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The Polar Tombola

Nancy Campbell | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Nancy Campbell

As the UK tour of The Polar Tombola draws to a close, Nancy Campbell reports on this exciting project which aims to encourage awareness of endangered ...

Is Donald Trump Really Giving A Voice To The Voiceless?

Philip Seargeant | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Philip Seargeant

The rhetoric he uses - including the cynical appropriation of terms such as 'voice' - is encouraging a climate of division and stigmatisation rather than inclusiveness. It's pitting one marginalised group against another. He's expressing a false empathy with the 'forgotten men and women' he claims to be speaking for. And by appropriating the term voice for himself, he is attempting to silence the legitimate concerns of countless others.

Dad Phrases

Tom Price | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Price

And there it is. That first moment in the day when you hear your own dad come streaming out of your mouth like a song you long since thought you'd forgotten but in fact remember every single word to. That's right. Dad phrases are exactly like 'Never Ever' by the All Saints (try it - it's in there I guarantee).

American Words That Stun Brits

Toni Hargis | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK
Toni Hargis

In my years of writing about British and American language and customs, "Don't say fanny" is probably my first instruction to Americans visiting the UK. "Fanny" isn't the only American word that can render a Brit gob smacked though.

Multilingual teaching does more than just improve learning

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The most widely read GEM Report publication is our paper last year on language policy in education. Why? Because there are about 6,500 languages spoke...

Five Tips To Start Learning Spanish This Week

Annie Ross | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ross

I arrived into Quito, the capital of Ecuador, last week. It's a special place for me as it's where I first set foot in Latin America back in 2006. The Hispanic culture and language have now been a passion of mine for over half of my life and I continue to love it.

Survey Of CYP's Workforce Reveals 'Training Gap' In Speech, Language And Communication

Octavia Holland | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Octavia Holland

Over half (53%) of the children and young people's workforce have received 'little' or 'no' learning in their initial training about typical speech, l...

Trump's Tremendous Vocabulary

Toni Hargis | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Toni Hargis

While Trump may ramble incoherently and speak in sentences usually associated with kindergarten, his vocabulary is the subject of much global discussion. Consider the newly popular words (including "tremendous") we're all throwing about with abandon.

The Language Martyrs: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Thaslima Begum | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Thaslima Begum

February 21st 1952, Dhaka. The fallen bodies of students and teachers lie scattered amid a campus-turned-battlefield, as tear gas lingers in bloody ha...

Don't Take This Lying Down. No Man Is Worth That - Least Of All This POTUS

Soraya Moeng | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Soraya Moeng

There is no point trying to shield children from such derogatory and demeaning language and hate-filled invective - not when the leader of the free world thinks it's acceptable and it's therefore reported on every media outlet possible.

The Power Of Language: How Learning Another Language Can Sharpen Your Mental Skills And Boost Your Wellbeing

Carolyn Savage | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Carolyn Savage

Despite the English language being the third most widely spoken language in the world and providing a huge benefit to those who enjoy English as their...

What's The F-Word In Your Language?

Ripu Daman Singh | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ripu Daman Singh

There is something cathartic about speaking a language that allows you to abuse freely. To say things that perhaps seem indescribable in other languages. Not because we lack the vocabulary or feel tied down by the hard rules of grammar. But because that particular language brings out the notoriety in our personalities.

Iceland Isn't In Space But It's The Closest You'll Ever Come To Walking On The Moon

Susan Devaney | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Devaney

Upon landing, I was met with acres and acres of sprawling desolate land. It was cragged, fractured - but solid in it's base. It looked to the naked eye like it had won a long, hard fought duel with nature's unpredictability.

Meet The Refugees Taking On The UK's Language Skills Deficit

Lena Garrett | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Tech
Lena Garrett

tech for good The startup is called Chatterbox. By training and employing refugees ​as language tutors, the venture catalyses refugee integration into the UK labour market whilst tackling the country's language skills deficit.

Erasmus: The Show, Starring Me

Louise Lawless | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louise Lawless

Erasmus will always be a leap of faith, immersing yourself in the unknown, hoping that it will lead to adventure, rewards, and unique experiences. It won't be for everyone. Putting yourself out of your comfort zone so starkly in foreign lands is no mean feat. But no matter what you'll learn that adventure is out there, the world is vast and ready to be travelled whenever you are.

Are They All Fluent In Mumble?

Sharon Brison | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Sharon Brison

However, it seems that I too must mumble as when I ask, what I believe to be a simple question, such as "'have you done your homework?" his answer is usually yes, yet at bedtime he suddenly remembers that yep he does have homework triggering an explosive response from me pointing out he said he had, too which he swears he hadn't actually realised what I had meant!

Its Time To Learn The True Meaning Of The Word Terrorism

Hannah Greaves | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Hannah Greaves

Perhaps it's time that we viewed terror as not the threat of the other but threat and control from within or perhaps above. What Trump is doing in America is an act of Terror, to spread an agenda of fear, not through singular explosive acts, but by placing a fear of the unknown into people's heads Surely it the ultimate proof and ability of whiteness, that it can, in fact, behave as the perfect manipulator and creator of a society of fear, without being called a terrorist, while simultaneously labelling any opposition as committing acts of terror.

The Power Of Words

Melissa Kirwan | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Kirwan

So next time you automatically want to use phrases such as "I'm so OCD about that" or "I'm so depressed today", just thinking about the alternatives you can use and being aware of your language can help the cause. Thank you!

How to Talk to Americans These Days

Toni Hargis | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Hargis

In case you've been under a rock or stranded on an island with no bandwidth, first off - oh how I envy you! Second, there has been a bit of an electio...

'Now More Than Ever' - Why The UK Needs To Make More Time For Language Learning In The Run Up To Brexit

Vicky Gough | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Vicky Gough

That said, what is clear, from this new research at least, is that the will to improve our language skills is there, among the British public. For teachers, pupils and parents, this week is certainly a good time to start taking advantage of that but if we are to ensure languages get the place they deserve more widely, we need to make language learning a national and personal priority going forward.

Delayed Language Development: How Will I Know?

Mary Hartshorne | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mary Hartshorne

Delayed language is a reality for some children. But with the right support early on, at home or in school they can catch up and do well.

Delays In Children's Centre Consultation Places Early Language At Risk

Bob Reitemeier | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Bob Reitemeier

As Chief Executive of I CAN, the children's communication charity, I am deeply concerned about the rapid rate at which Children's Centres are closing ...

Language And Literacy In Secondary Schools

Mary Hartshorne | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK
Mary Hartshorne

There is a rule in my local book group: if you can't attend the monthly meeting, you must contribute to the discussion by sending in a brief book revi...

The Alluring Language Of Donald Trump

Thomas Smith | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Thomas Smith

Effective rhetoric is instrumental in achieving political success. One need only look back to ancient Greek times, and Plato's historical adage that r...

Are You Pronouncing These Words Wrong?

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

As a linguistic aficionado, I pay close attention to elocution. You can't tell just from reading my writing, but my enunciation is impeccable. This is why an incident earlier this week was particularly troubling.