U.K. to spend £6 million on language training | Multilingual upbringing leads Wis. man to a satisfying career | Experts call for a shift in language education
January 17, 2013
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School's alums are recognized for using foreign language in careers
Averill Park High School in New York recently praised the accomplishments of three former students by placing them in the Averill Park Language Other Than English Hall of Fame. The three graduates have chosen different professions -- language education, international aid work and diplomacy -- but all mastered a foreign language and applied it to their professional careers. Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (1/15)
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U.K. to spend £6 million on language training
The U.K. plans to spend £6 million for an effort to teach English to non-native speakers. Officials estimate that about 5% of families in the country do not speak English as a first language. Local organizations will have an opportunity to use some of the funds if they can create new ways to address the problem. The Economic Times (India)/Press Trust of India (1/16)
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Experts call for a shift in language education
The U.S. needs to change the way it approaches language education, David Young and J.B. Buxton write. Too many students spend too much time learning grammar and written translation, they argue. Instead, students should be immersed in the language they seek to learn by speaking it more and gaining more cultural and global awareness. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/9)
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Students in Minn. district get more language choices
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)
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Grant program helps Ore. district offer more Arabic classes
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)
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Opinion: Customer experience is tops when learning new language
Susan Baroncini-Moe writes about her positive experiences as a Rosetta Stone student, noting that she wanted to learn Spanish to communicate better with her in-laws. She highlights key components that make Rosetta Stone unique, including live online interactions, games and company interest in users' experiences. B2C Marketing Insider (1/4)
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White Paper: ESL Speaks the Language of Business
Immigrants make up nearly a quarter of the total enrollment at community colleges. Yet a recent study from the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education found that 2.7 million college-educated immigrants were either without jobs or underemployed. Download this four-page white paper from the Community College Journal and Rosetta Stone® to discover three keys to creating a successful ESL workforce program. Learn more.
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Webinar: Language Learning in Out-of-School Time
Limited time and resources during the school day are major challenges to providing students with language-learning skills needed to become college-and career-ready. On Thursday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. ET, our webinar will explore language learning in after-school, before-school and summer programs. Learn more.
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Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object; unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a perpetual succession of miracles rising into view."
-- Joseph Addison,
British writer and politician
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