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January 3, 2013
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The latest news on language-learning trends and innovation

  Corporate & Government Spotlight 
  • Orlando airport invests in foreign-language speakers to aid travelers
    Orlando International Airport in Florida has contracted with a company to hire 16 multilingual interpreters who speak 11 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Moldavian and Ukrainian, to assist international travelers, who make up about 9% of the airport's customers. Interpreters work at information centers around the facility to provide information on topics such as the location of baggage claim and where travelers can find their pets. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: Canada needs a comprehensive approach to language
    It's time for Canada to commit to making its population truly bilingual, writes Irvin Studin of the University of Toronto. Studin writes that the odds of encountering someone fluent in both English and French in Canada are less than you would expect, and he recommends the country embrace a language policy to make it multilingual. The Toronto Star (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Language Education Update 
  • Study: Language learning begins before babies are born
    Infants begin absorbing language -- and can recognize foreign languages -- even sooner than previously thought, a study says. "This is the first study that shows fetuses learn prenatally about the particular speech sounds of a mother's language," says Christine Moon, a professor at Pacific Lutheran University and co-author of the study. "This study moves the measurable result of experience with speech sounds from six months of age to before birth." (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why foreign languages should remain a priority
    Learning a second language should remain an emphasis in schools, along with math and reading, asserts Carla Thomas McClure, an education writer and editor. Among the potential benefits of a greater focus on second-language learning are achievement gains, improved cognitive ability, and better readiness for college and career. McClure also offers in the article a list of steps that schools can take to establish successful foreign-language programs. District Administration magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training & Technology 
  • Indian police learn languages for international event
    An event known as Kumbh 2013 will draw visitors to Allahabad, India, and public-safety workers will be ready to assist visitors who speak English, Hindi and other regional tongues. Police officers will be placed strategically based on their foreign-language skills, but all will be ready with four basic responses -- "no," "yes," "sorry" and "thank you." The Times of India (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Germany to provide language training to qualified job seekers
    Educated workers from southern European countries that are struggling with high unemployment would seem like a perfect match for Germany's bustling economy, where there are job openings for engineers, IT specialists, nurses and doctors. However, too few of these prospective employees can speak German, and companies aren't willing to compromise on the requirement. This situation has led the German Federal Employment Agency to invest in programs to help prepare European workers to enter the German job market. Google/The Associated Press (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Webinar: Generational, Social, Global: Three Evolutionary Trends Reshaping the Workforce
    Join Rosetta Stone for an hourlong webinar on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. EST featuring Jeanne Meister, best-selling author of "The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today," and Mark Dollins, HR and communications expert and partner at executive development firm Future Workplace. Jeanne and Mark will explore three major trends that will redefine the workplace and how companies think about recruitment, employee development and engagement. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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