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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Early Spanish classes lay groundwork for future

Tri-Village News – ALAN FROMAN

“Of the top 25 industrialized counties, 21 begin the study of world languages in grades K-5, said Stevenson Elementary School Spanish teacher Emily Deprez, but most U.S. students don’t begin studying a second language until age 14. “Worldwide, we’re way behind,” she said.” (more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An American School Immerses Itself in All Things Chinese

The New York Times – Jane E. Peterson

“Total-immersion schools groom students with deeper cultural understanding and stronger Mandarin skills…“These students are well positioned to compete in a global market…” (more)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Want to make your brain work a little faster…? Learn a second language!

The Raw Food World – Heather Suhr

“(TRFW News) Learning a foreign language is not the easiest thing to accomplish, however, there are many benefits to gain when you do. Learning a second language can be rewarding because you learn more about the other culture and opens doors to many valuable experiences.” (more)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Why not give all kids a head start on Spanish?

The Dallas News – Mary Amanda Stewart

“There’s a new trend in preschool education: English-speaking families are choosing Spanish immersion for their children.” (more)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Why Learning A Language Could Save Your Career

Forbes – Claire Jones

“In today’s Millennial-saturated job market, it can be hard for even the most talented and experienced boomers to preserve their competitive advantage. However, there is a rare skill that makes hiring managers sit up and take notice: fluency in a high-demand, low-supply language.” (more)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

How to Develop Global Leadership Skills

The Huffington Post – Tayo Rockson

“One of the things I have noticed as a Third Culture Kid is the unique lens with which I see things. These things could range from politics to business to even sports and It has dawned on me that my lens can actually be used as a force for good; a force that allows me to become a global leader. As a TCK do you know that you are a global leader? That’s right! You are even more of a global leader than some members of the United Nations. Here are a few reasons why and how you can improve on those skills.” (more)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Jane Seymour: ‘Everyone should know another language’

The Guardian – Emma Garland

“Language, especially learning at an early age, is very important to me. You just never know what circumstances you’re going to be in…We must teach the next generation to not just learn languages, but whole cultures and belief systems. We will then make more of an effort to understand people and their different cultures.” (more)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

100,000 Strong boosts Mandarin effort

ChinaDaily USA – Amy He

“More and more American students may be studying Chinese, but the number of them studying abroad in China and developing the linguistic competencies to engage with Chinese people remains few…The American Councils for International Education…has partnered up with the 100,000 Strong Foundation to give more American students study abroad opportunities in China.” (more)

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)