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December 18, 2014
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Calif. district makes history with Vietnamese-immersion program
A California district has plans to launch the state's first Vietnamese-English immersion program next fall. Other states, including Washington, Oregon and Texas, offer similar programs. The first immersion class is planned for kindergarten students at one district elementary school. School officials say the program will help prepare students for a "globalized society." KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (12/16)
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Study examines native language influence on language acquisition
Language learners may have a more difficult time identifying words in a second language if their native language is similar to the new language, according to a recent study, which examines native language influence on second language acquisition. Researchers also found that location can affect how well native speakers use cues to recognize words in a second language. (12/16)
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Corporate & Government Spotlight
New Delhi project aims to protect at-risk languages
Government officials in New Delhi have launched a National Translation Mission that will work to protect languages that are vulnerable to extinction. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has identified 520 languages as at risk of extinction. (12/12)
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Wales to boost number of health professionals who speak Welsh
Patients seeking health care in Wales may have improved access to general practitioners and dentists who speak Welsh. Health Minister Mark Drakeford -- spurred by recent survey findings -- announced plans to increase the number of health services staff who speak Welsh. BBC (12/10)
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Training & Technology
5 ideas to reinforce learning in the workplace
Several tactics can help employees remember training, according to Bill Rosenthal, who has headed employee education businesses since 1986. Memory aids and multimedia help by using more senses and thought processes. Employees also can practice the skill often while getting feedback from colleagues, he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/16)
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Teacher candidates work with immigrant students
A global-studies course at a California university is bringing together future teachers and recent immigrant students. The program uses a small-group model and technology to help bridge language gaps. "We want our students embedded in schools," university education dean Oddmund Myhre said. The Modesto Bee (Calif.) (12/15)
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Rosetta Stone News
Aspen Skiing Company uses Rosetta Stone to help keep pace with growth of global clientele.
Ski season is under way, and competition for customers is fierce. Aspen Skiing Company is gaining a competitive advantage in its relationships with groups visiting from around the world by enabling its staff to sell to and serve guests who speak little or no English. Learn more -- read the blog post.
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What language skills do graduates need to meet today's business demands?
Sixty-five percent of business executives believe that language barriers exist between their companies' managers and other workers. Watch this webinar led by Andy Chaves, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Marriott International, Inc., to learn what executives say about the impact of globalization on the business community -- and how that creates a high demand for a multilingual workforce.
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