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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
Why Is College Writing So Much Harder Than High School?
Struggling with your college assignments? Learn the truth about college writing skills, and the changes you'll need to make to succeed, in this article by NJ teacher Matthew H...   In another post, I had discussed the relationship between academic and creative writing. Bottom line: no difference. Good writing is good writing. So why is it that most university level expository writing (and similarly titled courses) demand so much more than even AP level high school English classes?
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 promptsÂ…       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
What's the Best Way to Learn a New Language? Find Out the Truth
Once you've decided you want to learn a new language, you need to determine which method to use. Researching the wide selection of learning materials and methods, however, can be overwhelming. Countless programs claim they're the "best way to learn a language," and that they will help you speak like a native in just a few days. With so many options to choose from, how can you know which of these claims you can trust? How can you determine the best way to learn a new language, for you?
What's the Best Way to Learn Math? 3 Strategies That Work
Struggling with math assignments? Perhaps it's time to change your perspective. Here, Forest Hills, NY teacher Claire W. explains how to make the subject much easier to learn:   What's the trick to learning math? Before you begin, you must believe that you can do it. People often try to find shortcuts for learning math, since it is a set of associations that have been founded on pattern recognition, and it can be hard to catch up if you have gaps and holes at a foundational level.

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