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Two recent key international assessments, PISA and ICILS, raise serious concerns about students’ capacity to critically assess information found online

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Reading is no longer mainly about extracting information; it is about constructing knowledge, thinking critically and making well-founded judgements". "Students need to be able to read complex texts, distinguish between credible and untrustworthy sources of ...

Release of OECD PISA 2018 results – worldwide resonance 🌎

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO

 

In general, the press reports too much on country ranking and benchmarking, and too little on more interesting data such as within-country variance; gender equality in the three PISA domains; resources invested in education; the correlation between the students' (and ...

“From the pithy to the odious”: best and worst first lines in fiction

 

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Hephzibah Anderson explores "the art of the perfect first sentence" in a recent article for BBC Culture. (1) Speaking of her own novel, Chastened, published in 2010 , she says the first line "can ...

Multilingual tests: Why adequate training of linguists is a key component of translation quality in test translation and adaptation

 

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO

 

All language service providers will claim that they only work with experienced translators, which is mostly true, but this does not per se ensure translation quality. Serious organisations - and there are many - will invest time in preparing ...

Constance Garnett, the great Russian classics, and the problem of era-specific translation

 

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

"It is sometimes said that in order to convey atmosphere a translation must be redone for each generation". Is this really the case? asks author and journalist Sara Wheeler in a recent article for ...

Social and emotional skills are not only important for individuals but also shape the larger communities and societies we live in

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

The assessment framework of the OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills (SEL) has just been published. (1) Together with the previously published conceptual framework, the Study now has complete framework documentation explaining all of ...

The latest cycle of ICILS reveals that over 40% of students have only minimal ability to critically assess information found online

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Contrary to common assumption young people do not necessarily develop sophisticated digital skills just by growing up using digital devices: 18% of students who took part in the latest cycle of the International Computer and ...

Internet writing: behind the apparent carelessness is a subtly tuned awareness of the full spectrum of the language

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Towards the end of the last decade, a distinctive minimalist style emerged among the users of the micro-blogging site Tumblr: capitals were mostly dispensed with, other than for emphasis, punctuation became notable by its absence; ...

The case of Interslavic, or Medžuslovjanski: a natural or constructed language?

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Attempts to create an "interslavic" language date as far back as the 17th century. The current version of Interslavic, or Medžuslovjanski, was established in 2017, and was the fruit of the merging of the Slovianski ...

Should we use “translate” as a noun? A case of “nominalisation” of a verb

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

The conversion of verbs into nouns is called "nominalisation" (the opposite, turning nouns into verbs, is called "verbing" or "denominalisation"). There are two types of nominalisation. The first involves adding a suffix: the verb "to investigate" produces ...