Category Archives: Language debate

From the archives: The origins of Japanese at the VSL in 1935 Catherine Bryant

When I started researching the school’s history for my PhD project, I discovered the fascinating story about the origins of Japanese teaching at the school. The first Saturday Japanese class was held early in 1935 at MacRobertson Girls High School. … Continue reading

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Will learning a language get me a job?

From the UK, interesting developments in the debate on language learning. The British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences is undertaking a research project, Born Global, on “the extent and nature of language needs in the labour market and … Continue reading

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Know more than one language? Don’t give it up!

If it takes a village to rear a child, then “The bilingual child benefits from being raised by two or more villages!” writes linguist Rebecca Callahan (right), in The Conversation, in an article picked up by the World Economic Forum. It’s … Continue reading

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