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Language skills can seal the deal for business students

North Jersey – Antoinette Rainone

“Interested in conducting business around the world? It may seem obvious, but it’s highly beneficial to speak the language of the people you’re doing business with. “Business is conducted all over the world in real time in multiple languages,” said Dr. Maria Ann Roglieri, professor of foreign languages at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y. “People in international business need to understand the language – and culture – of their clients.” Dr. Gladys Torres-Baumgarten, associate professor in international business at Ramapo College of New Jersey concurs. “In international business, there could be a scenario where someone in an international market is faced with doing business with two potentially viable business partners, but if one of them speaks the decision-maker’s language, chances are that the foreign language speaker will be given the business.” In pragmatic terms, it cannot be assumed that clients are fluent enough in English to conduct an entire meeting in English.”(more)

Foreign Language Learning for Children: Necessity or Option?

Relocate Magazine – Staff Writer

“Linguistically, younger children have the potential to develop near native proficiency with pronunciation and intonation in a new language. They also develop a cognitive advantage over children who do not learn a subsequent language as second language acquisition helps to develop critical thinking skills, creativity, and elasticity of mind. In the case of the expatriate children, one of the greatest advantages is that they have the ability to mimic closely the native pronunciation and intonation of a new language through their interaction with teachers and peers. In addition, literacy skills that have been developed in the native language transfer to the learning of the new language. In the long-term, these children will be better suited to work in a global workplace due to their first-hand understanding of the language and culture of another country.”(more)

5 languages that are hard to master, but will pay off forever

Business Insider – Amie Cain

“Just because learning languages can be a difficult process, doesn’t mean that you should just give up. Picking up another language can open so many doors in your personal and professional life. One 2015 Quora post titled “As a person with English as my first language, what would be the most useful foreign language that I could learn?” covered this topic quite extensively. Using Quora poster Sanda Golcea’s list of the most spoken languages in the world by native speakers and number of countries, here are five languages that might be a bit trickier for English speakers to master, but are definitely worth the effort:.”(more)

Bilingual brains have better attention and focus, study finds

Science Alert – DAVID NIELD

“Scientists have found another incentive for you to make the most of your foreign language class – a new study suggests that knowing more than one language can help boost our powers of attention and focus. Researchers in the UK found that bilinguals are better able to zero in on the task at hand than those who only know one language, and it sheds light on a long-standing debate over how language learning affects the brain. While the link between bilingualism and attention has been demonstrated before, it’s been unclear if learning an extra language can actually improve the brain’s ability to focus, rather than just helping it to block out distractions.”(more)

Becoming bilingual is crucial for USD students, Americans

The Volante Online – Dean Welte

“In a world that’s becoming more connected every day, it’s now more beneficial to learn another language —even in the English-heavy country of the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a record-breaking one in five Americans speak another language other than English in their household. This percentage is only expected to go up in the upcoming years, showing that the U.S. will become a more multilingual country. The most spoken language in the U.S. is Spanish, with the number of speakers at around 40 million. Knowing this statistic, speaking Spanish will be incredibly important and advantageous in the future.”(more)

New catalyst for bilingual education on November ballot

The Sacramento Bee – Loretta Kalb

“Bilingual teacher Liliana Martinez does not speak a word of English to her 27 kindergartners at the Thomas Edison Language Institute in Sacramento. She speaks Spanish. All the time. Even during recess. Eighteen years ago, over the span of a generation of schoolkids, California voters agreed to eliminate most public school instruction in languages other than English through Proposition 227. Since then, the desire by English-speaking families to immerse their children in foreign language instruction has grown, along with a push to revoke limits on non-English education. In November, California voters will have a chance to reverse parts of the 1998 law, possibly enabling an expansion of bilingual schools and classes. Proposition 58 would eliminate the need for waivers and allow districts to create new language programs in consultation with parents on behalf of 1.4 million English learners.”(more)