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All posts by Susan du Plessis

19

Nov'19

People Who Cannot Read May Be Three Times As Likely To Develop Dementia

New research has found that people who are illiterate, meaning they never learned to read or write, may have nearly three times greater risk of developing dementia than people who can read and write.

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23

Oct'19

Logiese Denke Oefening (Antwoorde Ingesluit)

Die verband tussen logiese denke en lees is lank reeds in die literatuur bevestig. Daar word gesê “daar is nie lees sonder redeneer nie” en daar word selfs gesê “lees is redeneer”. Behalwe dat logiese denke belangrik is vir leesbegrip bestaan duidelike bewys daarvoor dat spesifieke opleiding in logiese denke mense “slimmer” maak.

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Oct'19

Fact of Fiction? Letter Reversals or Mirror Writing Are the Main Sign of Dyslexia

When learning to read, children may mistake certain letters for other similar ones, especially those that can be reversed or appear the same when seen in a mirror. The child may read “dog” as “bog” or look at the written word “was” and read it as “saw”.

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06

Oct'19

Fact of Fiction? Dyslexia Is Caused by a Phonological Deficit

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, dyslexia research has been dominated by a search for the Holy Grail: the single cognitive deficit that is necessary and sufficient to cause all behavioural characteristics of dyslexia. Until the 1950s, the belief was that dyslexia is attributable to visual processing problems.

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06

Oct'19

Leer Afrikaans: Vergelykings

'n Vergelyking is 'n vorm van beeldspraak wat die eksplisiete ooreenkoms tussen die onderwerp en iets totaal anders noem. Dit word gevorm met die woord "soos" of "as".

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30

Sep'19

South African Study Finds Link Between Low Language Ability and Poor Mental Health

Researchers studied language ability and outcomes for 200 13-year-olds in Khayelitsha, a semi-urban, impoverished township outside Cape Town. The study found clear evidence for a link between low language ability and depression in young people.

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29

Aug'19

Leer Afrikaans: Versamelname

'n Versamelnaam of versamelwoord is ’n selfstandige naamwoord wat ’n versameling dinge van dieselfde soort aandui. Hoewel versamelname na 'n versameling of groepering verwys, is hulle almal enkelvoude.

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29

Aug'19

Study: Reading or Listening, the Same Parts of the Brain Are Likely to Be Stimulated

Too busy or lazy to read Melville's Moby Dick or Tolstoy's Anna Karenina? That's OK. Whether you read the classics, or listen to them instead, the same cognitive and emotional parts of the brain are likely to be stimulated. And now, there's a map to prove it.

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29

Aug'19

Research: What’s the Best Way to Teach Children a Second Language?

People often assume that children learn new languages easily and without effort, regardless of the situation they find themselves in. But is it really true that children soak up language like sponges?

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20

Aug'19

Three Cognitive Skills that Matter for Academic Achievement

This paper was presented virtually at the EduLearn19 International Conference on New Learning Technologies in Palma, Spain. The study confirms the importance of strong cognitive skills for academic achievement; the cognitive skill with the strongest correlation was auditory short-term memory.

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