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?
English language tests will be used to decide Australian citizenship.
The English language test is an unfair barrier to anyone for whom English is not their mother tongue.
The Oxford English Dictionary overflows with words that have been created (most during the 1800s) to tilt at governments of various sorts.
Here is a handful of extremely useful expressions with political application which have fallen by the wayside, but remain apt and adept today.
It’s really ok to be a grammar pedant.
Grammar pedantry recently contributed to the downfall of World Bank chief economist Paul Romer. But 'grammonds' are people to be celebrated not vilified.
English: the EU’s new lingua franca?
The English language will be one of the most important things the UK leaves behind in the EU.
A German Railway AG program helps refugees with career orientation and helps integrate them into the country’s employment system.
Many refugees are unable to use the skills and knowledge they have brought with them and obtain work equal to their experience.
Language matters in every class: English, math, history and science.
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In English and science alike, every student and teacher brings his or her own language patterns to class. But how can educators make sure that language bias doesn't harm student achievement?
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.
Proper note construction helps students identify the gaps in their understanding.
Learning is an independent activity at university. Students who don't speak English as a mother tongue struggle to decode the content, let alone make sense of it.
The idea of a ‘native speaker’ creates bias.
The belief in the linguistic superiority of the 'native speaker' is often based on assumptions of ethnicity.
As a British judge has just discovered, swearing's fine ... until you do it in the wrong place.
The Australian National Dictionary is charting our rapidly evolving language.
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Our communications revolution is changing the way we write and speak, and 'Slanglish' has never had it so good.
A few of those sayings that most people tend to get wrong.
Aviation English still has too much potential for misunderstandings between pilots and air traffic controllers.
Flying is known to be the safest mode of transport, but many accidents could be avoided with better communication.
The right-wing press is using a particularly out of date ideology to link language change and immigration.
South Africa has 11 official languages. Why do universities only favour two?
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Universities pay too little attention to the knowledge and experiences that students bring to their institutions from different cultures and backgrounds.
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Skepta's Mercury Prize win has put grime – and youth culture – in the spotlight.
…and Red Little Riding Hood.
The use of adjectives in English has caused an internet storm – here are the 'rules' explained.
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.
ICYMI, the ‘air-punch’ has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary.
From 'shiok' to 'narcocorrido' to 'sweary', the OED's new words are a linguistic smorgasbord. They include, for the first time, entries from Singapore and Hong Kong English - and an expression dating back to 1723.