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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Best Way to Learn a Foreign Language Is the Opposite of the Usual Way

Forbes – Katharine B. Nielson

“Helping Americans move beyond English should be a top priority, but we won’t see the outcomes we need until we abandon approaches that don’t work….in recent years a popular language teaching methodology has grown up in many countries…The idea: Use foreign languages to teach non-language subjects. Early research indicates that this is effective at fostering an environment that leads to impressive language learning.”(more)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The importance of dual language immersion programs

Voxxi- John Benson

“The reason why bilingual education programs produce higher-achieving students has to do with cognitive benefits such as enhanced understanding of mathematics, creativity and selective retention.”(more)

Cooking and Learning Spanish with Kids: A Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe!

Babble – Mari Hernandez-Tuten

“Cooking with my kids gives our familia so many opportunities to connect, and for some reason, they are much more motivated to eat what they’ve made themselves! As of late, I’ve decided to take advantage of our cooking time by making it educational and adding a bilingual component to it which helps build positive and practical associations with Spanish.”(more)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

It’s a mistake to cut back on foreign language

The Citizen-Press – Lilly Brown

“Recently, administrators for the Iowa City Community School District announced plans to make budget cuts to avoid going into deficit spending for the next fiscal year. Many programs, classes and educational activities will be affected by the decision. And although all of the programs affected are important to our education, the elimination of German and seventh-grade foreign language is completely unacceptable.”(more)

Friday, April 4, 2014

For Latino Parents, Bilingual Classrooms Aren’t Just About Language

GPB News – Kelli Korducki

“Right now, across the country, parents are in the midst of trying to get their children enrolled in bilingual classrooms for next September….Parents want their kids to learn a foreign language. The thinking is that a second language will bring significant cultural and economic advantages. But for many Latino parents (and others as well) there is something more at play…”(more)

Foreign language pilot program for elementary students expands in Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit Journal – TORIANO PORTER

“By his own admission, being immersed in multiple languages has meant a world of difference to Emmanuel Ngomsi, chief executive of World Link 360…world-wide studies continue to show that being immersed in a different language brings out the best in a child’s learning development. “Kids that learn a second language score even higher in math, in logic tests and are also proficient in problem-solving skills,” he said.”(more)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Dual-language programs in schools gain following

Chron – Erika Mellon

“Like school systems across the nation, several local districts — including Houston, Alief, Clear Creek, Pasadena and Spring Branch — have expanded dual-language programs, as more parents want their children to grow up bilingual and studies generally show positive academic results.”(more)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Language immersion could become a student right

The Daily World – Mike Hasten

“If Acadiana lawmakers get their way, students will have as much right to enroll in language immersion programs as in regular public school courses.”(more)

The benefits of learning a foreign language

The News Miner – Melissa Brown

“The incentives to learn a second language are compelling. Chris Thomas, manager of GE’s Commercial Leadership Program, says that job applicants who speak more than one language ‘are attractive and more marketable. There’s a growing need to understand and relate to customers and partners in a language that they are comfortable speaking.’.”(more)

Should I raise my kids bilingually?

The Conversation – Katherine Demuth and Nan Xu Rattanasone

“As one in four Australians is now born outside of Australia, many children are growing up with other languages spoken at home. Should parents speak to their child in their first language, or attempt to speak to them in English?.”(more)