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The Best time to Learn a Language, new cognitive research

eLearningworld News Children learn languages much more effectively than adults a lot of evidence from research propose. New research from MIT shows that this golden era of learning a language is longer than have been suggested before. To learn the grammar of a new language is expected to last in the age of 17-18 years old. Joshua Hartshorne, an assistant professor of psychology at Boston College said the following about the study: “If you want… Continue reading

Making lifelong learning relevant as an integrated part life, a MIT solution

eLearningworld News How can you make lifelong learning an integrated part of your life? MIT’s WaitChatter suite’s solution, a Google Chrome extension for Gchat, is an interaction design that focuses on the micro-moments when you have time available. The suite includes vocabulary exercises in French or Spanish that you answer while you’re waiting for your conversation partner to respond in Gchat or in other moments of waiting. Carrie Cai, a PhD student at MIT’s CSAIL,… Continue reading

Human versus Machine Part 2: Learning skills

eLearningworld Weekly Review Learning to speak a new language brings health benefits and in addition we could be predisposed to speak more than one language, new research suggests. In this spirit multilingualism has shown to have social, psychological and lifestyle advantages as well as direct health benefits like faster recovery from a stroke or delaying dementía. Something that could mean that to reach your brain’s full potential and to “empower” it, multilingualism is a great… Continue reading

Latest News: Syrian Refugees study Arabic in a Game-based Digital Learning environment

eLearningworld News from Jordan In a collaboration between Libraries Without Borders and eduTechnoz Syrian refugee children in Jordan are now offered language lessons in Arabic. The learning environment is based on the Ideas Box that is a portable multi-media toolkit that is developed by Libraries Without Borders. The toolkit is facilitating and strengthening access to non-formal education for vulnerable communities such as refugees. And it is combined with eduTechnoz game-based educational online resources for children… Continue reading

Latest News: Learning a new language improving health, research shows

eLearningworld News from Scotland Learning a second language at any age not only improves skills and cultural understanding. Research from Edinburgh University shows that second language learning also is improving thinking skills and mental agility. The effects can delay brain ageing and offset the initial symptoms of dementia. These findings will hopefully boost more attention to second language learning, e.g. minority languages that all too often is considered of low importance as well as foreign… Continue reading

Latest News: Artificial Intelligence – After Speech Recognition: What is next?

eLearningworld News from US Most of us are familiar with the speech recognition on today’s smartphones that basically is algorithms based on training data from human experts. MIT researchers’ are now taking the next step when developing a system that is unsupervised, which means it acts directly on raw speech files. The basic idea comes from that all languages has its own collection of phonemes, the English language has e.g. 35-45, from which spoken words… Continue reading