Duolingo chief shakes up language learning

National May 23, 2014

Duolingo chief shakes up language learning

by Tomoko Otake

While in his teens, growing up in a family running a candy factory in Guatemala, Luis von Ahn said he often fantasized about creating a gym anyone could join for free. Now 34, von Ahn, an IT entrepreneur and associate professor of computer science at ...

Commentary / Japan May 20, 2014

Design tests to measure priority outcomes

by Walt Gardner

The discovery of fraud in the adminstration of the high-stakes TOEFL and TOEIC tests is disturbing, but the larger issue — which has been given short shrift — is that these tests are designed to emphasize written English rather than spoken English.

Osaka museum offers Big Bang for your buck

Lifestyle May 16, 2014

Osaka museum offers Big Bang for your buck

by Jason Jenkins

Tokyo is teeming with opportunities for families to learn and play, but the nation's capital doesn't have a monopoly on educational fun. Osaka has many great places for kids, including the popular Big Bang Science Museum. Located between downtown Osaka and the Kansai International Airport, ...

Educating Asian women paying off for Japan Inc.

National May 12, 2014

Educating Asian women paying off for Japan Inc.

by Ben Dooley

When Kimsru Duth was a child, her mother moved her family from rural Cambodia to the capital, Phnom Penh, in the hope of sending her daughter to college. She took two grueling jobs, working days as a waitress and nights doing laundry, but she ...