Some thought-provoking #newsflash articles about English

In the world of English language learning and teaching, things are continually changing and constantly being debated. We’ve rounded up the latest thought-provoking #newsflash articles about English from the internet for you here. We hope you enjoy reading them and they spark discussions for you…...

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In the world of English language learning and teaching, things are continually changing and constantly being debated. We’ve rounded up the latest thought-provoking #newsflash articles about English from the internet for you here. We hope you enjoy reading them and they spark discussions for you…

How bilingual brains perceive time differently

We’ve previously reported on the cognitive benefits of language learning, and these range from being a better listener to having an improved ability to solve problems. There have also been recent studies about how being bilingual can help keep the brain in good condition in later life. Now, scientists have found an interesting link between language and time: the language you think in can affect the way your bilingual brain perceives time. This article, on the Independent news website, takes a closer look at the research on this subject by Lancaster University and Stockholm University.

Zurich votes to keep teaching two languages in primary school

There is much debate about what age is best for teaching new languages to children. In Switzerland both French and English will continue to be taught in primary schools, following a recent vote in Zurich. This article, on The Local website, details how the vote was required after an initiative backed by teachers called for just one extra language to be taught at that level. What age do you think is best for children to start learning other languages? Is learning two extra languages too much for children at primary school level?

The 12 most difficult parts of learning English

Learning a new language can be challenging and, just like any language, English has its tricky parts. This article, on the Indy100 website, will be both helpful and amusing to English language learners. It collated the most popular answers from a survey on the internet that asked non-native English speakers which were the most challenging part of the language. If you have had to study extra hard to get your vowels sounding just right or wondered why there are silent letters in a certain word, this is the article for you! Read it and then let us know what you think are the more challenging parts of the English language in our comments section below…

Former Uber rival entices foreign users with English language app

English is the most widely spoken language in the world, and we love this article that reports how a clever organisation used it to grow its business. Although Uber has been hugely successful, there is actually a more popular rival in China: Didi. The company has just released an English version of its app and is helping the company to lure even more foreign users to its services. Has using English given you a stepping stone? Tell us all about it…

Why do English singers seem to lose their accent when they sing?

There are lots of non-native English speakers who sing in the language, however it is the phenomenon of British singers adopting what’s perceived as American-style pronunciation that has attracted attention in linguistics departments around the world. Online opinion website Connect Savannah takes a look into it and asks the important questions, such as: “Is it easier to sing rock music in an American accent?” Tell us what you think in the comments section below…

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