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The right-wing press is using a particularly out of date ideology to link language change and immigration.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.
In academia, you’ll need to.
With English dominating university life around the world, what are we losing?
Talk of the demise of the French language is premature.
Education provides a way out of rural areas – but the transition to city life can be very hard.
Students who move from rural areas to cities to pursue university degrees grapple with what it means to “leave behind” their home languages.
Learning any language is difficult – even if you already speak a variation of it at home.
There are many layers of complexity at play in the way that South African schools use and teach languages.
What’s the fuss about?
Polls indicate that a large percentage of Americans know very little about Common Core, the standards for teaching math and English language arts. Here are some Common Core facts.
English dominates as the language of world scholarship.
The ongoing spread of English is unparalleled in world history. English dominates – in scholarship, business and international relations – but not all Englishes are created equal.
Discworld is a wildly inventive literary creation that sprawls over dozens of books.
This Saturday it will be a year since Alzheimer's stole Terry Pratchett from the world. We mark the occasion with a beginner's guide to his most enduring creation, the 41-book Discworld series.
Will Hélène really learn English better if you call her Helen?
No platform shoes for pedants.
Pedants fixated on a 'correct' version of English should learn to roll with the times.