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03 August 2016
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Why some students in Singapore favor Tamil language instruction
Why students in Singapore favor Tamil language instruction
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The number of students at a Singapore school studying ancient Tamil language and literature has decreased over the years, one educator says. However, she and some of her students say the courses have helped them to think critically and write with more confidence and skill.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (01 Aug.) 
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Can Germany provide a road map to improve US student workforce skills?
US colleges and universities can look to Germany's "dual-education" programme for a model that builds a bridge between education and the workforce, write Joseph Parilla and Martha Ross, both fellows at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. They urge school leaders to look for ways to integrate academics with job-training programmes.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (27 Jul.) 
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Professional Development
How earning language degrees abroad boosts cultural, job options
Some students say there are advantages to the full-immersion experience of studying abroad to earn language degrees. This article outlines reasons why international study appeals to some and how being multilingual boosts job opportunities.
U.S. News & World Report (27 Jul.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Corsica promotes native language along with island's culture
Corsica promotes native language to boost island's status
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Some officials on the island of Corsica are promoting the daily use of the Corsican language, Corsu, to help strengthen the identity of the Mediterranean island. Students at one school are learning Corsu and French, while city hall offers language lessons to employees.
The Christian Science Monitor (27 Jul.) 
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Technology
School in Australia introduces basic coding to young students
A school in Australia is teaching computer coding to students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Some educators say that young children can easily learn basic computer programming and note that the skills they learn, including problem-solving and logic, can be applied across the curriculum.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (30 Jul.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Growth mindset linked to success of students from low-income families
A growth mindset helps achievement in students from low-income families
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A growth mindset helped students from low-income families boost achievement on language and maths tests, according to a study of 10th-graders in Chile. Researchers from Stanford University say that while other factors exist, the findings show the need to make growth mindset part of the conversation on student achievement.
KQED.org (26 Jul.) 
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