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

More than words

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Princeton general-education proposal would require all students — even those already proficient in a foreign language — to study a language other than English. Most of the shrinking number of institutions with requirements let students test out of them.
by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, November 2, 2016

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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

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