Traditional v 21st Century language translation methods. Which are you?

This is an interesting story that really makes you think about language acquisition.

A power couple in neuroscience, professors Patricia Kuhl and Andrew Meltzoff were in Hong Kong recently to give a talk on their respective areas of expertise – emotional quotient and intelligence quotient – and the role of each in language acquisition.  http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1456247/between-lines-why-bilingualism-childs-play

For me I am left with the feeling that traditional methods are wholly useless, and no matter how long a person tries to learn a language or how much money they spend then they are already setting themselves up for a fall. However people still tell us if we are to communicate across language then we must speak another language. For me I think we just need to simply communicate.

It is difficult to acquire language later in life because the brain loses its elasticity. In terms of learning new languages past the age of seven, Kuhl posits that the “window of learning” stays open longer for children who were exposed to different languages as babies.

I believe that if this research is true then those who have had no exposure to other languages as a child, will struggle as adults and depending on when this influence stopped their wired connections in the brain are already being depleted.

Kuhl found early language skills predict future reading abilities, and skills not developed early are difficult to remediate later on.

This is where I believe EMASUK comes into its own.

  • We don’t want people to fail.
  • We understand that not everyone is a linguist, not everyone can learn many languages yet the way people are moving globally this is in some cities and expectation.
  • What we do all want to do is communicate whether with colleagues, customers or other adults, no matter what field you are in. For the vast majority of us that means recognising where we are and then looking for a way to bridge the gap.

Our award winning Talking Tool called Two can Talk or ClaireTalk (in health settings) does this easily and relatively cheaply. Using two key boards and 26 languages it is possible to communicate across these languages simply and effectively at low cost 24 hours a day.

So which will you be?

  1. traditional continuing to do what you have always done and wondering why it isn’t having an effect? or
  2. use the toosl and knowledge available to me today to develop my communication skills?

If you chose number 2 the contact us for more details  info@emasuk.com, 07824612965 for more details.

Bruce Moss

Tel: 07500 008092

Email: bruce.moss@bmconsultancy.co.uk

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In the fractions of seconds it took my English-starved brain to process words like “Césarienne,” Dr. Martin had already spewed 15 more. This was a conversation I desperately needed to understand.

The new article http://watchnewspapers.com/bookmark/24549811-RAISING-ELLE-A-Compelling-Argument-for-Bilingual-Education really sets the scene from the patients point of view when dealing with medical issues. It also bears out our research at a Coventry hospital gynecological and maternity unit where patients found Clairetalk to be invaluable.

Using an interpreter can be an issue when the interpreter is male, when we are doing intimate examinations or discussing sensitive issues. The women can be less forth coming with information. NHS staff feedback re Clairetalk

The patient in this article clearly cites incidences where she feels the experience could have been improved but also where Education embracing bilingualism could also support more children in schools.

Six years ago this week I was sitting naked in a doctor’s examining chair, nine months pregnant and attempting to understand what my French-speaking OB-GYN was talking about.

It was an unsettling experience indeed, the naked and enormously nine-month-pregnant part, since it was a rude awakening to learn that the French don’t seem to care that those flimsy paper coverups exist. After spending half of my pregnancy and giving birth to my first child in France, and thus spending an exorbitant amount of time naked on examining tables, I vowed I would never take disposable exam gowns for granted again.

My modesty aside, the experience was most disquieting due to the fact that French words were rattling like pinballs inside my head. In the fractions of seconds it took my English-starved brain to process words like “Césarienne,” Dr. Martin had already spewed 15 more that I didn’t have the time or mental fortitude to translate. And this was a conversation I desperately needed to understand.

Two weeks before my due date, I sat in that chair as my already frazzled language-learning synapses grasped frantically at every four or fifth word I could comprehend. Painstakingly, after many sheepish requests that he “Parlez plus lentement, s’il vous plait” (speak slower, please), I was able to stack together enough of the puzzle to understand what he was telling me.

(Dr. Martin spoke one word of English: naked. So the beginning of the appointment had gone well. He pointed at me and commanded, “Naked!” so that’s what I did. It went downhill from there. Dr. Martin made it clear that he found it utterly annoying that an American woman would come to France and need her doctor to speak English. Some things, I discovered during our winter in France, need no translation.)

My “accouchement” (birth) would be “anormal” (abnormal) because the baby soon to be  known as Elodie was “au siege” (breech), and I would need to plan for a “Césarienne,” (C-section.) It would be next week, on Fevrier 22, merci et au revoir!

It was certainly my choice to put myself in the uncomfortable position of being giant-bellied and stark naked in a country where I spoke the language as well as a native 2-year-old. So I took the mental battering as well as I could, considering our circumstances, and now that I look back, I’m more grateful than ever that Craig and I were naïve enough to think that having a baby in France would be “pas de problem.”

I have a beautiful daughter with a French name and birth certificate, and, in addition, a much more acute appreciation of the need for learning a second language.

Last month, the Telluride School District’s Global Fluency Committee gave a presentation on incorporating bilingual education into the elementary school curriculum. More than half of the world’s population (65 percent) are bilingual or multilingual. Young children learn languages easily, and learning another language has been shown to enhance a child’s proficiency in his or her native tongue, we learned.

While in France, I noticed that nearly everyone in Tignes, the ski resort where we lived for a season, on Ski Patrol exchange, spoke at least enough English to get by. Nearly half of that resort’s visitors come from English-speaking countries, so speaking English is just a part of doing business. I also observed, with much awe, that the children in the Tignes preschool were already being given lessons in English.

As it turns out, France isn’t the only place where non-native languages are quickly gaining traction.

School-age children who speak a language other than English at home are one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States, studies suggest. Their numbers doubled between 1980 and 2009, and now comprise 21 percent of school-age kids.

There were 4.7 million students classified as “English language learners” – those who have not yet achieved proficiency in English – in the 2009-10 school year, or about 10 percent of children enrolled, according to the most recent figures available from the U.S. Department of Education.

Bilingual education has long been a hot-button issue in America, raising issues like immigration and civil rights. California, Massachusetts and Arizona have actually banned bilingual education, claiming that it hinders, rather than helps, students who lack proficiency in English.

Thus far, much of the bilingual-education debate has centered around whether or not bringing  non-English speakers to English proficiency is the duty of the public school system, and if so, how can it best be done. Statistics show that many schools’ non-English speakers actually fare worse in standardized tests when educated under a bilingual system.

Yet proponents of bilingual education counter that the schools boasting the highest percentages of non-English speakers, which offer some form of bilingual education, are usually located in the lowest-income school districts and thus face an array of roadblocks to offering quality education overall, including large class size and insufficiently trained teachers.

The bilingual education debate isn’t new. In response to a growing outcry that non-English-speaking students weren’t getting an equal education due to a dearth of teachers and programs promoting multilingual studies, Congress passed the Bilingual Education Act in 1968. Later, the National Advisory Council on Bilingual Education was formed to articulate a plan for a national policy in bilingual education.

In the language of the federal law: “Where inability to speak and understand the English language excludes national origin minority group children from effective participation in the educational program offered by a school district, the district must take affirmative steps to rectify the language deficiency in order to open its instructional program to these students.”

Yet a part of the debate that seems to be emerging more recently centers around the idea that bilingual education can benefit students other than those who don’t speak English. English-speaking students, when educated early under a truly bilingual program (in which 50 percent of class time is spent speaking English and 50 percent speaking another language, like the system TSD’s Global Fluency Committee has proposed,) have been shown to excel in their native language as well as a second language. As bilingual graduates, they enter a growingly diverse world job market better prepared. And though studies can’t prove it, I’m willing to bet that on average, citizens who speak another language would have a healthier respect and understanding of other cultures.

Let’s end the debate and start seeing the world, and our children’s place in it, for what it really is: Culturally and linguistically diverse. Let’s raise our children with not just a healthy respect for other cultures and languages, but with a solid comprehension of those cultures and languages. And that means educating them early in the languages of other cultures.

I heartily applaud the Telluride School District’s Global Fluency Committee’s forward-thinking approach to closing the multilingualism gap that currently exists between American students and the rest of the world. Let’s raise up all of our community’s students, by offering them the chance to speak the all-inclusive language of cultural acceptance.

What do you think? I am sure our doctors dont have the same attitude as the patients doctor all I have met want to support their patients the best way possible.

For Health providers if you want more information about Clairetalk go to the website http://www.emasuk.com and choose Healthcare

For education if you want more information about Talking Tutor, Text Tutor and our award winning two can Talk again choose http://www.emasuk.com and choose Education.

or email us at info@emasuk.com or call

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Text Tutor Offer – £99.00 RRP £300.00

Educationalists – When a new learner joins your school, how do you welcome them into yours school’s pastoral environment prior to the first time in a classroom? With an English speaking child we would normally give them a welcome pack with school times, uniforms or dress code, important places such as the dining room and important people on, and maybe some tips on how the parents can support them to improve their academic abilities.
Until now this has meant expensive translators and hours of work. But with Text Tutor, our award winning translation tool, it now only takes minutes and the same message can go out in 60 languages at the touch of a button.

Ideal for:

  • Letters to home for  absenteeism etc.
  • School forms such as  admission
  • School signs
  • Scaffolded support sheets
  • Newsletters
  • Welcome booklets

Doctors and Healthcare workers – When a patient enters your surgery or busy A and E how would you normally find out which language the patient speaks when care is critical? As with Education you can use this in real time situations to create written detail in over 60 languages at the touch of a button.

Police and Solicitors – When your prisoner/ client arrives that speaks little or no English at initial consultation how do you communicate to ensure you get both get the best from the consultation, even if it just to get the right translator for you?

Our February special offer is Text Tutor for only £99 normally £300. Buy today and get 12 months unlimited use of Text Tutor.
To take advantage of this offer please contact us at info@emasuk.com or 0845 009 4939

EMASUK App is Excellent and Easy to use for a safe outcome says Doctor

Yesterday we were asked to help in a crisis where a doctor needed to communicate with a Chinese patient. Looking at the tools we have on hand we thought the App would be the most efficient and portable tool in the situation, so it was great when our thoughts were shown to be correct and we received this feedback from the doctor.

Thanks- I ‘ve just used it in a consultation with a chinese patient – it was excellent – easy to use and allowed me to get a safe outcome. The patient was very impressed !

We are all undoubtedly happy but for the patient and Doctor it is more than this – it proved that in clinical situations this app can support a safe outcome.

If you would like more information about the app which retails at £995 for 5 apps contact us at info@emasuk.com or call 08450094939.

NEW Clairetalk APP

I stood in hospital today at the bed of a man who had breathing difficulties and a cough, his heart rate was rising and his breathing getting shallower and he obviously couldn’t understand what we were saying to him, he looked frightened, he mouthed something that wasn’t English. I stood there and wondered what I could do next.

How many of our readers that are doctors and nurses find themselves in this position on a daily or weekly basis?

We have made this situation a thing of the past. Clairetalk is a revolutionary communications system that speaks your text (similar to Siri)  in 25 languages and even has yes and no paddles for those with poor literacy skills.

The use of the new  ‘app’ adds portability making it even easier for you as health professionals or outreach visitors to talk to your patients. With a choice of over 25 languages you can easily converse with patients reassuring and explaining to them about their health conditions. The Clairetalk app is a portable translation system that works on any tablet or your smart phone.

Just to reassure new readers of this blog in schools teachers are using it successfully with parents and their wider community so although it may be new to you, young people and their parents may already be versatile in using this technology. In councils the tools are being used with new arrivals particularly for housing matters and where parents have used it in schools are asking for its availability in their offices.

5 x Clairetalk app = £999.00  representing good value for money.

5 x Clairetalk app plus 5 x I-Pad = £4950  making you in charge of your communication, at a budgetable annual cost, 7 days a week, 24 hours per day representing a price of just £14.00 per day for 5 people or less than 3 pounds per person.

NO surprise bills –  As a manager you will know what the cost is making it completely budgetable for the foreseeable future.

Contact us at info@emasuk.com or 0845 009 49 39.

For current members who would like to add the app to their tools please contact info@emasuk and ask for your members discount.

In an emergency situation EMASUK is invaluable

Benefits of the talking tools in A and E.  As A and E’s begin to use this system the following statement is becoming a very familiar statement .

In an emergency situation the talking tools are invaluable.

The reasons being given by doctors and nurses for this include the;

  • ease of access
  • availability without extra cost at weekends and through the nights
  • availability of phrasebook for those sentences frequently used which also sped up the process of triage, general form filling in and information gathering.
  • waiting for a translator/interpreter can be too long but this is when the online tool comes into its own.

There are many challenges ahead of all healthcare providers including the new CCG’s,  if you would like us to be part of your solution contact John via email j.foxwell@emasuk.com   or  phone  07525 323219.

European Day of Languages

Thursday will see us celebrating the European Day of Languages. Thirty years ago many of us would only have been aware of a minority of languages depending on what was known around the area where we lived.  To day  throughout the country many of us are communicating with others that also speak Polish as well as our native English and increasingly languages like Czech, Slovak, Lithuanian, Turkish, Hungarian, French and Latvian. This is difficult for those of you in the front line as your Lithuanian may not be anywhere as good as their English even if their English is considered poor.  That is where Clairetalk, Two Can Talk and Talking Tutor come into their own as you can type in English and have it spoken aloud in all of these languages. To speak across languages Two Can Talk is great as they can then type in their language and you can hear it in English.  Brilliant at A and E when decisions need to be made fast and in schools or doctors surgeries where you need more in-depth conversation and also a record of the conversation.

 

Celebrate with us and look out on our Facebook page for a great deal Thursday only.