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Kiwis be warned: the global jobs market demands polyglots

Stuff – Simon Draper

“The Asia New Zealand Foundation knows from our work with schools that children who are bilingual find it easier to acquire further languages and become multilingual. We have visited schools in Gisborne and Taranaki with children who are already bilingual in te reo and English. Their teachers have been struck by how easily these students have picked up Mandarin. Multilingualism is normal in much of the world, and young people lap up the opportunity to learn new languages if they are in the right environment. But here in New Zealand, the reality is that students are often forced to choose between te reo and another language when they are given choices. If New Zealand wants to raise global citizens, then students need to know where they stand in the world, and knowing who they are as New Zealanders is a fundamental part of that.” (more)

A bilingual brain solves problems faster

KGUN 9 – Phil Pruitt and Chance Seales

“A leading neuropsychologist says it’s like a muscle – using it makes it bigger and more flexible. There’s a sort of competition that goes on in the brains of people who speak multiple languages. Since it’s possible to use either language at any moment, their brains have developed ways to regulate which language is spoken. The brain’s executive functions , a regulatory system that includes inhibition, allow a person to focus, and “pause” the language not being used.” (more)

Why American students need to learn a second language

Florida Today – Terri Friedlander

“Trivia question: What language is the most widely spoken in the world? By virtue of population, it’s Mandarin Chinese. Although English is traditionally considered the language of business, Spanish is spoken by 48.6 million people in the US, and Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. English is the third. For some American students, completing two years of another language is a struggle.  Because the system is not geared to teaching a second language with the purpose of using it as a life skill, just like Math or Sciences or English, the motivation is often not there.” (more)

Some words sound lovelier than others—and learning a new language can teach you why

Quartz – Carmen Álvarez-Mayo

“When we listen to a foreign language, we may hear sounds which do not exist in our mother tongue, and may sound different from anything we have ever heard before. The first time we hear something new, a foreign sound or word—even an unknown word in our own languages—something in it may provoke delight or revulsion.” (more)

It’s time to invest in foreign-language instruction

The Los Angeles Times – Patrice Apodaca

“And once again, I shook my head in dismay over the fact that linguistics education in the United States is abysmal. Actually, it’s worse than that. Foreign language instruction has never been our strong suit. But it’s been declining from our previous subpar levels, and that’s a troubling trend that will likely have serious economic, social and political consequences. Last year, the National K-12 Foreign Language Enrollment Survey, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, found that only 1 in 5 students is enrolled in a world language or American Sign Language. At the college level, enrollment in foreign languages has been undergoing a years-long decline.” (more)

Increasing Your Global Fluency

Strategy + Business – Eric J. McNulty

“Unfortunately, though the demand for global-minded leaders is higher than ever, they are in short supply among both those in the workforce and those just entering. In a 2017 CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey (pdf) in the United Kingdom, only 34 percent of responding employers were satisfied with applicants’ foreign-language skills. More than one-third, 39 percent, were unhappy about their international cultural awareness.” (more)