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Monday, July 7, 2014

Wanting it enough: why motivation is the key to language learning

The Guardian – Alison Mackey

“Second language professionals, after explaining what we do for a living, are inevitably asked “What’s the fastest/best/most foolproof method for learning a language?” Some of us like to answer: language by partner, meaning, go to the country and fall in love with someone who speaks only the language you want to learn and not yours. In academic terms, what we are recommending is that people make the most of something that is crucial for language learning – motivation.” (more)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Children take two extra languages in their stride

Swiss Info – Sonia Fenazzi

“The researchers add that children also learn how to learn languages. This leads to the development of what they call metacognitive skills: the ability to reflect on one’s own learning, find the best strategies and then decide when and how to use them. This effect is longlasting, on into the teens and adulthood.” (more)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Programs promote bilingualism in several states

Yakima Herald – Gosia Wozniacka

“Dual-language programs have gained in popularity across the country as employers seek bilingual, bicultural workers, and more parents view bilingualism as necessary for their children’s success in a globalized world.” (more)

Success demands foreign language education

Delmarva Now – Spencer Tilghman

“As Americans, we must teach our children foreign languages so the United States is better equipped to compete in an increasingly globalized world — and to share its principles of liberty and egalitarianism with all people, just as it has done for the last 238 years.” (more)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Springfield school system’s Chinese immersion camp prepares kids for global economy

Mass Live – Carolyn Robbins

“StarTalk, the Chinese Immersion summer camp at Gerena School was visited by Congressman Richard Neal. The four week program teaches Mandarin and chinese history to various levels of students by the immersive process…”It’s the future,” Neal said. “By learning Chinese, these kids will be competitive in the new economy.”” (more)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Asian Immersion Schools Surge in Popularity to Meet Demand

NBC News – Aimee Phan

“Christine Wu-Dittmar is one of the founding families of Yu Ming Charter School, a K-8 Mandarin immersion school in Oakland, California. She said she and her husband always wanted their children, a third grader and kindergartener, to learn Mandarin, not only to remain close to their heritage, but for their futures. “We don’t know what the world is going to be when they grow up,” Wu-Dittmar said. “But as a parent, you want them to have everything. This is going to give them more opportunities.”” (more)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bilingualists have the better brain

I-Africa – Staff Writer

“The research aimed to answer the question as to whether the most intelligent people are likely to learn a new language, or whether learning a new language increases cognitive ability. The results proved the latter is true.” (more)

Monday, June 30, 2014

How Learning a Second Language Teaches Better Communication Skills

Business 2 Community – Kyle McClure

“One thing that never seems to be talked about is how learning a second language opens a whole new window of opportunity to learn how other people in this big ol’ world are communicating and what we can take away from that. Here are my top four takeaways.” (more)

Diploma seal rewards bilingual education

The Journal Gazette – Staff Writer

“When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from Corvallis High School this month, her diploma had a little something extra – an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual.” (more)

Opinion: Why Is Bilingual Education Better?

Fox News Latino – Mary A. Stewart

“However, in the dual language model of bilingual education, the goal is full bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism. These programs should last through at least fifth grade and preferably through high school to produce the best outcome. This model is not about translating, nor is it about merely learning another language. It is about learning in another language for some subject matter and learning in one’s first language for other subject matter. Teachers are trained to teach language (i.e. English) and content (i.e. Math) at the same time. So during the 45-minute block for math, students learn both.” (more)