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Learn languages for life skills

The Baylor Lariat – Staff Writer

“Even though business students now have room to take foreign language classes to the second level and are encouraged to do so by professors, there should be nothing optional about engaging in the global community through second language instruction. Furthermore, two semesters of course work is not sufficient to move past a basic level of proficiency. Every other major, including pre-medicine biology majors who have notoriously challenging course schedules, is required to fulfill a four-course requirement. All business majors should be required to take four semesters of a language as it promotes cultural understanding and makes students more marketable in the business world.”(more)

What languages should children be learning to get ahead?

The Conversation – Warren Midgley

“There are 7,099 known languages in the world today. Choosing which of these to teach our children as a second language is an important decision, but one that may be based more on feelings than facts. There are several different ways of thinking about what languages we should offer at school. Research suggests that Australian school children may not be studying the right ones.”(more)

Brain Fitness – Learn a New Language

The Huffington Post – Kelly Chaplin

“Research has shown that it’s important to “exercise” your brain and language learning is one of the most effective and practical ways to do this. Speaking and learning a foreign language gives your brain a good workout, keeps your mind sharp, and defends your brain against aging. Surprisingly, being bilingual wasn’t always seen as a good thing. Some educators and scientists thought that learning a foreign language, especially from a young age, had a negative effect on brain development and caused confusion. They also claimed being bilingual would hinder academic performance. We now know that exactly the opposite is true. Science now shows that learning a second language helps strengthen the brain.”(more)

COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Studies Show U.S. Language Learning Dismal

The Gazette – Ralph Becker

“In 2013, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences issued a report about the U.S. educational system, which was “narrowing” its broad liberal arts focus and whose foreign language efforts were in a precipitous decline. Between 300 and 400 million Chinese students were studying English, while of the 50 million U.S. K-12 students, about 200,000 were studying Mandarin. In Europe, about two-thirds of the adults know more than one language, whereas in the U.S., about one-fifth do, and most were native speakers. In February 2017, a new report, “America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century,” was issued by Paul LeClerc, the chair of the academy’s commission on language learning. The “investment” it advocates, however, is not government funding, but building creative partnerships to increase teaching capacity.”(more)

Non-native foreign language instructors help students through shared experiences

The Badger Herald – Xiani Zhong

“When Junko Mori came to Wisconsin in the 1990s, Japan was experiencing an economic boom. To foster business collaboration, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recruited native Japanese speakers to help elementary and secondary school students learn the language. After one year working in a Waukesha school district, Mori decided to pursue advanced degrees at the University of Wisconsin. Today, she is the department chair of Asian Languages and Cultures.”(more)

Children who learn a second language have an advantage

Lee’s Summit Journal – EMMANUEL NGOMSI

“You have probably heard this before today, even casually. As long as there will be new parents and new kids out there, it will be worth saying it again: Learning a second language increases a child’s intelligence. There are numerous anecdotal stories but also reliable rigorous research to support this claim. I was born and grew up in a small village in the rain forest of Central African country of Cameroon. Traveling no more than 10 miles away from my village, Kouansi, to the next one put me in the middle of a totally new dialect. Even in our home, I communicated in one dialect with our mother and in another with my father. Being fluent in multiple languages was more a survival necessity than a luxury.”(more)