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Critical languages are vital for internationalisation

University World News – Lauren Kardos

The United States needs to encourage more students to take up critical languages. This could benefit individual students, but could also help the US develop a more culturally sensitive and globally minded populace. Study abroad in the United States is promoted to students as a way to obtain international experience, enhance career prospects and grow in the workplace. Especially during these short-term and long-term opportunities, learning a second language is encouraged as a way to become competitive in the global workforce.”(more)

Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say

The Hechinger Report – Natalie Gross

“But research shows dual-language programs may actually enhance students’ learning in English. A multi-year study of students enrolled in two-way dual-language programs in North Carolina between 2007 and 2010, found that low-income black children in these programs scored higher in reading and math than their classmates of the same race and socioeconomic background who were being taught in one language. By fifth grade, these students were reading as well as their monolingual peers in the grade above them, according to the study conducted by George Mason University researchers.”(more)

Learning a foreign language opens up new worlds

The Jacksonville Daily News – Kaylynne Enloe

“Lentz shared the wide range of benefits and opportunities that come with learning multiple languages: When applying for jobs, you have more options; you can compete with people from other countries; you have an advantage over someone who only knows one language; you’re more likely to get hired; you could make more money; and employers want to keep you around since you can translate for other people. “When you learn a new language, you’re not just learning a language, you gain a whole new culture. You open up the possibility to meet new people, make new friends, travel to new places, experiences new adventures, learn new dances, try new food, and change the way you view the world,” she said.”(more)

Chinese immersion programs aim to give students cultural, academic, job advantages

The Arizona Daily Star – Gabriella Vukelic

““One and a half billion people speak Chinese and that number expands with people who can collaborate or speak with others,” said Sheryl Castro, director of Global Citizenship Education at the Catalina Foothills School District, which Sunrise Drive is a part of. “There is a demand for people to speak and read in Chinese.” Learning Chinese can give students an advantage in the job market in the future, she said. Immersion programs taught by Chinese teachers are the fastest and most effective way for a student to learn a language because they are taught at a young age, Castro said.”(more)

How To Learn A New Language Without Losing Your Mind

The Huffington Post – Shannon Skinner

“Learning a new language can be inspiring, frustrating, infuriating and sometimes downright embarrassing. But there are many good reasons to learn a new language. The more languages we know, the more people we can communicate with. Knowing several languages enables us to have understanding and tolerance of different cultures, and can sometimes prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness. It adds depth to our creativity. Best of all, it helps build overall self-confidence.”(more)

Six Foreign Languages That Will Get You Highly Paid Jobs

Life Hacker – S.Shanthi

“Learning new languages not only helps in better brain function or a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s, but also gives your CV an added advantage over other applicants. Knowing various languages can give a competitive edge over other applicants going for the same job. Because travel has become a part of all top work profiles and knowledge of a foreign language makes travel easier.According to the American Council on the Teaching of foreign languages, knowing various foreign languages can help in seeking jobs in the field of retail, sales, administration, marketing, transportation and tourism, communication, banking, law, teaching, as well as public relations and government. A British Chambers of Commerce study from 2013 found that more than 60 per cent of companies who want to do business in other countries, including exporting products, are unable to do so due to language barriers. Becoming the candidate who is able to communicate in a desired foreign language will make one that much more valuable asset to any company which is looking to expand into other countries.”(more)