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French Culture Minister Shocks by Opposing Language Legislation

French Culture Minister Shocks by Opposing Language Legislation {0}

France is well-known for its Académie Française and the stubborn way it opposes foreign borrowings in the language. Fleur Pellerin, the culture minister, recently came out against this tradition, saying she disagreed with the 1994 Toubon Law,  a law “mandating the use of the French language in official government publications, in all advertisements, in all workplaces, in commercial contracts,(…)

The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita {1}

College senior Dennis Kachintsev has been translating Mikhail Bulgakov‘s The Master and Margarita since the start of his junior year in the hopes of generating more interest in what he considers to be one of the finest novels ever written. He has permitted the language lab to post the first chapter of this work in(…)

Foreign-language study drops in US universities

Foreign-language study drops in US universities {0}

The Modern Language Association (MLA) reports that despite rising college attendance, the number of students enrolled in foreign-language courses has dropped overall since 2009, that last time students were surveyed. A number of reasons are proposed, including the recession, a greater number of new course offerings, and a wider availability of language courses in primary and(…)

New evidence in Indo-European origin debate

New evidence in Indo-European origin debate {0}

Linguists at UC Berkeley have completed new research that supports the Kurgan (or steppe) hypothesis of the cradle of all Indo-European languages. Despite the original article’s title, the researchers have certainly not pinpointed the origin of Indo-European (which encompasses English, Latin, Hindi, Greek, Irish, Kurdish, Ukrainian, and many, many more). The debate will rage on,(…)

Gestures and pictures improve language learning {0}

As someone who teaches SITES and spent a semester doing original research into the impact of gestures on language learning, I’m really into this kind of contextualized language teaching. Read more about how movement and visuals can help you learn (or teach!) a language: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/289162.php

Writing in L2

Writing in L2 {0}

Could you write a novel in your second (or third or fourth….) language? It sounds daunting, but that is exactly what these authors–many of them award winners–have been doing. Representing many languages and countries like Bosnia, Pakistan, Italy, Russia, and China, some were pushed to English by political upheaval, others by a “spirit of adventure.”(…)