Test your vocab: Related Links

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Education First English Proficiency Index

The EF EPI compares the levels of English proficiency among foreign learners of English in 44 different countries. They also have a downloadable PDF report (in many languages) with information on the state of English language learning in selected countries.
http://www.ef.com/epi/ef-epi-ranking/

Free Rice

A non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme, which tests and teaches vocabulary, while making a difference: "For each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger."
http://freerice.com/

Language Log

Language Log is a collaborative language blog maintained by University of Pennsylvania phonetician Mark Liberman. Most of the posts are on language use in the media and popular culture. Language Log is now one of the most popular linguistics blogs.
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/

The Economist — Johnson Blog

Johnson is The Economist's blog on language. Specifically: "named after the dictionary-maker Samuel Johnson, our correspondents write about the effects that the use (and sometimes abuse) of language have on politics, society and culture around the world."
http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson

The New York Times — “Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K”

“Nearly two decades ago, a landmark study found that by age 3, the children of wealthier professionals have heard words millions more times than those of less educated parents, giving them a distinct advantage in school and suggesting the need for increased investment in prekindergarten programs. Now a follow-up study has found a language gap as early as 18 months, heightening the policy debate...”
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/us/language-gap-study-bolsters-a-push-for-pre-k.html