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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Children benefit from learning multiple languages

The Tallahassee Democrat – Ty Pittman

“Students who are educated in the U.S. typically need some type of foreign language credit in order to graduate from high school. There is beauty in learning another language and being able to communicate effectively with native speakers of that language.” (more)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Could Bilingual Education Mold Kids’ Brains to Better Resist Distraction?

Mind Shift – Samara Freemark and Stephen Smith

“For decades, psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite. Researchers now believe that when people learn another language, they develop cognitive advantages that improve their attention, self-control and ability to deal with conflicting information.” (more)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Learn Chinese to get a job!

Pakistan Today – Staff Writer

“Pakistan-China Institute Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has said that to capture the huge job market in projects related to Pak-China Economic Corridor, Pakistani youth and varsities must obtain benefit from Online Chinese Language classes offered by Pakistan-China Institute.” (more)

‘Remarkable increase’ in young Europeans learning Spanish

Euro News – Chris Harris

“The data, released to coincide with European Day of Languages on September 26, shows the percentage of EU pupils studying the language jumped by 64.9 percent in the seven years leading up to 2012.” (more)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Power of Dual-Language Programs

Time Warner Cable News – Jennifer Borget

“In a dual language program, students learn other subjects in a second language…The idea is to teach students a new language beginning in kindergarten so they can become fluent in two languages at once…students with an average of four or more years of a foreign language study scored higher on the verbal section of the SATs.” (more)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bilingual programs get the royal treatment

Chalkbeat New York – Jessica Glazer

“Queen Letizia of Spain stopped by P.S. 103 Dos Puentes Elementary School, one of four city schools newly added to a network of U.S. schools with Spanish immersion programs. The visit, complete with balloons and a song-and-dance performance, added bit of royal flair to Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s continued focus on dual language programs” (more)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Language learning by the numbers — and how you can come out on top

USA Today – Amelia Friedman

“Learning a language can advance our careers, our personal lives, our cognition, and our potential to make a positive impact on the world. Here’s why:” (more)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Column: Teaching Spanish a must for schools

The Newark Advocate – Don Haven

“The justification for taxpayer-funded public schools is that they provide our citizens with the knowledge necessary to vote intelligently, earn a living, and to make a positive contribution to society. A tall order, for sure, but one that is vitally necessary for our country to prosper, to remain free, and to reach its potential.” (more)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Young children benefit from foreign language study (Video)

WBAL TV – Megan Pringle

“A growing number of parents are enrolling their young children in classes like Spanish and Mandarin Chinese because studies show it can boost a child’s brain function.” (more)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Achtung baby: the future is bi-lingual

The Age – Julia Proctor

“From Chinese to French, Italian to Japanese, Victoria is on track for every prep to learn a second language from next February.” (more)