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Music Primes Adult Brain for Language Learning

Language study can be grueling. Any chance to lessen the pressure—without impacting the pace of learning—is welcome. Cue the music—aka “the master language that transcends all others.” An article in…

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Becoming “Real”: Overcoming Cultural Illiteracy

In 2001, bilingual computer scientist Vladimir Veselov set out to create a computer program or “chatterbot” that would be able to communicate like a human. He called his program “Eugene…

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Globally Connected Courses Bring Culture to the Classroom

The short- and long-term benefits of studying abroad are well established, yet only 9% of U.S. undergraduates study abroad. How can faculty and instructors help the other 91% achieve a…

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Speaking More Languages Improves Cognitive Abilities in Older Age

As our bodies age, so do our brains. Many of us have seen our aging family members grow older and slower over time, and aside from physical aches and pains,…

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Tech Can Serve Traditional and Non-Traditional Students

There is no question that today’s incoming traditional students are digital natives. Having grown up with a wealth of information at their fingertips, many traditional students expect technology to be…

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