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December 20, 2012
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  • Australia to introduce national language curriculum in 2014
    Australia says its national approach to language learning will start with Mandarin and Italian, although some critics have said the choices are inconsistent with previous statements about priorities. Education Minister Peter Garrett defended the decision. "That mix of language -- one European, which is part of the immigration heritage of our past, and one Chinese Mandarin, which is an indication of the language challenges of the future -- are good languages for us to start with," Garrett said, noting that engagement with Asia will be a common message throughout the curriculum. The Australian (tiered subscription model)/Australian Associated Press (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study will explore why Scotland struggles with language education
    Following research showing that Scotland is behind other nations in linguistics, a new committee will evaluate language instruction in the country's primary schools. Among the committee's goals will be to evaluate the feasibility of a government proposal to begin teaching foreign languages earlier in primary school. BBC (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ala. school plans to pilot Rosetta Stone
    Educators in an Alabama school district are learning how to use Rosetta Stone software to share their training with students who participate in a pilot language-learning program. Beginning in first grade, students in Pleasure Island schools will have access to the program; if the pilot is successful, it will be expanded to all district schools. WKRG-TV (Mobile, Ala.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. schools work to serve linguistically diverse population
    The number of Minnesota students whose first language is not English has quadrupled in the past 20 years. This change and others have led schools to beef up their focus on language education by implementing programs and strategies, such as incorporating students' native languages into learning and hiring staff who can relate to a range of cultures. Minnesota Public Radio (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students enjoy dorm-room version of language immersion
    Students living in the University of Maryland's Language House spend 80% of their time speaking a language other than English, such as Spanish, French or Japanese. The immersion-learning approach has steadily grown in popularity throughout the U.S., says Marty Abbott, executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Adapting it to the collegiate lifestyle is another sign of that. "It's like study abroad without studying abroad," said Phoenix Liu, director of the program. The Daily Record (Baltimore)/Capital News Service (Maryland) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Boston program promotes Spanish literacy blended with arts
    Elementary-age children of Latino backgrounds gathered in a classroom on a recent Saturday to hear poems and literature by Latin Americans and do art projects as part of a program to promote Spanish literacy. The Spanish Heritage Academy -- offered by Harvard University's Cultural Agency Initiative and using Harvard's Pre-Texts curriculum -- includes students who either were born to immigrant parents or came to the U.S. at a young age and are losing their ability to speak Spanish. "Getting them to see that Spanish is a language of culture is a victory," said Obed Lira, a Harvard graduate student who helps teach the students. Fox News Latino (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Create a virtual language lab
    Studies have found that students typically spend less than 30% of their time in a language classroom actually speaking the language. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Happy holidays from Rosetta Stone
    Rosetta Stone wishes you a wonderful holiday season! Try out one of our holiday greetings from this video, and impress! Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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