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Branching out into the world of languages is beneficial for everyone

Mill Valley News – Izzy James

“Learning a different language can help you in the future. When your application tells possible employers that you can speak another language, it will make you stick out in their mind. The possibility of a larger salary is another perk of taking a foreign language. MIT economist, Albert Saiz, found that there is a 2% salary premium for American college graduates who can speak a second language versus those who can’t.” (more)

Passport to Tolerance

Edutopia – Don Vu

“Crimes against people of color continue to appear in the news, and the ugly truth is that the number of hate crimes in large cities increased for four straight years since 2014, according to the FBI. Hate, racism, and prejudice can take a toll, a psychological toll, on those who face these attitudes, and they impact all of us in schools. The good news is that educators can do something about this in our schools. If there’s any place in America where we can create change for a better society, it’s our schools—no other institution has their reach as every member of society (aside from kids who are homeschooled) is educated through schools. So what are things that we can do to combat racial prejudice and promote understanding in a multicultural society?” (more)

How To Teach Your Kids About Other Cultures

The Huffington Post – Caroline Bologne

“While reading books that involve different cultures, parents should help their children empathize with the characters. They can ask questions like, “Oh, isn’t it interesting that this person lives with their grandparents or their aunties?” or “Wow, they have chickens at their home. Do you think it would be fun to have chickens? What would that be like?” “Ask them to think about the differences and make sure to highlight the similarities, like ‘This little boy likes soccer just like you!’ or ‘This child is enjoying a book just like you!,’” Kuraishi said.” (more)

K12 curriculum roundup: More than words

District Administration – Emily Ann Brown

“Learning about other people’s beliefs and behaviors—as students examine their own traditions and norms—establishes an “equity” mindset of embracing differences, says Van Houten, a task force chair for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The need to communicate with someone who speaks a different language or has a different culture may emerge at any time. Knowing more than one language and culture equips students to know how, when and what to say, she says.” (more)

Increasing Your Global Fluency

Strategy + Business – Eric J. McNulty

“Unfortunately, though the demand for global-minded leaders is higher than ever, they are in short supply among both those in the workforce and those just entering. In a 2017 CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey (pdf) in the United Kingdom, only 34 percent of responding employers were satisfied with applicants’ foreign-language skills. More than one-third, 39 percent, were unhappy about their international cultural awareness.” (more)

Making Connections That Count

Language Magazine – Roberto Rivera

“My father is from Nicaragua, and when I was growing up, he brought several of his siblings to the U.S. to live with us. We mostly spoke Spanish at home, and there was a disconnect at school, because my teachers believed my “learning acquisition” in English was delayed. They ran a bunch of tests on me, and no one had the cultural sensitivity to ask if I was learning a new language. So I got labeled LD, and I deeply internalized that label. Even when we moved and it took my transcripts a while to catch up, I self-selected to be in remedial classes.” (more)