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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lack of language skills hurting Irish jobseekers

Irish Examiner – Conall Ó Fátharta

“Irish jobseekers are missing out on careers and business opportunities due to a lack of foreign language skills… large multinationals such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter had their European headquarters here due to Ireland’s highly educated and skilled workforce, but a lack of language skills was forcing Irish people out of the market.” (more)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Multicultural classroom: Educators encourage foreign language courses in changing times

Lubbock Online – Josie Musico

“Texas graduation requirements include two years of a foreign language. Taking more than that as electives, though, is never a bad idea, say administrators..” (more)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Johnson: bilingual brains

The Economist – R.L.G.

“The researchers in this line of inquiry tend to share a common hypothesis: that being bilingual is a kind of constant inhibitory mental exercise. With two languages in the mind, nearly everything has two labels (words) and nearly everything can be expressed in two different kinds of sentences (grammar). Every time a thing is named, an alternative must be suppressed.” (more)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

At What Age Can You Teach a Global Mindset?

The Huffington Post – Amelia Friedman

“”This world requires that [Americans] develop competence in other languages, understand other cultures, and develop an openness to interacting with the world around them…the ability to work across cultures is no longer a nice-to-have skill set for elite executives; every year it becomes more essential to finding any job at all.”” (more)

For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language

The Atlantic – Cody C. Delistraty

“…the benefits of speaking multiple languages extend past just having access to different words, concepts, metaphors, and frames. Multilingualism has a whole slew of incredible side effects: Multi-linguals tend to score better on standardized tests, especially in math, reading, and vocabulary; they are better at remembering lists or sequences…” (more)

Friday, October 17, 2014

What Kind of Language Program Should My Kids Take?

Chicago Now – Nick Jaworski

“So you’ve made the right decision and decided to get your kids learning a foreign language. But, you need to find classes because you don’t speak one yourself. Well, what do you look for? You’re looking for two key elements – fun and immersion. And both really boil down to excellent teachers.” (more)

Are curriculum changes enough to get young people hooked on languages?

The Guardian – Anna Codrea-Rado

“Curriculum changes, a new education secretary and policy reviews all spell good things for language education. But is enough being done to join up the dots?” (more)

Turning High School Travel Into Job Search Success

NJ.com – Shaun

“CQ is a way to measure a person’s cultural competency and global sensitivity…CQ is like IQ in that it’s measurable, but unlike IQ, it can be significantly developed and improved…Whether you’re applying to college, grad school or your first job, your CQ can make a big difference…it can help you make the world better.” (more)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Competition Requires Multilingual Americans

The Courant – Kevin Conlan

“Young adults who fail to sign up for language courses are missing out on a critical skill they need in the now globalized economy: foreign language proficiency. Without the ability to do business in other languages, the U.S. will fall behind other nations whose citizens are more linguistically nimble.” (more)

Bilingual children ‘show advantage’ in noisy classrooms

BBC – Judith Burns

“Children fluent in two languages learn better in noisy classrooms than pupils who speak just one, research suggests.” (more)