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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Expanding opportunities for our students with language immersion

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In his weekly message, filmed at W.B. Simpson Elementary, Governor Markell highlights the World Language Immersion Initiative and announces its expansion.

“All of our young people deserve access to the best possible education and training for their futures. That means supporting them in reading, writing, math, and science, and helping them acquire key skills for jobs in growing industries. But, we must not overlook the value of language learning,” Governor Markell said. “We will ensure that students’ language proficiency doesn’t drop off when they reach middle school by allowing them to take courses in subjects like social studies and science in their immersion language. Our goal is to make Delaware the most bilingual state in the country. Doing so will create incredible opportunities for these students, and it will keep Delaware moving forward.”

Posted on May 27, 2016
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700 Reasons for studying languages

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“700 Reasons for Studying Languages” is a report from the UK Subject Centre for Languages resulting from a research project which was carried out between 2003-2004. The research was to support the UK campaign to encourage more people to learn languages in an out of school.

You will find many results in the report that are valid for contexts outside of the U.K.

Angela Gallagher-Brett (2005). Seven Hundred Reasons to Study Languages. LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, Southampton, UK.

 

Centre for Languages Website: https://www.llas.ac.uk/700reasons/orderform.html

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Advocacy Pages by State FL Associations and Districts

College Pages: Why study foreign languages?

Quotes

“A man who does not know a foreign language is ignorant of his own.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)
[Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen.]

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

“To solve most of the major problems facing our country today will require every young person to learn more about other regions, cultures, and languages.” – Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State 2001-2005

Japanese Advocacy Site

SITE IS CURRENTLY UNDER RE-DEVELOPMENT
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Newly revised and expanded website site supporting advocating for learning Japanese. Created by the Japan Foundation (Los Angeles)

The site contains sections and specific materials for Administrators, Parents, and Students.

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