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Keep learning languages, kids.

Bilingual children have an advantage over others who speak only one language, a study has shown. Children aged four and younger who speak two languages or are learning a second have more rapid improvements in inhibitory control, a study by the University of Oregon has said. Inhibitory control is the...
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Interesting! What language are you learning, and why?

"Chinese is the language with the most native speakers in the world with about 1.2 billion. There are two main dialects that make up the Chinese language — Mandarin and Cantonese — and 1 billion of the total speak Mandarin. The sheer size alone means the language will continue to be important for business in the future."

From Jeff Bezos to Ivanka Trump, these families teach their children Mandarin.
businessinsider.com
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If you really want to learn a language, take advantage of the amazing professors we have at Washington and Lee University! Many allow students to audit courses.

We agree.

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What language(s) can you speak? What language would you like to learn?

Did you forget something in the GDL? Here's what we found at close today! Come by the GDL Support office, room 135, if they're yours!

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Did you know that ALL W&L students can get free access to a Mango account?

Change it up this week and come check out the GDL. We have great spaces for you to work, meet with groups, or just relax and drink tea on this cold November day.

Why else do you think Global Education is critical in the modern day? Let us know in the comments below...

Technology has changed the world’s landscape.
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Global Discovery Laboratories updated their cover photo.
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Here's some good news if you want to learn a language and love exercising...

Working out during a language class amplifies an adult’s ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary.
nytimes.com

Good news for language learners: "We know that people who speak more than one language fluently have better memories and are more cognitively creative and mentally flexible than monolinguals."

Scans and neuroscience are helping scientists understand what happens to the brain when you learn a second language
theguardian.com

We're all so proud of former GDL employee Will Mason '17, good luck and keep in touch!

Will Mason

"Let's take over the world"
-Pitbull

Tomorrow I leave for a year teaching English as a Princeton in Asia fellow in Shihezi, Xinjiang, northwest China.I will no...t have phone service while I'm abroad, but I can be reached reliably via my school email and less reliably through my gmail or on FB.

Although it's hard to say goodbye to family and friends, I'm beyond stoked for this new challenge and opportunity to grow. Stay in touch and see ya later!

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Wondering what GDL learning and technology specialist Keith Denning '18 was up to this summer? He worked for a startup fast-casual restaurant, Leaf & Grain, in Houston, TX! Keith worked on the Leaf & Grain team and helped create the company's catering platform 🍃

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Have you seen these GDL Assistants around campus this summer? Kiki Spiezio '17, Colby Boudreau '20, and Taylor Reese '19 took a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway to visit #PeaksofOtter after winding down their summer jobs. Kiki did research on gerrymandering and worked as a Alumni College RA, Colby worked as the GDL summer intern and Language Academies point person, and Taylor interned with Student Affairs.

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The Global Discovery Laboratories will be closed on Friday, March 17, 2017, so specialists will be able to attend the SSA conference on campus. Regular hours will resume on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

The GDL is hiring, so apply now! Training will begin during Spring Term. If you have any questions, email gdl@wlu.edu

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Please complete the form below. If there is a vacancy and your qualifications meet the standards for the GDL, you will be contacted for an interview. Thank you for your interest in joining our team!
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