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The Transatlantic Divide In Language Learning [Infographic]

Forbes – Niall McCarthy

“Learning a foreign language comes with many benefits, whether it’s the ability to converse with people during a vacation abroad or making a jobseeker more marketable to potential employers. While language-learning is commonplace across Europe, the situation is completely different in the United States. Many European countries have national-level mandates for studying languages at school but these standards don’t exist on the other side of the Atlantic. In most cases, any formal requirements only exist at school district or state-level. That glaring disparity certainly shows when it comes to the share of primary and secondary level students studying languages in the U.S. and Europe.” (more)

Only 20% of US kids study a language in school—compared to 92% in Europe

Quartz – Ephrat Livni

“Still, learning a foreign language is important for reasons that go beyond our practical obligations to communicate with people in another tongue. It’s a window on to a new worldview, a way to understand how our fellow humans think—multilingualism even shifts perceptions of time. American kids who don’t pick up another language may still easily find work in a globalized economy dominated by English. But they will be missing out on developing critical cultural intelligence—like learning how to relate to and communicate with strangers.” (more)

Successful promotion of giftedness as early as elementary school age

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Associations such as the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) have argued that the specific needs of gifted children are often neglected, resulting in a shriveling of their abilities and potential. Consequently, they call for the implementation of programs that specifically aim to promote gifted children. Together with colleagues at the German Institute of International Educational Research (DIPF), scientists at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology at the University of Tübingen have examined how giftedness can be fostered as early as in elementary school.” (more)

Schools and industry should join forces to reduce skills gap – Marc Durando

Horizon Magazine – Marc Durando

“Schools and industry should join forces to increase the level of skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and better prepare pupils for careers in the sector, according to Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet, a network of 31 European ministries of education. All industrial sectors need qualified professionals in STEM to boost the pace of innovation, employment and productivity, and consequently Europe’s ability to compete globally.”(more)

Hold your tongues: why language learners fear a vote for Brexit

The Guardian – Jo Griffin

“As a nation of proud monoglots, we’ve never much minded that foreign language study has been declining in the UK for years – even though our lack of languages is estimated to cost the economy around £48bn a year…So the potentially damaging impact of Brexit on learning, teaching and using modern foreign languages in the UK is unlikely to cause many sleepless nights. However, for those of us who have studied French, Spanish, German and other languages, used them at work abroad – and in the UK – and whose lives have been enriched immeasurably by being able to access other cultures and perspectives via another language, the risk of these opportunities shrinking further for us and our children in a post-Brexit Britain is not just depressing but downright scary…Studying or speaking a foreign language is necessarily a humbling experience, forcing the speaker to listen and adapt their perspective, chipping away at those philosophical or political certainties that can be limiting, removing barriers and nurturing curiosity. Moreover, in our globalized world, it is a more essential skill than ever, not just for economic success but all trade and negotiation…As Europe has grown closer over the past 20 or so years, so a European sensibility has emerged. This is not just a liking for cheap mini-breaks or familiarity with the menu in an Italian restaurant, but an active engagement with different perspectives and cultures that is rooted in understanding others’ languages. For many educated Europeans, this is simply taken for granted. For many Britons who share this sensibility, Brexit threatens a retreat to a narrow, monoglot world view…”(more)

E.U. Fights to Get Everyone Speaking Same Language on Education

The New York Times – PETER TEFFER

“In 2002, government leaders of the member states called for “at least two foreign languages to be taught from a very early age,” and in 2005, the Union’s executive body, the European Commission, declared a long-term objective ‘to increase individual multilingualism until every citizen has practical skills in at least two languages in addition to his or her mother tongue.'”(more)