“On Languages” is a 3-minute voice-over animation by the British Academy. It outlines the findings of the Born Global project and the importance of foreign language education.
A view from Hampshire Regional School District in Massachusetts.
by Sarah Crosby, Daily Hampshire Gazette, August 17, 2016
The 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
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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Learning a new language can greatly boost your chances of landing lucrative work.
By Christian Ruhl, Kiplinger, October 2015
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by Kathy Stein-Smith, Language Magazine, May 19, 2016
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by Marcus Thuillier, The Guardian-University of California, San Diego, April 14, 2016
by James Vaznis, The Boston Globe, April 4, 2016
by Janet Adamy, The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2016
“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
- Alabama World Language Association (AWLA)
- Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association (AFLTA)
- California Language Teachers’ Association (CLTA)
- Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT)
- Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA)
- Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL)
- Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA)
- Iowa World Language Association (IWLA)
- Kansas World Language Association (KSWAL)
- Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA)
- Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers’ Association (LFLTA)
- Foreign Language Association of Maine (FLAME)
- Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MAFLA)
- Michigan World Language Association (MIWLA)
- Mississippi Foreign Language Association (MFLA)
- Foreign Language Association of Missouri
- Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ)
- New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT)
- Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA)
- Rhode Island Foreign Language Association (RIFLA)
- South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers’ Association (SCFLTA)
- Texas Foreign Language Association (TFLA)
- Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA)
- Washington Association of Language Teaching (WALT)
- West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers Association (WVFLTA)
- Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT)
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
“Languages as a core component of education for all students”, 2013
National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL)
“Foreign language education for all students”, 2002
“A rationale for foreign language education”, n.d.
New York State Association of Foreign Languages (NYSAFLT)
“LOTE as a core subject” [PDF] , 2008
- Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, Modern Languages and Cultures
- Auburn University, Auburn, AL, Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Berea College, Berea, KY, Foreign Languages Program
- Duke University, Durham, NC, Languages at Duke
- Queensborough Community College, New York, NY, Foreign Languages at QCC
- Salem State University, Salem, MA, World Languages and Cultures
- Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, World Languages and Literatures
- St. John’s University – New York, NY, Languages and Literatures
- Towson University – Towson, MD, Foreign Languages
- Tulsa Community College – Tulsa, OK, International Language Center
- University of Illinois at Chicago, Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics
- University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Classical and Modern Languages
- Washington State University – Pullman, WA, Foreign Languages and Cultures
Learning World Languages and Cultures in California: A Stimulus for Academic and Economic Success is a policy report published by the California Foreign Language Project in 2009. It details facts
Full Report, 60pp [PDF]
Executive Summary [PDF]
by Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Education, February 1, 2016
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“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
by Douglas D. Baker, The Huffington Post, November 06, 2015
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by Jack Jennings, The Huffington Post , October 1, 2015
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