Offbeat destinations: Bird language spoken in this Turkish village now on Unesco list

The next time you are in Turkey, go off the beaten tourist circuit and visit Kuskoy – the village in district Canakci in Giresun province where people communicate through bird sounds. The unusual and very efficient whistle language used as a means of communication by villagers in remote northern Turkey has entered the Unesco list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Unesco has accepted the “bird language” of Black Sea villagers as an endangered part of world heritage in need of urgent protection, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Around 10,000 people,…

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English to be second language in Vietnam HE

The Minister of Education and Training, Phung Xuan Nha, has initially aimed this regulation at 61 universities, academies and colleges under the Ministry. Announced last month, the regulation will ensure that lecturers at universities hold their meetings in English, with students also required to give presentations and discussions in English. “It sends a very strong signal that English proficiency is important for Vietnam” Autonomous universities will be asked to review and report on the difficulties in implementing English as a second language on campus, and suggest resolutions. “Once English becomes…

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Parents are underestimating their children’s ability to learn language, claims report

Too many parents are underestimating their children’s ability to learn language, according to a report. A poll of parents by charity Save the Children revealed nearly half of those polled (47 per cent) had low expectations of their children’s ability to learn  reckoning they would know 100 words by their third birthday – just half the number recommended by the Government. As a result, the children struggle to learn when they start school and could be behind in class throughout their school years. Figures show there are 130,000 children struggling…

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