Experts, Educators Say Benefits of Bilingualism Are Brushed Aside in U.S. Schools

Here is a story on the June event held by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on “The link between foreign languages and US national security”.
by Terry West, The Washington Diplomat, September 29, 2017

Read the post: http://www.washdiplomat.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16041:experts-educators-say-benefits-of-bilingualism-are-brushed-aside-in-us-schools&catid=1562&Itemid=428

You can also watch the full video at the site of the CFR

Lead with languages


The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) launched an important campaign that focuses on raising awareness about the importance of learning another language besides English for American society. “Lead with Languages”, which was launched in late February.

It is “is a multi-year campaign aimed at reversing the nation’s language skills gap and making language learning a national priority. The campaign seeks to build awareness across the U.S. about the growing importance of language skills to a wide array of careers – and to our nation’s economy, national security and international standing – with the ultimate goal of supporting a new generation of Americans competent in other languages and cultures and equipped to compete and succeed in a global economy.”

Read the press release

A journey to the East and back


Here is a brief story about Morgan Alexander Jones, MBA ’15 of the Johnson Graduate School of Management at College University, who learned Chinese early on in his life, and is now the COO of US-China Strong.

“One of the basic ways to start understanding Chinese culture is to learn the Chinese language.”
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On Capitol Hill for Language Advocacy Day


On Thursday, February 16th, more than 150 language experts from across the U.S. will descend on Capitol Hill to lobby for languages.

Dr. William P. Rivers, the Executive Director of the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL-NCLIS), the organization that hosts Language Advocacy Day, shares why he and hundreds of others believe that foreign languages need advocacy and how any concerned citizen can advocate for languages in their community.

Read the interview:
https://medium.com/@AC_Global/on-capitol-hill-for-language-advocacy-day-a-conversation-with-dr-william-p-rivers-866b6e2a17a2#.29hx4f2tg

Learning Mandarin – a view from the UK

 

“How Mandarin can unlock our children’s potential in an increasingly connected world”

by Mark Herbert, The Telegraph, January 10, 2017

An essay about the value of learning another language in general and Mandarin in particular. Mr. Herbert provides background information on the “Excellence in Mandarin Programme”, which was started in the UK in September 2016. The goal of the program is to educate 5,000 students by the year 2020 to become fluent in Mandarin.

Learning a foreign language revealed a world I never knew existed

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Growing up in a small town in North Carolina, Lauren Collins never needed to speak a foreign language outside of high school Spanish classes. It wasn’t until she met her French-speaking husband and moved to Switzerland that she felt the need to become bilingual. She offers her humble opinion on the value of learning a new language.

PBS NewsHours, December 7, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEbX-mDylsM

Learning a new language can transform your experience of life

HuffIndiaThe benefits of knowing a second or a foreign language in today’s world are many. The world has turned into a global village. In this globalized existence, the knowledge of a foreign language in particular and the accompanying cultural competency are being increasingly recognized as valuable assets that give an advantage to those who possess such skills.

by Shonu Nangia, The Huffington Post India, June 30, 2016

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