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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)

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)

KASIA McCLURE: Opening the door to the world

The Herald Express – Kassi McClure

“For me, learning a language was never simply a ‘subject’. It was a means to an end. If I couldn’t speak German, I wouldn’t be able to survive in Germany. If I didn’t speak English, how could I go to school in Canada? And funnily enough, when I moved to London in 2006, the first job I got was as a media account manager, for an English company specialising in the German market. It surprises me, therefore, how numbers of students studying modern foreign languages is on the decline in the UK. A recent Russell Group study has drawn the conclusion that despite numbers of people studying the most popular languages — French, Spanish and German — falling dramatically since 2007.”…the study of modern foreign and ancient languages at AS and A-level is valuable in developing communication skills and critical thinking, in gaining insight into other societies and cultures that can only be achieved through the language and in enriching the lives of students.” I think that young people aren’t given the tools to connect the latter with the former.A young person needs to know what the art of the possible is when they consider which language to learn.”(more)

Money, dream jobs, a better brain: why everyone should learn a second language

The Next Web – Kayla Matthews

“With more online learning resources available than we know what to do with, there’s really no reason for you to not know a second language. Being bilingual not only gives you some fun bragging rights, but it also makes you stand out in the increasingly competitive job market. Learning another language can pave the way for salary increases and open up tons of amazing job opportunities that would be far beyond reach for someone who only knows one language. But it doesn’t stop there. Did you know it can help keep your brain healthy, for longer? If you’ve ever considered learning a second language, below are just some of the many reasons why you should finally commit to becoming bilingual.”(more)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Utah bets big on foreign language learning, but not everyone is on board

PRI – Nina Porzucki

“Utah probably isn’t the first place you’d think would be at the forefront of language education in the United States. When it comes to per-student spending in public schools, Utah comes in dead last among all 50 states. What’s more, Utah passed an “English Only” law 15 years ago, declaring English to be the state’s sole official language. So what accounts for this language push? One man: Republican State Senator Howard Stephenson. Stephenson has served in the Utah legislature for more than 22 years. He calls himself a “government watchdog” and idolizes Ronald Reagan. He’s even got a page dedicated to the past president on his website. Safe to say, the senator is wary of the government messing in his business. But during a 2008 trip to China, where the government messes in everyone’s business, Stephenson had what he describes as an “epiphany.” He met many Chinese students who spoke with him in fluent English. They were bright, eager and articulate.”(more)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Learning to view the world in two languages

The Saratogian – Jennie Grey

“Confucius once said, “If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for 10 years, plant trees. If your plan is for 100 years, educate children.” Local educator Margaret Sharkey has taught children all over the world, and now her lifelong dream has come true as she helps open the bilingual G.L.O.B.E. School in Saratoga this fall. There, academically gifted elementary students can learn in both Mandarin Chinese and English…“What’s so exciting and creative about immersion schools is that you’re teaching language and content at the same time,” Sharkey said…The school will develop global perspectives and renaissance thinking in its children through an arts-infused, multidisciplinary approach to inquiry-based learning. All that translates into teaching kids to become bright, active global citizens.”(more)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Why Learning a Foreign Language Requires Complete Immersion

The Huffington Post – Sara Goo

“Learning a new language is never easy, but it is especially hard in our current American education system. If you’re anything like me (and the millions of other students who have suffered through our public school system), you know that the teaching styles implemented in schools don’t really capture the true essence of foreign language. Students are taught to memorize vocabulary words and verb tenses and then are expected to rely the information back like little robots. Simulated conversation about predetermined topics is forced, and usually the entire learning experience is uncomfortable. Very rarely do you find teachers that show students the passion, history, and culture that can hide behind a foreign language. My junior and senior year of high school, however, I was fortunate enough to have a teacher who taught me so much more than what is written in the textbooks. She was my Spanish teacher, and to this day she continues to be my driving force in my quest to progress my Spanish speaking abilities.”(more)