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February 2006

University launches UK's first sign language degree
A three-year degree course in British Sign Language (BSL), which academics claim is the first of its kind in the UK, will take its first students this September.
(The Guardian, February 9th, 2006)
Row over Skye Gaelic-only school
A row over Gaelic threatens to split locals in an area known as the 'garden of Skye'.
(BBC News, February 9th, 2006)
Doctors offered help with dialect
A guide is produced to help doctors moving into part of County Durham settle into their jobs.
(BBC News, February 7th, 2006)
Subtlety with subtitles
Movies seem so much more meaningful when their clunky dialogue and cliches are hidden.
(The Guardian, February 6th, 2006)
Ee up, lass, give over: Are you from Yorkshire, LA or Australia?
Women's weakness for launching into a comedy accent mid-conversation has bothered me for some time, says Hadley Freeman.
(The Guardian, February 6th, 2006)
£2.7m for more deaf interpreters
Around 36 British Sign Language interpreters are to be trained in Wales - the biggest such scheme in the UK.
(BBC News, February 6th, 2006)
Chinglish - it's a word in a million
Champions of the English language are about to mark a momentous point in its 1,500-year history - the creation of its one millionth word.
(The Times, February 5th, 2006)
We want our school to be Gaelic only, say English
English outsiders are among a group of parents being accused of earing apart a small island community by calling for a ban on teaching in English at a primary school.
(The Times, February 3rd, 2006)
Call for easier Chinese exams
A head teacher has said GCSEs and A-levels in Chinese are too difficult for children who are not native speakers.
(BBC News, February 27th, 2006)
Railway staff learn sign language
First ScotRail staff learn sign language to help deaf and hard of hearing passengers.
(BBC News, February 27th, 2006)
Critics hail English-only lessons
Education campaigners welcome a school's decision to scrap controversial bilingual teaching lessons.
(BBC News, February 22nd, 2006)
Britain lags behind on languages
Britons and the Irish are bottom of the European league for speaking a second language, a new EC survey says.
(BBC News, February 21st, 2006)
Ethnic language classes scrapped
A school has ended its policy of teaching Turkish pupils in bi-lingual lessons because of poor results.
(BBC News, February 17th, 2006)
Don't bury our children under phonics lessons
Early-years experts are seriously concerned by the Government's plan to teach children in reception classes a system of phonics to the exclusion of other methods of learning to read.
(The Independent, February 16th 2006)
Global spread of English 'a threat to UK'
The global dominance of English, which has brought economic and cultural benefit to Britain for the past 100 years, now poses a major threat to the UK's international standing, according to research published today.
(The Guardian, February 15th, 2006)
Call for pupils to learn Mandarin
Pupils should be taught other languages such as Mandarin in school, a report for the British Council says.
(BBC News, February 15th, 2006)
Pupils to sit examinations in home language
Children will be able to sit national curriculum tests in their home language for the first time this year.
(The Independent, February 11th 2006)
Light at the end of languages tunnel
At last some good news on the state of language teaching in schools, with signs that the Government's primary languages strategy is taking off in earnest.
(The Independent, February 9th 2006)
Standing up for proper language
As part of our Write For Us series, full-time mother Catherine Poole, from Dunfermline, discusses the bad grammar that makes her cringe.
(BBC News, February 1st, 2006)
news archive

August 2005
Icelanders speak up for languages
East End Cockney accent 'fading'
Muslims 'want surmons in English'

September 2005
Manx Gaelic revival 'impressive'
UK 'loves languages after all'
Tingo, nakkele and other wonders

January 2006
Web to preserve Romani heritage
Mind your PMQs? It's eff this and eff that
The C word

August 2006
Armageddon isn't upon us
Why are fewer students choosing to study foreign languages at GCSE?

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