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March 5, 2013
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  Spotlight on Languages 
  • John Kerry lets his inner linguist come out
    Former U.S. Sen. John Kerry now leads the State Department, and in his first trip to Europe in that role, he showed off multilingual speaking skills to his European hosts. As a former presidential candidate, Kerry, whose father was a foreign service officer, often dodged criticism for looking like too much of an internationalist. Last week, however, Kerry talked to world leaders in French, German and Italian. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Linguists discover first new U.S. language in 80 years
    Researchers say a previously unknown form of sign language has been in use in Hawaii since the 19th century. Linguists believe the language is distinct from American Sign Language and has different grammatical constructions. The Hawaiian language, which is on the verge of extinction, is used by about 40 people, most of whom are in their 80s. The Associated Press/The Big Story (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • When the economy sinks, the Irish turn to German
    In this op-ed, writer Derek Scally describes his observations on how the European economy tends to dictate people's attitudes toward languages. When Ireland experiences a downturn, people on the Emerald Isle will scramble to learn German to work in its more prosperous economy. As Scally points out, three German-speaking countries -- Germany, Austria and Switzerland -- have started a campaign to promote the benefits of learning the most-spoken language in Europe no matter the economic environment. The Irish Times (Dublin) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
SANS Inc./Mead Fellows Announced at NECTFL in Baltimore
Four outstanding teachers who have demonstrated leadership and vision in world language education and who have proposed exceptional projects are being honored this week in Baltimore at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL). SANS has been a sponsor of this program for six years. Read more.
  Technology & Trends 
  • Digital tools help with flipped language instruction
    Tom Vander Ark in this blog post writes about how Harvard-Westlake School in California is using technology to enhance its students' experience with learning foreign languages. Students blog about their reading assignments in Latin, and four different language programs use digital storytelling applications to communicate in their second languages. Other strategies, including implementing Google apps and video and voice recording, allow for smoother collaboration and instant feedback. Education Week/Vander Ark on Innovation blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • McWhorter: The language miracle of teenage texting
    Linguist John McWhorter argues in a TED talk that texting acronyms, such as LOL, are not the ruination of language that many teachers and parents believe them to be. He says they have actually come to imply shades of meaning and levels of subtly distinct from spoken words. "Emergent complexity, this is what we're seeing in this fingered speech," he said. Fast Company online (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • In today's Tucson, immigrants speak more than just Spanish
    As a city near the Mexican border, Tucson, Ariz., has a long history of new immigrants populating its communities and schools. Most were Spanish speakers, but in recent years, Tucson has attracted a wide range of refugees from all over the world, speaking Nepalese and Arabic, among other languages. One local educator reports having English language learners who speak 40 different languages or dialects. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACTFL News 
  • ACTFL announces keynote speaker: Tony Wagner
    At the opening session of ACTFL's Annual Convention on Nov. 22, 2013, Dr. Tony Wagner will speak on the topic "Creating Innovators with Passion, Play and Purpose." Dr. Wagner is Harvard University's first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center and was co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. Join us to learn how to help students become creative individuals in the 21st century. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACTFL offers scholarships to members
    Seven scholarships for language study will be offered to ACTFL members in 2013. ACTFL is partnering with four different organizations to offer summer study abroad language learning program scholarships. From study in Mexico to Chile, or even online, enrich your summer by learning Spanish or Mandarin! The deadline to apply is Mar. 29, 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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