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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)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dr. Aaron Bruce Urges Students of Color to Prepare to become International Leaders

The Huffington Post – Monica Medina

“Dr. Aaron Bruce is much like a warrior, using his skills and know-how for promoting inclusion, social justice and multicultural understanding…”One of my passions is helping to develop the next wave of future leaders who, in order to be successful, need a global perspective.”” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

An Education In Foreign Culture Will Inspire A Brighter Future For Chicago Students

CBS Chicago – Sara Lugardo

“Through the foundation of world language education and opportunities in travel, American students will be much better placed as the working class of tomorrow to understand other cultures, be empathetic, communicate in world languages and to continue U.S. economic development.”” (more)