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English language teachers should encourage students to draw on their own mother tongues. Here, children participate in learning to help Syrian refugee youths prepare for school at the H.appi Camp in Toronto, July 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Language learning in Canada needs to change to reflect ‘superdiverse’ communities

How we teach languages has not evolved much from the traditional grammar-based mode of instruction, and this approach alone marginalizes students' existing knowledge and communication abilities.
Streaming services are carrying more foreign-language content. While people are stuck at home because of the pandemic, why not use the time to improve their language skills? (Shutterstock)

Watching foreign-language TV during the coronavirus pandemic can help you learn a new language

While staying at home during the pandemic, foreign language learners can improve their vocabulary and comprehension by watching films and television shows in the language they are studying.
Illustration by Wiehan de Jager from the story by ‘I Like to Read,’ by Letta Machoga, originally from the African Storybook project. This story is now available on Storybooks Canada in 28 languages. (African Storybook)

Global Storybooks: From Arabic to Zulu, freely available digital tales in 50+ languages

A free, open-access repository of multilingual children's stories is one response to the United Nations' urgent call to promote equitable education on the International Day of Education, January 24.
Tennis professionals like Maria Sharapova (pictured) share similar personality traits to her peers and rivals in tennis, but these traits are entirely different to those in other professions such as technology or science. johanlb/flickr

Robot career advisor: AI may soon be able to analyse your tweets to match you to a job

After analysing posts from 100,000 Twitter users, our research used big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence to reveal the hidden personality traits underpinning thousands of jobs.
A majority of South African school children are in the process of learning English by the time they start their schooling. Shutterstock

South Africans prefer their children to be taught in English

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.
Vocal learning in birds is a lot like how people learn language. Alexandra Giese/Shutterstock.com

Complex birdsongs help biologists piece together the evolution of lifelong learning

Could mating preferences, like females preferring males who sing complex songs, affect the evolution of learning? Insights from birds could have clues for how people learn throughout their lives.

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