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WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for July 2019

Published: July 30, 2019

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention during the month of July.

Learning Languages in the Classroom and "in the Wild." What is it about immersion that facilitates second language acquisition? Dr. Aneta Pavlenko of Temple University says that while world language learning promotes explicit memory, facilitated by patient instructors, language “in the wild” is more similar to “real world” transactions and interactions, where few people are willing to wait while we fumble to retrieve new words and put them in an intelligible order. Immersion learning can also be personally relevant and address immediate needs.

Why Speaking Only English Is Not Enough. Language immersion is needed to help address global challenges, yet U.S. citizens are falling behind.

Leonardo da Vinci: Holistic Learner. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. Widely considered one of the greatest polymaths in human history, Leonardo was an inventor, artist, musician, architect, engineer, anatomist, botanist, geologist, historian and cartographer. He saw in animals “the image of the world.” He joined art with engineering. He was an environmentalist ahead of his time.

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