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March 17, 2010

Dog masters English as a second language

collie.jpegThe EL Gazette reports that a dog brought in to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has made good progress after receiving a course of English lessons. The dog, a male border collie, initially did not respond to commands. The RSPCA workers thought the dog was deaf, but then tried giving commands in Polish because the dog had been brought in by a Polish family. Once the dog started responding to commands in Polish, staff started teaching him to react to basic commands in English using a 'reward-based' programme. Within four months, the dog had become bilingual.

The EL Gazette previously reported on gorillas arriving at a Valencia zoo who needed to be spoken to in English after they had lived in zoos in France and Germany.

The EL Gazette is a subscription-based monthly newspaper serving the international ESL (English as a Second Language) and Tefl (Teaching English as a Foreign language) community. Published for over 25 years, as the only newspaper for everyone in the ELT learning and teaching arena, the English Language Gazette covers all aspects of the ESL profession. Click here for more information.

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