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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hotel operators want to establish Mandarin school

China Daily USA – PAUL WELITZKIN

“A 94-year-old restored hotel in rural Oregon could be the home of a charter or private school with bilingual instruction in English and Mandarin if Charlie Morden and Ruth Rush are successful. The couple operates the Union Hotel in Union, Oregon, and hope to utilize an empty floor in the building for the school that will focus on instruction for kindergarten though the fourth grade initially. “Our greatest opportunities and challenges will be with China,” Morden told China Daily in an interview Tuesday. “Why not teach our children the language so they can communicate better.””(more)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nine ways to use language skills to get a job and boost your career

The Guardian – Georgie Bradley

“If you want to be able to use a language within a specific field, it’s essential to combine subjects, as a straight language degree may not command a big enough premium on the job market. Adam Marshall, executive director, policy and external affairs, British Chamber of Commerce, London says: “Companies look at language as part of a wider skills base – very few recruit on this alone. Pure language degrees are often seen as less valuable by prospective employers than degrees that combine other core skills.'”(more)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lessons from Spain: Five reasons to learn a foreign language

The Delphic Times – SHAEFFER SMITH

“It’s been a long, challenging 14 years learning Spanish. I’ve grown from proudly counting to 10 to living and learning in a country that only speaks Spanish. I’ve had my ups and downs in my career, struggling with conjugations and translations that just didn’t turn out quite right, but now I am studying in Salamanca, Spain, working everyday to improve. I am so grateful to be immersed in Spanish, challenging myself everyday, and I think that everyone should be doing the same. Learning another language has a ton of advantages, both personally and professionally, but these are my top five reasons why you should learn another language:.”(more)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Language proficiency proves beneficial for careers

The Daily Eastern News – Roberto Hodge

“Those who become proficient in a second language typically produce higher scores and have greater cognitive development, a sense of cultural pluralism and an improved self-concept, according to The Global Language Project website. However, being bilingual and having language proficiency are different. Stephen Canfield, the chair of the foreign languages department, said those who are bilingual are usually comfortable and have an ease of switching back and forth between two languages, while having proficiency is being highly skilled in a language. Aside from English, Chinese is the most used language in 2015; English is also one of the primary languages for business and science…Canfield said having language proficiency is like having any other skill, and through learning a new language, it is possible to know about other cultures. He said it is also a primary skill to get certain jobs.”(more)

First Person: ‘Why schools should teach Mandarin’

Leicester Mercury – Alice Eaton

“Mandarin Chinese is spoken by around 800 million people worldwide. That’s twice the number of English speakers. With China becoming increasingly powerful in business, there’s a growing need for Mandarin speakers…An often quoted phrase about Mandarin is to “seal the business deals of tomorrow”. In China, it’s common for nursery children to start learning English, because the Chinese recognise it as an important language. We should reciprocate this, for the possibility that in the near future, Mandarin could overtake English as the global language of business…Finally, there’s more than just the utility factor of Mandarin as a language. It is fun.”(more)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

American Ignorance

Inside Higher Ed – Sanford J. Ungar

“Among all the seemingly intractable crises Americans face in the world today, none is so serious as their utter unfamiliarity with that world. It makes every specific overseas problem virtually impossible for us to deal with confidently or competently. Whether motivated by exceptionalism, isolationism, triumphalism or sheer indifference — probably some of each over time — the United States has somehow failed to equip a significant percentage of its citizenry with the basic information necessary to follow international events, let alone participate in formulating and executing the foreign policy that is an essential component of self-government in a healthy modern democracy. This condition reflects the basic inadequacy of the educational system at every level, when it comes to understanding the world we live in. Americans of all ages have long scored lower than citizens of other countries on geography and current-events awareness quizzes and shown a stunning inability even to locate major countries on the map, let alone develop an appreciation for their cultures or their roles in global affairs. As we know, Americans do not tend to appreciate the importance of learning foreign languages, and that indifference is only increasing.”(more)

Four Skills Every College Student Should Pursue

Courier Times – College Transitions Team

“A simplistic view of higher education is that people emerge from four years of college with a specific skill related to their primary area of study: Education majors learn how to teach, accounting majors learn how to crunch numbers, allied health majors learn skills particular to the healthcare profession, and so on down line. Yet, no matter your primary field of study, there are certain generalized skills that will serve you well in the modern economy where the average worker will change jobs an astonishing 11 times. Abilities in the areas of written expression, public speaking, foreign language, and quantitative analysis can and should be honed while pursuing a degree in any field…we now reside in a globalized marketplace where knowledge, trade, and investments know no borders. For anyone entering fields such as business, finance, information technology, software development, government, law enforcement, or healthcare (just to name a handful), fluency in a foreign language has never been more advantageous…Bi-lingual college grads entering the private sector right now can expect a 10-15% pay increase right off the bat; those conversant in Mandarin Chinese, German, Japanese, and Arabic may demand even higher compensation.”(more)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kindy language program aims to create more bilingual high school graduates

ABC News – Louisa Rebgetz

“A trial program is aiming to revive language study in Australian high schools by starting with children at a much earlier age. Experts say the earlier children start learning a second language, the better the outcomes in development, literacy and engagement. This month, a Federal Government trial program was rolled out in pre-schools across the nation in a bid to boost the number of bilingual students graduating from high school in years to come. Kenmore Park Kindergarten in western Brisbane is one of the 41 pre-schools taking part in the $9.8 million, 12-month trial. At Kenmore, tablet computers supplied by the Government loaded with apps are being used to teach Japanese in every possible way to children at the kindy as part of an immersion course. At other kindies, the program will also provide courses in Mandarin, Indonesian, French or Arabic. Kenmore Park director Annie Kelly said the children had really embraced the opportunity.”(more)

Being bilingual really can put you in two minds: Researchers say people can have different personalities in each language

The U.K. Daily Mail – Mark Prigg

“Speaking two languages really could give you a split personality, researchers have found. They say that many speakers have entirely different personalities in each of the languages they speak. Previously research has even found those who are bilingual even see colours differently. ‘Rather than ask whether speakers of different languages have different minds, he says, ‘we ask, Can two different minds exist within one person?’ said psycholinguist Panos Athanasopoulos of Lancaster University. ‘The extent to which language affects this process has been the focus of a long-standing debate: Do different languages cause their speakers to behave differently?,’ the team wrote. ‘Here, we show that fluent German-English bilinguals categorize motion events according to the grammatical constraints of the language in which they operate. Athanasopoulos and colleagues were interested in a particular difference in how English and German speakers treat events.”(more)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Language May Change Perceptions of World

The Chosun Ilbo – Staff Writer

“A person’s language changes their perception of the world and others around them, a study seems to confirm. The study suggests that bilingual people’s perceptions change according to which language they use, which also means that learning a foreign language can change how people see the world around them. Panos Athanasopoulos of Lancaster University compared German and English speakers and found that English speakers place more importance on process, while German speakers value goals. Athanasopoulos asked 20 English and 20 German speakers to watch a series of video clips of a person walking or riding a bicycle and then say what they had seen.”(more)