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Commentary: What hope do monolingual parents have in raising bilingual children?

SINGAPORE: A series of videos promoting the use of mother tongues has recently been released by the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism. These videos are intended to promote the use of mother tongues, stressing its importance in bridging connections with others and retaining a strong national identity. The need for these videos may speak to some of the ambivalence and challenges families often face in raising bilingual children. Particularly in families where parents do not speak the mother tongue, they may feel overwhelmed and uncertain when it comes to figuring out how to raise a bilingual child. Can parents who don't speak their mother tongue raise children who do? And can they do so without resorting to expensive tuition classes? Thankfully, research tells us that parents who do not speak two languages can raise bilingual children who become fully proficient in both languages. AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, unlike bilingual families, these parents will be more dependent on ..

Kabul, Roy Moore, Bitcoin: Your Friday Briefing

Advertisement Good morning. Here’s what you need to know: CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times• Nearly a year into his presidency, President Trump has transformed the world’s view of the United States. His anger at NATO, awkwardness with allies and friendliness with autocrats have taken the U.S. from being an anchor of the international order to something more inward-looking and unpredictable. Here’s a detailed accounting of Mr. Trump’s unorthodox approach. Above, the first lady, Melania Trump, and Mr. Trump, in Beijing with President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, in November. _____ CreditRahmat Gul/Associated Press• The long-simmering conflicts in Afghanistan and Yemen took strikingly bloody turns this week. In Afghanistan, above, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at a Shiite cultural center in Kabul that killed at least 41 people. It was the latest in a series of mass-casualty attacks against Shiite targets. And in Yemen, airstrikes on a market an..

Art center program introduces kids to India

Talbot Fisher The Register-Mail TalbotFisher16 GALESBURG — Knox College student Pete Peterson carefully traced designs for young children, who were eagerly stirring their paints, made from sand and glue. The kids swirled glittery purples and silvers onto the papers, filling in the designs. They were creating Rangoli, an Indian artform that typically uses sand to create patterns in courtyards and living rooms. The activity was one of seven available free of charge during the kickoff of Kids’ Month at the Galesburg Civic Art Center, 114 E. Main St. Peterson, an anthropology major who minors in art, recently returned from spending four months studying abroad in India. “I always had France in mind for studying abroad,” she said, “but I decided to go somewhere different. I’d always been interested in Indian culture. It was full immersion, I spent four months with a host family where they spoke Marathi.” She became involved with volunteering for the event though a friend who works at the ..

RSS Chief firmly believes in India's responsibility of propagating its culture in rest of...

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O-Level results: Fewer score at least 5 passes in exams

SINGAPORE: A smaller percentage of students who took last year’s O-Level examinations scored at least five passes, according to results released by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) on Friday (Jan 12). Out of 29,112 candidates who sat for last year’s exams, 83.4 per cent – or 24,287 students – scored at least five passes compared to the record 84.3 per cent, or 25,551 students, who sat for the exams in 2016. A total of 29,090 students – 99.9 per cent – were awarded certificates for passing at least one subject, the same proportion of the cohort as the previous year. In addition, 28,058 students (96.4 per cent) passed at least three subjects in the exams, slightly lower than 96.5 per cent in 2016. Last year, 1,570 private candidates sat for the O-Level examinations, compared to 1,865 in 2016. Of these, 90.8 per cent passed at least one subject, up from 90.2 per cent the year before. The first batch of Normal (Academic) students who w..

Video series launched to promote mother tongue

SINGAPORE: A series of short videos promoting the use of mother tongue languages was launched by the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism on Thursday (Jan 4). The series includes a short narrative on how the use of mother tongue breaks down the language barrier between a grandfather and his granddaughter. It also features testimonials from Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng, and Singapore artistes Olivia Ong, Shabir Alam and Taufik Batisah, who talk about their experiences learning their mother tongue language, and how it has helped them appreciate the language and connect better with others. At the launch, Mr Ng, who is also chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Fund, stressed that bilingualism is an important part of national identity. “Proficiency in our mother tongue will enable all of us to communicate effectively in a variety of settings, to understand our cultural heritage and to connect with communities across Asia and the world, which speak that same language or share the sa..

Stone Tools from India Fan Debate over Origins of Cultural Complexity

Sometime around 400,000 years ago human ancestors went on an innovation bender. No longer content to make do with only the large hand axesand other hefty cutting tools that they and their predecessors had manufactured for more than a million years, they began fashioning sophisticated new kinds of stone tools. The novel tool types made more efficient use of raw material and were smaller, more portable, among other desirable traits. The shift was, by most accounts, a major technological advance, one that may have helped its makers push into previously impenetrable lands. For decades experts have debated which human species invented this new tool-making tradition—during what is called the Middle Stone Age in Africa and the Middle Paleolithic in Eurasia—and how it came to replace the preceding Acheulean tradition at locales across the globe. One theory holds that our own species, Homo sapiens, masterminded this technological revolution in its birthplace, Africa. From there, our forebears c..

Twitter Users Call Out New York Times' Chopsticks Photo For Cultural Insensitivity

Some Twitter users have a beef with the New York Times over the way it used chopsticks in a photo highlighting an “Asian-inspired” steak house. On Tuesday, the newspaper reported on Jade Sixty, a yet-to-be opened restaurant featuring both New York-style steaks and traditional Asian menu items like won tons and soup dumplings. A photo for the online edition attempted to showcase this mix, but did so in a very strange manner, mainly through the bizarre placement of chopsticks. was that chopsticks placement also 'inspired by asia' ? — Wilfred Chan (@wilfredchan) December 27, 2017For those not familiar with chopstick etiquette, placing them in a upright manner like in the photograph is somewhat of a faux pas as, at least in Japan, it reminds people of funerals. Therefore, many Twitter users were quick to bust the Times’ chops for cultural cluelessness. Food stylist doesn’t understand “chopstick placement”… proper do’s and don’t’s. Photo is “bad luck.” —..

Everton sign striker Tosun on four-and-a-half-year deal

Sport Everton completed the signing of Turkish striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas on Friday, which may go some way to ease fans' concerns hours after the Merseyside club sold midfielder Ross Barkley to Premier League rivals Chelsea. Soccer Football - Turkish Super League - Besiktas vs Galatasaray - Vodafone Park, Istanbul, Turkey - December 2, 2017. Besiktas' striker Cenk Tosun reacts after missing a goal chance against Galatasaray. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File photo06 Jan 2018 05:55AM Share this contentBookmarkLONDON: Everton completed the signing of Turkish striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas on Friday, which may go some way to ease fans' concerns hours after the Merseyside club sold midfielder Ross Barkley to Premier League rivals Chelsea. The 26-year-old Tosun, who has long been linked with a move to Everton, arrives on a 4-1/2 year contract and pledged to bring goals to a side who have struggled to score this season. "It feels great to be an Everton player. I'm really ..

Worries about Malaysia's 'Arabisation' grow as Saudi influence increases

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia's growing ties to Saudi Arabia - and its puritan Salafi-Wahhabi Islamic doctrines - are coming under new scrutiny as concerns grow over an erosion of traditional religious practices and culture in the multi-ethnic nation. A string of recent events has fuelled the concern. Hostility toward atheists, non-believers and the gay community has risen. Two annual beer festivals were cancelled after Islamic leaders objected. A hardline preacher, accused of spreading hatred in India, has received official patronage. The government has backed a parliamentary Bill that would allow the syariah court wider criminal jurisdiction over Muslims in the state of Kelantan. And after religious officials supported a Muslim-only laundromat, Malaysia's mostly ceremonial royalty made a rare public intervention, calling for religious harmony. Ms Marina Mahathir, the daughter of Malaysia's longest serving prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, publicly lashed out at ..

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