is a competence that can be measured.

Research: We Drop People Who Give Us Critical Feedback. Think about the people at work who are part of your network — the individuals who help you improve your performance or provide you with emotional support when you are going through a tough spell.

Research: We Drop People Who Give Us Critical Feedback

If you’re like most people, the colleagues who come to mind are those you get along with and who have a good impression of you. But has anyone in your network actually given you tough feedback? Your likely answer is “not many.” As I discovered in recent research I conducted with Paul Green of Harvard Business School and Brad Staats of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, people tend to move away from those who provide feedback that is more negative than their view of themselves. They do not listen to their advice and prefer to stop interacting with them altogether. How Morality Changes in a Foreign Language. What defines who we are?

How Morality Changes in a Foreign Language

Our habits? Our aesthetic tastes? Anti-homeless spikes are part of a wider phenomenon of 'hostile architecture' How I got here: from Macau to Chinatown, undocumented. I never got to say goodbye to my friends in Macau. I was seven years old when my mother told me we were “going to Disneyland”. She told me it was a secret, but I couldn’t hide it from some of my closest friends. I remember playing chess with one of them at night. “I’m not allowed to tell you, but I am going to Disneyland!” Future - The man who studies the spread of ignorance. This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks. In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco industry was revealed to the public. Called the Smoking and Health Proposal, and written a decade earlier by the Brown & Williamson tobacco company, it revealed many of the tactics employed by big tobacco to counter “anti-cigarette forces”. In one of the paper’s most revealing sections, it looks at how to market cigarettes to the mass public: “Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the mind of the general public.

It is also the means of establishing a controversy.” This revelation piqued the interest of Robert Proctor, a science historian from Stanford University, who started delving into the practices of tobacco firms and how they had spread confusion about whether smoking caused cancer. Agnotology is the study of wilful acts to spread confusion and deceit, usually to sell a product or win favour. Embrace the parsnip. Last month I concluded that the ELT coursebook, despite its profitability, is a victim of its global success. Why? Because to be a bankable property in all imaginable earthly territories, it must be homogenised. What should Advanced materials involve? I was recently asked what features I thought good C2 materials should have. It’s quite a good question, especially because there aren’t any good GE materials at C2 level.

There are a number of books aimed at preparing students for the Cambridge English: Proficiency exam and of those, there are two that I rate highly: Objective Proficiency and Proficiency Expert. However there is, as far as I know, nothing for the more generally focused student and so that is an obvious, if somewhat niche, area to move into. Professor publica tese de doutorado em forma de quadrinhos nos EUA.

How the newspapers reacted to David Bowie's death – in pictures. Education Week. The story of movement into and out of the UK. Has politically correct culture gone too far? Today, I woke up to the startling realization that I’m no longer a child. In the eyes of the law, I haven’t been a kid since I turned 18. In the eyes of the Lord, I grew up around the time I first saw the interrogation scene in Basic Instinct. This year it dawned on me that the truest, most accurate sign of maturity is actually righteous indignation.

I lost it over reports that students at Princeton are lobbying to have former US president Woodrow Wilson’s name removed from their university’s School of Public and International Affairs. Woodrow Wilson led us through the first world war. When it comes to the generational divide in this country, I am officially part of the problem. 7 Books To Read If You Can't Afford To Travel. For me, travel is less about taking selfies in front of landmarks and more about being immersed in a new experience. It's about the little things — signs in different languages, water that tastes just a little off, the way cosmetics aisles vary throughout the world. It's about the small talk you make with locals and the exhilarating challenge of finding your way down unfamiliar streets. This past summer, I somewhat spontaneously dropped my busy NYC life and flew across the country to San Juan Island, Washington.

Nine Podcasts for a Fuller Life. Twitter users confess some of their most cringeworth moments. G'day mate: 'Lazy' Australian accent caused by 'alcoholic slur' of heavy-drinking early settlers' “Our forefathers regularly got drunk together and through their frequent interactions unknowingly added an alcoholic slur to our national speech patterns… Aussie-speak developed in the early days of colonial settlement from a cocktail of English, Irish, Aboriginal and German – before another mystery influence was slipped into the mix.” Mate, what did ya say? Mr Frenkel said poor communication was “not related to class” but was evident among all sectors of Australian society. 10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills. Photo Updated, March 17, 2016 | We have published a companion piece: “8 Compelling Mini-Documentaries to Teach Close Reading and Critical Thinking Skills.”

Pedal power forges ahead in Sao Paulo's famous Avenida Paulista. Is Middlesbrough the UK's Germany? BBC News. Leoxicon: Colligation and a bottom-up approach to grammar. Imagens tiradas momentos antes de acontecer um desastre. The Graham Norton Show - S12E19 with guests Mila Kunis, Jude Law, Judi Dench, Olly Murs. #IStandWithAhmed shows why we mustn’t rush to increase counter-terror powers. Fears over Islamophobic hate crimes in London. Banksy's Dismaland: 'a theme park unsuitable for children' – in pictures. How one German millennial chose to live on trains rather than pay rent. Nitpicking your own work: self-editing for 10 common errors. New Zealand's new flag: panel publishes 40 potential designs. The independent panel tasked with deciding a potential new flag for New Zealand has published its long list of forty possible designs.

Nearly 10,300 were submitted by members of the public to a government website for consideration by the government-appointed panel of 16 people. Animated 2015 Oscar Nominations: Roundup of Best Shorts. Museums and looted art: the ethical dilemma of preserving world cultures.