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October 2006

Bilingual pupils 'are an asset'
Bilingual children are a valuable resource and more should be done to support them, a report says.
(BBC News, October 31st, 2006)
'Tower of Babel' translator made
A "Tower of Babel" translation device that gives users the illusion of being bilingual has been developed in the US.
(BBC News, October 25th, 2006)
Finland makes Latin the King
Finland has an obsession with the Latin language, the BBC's Jonny Dymond reports.
(BBC News, October 24th, 2006)
How to speak with a BBC accent
There is a corner of the BBC where, between the hours of half past nine in the morning and six-thirty at night, three women sit enunciating. Where, each week, they investigate the phonetics of around 50 new words.
(The Guardian, October 24th, 2006)
Russia president targets diaspora
Russian President Vladimir Putin calls on former Soviet countries to keep Russian as a shared language.
(BBC News, October 24th, 2006)
Mind your language - it matters!
In the first exclusive extract from his new book on language, John Humphrys argues that we must safeguard grammar and clarity in an age of texting, slang and hype.
(The Telegraph, October 23rd, 2006)
Arabic on the curriculum: 'It isn't hard once you've learnt to transliterate'
Current affairs mean that interest in Arabic is high - and schools are responding.
(The Independent, October 19th, 2006)
Telecoms open up for deaf people
Two new products developed in the UK will give deaf people better access to meetings and phone calls.
(BBC News, October 19th, 2006)
Irish town name change row goes to vote
A referendum is to take place to decide whether the Irish town will be know as Dingle or An Daingean.
(BBC News, October 18th, 2006)
Languages to be made de rigueur in schools again
The Government paved the way for a return to the compulsory study of foreign languages at GCSE level yesterday when it commissioned a wholesale review of its policy.
(The Times, October 13th, 2006)
Review of school language lessons
Lord Dearing is to review the strategy on teaching modern foreign languages in England's schools.
(BBC News, October 12th, 2006)
Gaelic language archive unveiled
More than 12,000 hours of archive recordings in Gaelic and Scots are to be made available online.
(BBC News, October 12th, 2006)
Indian row over English teaching
Plans to teach English in schools in India's Karnataka state are opposed by local vernacular promoters.
(BBC News, October 12th, 2006)
Copyright row over ancient monk
Centuries after his death, a row breaks out over the copyright of a play about a Celtic saint written in medieval Cornish.
(BBC News, October 10th, 2006)
BBC to launch TV channel for Iran
The BBC confirms it is to launch a Farsi language television news channel aimed at audiences in Iran.
(BBC News, October 10th, 2006)
Pupils study classics to improve their English
The teaching of English grammar, punctuation and spelling has been handed over to the classics department at a leading independent school which is providing remedial lessons for new entrants.
(The Telegraph, October 9th, 2006)
Q. What's Italian for 'A fitness team is meeting in the pub'?
A. 'A fitness team is meeting in the pub' say Italians worried about the increasing invasion of English
(The Times, October 9th, 2006)
Shocking language
It's a mystery to me why it is that particular swearwords retain their power to shock and awe.
(The Guardian, October 7th, 2006)
Movie star's sign language appeal
A deaf actor of Four Weddings and a Funeral fame is back in his home town to urge more people to learn sign language.
(BBC News, October 6th, 2006)
How accurate is voice identification?
The News of the World claims it has a tape which proves Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan committed perjury, because experts have identified his voice. How certain can they really be?
(BBC News, October 4th, 2006)
Language courses 'overwhelmed'
English language courses are struggling to meet increasing demand from adult migrants and refugees, a report says.
(BBC News, October 3rd, 2006)
New insults for English language
A new set of insults and descriptions that have entered into common usage have been compiled in a book.
(BBC News, October 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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