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International Education Week

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – Staff Writer

“International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States…First Lady Michelle Obama on International Education Week: “Investing in the potential of all young people, through access to a well-rounded, world-class global education, is an investment in our collective future.””(more)

US losing its dominance in global higher education market

The Conversation – Jason Lane

“The increasing number of students pursuing their college years in a foreign country is symptomatic of two important trends. First, it reflects a rapidly changing world economy, where it is not only the workforce opportunities that are global, but also the educational experiences that prepare students for those opportunities. As a result, more and more students from both developed and developing countries are looking beyond their national borders for their collegiate experience. Second, as economies become more knowledge-based, the competition for brains is heating up. The US has long dominated this market. But as more nations have seen international students as part of their strategic interests, the US market has begun to shrink significantly. Without a similar strategic national interest, will the US’ dominance fall all together?”(more)

Bipartisan Language Education Bill Introduced

Language Magazine – Jane Sevier

“Reps. David Price (D-NC), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Don Young (R-AK) have introduced the World Language Advancement Act (H.R. 3096), which would help state and local school districts implement innovative K-12 language programs. “In today’s global economy, K-12 foreign language and cultural knowledge have become necessary skills for government, private-sector, and non-profit employers,” said Congressman Price. “Federal incentives will help to ensure we are providing these competencies and equipping the next generation of leaders with the skills to communicate and collaborate across borders.”.”(more)

Foreign Language Requirements Lead to Multilingualism

Language Magazine – Staff Writer

“A Pew Research Center study on foreign language education in the U.S. compared to Europe points out that while the U.S. has no foreign language requirement mandated by the federal government, most European countries require that young pupils begin learning a second, and in many cases a third, language before high school. Such language requirements foster a culture of multilingualism, whereas on U.S. soil, monolingualism apparently prevails.”(more)

The Reinvention of Bilingual Education in America’s Schools

Slate – Sarah Carr

“One afternoon last fall, I watched as a group of young Hispanic students trained to become the best Spanish-language spellers in America. Their thick practice packet for the fourth annual National Spanish Spelling Bee began with examples of the easiest words students might expect to encounter in the bee’s first round, like esperar (to wait for), cuidar (to take care of), and peluca (wig); it extended to much harder 20th-round samples, like fisioterapeuta (physical therapist), otorrinolaringologo (ear, nose, and throat specialist), and nenufar (water lily). The students, many of whom attended Sunland Park Elementary School in southern New Mexico, located just feet from the Mexican border, beamed with pride when they nailed words. At Sunland Park and across the country, the Spanish language is enjoying a cultural renaissance among a somewhat counterintuitive group: Hispanics. For years, middle- and upper-class English-speaking families have clamored for more dual language programs where their students can learn both English and Spanish. By contrast, many Spanish-speaking families have been opting out, believing their children needed to learn English, and only English, as quickly as possible.”(more)

“Grammaring”: The Fifth Skill In Language Teaching and Learning

Morocco World News – Mohamed Benhima

“Language teaching and learning has always been a controversial area within applied linguistics. According to Corder (1973), “what to teach or learn can be described in linguistic terms as grammar […] or in psychological terms as language skills” (p. 137). Although grammar refers to what we know about a language such as phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, language skills are about what we do with language. This includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Controversies often arise when the boundaries between these two areas become blurred, as in the case of treating “grammaring” as a language skill. In this respect, the present article will attempt to explain the background of the issue surrounding “grammaring,” followed by a tentative definition of the term and a description of the techniques for its implementation. The teaching and learning of grammar has always been one of the most hotly debated topics in the field of language education. The controversy over what, exactly, grammar is led to the development of different models that attempted to account for grammar differently. Grammar was considered a method of language teaching and learning within the so-called Grammar-Translation Approach. Within this approach, which draws from philology, grammar was viewed as the core of language. However, with the shift from philology to linguistics, the notion of grammar has changed accordingly. With the eruption of modern linguistics, grammar began to be described as a system of structures in addition to vocabulary and pronunciation.”(more)