Research shows first language attrition in bilingual people is more common than expected

Researchers at the University of Essex in England are finding that language attrition in bilingual people is more common than previously thought. Language attrition is when second language learners, who do not use their first language regularly, often start to feel ‘rusty.’ It is very common, according to the university’s website. According to research, immigrants can be affected by this phenomenon as attrition happens to those who move away from their first language environment. Monika Schmid, a professor at the department of language and linguistics at the University of Essex, wrote on her website that attrition can happen due to the language not being used after migration.     Linguistic knowledge can be affected by ageing, illness or trauma, or changes […]

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U of T releases sexual violence education and prevention tool online

The University of Toronto (U of T) has launched an online sexual violence education and prevention training module for students, faculty and staff, according to a news release. The training tool is part of the university’s “commitment that all of its community members should be able to study, work and live in a campus environment that is free from sexual violence.” According to the Varsity, the U of T’s student paper, the module consists of a 40-minute video. The  video includes definitions of sexual violence, information on how to respond to someone who has disclosed an incident of sexual violence, as well as the types of support that the university offers. The module is only accessible to U of T students. While the […]

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Men’s Issues Awareness Society takes Ryerson Students’ Union to court

A pair of students at Ryerson University are taking their student government to court, after it rejected the Men’s Issues Awareness Society’s (MIAS) request to form as a campus club. Kevin Arriola and Alexandra Godlewski have been fighting the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) in court since Jan. 24 on behalf of the MIAS. The MIAS was first refused club status at Ryerson in 2015 after the student union expressed concerns that the group was linked to off-campus men’s rights group Canadian Association for Equality, and the anti-feminist group, Voice for Men, according to Jay Cameron, litigation manager for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCFF). The JCFF is a non-profit group backing the MIAS.  However, Ryerson’s MIAS isn’t the first campus […]

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U of A program helps low income students apply to medical school

Two University of Alberta (U of A) students have started a program to help Indigenous and low-income youth prepare for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and to assist in the overall process of applying to medical school. Alexander Wong and Emily Fong, second-year students at the U of A’s medical program, created the program “MD Admission Initiative for Diversity and Equality” (MD AIDE). According to the U of A website, the program “will make it easier for post-secondary students from low-income and Indigenous backgrounds to prepare for the infamously difficult [MCAT].” “Having noticed a lack of diversity in our medical school class, we saw an opportunity to create an initiative to reduce barriers,” Wong said in an email. Prep101, a […]

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U of W professor publishes guide for teachers, refugee students

A professor at the University of Winnipeg (U of W) has co-authored and published a guide for teachers to help refugee and newcomer students excel in the Canadian school system. Bridging Two Worlds: Supporting Newcomer and Refugee Youth informs educators on the various struggles refugee and immigrant children might face whilst adjusting to their new environment. The guide includes practical ways to deal with challenges such as trauma. According to the Government of Canada’s website, 40,081 refugees have entered Canada since November 2015. Jan Stewart, a professor in the faculty of education at the U of W, said that she started developing the guide three years ago as a result of teachers and settlement workers requesting training on how to support […]

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