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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Arizona schools launch Mandarin learning programs

The Arizona Central – Mark Olalde

“In the face of shifting geopolitics, Arizona schools have begun adapting academic programs to better prepare students for a competitive global workforce. The newest additions to Valley schools are Mandarin language immersion programs. At least five schools already have programs, and more are in talks to do the same.”(more)

Why language skills are great for business

The Guardian – Lucy Jolin

“Don’t know your bonjours from your buongiornos? You’re not alone: three-quarters of British adults can’t speak a foreign language competently[PDF]. But the benefits of being able to communicate with overseas clients, suppliers and buyers are huge – as are the costs of lacking that facility.”(more)

Top 10 Christmas presents for language learners – in pictures

The Guardian – Holly Young

“If someone you know has learning a language as a New Year’s resolution, here are few ideas for a perfect gift to help them on their way.”(more)

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Language of Life: The gift of language

The News and Observer – Angela Jackson

“I was recently at a holiday party sharing my work with Global Language Project. As I explained our mission – to equip students with a second language in order to open the world to them and prepare them for the global workforce – the host, who is a mother of three, said, “I get it, I’m from Europe.” I gave her a look of knowing because 56 percent of Europeans consider themselves bilingual, versus only 15 percent of Americans. Speaking a second language in Europe allows people much needed mobility.”(more)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The age of Mandarin is upon us

The Mail & Guardian – Sipho Kings

“Chinese nationals are the number one source of foreign tourists to the Voortrekker Monument. More than 150 000 Chinese people visited South Africa last year and imports from the communist state are booming. But there is also a growing trek the other way. South Africans are learning to speak basic Mandarin and are figuring out the cultural traps that could stop them from doing business with China.”(more)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bilingual learning program in Jacksonville celebrates 25 years

KTRE – Alex Osiadacz

“Students in Jacksonville are part of a growing language learning program that is now celebrating its 25th year. The two-way dual language program teaches native English speakers Spanish and native Spanish speakers English…Fred Douglas Elementary School principal Amber Penn said…the goal of the program is to develop a student body that is proficient in both languages, making them more prepared for a global economy. She adds that the success of the program is evident in the number of students using their bilingual skills once they graduate from the district. “Students that originally started in the program are in college. Some are majoring in Spanish. Some are using their bilingual skills to become nurses, doctors, lawyers, those type of professions.””(more)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

L’Anse Creuse immerses kindergartners in Mandarin

The Detroit News – Shawn D. Lewis

“Dominique Canty reaches for the yellow crayon to color a rainbow in her kindergarten class. “What did you say the word is again in Chinese for yellow?” asks the 5-year-old student at Donald J. Yacks Elementary School. “Huang se,” responds Xin Li, the L’Anse Creuse Public School District’s new kindergarten Chinese immersion program teacher. With head bent over her drawing, Dominique quietly repeats, “huang se, huang se, huang se.” Dominique and her classmates were learning about rainbows, or cai hong, and colors, in Mandarin…They also are learning some English and math, as well as the alphabet and songs in Mandarin…Such immersion programs in Mandarin — China’s most common language — are becoming increasingly popular.”(more)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

3 Ways Learning a Language Could Boost Your Career

Pay Scale – Gina Belli

“The world has changed so much in the last couple of decades. Technology has shifted the way we work in fundamental ways. As a result, skills that used to be highly valued in a professional context have become less important, and other skills and talents are coming into sharper focus. Professionals need to bring something to the table that can’t be achieved by a machine. Traits like creative talent, an ability to multitask, and excellent interpersonal skills are becoming increasingly important. Learning a new language might give you that extra edge you’ve been searching for.”(more)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Learning a Second Language: First-Rate Exercise for the Brain

Bio Science Technology – Staff Writer

“The brain is so exquisitely sensitive to language that it only takes six weeks of learning Chinese for the neurons of English speakers to rewire. And those whose brains are fully bilingual are more facile at learning generally.”(more)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Explainer: how are learning languages and music linked?

The Conversation – George Tsoulas

“Music is what penetrates most deeply into the recesses of the soul, according to Plato. Language has been held by thinkers from Locke to Leibniz and Mill to Chomsky as a mirror or a window to the mind. As American psychologist Aniruddh Pattel writes: ‘Language and music define us as humans.'”(more)