Monthly Archives: April 2011

Presentation at Ottawa U

Thanks to Paco at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) of the University of Ottawa for taking care of the logistics and to all the English and French professors who attended the presentation session for O Canada specially to those who sang Anka’s “My Way.” Special thanks to Marlene for her version of “Yesterday.” It was a pleasure to meet you all.

Motivation in Learning a Second Language

An English-teaching company called EF Education First compiled the biggest ever internationally comparable sample of English learners: some two million people took identical tests online in 44 countries.

Here are some of the results based on the study:

  • Wealthy countries do better overall. But smaller wealthy countries do better still.
  • Countries that export more are better at English.
  • Starting young, while it seems a good idea, may not pay off: children between eight and 12 learn foreign languages faster than younger ones.

Read the full article on The Economist