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The Logic of English

Take 56 minutes to watch this from beginning to end. Don’t put it off untill tomorrow. Do it today. Denise Eide, the speaker, has done something marvellous. She has uncovered the logic of the English language. Read More…

Sir Ken is Animated

This is a truly great animation, but an even better speech. It relates just as much to our education of multilinguals at home as to the education of anybody else at school. Watch, and listen especially for the section on divergent thinking. Fascinating and potentially motivating stuff.

What’s a Dog with no D?

FarSide Deer

Gary Larson’s work is great. Why the deer? ¬†‘What do you call a deer with no eyes? No idea’ (no-eye-deer). So what do you call a dog with no ‘d’? A car with no ‘c’? A chair with no ‘ch’? If your child is getting to grips with reading and if they have a fairly good grasp of how sounds make words then they can probably tell you. Read More…

Baby Brains

“Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.” (from the TED website)

So, if you have ever doubted the advice about reading to your children in order to help them improve their language ability (abilities), doubt no more!

Technology, Education and Time

I like the BBC world service. I really like ‘The Forum’, the panel discussion show that gathers prominent figures, experts and academics to discuss a different topic each week in front of an audience. This morning I heard a great soundbite from panelist Alison Wolf, and it seems appropriate to relate her comment to the education of children in a bicultural environment. Read More…

Motivational 2 Minutes

I did check and yes, he really is a professor at Princeton. See his profile here.