Far fewer Americans speak a second language than in most other developed countries – and the problem starts in the classroom.
Whether it's due to native language loss or unsupported high school curricula, the lack of bilingualism in the US is notable. Why can't more Americans speak another language? How should that change?
Language and herbs travel thanks to the Rastafarian community around Cape Town.
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Ethical engagement in multilingual communication is about mutual respect. More importantly, it's about shaping a shared future through face-to-face communication.
The small city of Hazard, Kentucky, rests in the heart of Appalachia.
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The founder of the West Virginia Dialect Project hopes to debunk some of the myths about the way Appalachian people speak and instill pride in a rich, oft-maligned culture.
It’s not enough for textbooks just to be present in a classroom. They must support learning.
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Textbooks in sufficient quantities are effective in improving the quality of education but in Africa language poses a problem to how pupils interact with the material they are taught.
Black South African students need fewer excuses and more support from universities.
Students from South Africa's public school system battle to cope with the rigorous demands of any university degree without genuine, committed support.
Year 12 students in NSW will study fewer texts in their English course.
For the first time since 1911, students in NSW can now complete Year 12 without having read a novel or poetry.
One South African school issues ‘demerits’ if their pupils speak anything but English.
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Schools and universities in post-colonial contexts still operate within the logic of coloniality. This is starkly illustrated by their language policies.
English has been reshaped in Africa’s exceptionally multilingual context.
In Africa, standard English dominates in formal institutions. But in everyday usage it is supplanted by the continent's abundance of languages – and the varieties of English these gave rise to.
In South Africa there's a value judgment attached to students who take part in universities’ English for Academic Purposes programmes. This shouldn't be the case.
Brazilian educator Paulo Freire wrote extensively about education that oppresses.
The lessons Paulo Freire learnt nearly 90 years ago and the theories he developed from painful personal experience still resonate across Africa's schooling systems today.
Beware the language police.
We should be well jel of geezers who speak slang, says a language expert
In academia, you’ll need to.
With English dominating university life around the world, what are we losing?
What’s in a word?
The extraordinary words that capture the colourful diversity of the English language.
Resented, mistrusted and misunderstood – do native English speakers risk being marginalised in international business?
Irregular verbs, crazy spelling and the difficulty of being polite. English is tough.
The future is one of multiple Englishes.
Whether it's ethnicity, gender or publishing firm, the Man Booker must do more to correct its poor track record.
Marlon James becomes the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize, from a shortlist of novels which reshaped the English language.
The meaning of science has evolved over time but the goals remain the same.
Understanding the meaning of the word science has changed over time, but the goals to produce and share knowledge remains the same.
Call centre workers in India.
ILO in Asia and the Pacific
The outsourcing of call-centre work to developing countries by Western companies has become a huge business. For many, it represents a positive force of globalisation, bringing not only cost benefits to…