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October 30, 2012
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  Spotlight on Languages 
  • Houston seeks to boost Mandarin language learning program
    School leaders in Houston are hoping that $1.9 billion in proposed funding for school building improvements also will benefit the district's first Chinese language immersion school, where some students have learned their third language. "A lot of people think 'Texas' and we should be doing Spanish ... but Houston is such an international city that we need to turn our attention elsewhere," principal Bryan Bordelon said. KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Technology & Trends 
  • The career advantages of learning another language
    College students majoring in political science might assume that learning a second language will help them in their careers, but second language skills also can help in fields that might not first come to mind. Communications fields increasingly prefer applicants with the ability to communicate with the growing Latino consumer demographic in the U.S. and translation skills can help language arts majors land jobs in publishing. (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bilingual education meets needs of N.J. communities
    More schools in New Jersey are using bilingual education when teaching young Latino and Hispanic students. Spanish speaking students are assigned to classrooms with Spanish speaking teachers, and the class material switches between Spanish and English. "Our goal is to to meet the students’ needs and their parents by teaching them English but also allowing them to keep their Spanish," said Nelyda Perez, district coordinator for English as a second language programs. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The Emphasis is on Communication.
Jim Buoye, District Supervisor of World Languages at Northern Valley Regional HS District NJ, discusses his views on why language lab technology supports the 21st century skills approach to learning where the emphasis is on students being able to successfully communicate in the target language. Read the full interview.
  Policy Watch 
  • Australian official: Asian language study costly but important
    The Australian government recently unveiled an aggressive plan to give all students access to learning an Asian language, including Mandarin, Hindi, Indonesian and Japanese. During a recent discussion at Melbourne's Swinburne University, professor Ken Chern said the effort will cost billions of dollars, but that it is important and necessary, given Asia's growing importance in the global economy. "The government will have to move powerfully to implement what I think is a very important program," he said. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Language skills give immigrants military opportunities
    The U.S. military will be able to fill its need for bilingual speakers by allowing legal immigrants, even those on temporary visas, to join the armed forces. The program, which gives participants the chance to become citizens, is open to people able to speak one of 44 languages of critical need, including Portuguese and Persian Dari. Because of the need for interpreters, military officials have spent the past two years convincing the Pentagon to reopen the program, which was suspended in 2010. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACTFL News 
  • Unique career offerings at ACTFL 2012 in Philadelphia
    On Saturday, Nov. 17, certified career coach Rita Friedman will lead three 45-minute workshops to help guide ACTFL convention attendees through the job search process. Each mini-workshop will focus on a different key component of the successful job search: the resume, the search, and the interview. Rita will also be available between workshops to conduct one-on-one counseling sessions with interested attendees. You must register for ACTFL 2012 to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Register now. 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
Lecturers in JapaneseUniversity of Notre DameUniversity of Notre Dame, IN
ESL/EFL Publishing Opportunities RedNova, Inc.Miami Area, FL
Foreign Language InstructorCentral Intelligence AgencyWashington, DC
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