Friday Links Special: Learning about Learning

Posted on November 16, 2012 by


We have a great links post for you this week! Today we’re focusing on learning and language education – which, coincidentally, is our primary mission at TLG. Enjoy!

How do we learn? Here’s a sample of the latest research into education and memorization:

The Guardian Chinese Challenge – Can you learn to read a menu in Chinese – by Monday? The UK Guardian thinks you can, using cutting edge memory technology brought to you by Memrise.

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning – A psychologist’s inquiry about one notable difference in education styles – how cultures interpret struggles – could help us all become better teachers and learners.

Brain-based (Compatible) Learning – “Brain-based learning focuses on applying what we know about the brain to design effective learning environments.” Fascinating research into the cognitive science aspects of how we learn and how we can do better.

The Colossal Pile of Jibberish Behind Discovery, and Its Implications for Science Funding – This look at how we make discoveries shows that progress in sciences is often not incremental (but usually only incremental progress gets funding).

Why do we learn English? How is English education spreading throughout the world?

British have invaded nine out of ten countries – so look out Luxembourg – A shocking statistic, and potential insight into how English became the international language it is today.

Jury out on language-switch trend – An interesting look at how the worldwide move towards English as an international language is progressing in Africa.

Finally, this story explores the power – and the magic – of culture and language:

Read Ken Liu’s amazing story that swept the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards – “Paper Menagerie” is truly a story that transcends its genre. It’s a quick read, and well worth it.