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Do bilingual schools become middle class ghettos?

Cristina Cifuentes

International studies make uncomfortable reading for the Spanish, Melanie Butler writes.

Are bilingual school programmes an expensive perk for the affluent middle classes that discriminate against disadvantaged students? This is one of the questions asked in The Bilingual Programme Examined, a new report from Accion Educativa, a Spanish association of education professionals.

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Bilingual brains handle third language like natives

A bilingual brain is quickly able to handle a third language with the same neural mechanisms it uses for its native languages – putting it a step ahead of a monolingual brain, a new study has found.

Bilinguals process their L3 in the same way they process their L1, even at low proficiency. Monolinguals only develop this ability when they reach a high proficiency in another language.

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Foreign language quashes ethical qualms

By: Claudia Civinini

Would you kill a person to save another five?

Answering moral dilemmas is no easy feat, but imagine having to do it in your foreign language. How would this affect your decision?

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Research nibs

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When a prankster announced that the government would send the Conservative and Unionist Negotiating Team to Brussels for Brexit negotiations, the whole country chuckled. But do second-language users truly understand how offensive the ‘C-word’ actually is?

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Does my booty look funny in this?

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A raccoon and a buzzard meet up in a circus and have a giggle.

You laughing yet? No?

Strange. The sentence is composed of some of the funniest words in the English language, according to new research by the University of Warwick.

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Late bilinguals enjoy brain advantage


Claudia Civinini writes

We all know that adults, unlike those lucky babies of the opposite page, have a hard time learning a new language. But precisely because of this, late bilinguals enjoy even more cognitive benefits than early bilinguals, a new study has found.

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Academics unsure about EMI

Academics’ attitude towards EMI is best described as ‘ambivalent’, new research has found.

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