LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 291 – Emoji for Language Learning

LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students


1. Mcculloch, Gretchen. “Children are using emoji for digital-age language learning,” (January 1, 2019)

When kids use emoji it may seem random—a bunch of silly pictures on a screen. But kids start out learning spoken and signed languages in a similar way: by babbling nonsense syllables, which teaches them the rhythm of conversation and trains them to make fine articulatory movements. The silly strings of emoji that young kids send could serve a similar purpose.

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2. Locker, Melissa. “These are the 25 worst passwords of 2018,” (December 13, 2018)

Everyone knows that internet security is important and the first line of defense is a strong password, but when every single website, online store, and the app requires a password, people get a little lazy. Maybe you’ll get lucky and no one will hack your account, but if you make your password too easy, it just might end up on SplashData’s annual list of Worst Passwords of the Year.

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Origin: a novel / Dan Brown

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever”. This meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos. Langdon is forced to escape Bilbao with the elegant museum director. Grab this latest thriller of Dan Brown to follow through the adventure to its satisfying conclusion.


Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire on January 9, 1972

In Hong Kong harbor, a fire breaks out aboard the Queen Elizabeth, and by the next morning the famous vessel lies in a wreck on the bottom of the sea floor.

The RMS Queen Elizabeth, boasting a 200,000-horsepower engine and an elegant art deco style, made its public debut in 1946, leaving Southampton, England, on its first luxurious run across the Atlantic. However, before her days as a lavish passenger liner, the Queen Elizabeth steamed across the ocean for another purpose–as a transport vehicle during World War II.

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