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Written By: daveski on May 26, 2010 1 Comment

Where is “the foreign” in language education? Is it going out of style, falling out of favor, abandoning the claim it used to have on places and people in popular discourse?

Growing up as a mostly monolingual English speaker in the United States, I did not often question that there were such things in the world […]

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Written By: kernrg on May 24, 2010 2 Comments
Education in Singapore

Last month I spent a week in Singapore visiting primary and secondary schools as well as the National Institute of Education.  Although I am sure that what I saw was not representative of all schools in the country, I was immediately struck by the high level of ideological and financial investment in education (how […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 12, 2010 2 Comments
Accentism in Arizona

A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye, summarized in these unsettling lines:

The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English.

It is […]

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Written By: daveski on May 12, 2010 No Comment

LexioPhiles has been moving along with its Top 100 Language Blogs competition; although FIT’s not on the list, FIT readers might be interested in checking out the nominees and voting in these different categories:

Language learning blogs
Language teaching blogs
Language technology blogs
Language professional blogs

The results will be aggregated by […]

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Written By: daveski on May 9, 2010 3 Comments

Did you ever wonder why the word for “mother” in so many languages features the sound “ma”? Here’s a nice article courtesy of Langology (Facebook link; “@langology” on Twitter) in recognition of Mother’s Day.

And today’s special occasion for moms makes me wonder about a bunch of things related […]

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Written By: daveski on May 1, 2010 No Comment

I got introduced to the music of the Nell more than a year ago by my good friend Minsook, on a road trip here in California. And you know how those songs that you hear on road trips have a way of staying with you in ways that others might not? That, added […]

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