Language policy implementation in education must take greater cognisance of the relationship between education and the economy.
Researchers have been calling for the extension of mother-tongue instruction beyond the current status quo in South African schools, but parents seem to prefer an even earlier transition to English.
Ron Lamb installed solar panels to power his irrigation systems on the family farm near Claresholm, Alta.
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Talking about energy transitions could help overcome the impasse we seem to have reached on climate change.
A majority of South African school children are in the process of learning English by the time they start their schooling.
South African parents want their children be taught in English despite the fact that research shows that academic progress is hindered if a child is taught in a language they aren't proficient in.
To sustain geo-political relations with French-speaking Pacific nations in the future, we need to change the way French is taught to young Australians.
School pupils can learn far more about modern languages than just words with the support of mentoring.
A unique mentoring project has helped school pupils learn the cultural, professional and personal benefits of languages.
Small conversation or oral groups help people to learn a new language. When classes get too big, it’s impossible to teach in this way.
It is important that all South Africans learn to speak an African language. But is making a single language a compulsory university subject the best way to make this happen?
The number of Australians learning Asian languages is in decline.
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It's time to start thinking about making language learning compulsory, emphasising the merits of learning an Asian language at school.
Students graduating from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, University of Law in Hyderabad.
India has learned valuable lessons about language and bodies of knowledge that could be applied in South Africa's universities.
Easier than it looks?
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Unless young children are totally immersed in a foreign language, they actually learn it better when they're a bit older.
No hablo español. And it doesn’t matter.
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New technology has the habit of making certain professions redundant. Power looms put cotton workers out of job, leading to the rise of the Luddites. Word processors put an end to the typing pool. Now…
It will get easier.
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Being able to communicate effectively in a foreign language is a challenge faced by many of us. If you’re a newcomer to a country, conveying a message in a language that is not your mother tongue is often…
A TV ad featuring an Australian woman travelling to Bali and falling for a Balinese man captures Australia’s love affair with Indonesia.
Recently, Indonesian language has begun to make an appearance in Australian popular media. There is evidence too that, after years of decline, student interest in Indonesian language and studying in Indonesia…
Don’t forget your Albanian culture.
For many children from Eastern European families, the 3pm school bell on a Friday isn’t the last they’ll see of a classroom until Monday. Many attend complementary schools, voluntary community-led programmes…