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Struggling to learn a language? 6 tips on how pop songs can help

Traditional approaches to adult language teaching often use resources such as textbooks and generic learning materials that are less than inspiring for learners. New research shows using popular song, as well as films and TV series, for language learning can help connect with people’s interests and motivate them. Based on this research, we have developed six tips for using popular songs to learn a language. Learning a second language can be challenging at the best of times. It takes time and effort to learn a language. Read more: Australian students say they understand global issues, but few are learning another language compared to the OECD average Better ways to promote enjoyment of long-term learning are needed. Enjoyment helps sustain engagement...

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PYMNTS Intelligence: How CUs Are Implementing Contactless Payments and Mobile Wallets

The financial services industry has changed radically over the last 10 years as financial institutions (FIs) of all types have had to expand their product offerings to meet consumers’ ever more technologically advanced expectations. The move to mobile wallets and contactless payments is one of the newest examples, having received a major boost under the pandemic’s influence. Digital transformation has forever changed the face of business, and while some FIs have swiftly pivoted to adopt new technologies, credit unions (CUs) have often had difficulty in keeping up with these developments. Credit union members’ needs and preferences are changing along with everyone else’s, however, and that means CUs must develop solutions to fulfill these needs in both the short and the long term....

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Fun Civics Activities to Increase Student Engagement

Fun Civics Activities to Increase Student Engagement If you’re looking for fun civics activities… I got you! Are you teaching civics right now? Civics in 2nd and 3rd grade usually encompasses topics like American symbols, being a good citizen, rules vs laws, rights & responsibilities, and levels of government. Kids usually LOVE this social studies unit because it’s engaging, fun, and helps them better understand those news shows that their parents are always watching I have some ideas and resources that will help you teach your social studies units. You probably already have lots of activities already, but hopefully, you’ll find something in this blog post that is new to you that you can incorporate into your unit this year!...

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B.C. researchers find possible solution to pollution’s impact on children’s brain development

A first–of–its kind study has found possible solutions to reduce the impacts of pollution on child brain development. Simon Fraser University researchers collaborated with U.S. and Mongolian scientists to study the benefits of using in-home air filters to reduce exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and assessed the impact on children’s intelligence. According to the research, published Wednesday (June 22), children born to mothers who had used air cleaners had an average full-scale intelligence quotient that was 2.8 points higher than the group that did not use an air cleaner during pregnancy. Starting in 2014, the team recruited 540 pregnant women in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to participate in the study. Ulaanbaatar has some of the worst air quality in the world,...

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5 ways to support children’s early literacy skills and build family connections this summer

Cognitive skills related to overall reading success can be nurtured by engaging in activities that develop social skills and positive self-regulation. (Shutterstock)With the end of the school year here, parents, caregivers and educators may find themselves reflecting on another turbulent year in education. For researchers of children’s literacy, year-end reflections may prompt discussions of the “summer slide” — children’s loss of knowledge over summer break, particularly in literacy and numeracy — and what can be done to mitigate this learning loss. Everyday activities that promote early literacy skills can be pursued in ways that don’t involve imposing rigorous summer academic work. Harnessing children’s interests and experiences and prioritizing their social and emotional needs are critical to learning and can nurture...

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