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January 15, 2013
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  • Ore. school district expands Arabic language program
    Portland, Ore., students who enrolled in Lincoln High School's Arabic course three years ago became the first in the state to study the language. With continued grant funding from the Qatar Foundation International's Anchor School program, district officials now are expanding the Arabic language program to a middle school. Grant funding also will give students an opportunity to visit Doha, the capital of Qatar, as part of their studies. The Oregonian (Portland) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. district opens up students' language learning options
    Two elementary schools in White Bear Lake, Minn., have started offering Mandarin Chinese to students after considering feedback from parents. Other schools offer Spanish, and district officials say plans for next year include introducing foreign language programs in all elementary schools. In middle school, students' options include French, German and American Sign Language. Principal Dan Schmidt says these programs are challenging students to go outside of "their comfort zones." Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Swedish students learn academic lessons through gaming
    Teachers at a school in Sweden have made the computer game Minecraft a mandatory part of classroom lessons. The game allows students to work on city planning, environmental issues and other issues in a virtual environment. Educators say the game is a fun way for students to learn academic lessons, and they plan to continue using the 3D game in the future. The Local (Sweden) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Most Saudi students seeking college in U.S. receive language training
    The number of students from Saudi Arabia studying at U.S. colleges has increased nearly sevenfold since 2006, according to the Virginia-based agency Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the United States, which provides scholarships to Saudi students. Officials there note that language training is a step most students must complete before being admitted to a college. While universities generally welcome the infusion of cash, some skeptics say tighter restrictions are needed. USA Today (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Online graduate certificate in instructional technology integration
    You are invited to attend a Virtual Open House hosted by ACTFL and University of Maryland University College (UMUC) today at 6:30 pm ET. This is your chance to learn more about our education alliance that gives ACTFL members the opportunity to earn a specialized online graduate certificate in Instructional Technology Integration designed for individuals teaching languages. Spring semester begins Feb. 4. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Request free ACTFL information packets for your students
    Request packets loaded with information about the products and services available from ACTFL. Included are sample copies of The Language Educator and Foreign Language Annals. Encourage your students to take advantage of the many professional and career-related resources offered by ACTFL. ACTFL student membership is only $25/year. To order these FREE packets, send an e-mail containing your name, address and number of packets requested to LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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