Teaching your kids is trickier than you think

In Singapore, we emphasise the need for bilingualism (even multilingualism, if possible) through our education system. All children are taught their mother tongue language alongside the English language, our main language. More often than not, this mother tongue language is dependent on the child’s race. However, these days the choice is not so straightforward. While Singapore has […]

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What is the best age to learn a language?

In Singapore, our curriculum is structured such that children are exposed to English and a second language at the tender age of 7. Many are exposed to a second language at a younger age as their parents are bi- or multi-lingual. Many researchers have published studies indicating that a exposure to a second language at […]

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Learning language through film

Mastering a foreign language just got easier. Specialised movies have blended entertainment and reading to create an enjoyable, yet effective way to learn. How is this so? It’s possible thanks to the “natural approach.” Developed by Stephen Kashen, a linguistics expert, the natural approach is a philosophy that people can learn a foreign language naturally […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Learn a Foreign Language

During the modern age, with globalisation at its height, knowing one or two secondary languages has become more than a simple feat of high class and intelligence but also a strict requirement in many occasions. Whether it’s for professional, social or personal reasons, learning at least one foreign language is a must for anyone that […]

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Taking learning language into the future

With the advent of multiple modes of language learning, where is the future for the traditional language class? Today, we have online platforms like Duolingo to help us learn a language whenever we want, wherever we want and however we want. This suits our busy schedules better than the traditional classroom with hard rules, a […]

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The Problem of Illiteracy

In general terms, illiteracy is an inability to use language, namely an inability to read, write, listen and speak. Today, it is usually taken to mean being unable to read and write at a level adequate for written communication or at a level that will allow an individual to function at certain levels of society. […]

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