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Bilingual programs get the royal treatment

Chalkbeat New York – Jessica Glazer

“Queen Letizia of Spain stopped by P.S. 103 Dos Puentes Elementary School, one of four city schools newly added to a network of U.S. schools with Spanish immersion programs. The visit, complete with balloons and a song-and-dance performance, added bit of royal flair to Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s continued focus on dual language programs” (more)

In Spain, even toddlers learn Chinese for job hopes

The Economic Times – Staff Writer

“”Xiang jiao! Banana!” says Fu Huijuan, beaming as she waves the fruit in front of her three-year-old pupil, Leon, at a Madrid nursery school. He and his four classmates have barely learned to speak even in their native Spanish, but already they are absorbing Mandarin Chinese-as are many adult Spaniards concerned for their job prospects. “Chinese seems to me an essential language in today’s world, and the best way to learn it is from an early age…It is a long-term strategy, for his job prospects in the future,” says Leon’s mother, Sara Vergara.”(more)

What Do Students Think About School?

The Huffington Post – Andreas Schleicher

“All in all, students’ attitudes towards schooling and their reading performance are mutually reinforcing, as are their attitudes towards schooling and the atmosphere in the classroom.”(more)

In Troubled Spain, Boom Times for Foreign Languages

The New York Times – Raphael Minder

“With a 20 percent unemployment rate, twice the European average, labor mobility has become a burning issue in Spain, prompting some business leaders to call for an overhaul of the Spanish education system that would make better language training a priority. Emilio Cuatrecasas, chairman of Cuatrecasas, one of the biggest Spanish law firms, said recently that “Spain has to take seriously the need to reform its education, particularly in terms of teaching English.”(more)