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Welcome to your June language fix!

In this issue we explore the concept of multilingualism and the benefits of learning a new language. Moreover, we analyse the "Going Global" Forum and debate, which centres on multilingualism versus English as a medium of instruction. Furthermore, under our quick facts section, we delve into the history of Youth Day and share insights into the liberation of South Africa's education system. With Father's Day coming up, we explore how to say "Happy Father's Day" in different languages and then tackle some tongue twisters!

The Wits Language School Africa Week celebration took place between 9-14 May, with free language demo lessons offered by various departments in the School taking place throughout the week. The event was successful and resulted in six lucky individuals winning prizes, with the main prize being a course to the value of R5000. Congratulations to all the winners!

Lastly, we would like to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father's Day, and all Muslims commencing Ramadhan, Ramadhan Kareem!

JUNE 2016 Edition
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Going Global
Multilingualism

Africa Week

Quick Facts





Going Global

The Going Global conference in Cape Town ran from the 3rd to 5th of May, whereby a very interesting panel discussion on the use and preparation of English at university level ensued. The title of the presentation was, "Multilingualism versus English as a medium of instruction." The chair of the discussion was Elizabeth Shepherd, who is the senior research manager at the British Council in the UK. Other participants included: Prof Russell Kaschula from Rhodes University; Dr Gölge Seferoglu from the Middle East Technical University and Roger Smith director of the English Language Enhancement Network.The session gave an interesting insight to the role that African languages are starting to play in tertiary studies, in comparison to how other foreign universities are presenting study with regards to English.
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Multilingualism

Swedish scientists have discovered this fact when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when individuals learn a new language.

Research suggests that there are approximately 6,500 spoken languages in the world with only 2,000 of those languages having fewer than 1,000 speakers. Additionally, studies suggest that a mere 5% of the world population speak English, while 95% speak other languages. It has been proven that individuals who speak more than one language fluently have better memories and are more innovative and mentally flexible than monolinguals. Canadian studies suggest that Alzheimer’s disease and the onset of dementia are diagnosed later for bilinguals than for monolinguals, implying that knowing a second language can help individuals to stay healthy.
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Africa Week

From 9-14 May 2016, Wits Language School (WLS) hosted a series of free language lessons of the various courses offered at the School, as part of the celebrations that took place at Wits University to commemorate Africa Day.

The aim of the event week was not only to showcase the range of courses but also to celebrate language diversity in Africa and bring awareness to the kaleidoscope of language and culture that is Africa. About a hundred of the languages of Africa are widely used for inter-ethnic communication. Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Hausa, Igbo, Fulani and Yoruba are spoken by millions of people and the linguistic diversity of many African countries has made them increasingly aware of the value of their linguistic inheritance and the importance of preserving their languages.

The event was fruitful and resulted in many individuals illustrating interest in the various courses as well as many registering for upcoming intakes. Six lucky individuals walked away with prizes with the main prize been a course to the value of R5000. Congratulations to all the winners!
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Quick Facts

Youth Day in South Africa commemorates the Soweto Uprising that transpired in the country on 16 June 1976. The day is celebrated every year in remembrance of the youth who stood up for their rights and for those that perished on the day.

Father's Day is celebrated globally and the most popular wish associated with the occasion is of course, "Happy Father's Day". See if you can identify the translation of the phrase according to different languages.

Tongue Twisters are a great way to improve pronunciation and fluency. Become a more confident speaker and communicate more clearly. Sign up now for our English Speaking and Pronunciation Course before 5 July 2016.
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