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March 12, 2013
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  Spotlight on Languages 
  • Martial arts expands learning in Calif. immersion program
    Students in a California dual immersion program for Mandarin are learning more than how to speak another language. Students are getting a lesson in culture from a local Chinese martial artist who is slated to visit the class a few times this spring. "I wanted to expand students' understanding of Chinese culture and invigorate their interest in learning the language," teacher Denise Long said. The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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21st Century Skills for Language Learning
Are you giving your language students the 21st century skills they need to succeed? Students today need to be ready to compete in a global marketplace with strong communication skills in the target language. Download a free white paper on the National Standards, 21st Century Language Learning Skills, and the Role of Instructional Technology.
  Technology & Trends 
  • Detective game helps children learn to interact in Korean
    Children living in multicultural homes in Korea who struggle to speak the language now have access to a detective game aimed at bridging this language gap. Developers say they created "Hangeul Detective -- Hana and Duri" as a "serious game" where players can practice reading, writing, speaking and listening while searching for a stolen treasure. The Korea Times (Seoul) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Social media not all about dumbing down the language
    Social networks often contribute to a new look at language that actually improves the level of discourse rather than tarnishing it, according to panelists speaking at a session of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival. Among other things, social networks can serve to quickly highlight and correct mistakes and encourage writing that is quick, efficient and to the point, the panelists said. Stories blog (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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SmartBrief’s 5th Annual STEM Pathways Summit
Join us Thursday, Oct. 18 in New York City for the 5th annual STEM Pathways Summit, a FREE high-powered one-day event for K-20 STEM leaders and decision-makers. Develop a STEM toolkit, build a learning network with peers and share success stories and lessons learned. Register to request your seat.
  Policy Watch 
  • Calif. commission considers additional ELL training for teacher interns
    The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing plans to require that intern teachers who join the field via alternative methods are subject to additional credentialing regarding English language learners. Potential options include providing training before teachers enter the classroom, offering waivers and administering a competency test to determine if teachers are knowledgeable about ELLs. Education Week/Teacher Beat blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Economic success hinges on language learning, European official says
    Europe could improve its citizens' job prospects if more emphasis were placed on learning foreign languages, language and culture Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou said during a recent conference. "If we want more mobile students and workers, and businesses that can operate on a European and world scale, we need better language competences -- and these must be better targeted to the current and future needs of the labor market," she said. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACTFL News 
  • Startalk summer programs announced
    ACTFL is now accepting applications from teachers and students for STARTALK summer programs. Apply for any of the three programs: Discover Arabic, Chinese or Russian. The teacher programs are intensive two-week sessions that provide professional development with a focus on quality instruction, curriculum and assessment. The student programs include classroom instruction as well as cultural field trips. Application deadline: April, 19 2013. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scholarships for first time 2013 convention attendees
    Two types of scholarships are being offered to individuals who have never attended an ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo. ACTFL and Vista Higher Learning are co-sponsoring one scholarship. The Robert J. Ludwig scholarship is named after the 1989 ACTFL President. Both scholarships are designed to assist with expenses associated with attending the convention. Both application deadlines are: July 10, 2013. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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2012 Annual Convention & World Languages Expo

Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Kindergarten/World Language Partner Teachers - Spanish Immersion ProgramSeaford School DistrictUS - DE - Seaford
Head of Modern LanguagesThe Nightingale-Bamford SchoolNew York, NY
Kindergarten/World Language Partner Teachers - Spanish Immersion ProgramSeaford School DistrictSeaford, DE
Assistant Professor - FrenchAustin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN
Researcher in Applied LinguisticsHoroof Language CenterDubai, United Arab Emirates
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