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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)

Friday, September 26, 2014

September 26 is European Day of Languages

Panorama.am – Staff Writer

“The European Day of Languages is 26 September, as proclaimed by the Council of Europe…The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are to: alert the public to the importance of language learning and diversify the range of languages learned in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding; promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity…” (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)

Language Skills Boost Work Goals

The Arkansas Traveler – Rebekah Harvey

“Learning another language has long term benefits… it is fun, challenging, and always helpful and impressive when traveling to a country where you can speak some of the native people’s tongue. Its benefits for life and boosting of marketability to the professional field are reasons enough to consider furthering an education in a foreign language.” (more)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Language of Life: Five ways language learning will make your child smarter

The Sacramento Bee – ANGELA JACKSON

“Looking for a new activity this fall for your child? Try language learning. I like to say it is the super activity of activities – akin to a “super food.” In addition to the utility of a language, there are many other benefits that lead to your child becoming smarter overall!” (more)

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)