Category Archives: news

Noticias Locas

Have you discovered the Noticias Locas site? As the name suggests, it’s a collection of mad news items that makes a change from politics, crime and sport. Not just good news stories like Martyn Lewis‘ ‘And finally…’ but some absolutely bonkers ideas. Whilst some are of a slightly risqué nature (I’m amused by the kama […]

Report on Foreign Language Learning in Europe

An interesting report on Teaching Languages in schools across Europe was published a few days ago. Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe 2012 is a joint Eurydice/Eurostat publication, produced in close cooperation with the European Commission. The report is based on four main data sources: Eurydice, Eurostat, the European Survey on Language Competences […]

CfBT Education Trust to provide curriculum support for languages

Below is a press release from CILT / CfBT – interesting stuff! CfBT Education Trust to provide curriculum support for languages International education charity CfBT Education Trust has been selected as the preferred provider of curriculum support for languages in primary and secondary schools in England. The contract from the Department of Education (DfE) runs until March 2013. […]

Newsmap.jp

Thanks to Liz Fotheringham last week for telling me about this wonderful site! As it explains here, Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. Google News automatically groups news tories with similar content and places them based on algorithmic results into clusters. In Newsmap, the […]

What’s happening to Primary Language Learning?

There has been much debate about the status of Primary Language Learning, beginning when the General Election process led to the rejection of The New Primary Curriculum being added to the Statute books.  Will the entitlement become statutory or will, heaven forbid, PLL be abandoned? Forums have been buzzing with ideas opinions and worries. Today, […]

News Time Spanish

Today sees the beginning of another wonderful offering from Radio Lingua Network as episode 1 of NewsTime Spanish is launched. Made by a highly talented trio – Mark ‘Mr RadioLingua’ Pentleton, José ‘just say Edmodo and I melt’ Picardo and Chris ‘where’s it to?’ Fuller, this weekly podcast keeps you up to date with news […]

Happy New Year 2010 in many tongues

Thanks to the BBC Mundo site for this multilingual greetings clip. Un saludo diferente. La BBC celebra la llegada del 2010 en todas las lenguas en que su Servicio Mundial transmite programas de radio y publica páginas web. El siguiente es el orden en que aparecen en el video: inglés, persa, uzbeko, swahili, ucraniano, birmano, […]

Happier richer and sexier?

I Love You In 100 Languages by michelleoshenAttribution License Just caught up with an article in The Independent on Monday with the headline – Speak a second language for money happiness….. and sex. Apparently, in a survey commissioned by Michael Thomas, Britons who learn a foreign language are richer, happier and are regarded as sexier […]

Why language matters.

I read the above Tweet and decided to investigate. It took me to Building Peace, the blog of Reach364, a Captain in the US Airforce and C-17 pilot, and a post that begins with a question – Why should American military officers learn foreign languages? For that matter, why should Foreign Service Officers or any […]