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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Helping Our Students to Study Abroad: Trends and Advice

Education Week – Christine A. Farrugia

“The profile of U.S. study abroad is changing. Today a more diverse range of students are studying in more destinations and through innovative programs that fall outside of the traditional model. Being aware of these trends can help us understand what motivates students to go abroad so we can encourage and support them. By beginning the exploration of other countries in elementary school, we build on students’ natural curiosity about the world around them…Over the past fifteen years, study abroad by STEM majors has grown substantially, outpacing growth in other fields. Contributing to this growth is an increasing awareness by students and faculty advisers of the career-related benefits of global experiences…you can help students by increasing their understanding of the value of an international experience in various career fields as is happening in STEM. And where possible, integrate the study of geographic areas of most interest to your students into your classes. By tapping into students’ natural curiosity about the world at a young age, we can build a solid base from which to encourage them to go out and see it through study abroad.”(more)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Gaining an international education is about more than just studying abroad

The Daily Texan – Jeremi Suri

“We send more students overseas than ever before, and that is good, but many of them have formulaic experiences of sharing their distant classrooms with other study abroad students…Real international education is what I witnessed this weekend, when I visited Abu Dhabi to give a series of lectures. Among the many people whom I met from countless countries was a former student of mine (Plan II and Middle Eastern Studies) who is now working as an entrepreneur in the Middle East. She is a shy, Christian Texas girl who gained fluent Arabic from years of tedious practice, repeated trips to the Middle East and many hours of studying the region and international affairs in general. She has done all the standard things, but she has also pushed herself outside the bounds of the obvious and the comfortable to experience foreign cultures in non-American ways…She loves America, but she is making herself a deep and personal part of another region and way of life. She is not merely bridging cultures; she is living in multiple mindsets at the same time…Americans are so poor at achieving this depth of connection with foreigners. We speak few foreign languages. We travel in predictable bubbles and demand predictable encounters. We know so little about people and cultures beyond our borders (as well as those within). We are strong and rich, and we instinctively expect the world to work with us on our terms, even when we are in other people’s homes…So here is what I propose for students: Seek depth over breadth in your international education. Identify a region that fascinates you, study its language and history and then force yourself to visit, explore, work and connect as an individual, not a participant in a heavily guided program…Future success as an international citizen comes in crossing the mental boundaries that matter much more than the lines on a map or a job application.”(more)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Growing First State foreign language efforts will take some students overseas

Delaware Public Media – Karl Malgiero

“Foreign language instruction opportunities are growing for students enrolled in Delaware’s public schools. A new partnership between the Department of Education and a company from China will expose Delaware high school students to Chinese culture and develop their language skills…The Delaware Summer Chinese Language Initiative for Communicating STEM (LinCS) program will place 24 students at Wanxiang’s automotive and industrial facilities for four weeks to experience the culture and develop language proficiency…Governor Jack Markell said research shows foreign language instruction most effective when begun as early as possible, calling the program a chance to provide Delaware students an edge in the global job market…The agreement comes as the Department of Education announces another expansion of the world language immersion program, adding six more elementary schools utilizing the immersion model of academic instruction in English half the time and either Mandarin or Spanish during the other.”(more)

Friday, December 26, 2014

China trip opens up mind and career path

Stuff.co.nz – SAHIBAN KANWAL

“China is far more relevant to New Zealand than he imagined, former Timaru resident Sam Brosnahan is learning. Brosnahan, the head boy of Mountainview High School in 2012, is on an exchange for one semester (August to next month) at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics…Since arriving in Shanghai, Brosnahan has had a chance to learn a thing or two. “The world doesn’t revolve around English the way it does back home. The differences in culture are also striking: the food, language, people, air quality and the driving habits…”This time last year, I truly thought this whole experience was simply going to be for me to improve my Mandarin. And, although my conversational Chinese has definitely been on the up, first and foremost this exchange has given me a glimpse into the way China lives, works and breathes. “I’ve learned that the opportunities China presents to us are endless.”…His tip for success for young people is to find opportunities, then take them. “Don’t just sit back waiting for things to happen.”(more)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

‘Study Away’ Programs Provide Invaluable Experiential Learning

Education News – Thomas J. Botzman

“While knowledge and information flow more freely in today’s society thanks to mobile devices and the Internet, there still is no substitute for being there and living it. It is an infinitely richer experience to learn or sharpen your foreign language skills while bartering for fresh fruits and vegetables at a traditional French marketplace, or to learn the dynamics of international commodity trading in emerging markets by being there…Study abroad (or its cousin, domestic study away) provides a student with the opportunity to relate classroom learning to the real world. When we speak of the role of education, we often talk about learning how to change ourselves and our world. Getting to know other people, learning to communicate and respect across cultural lines, and speeding up personal growth are all part of becoming more adapted to changes and challenges.”(more)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

World Schooling: When Children Study Abroad

The Huffington Post – Cliff Hsia

“Do you want to provide a culturally immersive experience for your kids while traveling abroad? We’ve found the best way to do this is to place your kids into a local school immediately upon arrival, something we like to call world schooling. Here are some of the things we’ve learned about our version of world schooling:.”(more)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Boosting education exchanges between the US and Brazil

The Christian Science Monitor – Rachel Glickhouse

“Brazilians now make up 2 percent of the foreign student population in the US…one major factor is language…The government had previously begun offering free online English courses last year…Now the United States needs to follow its lead by doing more to provide better funding and support for foreign language learning, especially languages like Portuguese, Chinese, and Spanish.”(more)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Case for Studying Abroad

The Huffington Post – Richard Stengel

“Today marks the end of International Education Week 2014, when we celebrate the benefits of educational exchanges and the myriad programs that make studying abroad possible. Over the past 15 years, the number of Americans studying abroad has more than doubled — but the number is still too low. According to the annual Open Doors Report on international and U.S. student mobility, about 300,000 American students studied in foreign countries last year and fewer than 10 percent studied abroad before graduating. Many of those who didn’t said they worried that there would be limits to what they could study and feared they wouldn’t graduate on time, or they were concerned that it would cost too much.”(more)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Decade of Preparing Globally Competent Teachers

Education Week – Caitlin Haugen

“…we have come a long way in ensuring our future teachers are provided opportunities to learn key skills and gain global experience…We also have some room for growth…Currently, individual programs and campuses make decisions regarding what is required to produce a teacher more ready to be a part of a global community. There are no widely accepted standards…” (more)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

100,000 Strong boosts Mandarin effort

ChinaDaily USA – Amy He

“More and more American students may be studying Chinese, but the number of them studying abroad in China and developing the linguistic competencies to engage with Chinese people remains few…The American Councils for International Education…has partnered up with the 100,000 Strong Foundation to give more American students study abroad opportunities in China.” (more)