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Are Genetics the Key to Language Learning?

Are Genetics the Key to Language Learning?

Genetics can determine your physical appearance, your health outlook, and even some of your personality traits. And now, new research is confirming that your ability to learn a second language may also be predetermined. The newest study, from the University of Washington, followed Chinese international students taking a 3-week English immersion course. The researchers took brain scans throughout the course, and saw some interesting changes: The brain scans suggest that within a day of … Read More

Are Genetics the Key to Language Learning?
Genetics can determine your physical appearance, your health outlook, and even some of your personality traits. And now, new research is confirming that your ability to learn a second language may also be predetermined. The newest study, from the University of Washington, followed Chinese international students taking a 3-week English immersion course. The researchers took brain scans throughout the course, and saw some interesting changes: The brain scans suggest that within a day of
Telling Your Story: Why Your Personal Narrative Matters
Although schools may be veering away from it, learning how to write a personal narrative essay can take you far in life. Learn more in this guest post by Chicago, IL tutor Samantha S...   Students, perhaps you have noticed the recent Common Core State Standard trend to veer away from such writing prompts as “What Did You Do On Summer Vacation?” Though nationwide curriculum currently mandates that best-practice instruction focuses on nonfiction, non-narrative writing, here’s why yo
10 Crazy Writing Ideas You May Not Have Thought Of
Are your so-called “creative” writing exercises starting to seem a little mundane? Spice it up with these outside-the-box writing ideas and prompts…       1.  Explain why the chicken crossed the road. Is the chicken fleeing the alien invasion? Leaving farm life behind in favor of a more sophisticated urban atmosphere? Headed for breast reduction surgery? Going out for cocktails? Have fun with it.       2.  Describe a memorable experience from the perspective of your pet. What does the family
Creative Writing: Not That Different from Academic Writing?
Think creative writing is all that different from writing a research paper in class? You might be surprised! Read on as New Milford, NJ tutor Matthew H. explains...   Creative writing tips seem to be counterintuitive; how can someone tell someone else how to be creative? The truth is that the secret to writing any good creative literature is not really that different from what you need for a really great academic paper: strong structure. I tutor many students for the SAT and GR
25+ Inspirational Quotes for Language Learners
There are many benefits to learning a foreign language, from better cognitive health to higher salary wages. Learning a different language, however, can be difficult--not to mention time consuming. If you need some motivation to help you get started, check out the 25+ inspirational quotes about language below. Keep these language quotes close by so you can refer to them whenever you’re feeling frustrated or defeated. 25+ Inspirational Quotes About Language “One language sets you in a corr

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