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February 2, 2012
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  Corporate & Government Spotlight 
  • Learning foreign languages matters more than ever
    While some have suggested that advances in translation technology have made language skills less critical, Stacie Nevadomski Berdan writes that most experts would disagree. Leaders in business and government understand that learning a language is about more than speaking, she writes; it's about communicating and forming relationships across cultural boundaries. The Huffington Post (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Provo schools will host German-immersion courses
    Provo School District in Utah will offer a dual-immersion German program to elementary-school students, hoping to make them fluent by sixth grade. The students' education will be supplemented by working with students from Provo's sister city in Germany, giving them a global perspective on the value of learning a new language. "We firmly believe that learning a second language impacts the overall learning capacity of our students," said Ray Morgan, an assistant superintendent. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. students greet visiting Chinese pupils
    A cultural-exchange and language-immersion program brought together students from Chenggen, China, and Pasadena, Calif. The American students who greeted the Chinese guests were part of a district program teaching Mandarin. "Learning a second language improves their critical thinking skills and allows them to read on a much deeper level," said Pasadena school Superintendent Jon Gundry. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Schools in China, U.S. launch virtual exchange programs
    Some schools in the U.S. are establishing virtual education partnerships with China to help students better compete in the global marketplace. At one international school in Michigan, students learn online with their peers in China and have the opportunity to study in China, where online learning has been slow to catch on. "Traditionally, in China, the instructional method is really teacher-centered," said Zhijian Fang, principal of a school in Beijing. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Book reveals the mysteries of hyperpolyglots
    Michael Erard wrote "Babel No More" to explore the characteristics of people who are multilingual, also known as hyperpolyglots. Erard discovered that some language learners have the ability to retain a dozen or more tongues. Erard believes such individuals will become more common in the future. Being a hyperpolyglot requires both talent and access to education. blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Stevie® Awards For Sales & Customer Service announce finalists
    Finalists in the 6th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, an international competition recognizing excellence in disciplines that are crucial to business success, have been announced. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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