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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

B-schools use Mandarin mantra for global success

Hindustan Times – Apoorva Puranik

““China is a growing market and will soon become the most dominant global economy. For management students, knowing English and Mandarin means they can communicate with half the world’s population,” said Bala V Balachandran, founder of the Great Lakes Institute of Management. “Knowledge of Mandarin puts students at a great advantage.””(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)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Families look to teach children multiple languages

The Exponent Online – Megan Tarter

“American families, now more than ever, are seeking ways to foster bilingualism in their children. This trend has been on the rise in the last three decades, with households who speak multiple languages reaching 20 percent in the 2010 census, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Language opportunities to open doors

Party of Wales – Staff Writer

“The Party of Wales has today unveiled plans to introduce a third modern language in primary school…Shadow Education Minister Simon Thomas said: “There is much evidence that shows a growing deficit in foreign language skills. Employers tell us that…they cannot recruit enough staff with strong language skills…Research shows that being proficient in at least two languages has developmental benefits for a child, while it also brings about economic benefits by opening up job opportunities, strengthening our workforce and making us more resilient in a global economy.”(more)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Expand your vocabulary: learn a second language

Northern-Iowan.org – NEHEMIAH NELSON

“Learning another language will do much more than just land you the job you’ve been after (although it may do that, too.) Although there are certainly extrinsic benefits to knowing a second language, the greatest benefits are inherently intrinsic. Cognitive, communicative and cultural benefits are some of the most salient reasons for acquiring another language…bilingualism correlates positively with intelligence, memory, problem solving and visual and spatial abilities.”(more)

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)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Focusing on foreign interests

The Telegraph – Virginia Matthews

“…for many independent schools, French, Spanish and, increasingly, Russian and Mandarin are viewed as a key plank of the curriculum and a passport to top careers…According to deputy head Alan Bird, the school’s decision to replace compulsory French with Mandarin reflects the changing demands of the global economy. “Our pupils will be entering the world of work in the 2020s and 2030s, when China will be a massive influence…we believe that demand for Mandarin can only continue to grow,” he says.”(more)