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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)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Making the Grade: Language Immersion Schools

NECN – Staff Writer

“”Over the course of several years, we sort of watched and studied how children absorbed a second language…and we decided…that the more Spanish we exposed them to, the faster they learned and the faster they acquired a second language and the more benefits we saw blossom…they grasp it right away and they develop it simultaneously with their primary language…”” (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)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Johnson: bilingual brains

The Economist – R.L.G.

“The researchers in this line of inquiry tend to share a common hypothesis: that being bilingual is a kind of constant inhibitory mental exercise. With two languages in the mind, nearly everything has two labels (words) and nearly everything can be expressed in two different kinds of sentences (grammar). Every time a thing is named, an alternative must be suppressed.” (more)

Friday, October 17, 2014

What Kind of Language Program Should My Kids Take?

Chicago Now – Nick Jaworski

“So you’ve made the right decision and decided to get your kids learning a foreign language. But, you need to find classes because you don’t speak one yourself. Well, what do you look for? You’re looking for two key elements – fun and immersion. And both really boil down to excellent teachers.” (more)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

School Successes Inspire N.C. Push for Dual Language

Education Week – Lesli A. Maxwell

“Raising achievement across the board—while producing a new generation of bilingual, biliterate students—is at the heart of North Carolina’s statewide initiative to replicate the success of Collinswood and dozens of other dual-language immersion programs that have taken root during the last several years.” (more)