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October 23, 2012
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  Spotlight on Languages 
 
  • University program gains recognition for language training
    For the past three years, the University of Montana has worked with the U.S. Department of Defense to help train military and foreign service personnel in several strategic languages. The school has received about $2 million in funding for the program, and introduced new learning strategies, including virtual and immersion platforms. "[W]e're the school of choice for people who want to get fluent, which you need to do to win and the hearts and minds of people," said Donald Loranger, the program's director. NorthJersey.com (Hackensack, N.J.)/The Associated Press (free registration) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Literacy takes center stage at youth global issues summit
    Eighty-eight percent of the 1,300 delegates attending the One Young World international summit in Pittsburgh pledged to improve literacy in their home countries. Literacy was the top concern among about six major areas discussed at the annual social issues conference of young leaders in their 20s from about 180 countries. "In this day and age, there is no reason absolutely whatsoever that someone should be illiterate," Bangladeshi professor and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus said. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Efforts to preserve Lakota language begin in day care
    With only 6,000 speakers, Lakota is an endangered language spoken by Sioux people in North and South Dakota. Peter Hill, who learned Lakota as a second language, is trying to keep the language alive by opening an immersion day care to incorporate Lakota into early learning. The Seattle Times (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More Colo. students are studying Mandarin as a second language
    More than 60 Colorado schools are embracing Mandarin as the foreign language of choice for students who say the language will be important in the future. The trend toward Mandarin, the most widely spoken language in the world, represents a departure from when Spanish was the dominant foreign language taught in schools. "Chinese gives these students a larger horizon in their future lives," said Kuo Li, who teaches Mandarin and Chinese culture to 144 students at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, Colo. The Denver Post (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. charter school finds success with two way immersion
    Chula Vista Learning Community Charter near San Diego uses a teaching method known as two way immersion, with half of the school day conducted in English and the other half in Spanish. Students at the school include native English and Spanish speakers. The number of schools using this method is on the rise, and Chula Vista leaders say it has led to better test scores. "It's about valuing both languages. We're using language to close the achievement gap," said Jorge Ramírez, who founded the school. San Diego Union-Tribune (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • How can schools support foreign language demand?
    The leader of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives is calling for parents to get serious about foreign language education for their children. Speaking another language -- especially an Asian language -- will be a critical need in the workforce as the country expands trade with China and India, John Manley says. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACTFL News 
  • ACTFL 2012 advance registration deadline tomorrow
    Don't miss your chance to save money on registration fees for this year's ACTFL Convention in Philadelphia, Nov. 16-18. After Oct. 24, rates will increase. ACTFL 2012 features more than 600 sessions, pre- and post-convention workshops, and many unique offerings. See for yourself and check out the online program. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACTFL names finalists for Teacher of the Year award
    ACTFL has announced the five regional finalists for the eighth annual ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the Nov. 16 Opening General Session of its convention in Philadelphia, PA. The award annually recognizes a foreign language teacher at the K-12 level who exhibits excellence in classroom language teaching. This individual will also serve as a spokesperson for the language profession for the following year. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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2012 Annual Convention & World Languages Expo

Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Assistant Professor - SpanishCollege of Staten Island - The City University of New YorkNew York, NY
ESL/EFL Publishing Opportunities RedNova, Inc.Miami Area, FL
Foreign Language InstructorCentral Intelligence AgencyWashington, DC
Lecturers in JapaneseUniversity of Notre DameUniversity of Notre Dame, IN
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