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Sunday, March 30, 2014

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)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wake expanding language immersion programs

NewsObserver.com – T. KEUNG HUI, SARAH BARR AND MECHELLE HANKERSON

“Two Wake County elementary schools are getting new foreign language immersion programs this fall…“The demand for bilingual employees throughout the world is increasing,” Beth Cochran, Wake’s senior director of magnet and curriculum enhancement programs, told school board members last week. “Throughout the world, knowing more than one language has become the norm rather than the exception.””(more)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

‘A level languages in crisis’

The Telegraph – Tony McAleavy

“Compared to our European neighbours, the British have long failed to take foreign languages sufficiently seriously but, rather alarmingly, the situation seems to be getting significantly worse.”(more)

Monday, March 24, 2014

5 Ways To Increase Your Career Capital

Forbes – Caroline Ceniza-Levine

“In November 2013, Accenture conducted a career survey with 4,100 executives from large and medium-sized business, including equal thirds of Boomers, Generation X, and Millenials, and 50/50 men and women. This global research attempted to better understand 3 areas: career capital; the future role of women in leadership; and career satisfaction. Here are 5 key takeaways from the survey and my advice for how to incorporate these findings into your own career success:”(more)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Aprender nuevos idiomas: Learning new languages

The Kokomo Tribune – Lauren Fitch

“Learning a foreign language at a young age enables students to become more proficient at the language over the course of their academic careers, gives them a better understanding of other cultures and can improve children’s cognitive problem-solving abilities, according to a 2007 newsletter from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.”(more)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Can Learning a New Language Boost Your Creativity?

The Huffington Post – Zach Simon

“I became fascinated with the question of what relationship exists, if any, between foreign language ability and creativity after reading Earnest Hemmingway’s The Sun Also Rises this past summer.”(more)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Language learning: what motivates us?

The Guardian – Lauren Razavi

“What happens in the brain when we try to learn a language can tell us a lot about what drives us to learn it in the first place.”(more)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Building Conversational Fluency

Language Magazine – Andres Abeyta

“Learning a second language can be a difficult task. Students work very hard learning grammar, comprehension, and vocabulary and generally do well on their exams in these areas because language programs are tailored to them.”(more)

Monday, March 17, 2014

A second language spurs learning centers in the brain

Medill Reports – Merrill D’Arezzo

“Anthony Shook, a doctoral student at Northwestern University, researches the cognitive system in the brain that is involved with language processing. He described a study where native English-speaking children and native Spanish-speaking children were merged in a two-way language school in the U.S. Shook said that not only did the native Spanish-speakers improve in all areas of school, the native English speakers. did as well. Both groups improved their cognitive skill – not just in English, but in math.”(more)