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Language Departments Could Influence College Rankings

Institutional rankings can make a big difference in the further success of a college or university. As reported by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014–2015, high rankings can help institutions recruit talented faculty, as well as demonstrate quality to potential students and their parents. This type of momentum is invaluable. What’s the Secret? So how might a college or university jump-start their rankings? According to THE, there are a few stand-out factors that influence student decisions. Here’s a list that breaks down what really matters to students in assessing the quality of a higher ed institution: An institution’s…

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The Galatea Effect: How to Cultivate Employee-Driven Development

We wrote last week about the Pygmalion and Galatea effects and their role in the workplace. Harnessing them can enable transformative changes in your organization for a relatively low investment—it could be as simple as a few well-chosen words to the right employee. That being said, for those who prefer a more systematic approach, here are some actionable steps managers can take to improve an employee’s optimism and activate their own Galatea effect. Assessment Before taking any action, it’s important to assess the mindset of the target employee (or employees if you’re casting a bigger net). Why are they down…

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La Importancia de la Tutoría [Vídeo]

Los estudios han demostrado una y otra vez que entre más atención individual recibe un estudiante, mejor progreso tendrá. Es obvio que un salón con 15 niños y un maestro va a tener mayor éxito que un salón con 25 niños y un maestro. ¿Por qué? En el salón con menos niños, el maestro tiene más tiempo para dedicar a los desafíos individuales de cada niño. Apoyo individual Es por eso que la tutoría provee una gran ventaja para estudiantes de todas las edades; proporciona un periodo en el que el alumno puede resolver dudas y practicar con el maestro…

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The Pygmalion-Galatea Tango: Driving Performance from Employee and Supervisor Expectations

One of the most famous people in business history, Henry Ford, once said about expectations: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right.” Over the last century or so since Ford was quoted, much research has been done in the field of positive thinking and its effect on a person’s outcomes, both personal and professional. Perhaps the most famous work in the study of optimism was a 1985 study by Michael F. Scheier and Charles S. Carver that focused on positive thinking and health outcomes. More recently, Barbara L. Fredrickson put forward her “broaden-and-build” theory, that…

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5 Language-Learning Challenges and How to Avoid Them

So your goal for 2015 is to learn a new language? Great! What are your plans for staying on track? Everyone knows that resolutions tend to be notoriously short-lived, but it doesn’t have to be that way—especially with something as important as a second language. I started teaching English in 2006, and I’ve seen a lot of success stories. While every language has a different structure, most language learners who eventually quit their study have run into the same stumbling blocks. But if you know what those difficulties are ahead of time, you’ll be able to recognize and avoid them,…

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Development Plans: Employee-Driven vs. Supervisor-Driven

Central to the goal of employee growth is the development plan. After all, growth is accomplished more efficiently when tackled in a systematic, professional fashion. But who should steer the development planning process, the employee or their supervisor? The truth is that there are reasons for both approaches, and most organizations have aspects of both in their development plan process. The stakes are high; if an employee feels as if their employer is not a partner in their career development, they are more likely to find one that is. This leads to considerable recruiting and onboarding costs that could have…

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Innovating Pedagogy Report and Language Tech

In the Innovating Pedagogy 2014 report, Open University outlines ten innovations in teaching, learning, and assessment that could have a profound influence on education, bringing about a more “interactive world.” Here is an outline of five of these innovations that may directly affect how you use language-learning technology in the classroom. 1. Learning design informed by analytics Using software for detailed tracking and reporting of both individual users and the class as a whole can help instructors fine-tune courses with effective learning design. Open University notes that “data from tracking and management of learning activities can inform learning design by…

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10 Crazy (and Awesome) International New Year’s Eve Traditions

Getting tired of watching the ball drop every New Year’s Eve? Maybe it’s time to adopt a new tradition. If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of these from around the world. Smashing pomegranates in Greece Pomegranates have an important place in Greek history, art, and cuisine, so a pomegranate is always a welcome housewarming gift. In Greece, they’re on the table for important holidays and religious ceremonies, but at midnight on New Year’s Eve, they’re rolled forcefully against the front door of the house or smashed directly on the ground. The more seeds that spill out, the more good fortune…

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I Spy a Whole New World

Most of us have played “I Spy,” a classic game that helps while away the minutes—or sometimes hours—when there’s nothing better to do. It conjures up memories of long road trips or rainy days spent inside. But for leading cognitive scientists at Indiana University, it’s about much more. The “I Spy” Study To study attention and memory, researchers had children play “I Spy” games in two different ways: by giving the target image only, and by giving the target image while saying its name. Children’s focus and speed improved dramatically when language was used. In the words of one researcher,…

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Volunteerism Can Tip Scales For Millennial Recruits

Companies that wish to keep their pool of talent fresh and innovative need to learn how to attract millennials – people born between 1980 and the early 2000s. People in this generation tend to stay on top of the latest technology and work hard to earn recognition. When it comes to the latter trait, one attraction that job recruiters and employers cannot overlook is millennials’ interest in volunteer opportunities, as reported by Human Resource Executive Online. Still, this does not mean that just any volunteer project will do, and companies need to know how to make their opportunities look more…

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