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November 13, 2012
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  Spotlight on Languages 
  • Distinct language gives Catalans sense of identity
    In Barcelona, Spain, the language of choice is not Spanish. Unlike much of the rest of the country, people there speak Catalan, a Romance language with characteristics of French and Spanish. Local laws require businesses and people who work in the public sector use the language. Children learn in Catalan, and can enroll in Spanish as a separate class. The Baltimore Sun (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Educators share their innovative takes on teaching language
    The Guardian's Emma Drury talked to foreign language educators to get their ideas on engaging students. One educator likes to introduce language with music from that culture. Another has her students studying body language and the connections between different tongues. Educator Gemma Fordyce has her students go to websites such as, which allows them to make ebooks in the language they're learning. The Guardian (London) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Recent college grad is Skyping her way to a new language
    Blogger Shara Azad has spent the past six weeks learning Spanish through a speaking partner she has never met. She used a language exchange service to help pair her with a Guatemalan woman, who has assisted Azad in learning the language. She feels her Spanish has improved by interacting with a native speaker, but the method has drawbacks: because she's on a computer, she is tempted to use translation programs to facilitate the conversation, which she knows is not the best way to become bilingual. The Huffington Post/The Blog (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Website provides math, science lessons in Spanish
    Latin American students underperform in math and science, largely because they don't have access to the resources that can help them master these subjects, says Hernan Jaramillo, founder and CEO of The San Francisco based company has developed an online library of instructional videos and lessons on topics, such as algebra, geometry and trigonometry for Spanish speaking families and educators. VentureBeat (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Del. early immersion program recruits teachers from abroad
    Starting this year, public schools throughout Delaware have launched an aggressive effort to teach students a foreign language at an early age by rolling out a state backed immersion program. Bringing native speakers from other countries to teach has been key to the effort. Along with Utah, Delaware is one of only two states with such a comprehensive approach to dual immersion, state education officials say. The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Educators: Learning language should be about more than economics
    As Australia pursues an expansion of Asian languages, a group of art deans want the focus of the effort to go beyond strengthening economic ties with China, India, Indonesia and Japan. "Research suggests that language education policies that are successful are based on developing humanistic values rather than on developing economic gains," said Krishna Sen, president of the arts deans. The Australian (tiered subscription model) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACTFL News 
  • ACTFL 2012 only days away
    We can't wait to welcome you to Philadelphia in a few days for ACTFL 2012. Be sure to plan your schedule before your arrival! Check out the online program planner or download the ACTFL 2012 mobile app for iPhone/iPad and Android devices. Are you on Twitter? Be sure to use hashtag #actfl2012 when tweeting from and about the convention! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Submit videos for this year's ACTFL video contest
    ACTFL is proud to present its national student video contest to celebrate Discover Languages month during February 2013! This effort is part of the sustained Discover Languages public awareness campaign, which is designed to bring media attention to the critical need of all students to have the opportunity to learn a second language. Cash and product prizes will be awarded to the students who produce the winning videos. The deadline is Dec. 20. Learn more and submit. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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