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December 11, 2012
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  Spotlight on Languages 
  • Ind. school diversifies foreign language courses
    Nearly 50 students in an Indiana high school enrolled in the school's inaugural Mandarin class, and by the end of the first semester, students are speaking in full sentences and practicing writing with Chinese characters. School officials introduced the course after moving its German classes to an online only format. The school also offers Spanish. Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Ind.) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japanese parents want better English education, survey finds
    A recent survey of parents in Japan found that almost 90% of those polled believe that English education should be improved. At issue, they say, is that English lessons offer few opportunities to speak the language and focus too little on practical skills. The survey also found that a majority of parents place a priority on their children being globally competitive. The Japan Daily Press (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Indonesia seeks to use ICT-based education in schools
    Last week, during the International Symposium on Open, Distance and E-Learning, officials in Indonesia announced plans to use ICT-based education in schools. Under the plan, information and communication technology would be rolled out in 100,000 schools nationwide by 2014. "Indonesia is an archipelagic country with 13,000 islands, but we are optimistic that we can provide the best education to all school-age students despite any geographical obstacles," professor Taufik Hanafi said. The Jakarta Post (Indonesia)/Bali Daily (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Abu Dhabi to require new tests for teachers
    In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, some teachers will undergo testing in English, math and science, and the results of those tests will be used to determine professional development needs. The Cambridge Placement Tests, to be administered online, will gauge whether teachers are ready to teach in bilingual classrooms, in part, by assessing teachers' skills in reading, listening and language. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China struggles to replace aging scientific translators
    Industry experts say China faces a shortage of individuals with the skills and training to translate scientific content from other languages into Chinese. "Science and technology translation requires one's high proficiency in science knowledge and language, but people with such skills usually choose other occupations other than translator, because the importance of translation is minimized in China," said Zhao Wenli, deputy secretary-general of the Science and Technology Translators' Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. China Daily (Beijing) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACTFL News 
  • Only 2 more weeks to 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
  • ACTFL 2013 Call for Proposals now open
    It isn't too early to start planning for 2013 in Orlando, Fla. Compelling proposals address the needs of today's learners and educators by focusing on innovations and research-informed practices. Special consideration will be given to proposals that highlight personalizing the learning experience, engaging the learner, collaborating with others and assessing learning and teaching. Submit a proposal today. The submission deadline is Jan. 9. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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2012 Annual Convention & World Languages Expo

Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Visiting French Resident and InstructorGoucher CollegeBaltimore, MD
Online Adjunct Faculty - World LanguagesAmerican Public University SystemWest Virginia, WV
SPANISH FACULTYHarper CollegePalatine, IL
German TeacherConcord AcademyConcord, MA
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