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November 15, 2012
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Catalonia seeks to maintain unique language identity
In Barcelona, Spain, the language of choice is not Spanish. Unlike much of the rest of the country, people there speak Catalan, a Romance language with characteristics of French and Spanish. The language was banned for 40 years, and since its revival in the 1970s, Catalans have made it their mission to protect its future. Recent calls for more Spanish education have some Catalans speaking out against any such language policy changes. The Baltimore Sun (11/12)
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Speaking another language: A skill always in demand
Christian Arno writes about the virtues of developing proficiency in another language. In the course of your career, Arno writes, you will no doubt encounter a client or customer overseas, and speaking their language could help you understand their needs and concerns. While multilingualism can offer advantages in any career, it could also open doors in specific areas such as international marketing or interpreting, Arno writes. Brazen Careerist/Brazen Life blog (11/7)
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Latin America offers opportunities for innovation
Opportunities for startups are growing in Latin America, writes Maria Rocio Paniagua of Mexico-based Innku. "Latin America has been quietly growing and fostering technology and innovation for the past 15 years," Rocio Paniagua writes. "Companies can now rely on more educated and complex networks of talent, capital and customers, as well as providers of other services." TechCrunch (11/11)
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Language Education Update
The case for making foreign language a priority in Australia
Australia must move beyond rhetoric and policymaking to ensure that more students are learning foreign languages, Ken Cruickshank writes. "In Australia, only 12 per cent of students take a language in year 12 compared with 50 per cent in the US and Britain. In the rest of the world, language study is the norm," he writes. Cruickshank suggests the government provide funding for language education, while also improving training and accreditation for teachers. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (11/12)
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A comeback for high-school Latin courses
A growing number of students at a Texas high school are enrolling in Latin courses -- a trend that some attribute to the passion of teacher Jennifer Jarnagin. While educators say Latin can help students improve their vocabulary -- and SAT scores -- enrollment still lags behind other language courses, including Spanish and German. Jarnagin says Latin is a good choice for students who are shy about speaking because of its focus on the written word. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (11/12)
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Training & Technology
New York Times digital tool charts language usage
The New York Times' internal Chronicle tool could provide answers for staffers who want to follow how certain words are used by the paper. The tool allows users to chart certain words both in terms of quantity and context over the years. "The primary idea is to have it as an internal tool to be able to get those aggregate views and look into trends and patterns you can't get at any other way," said Alexis Lloyd of the paper's R&D Lab. Nieman Journalism Lab (11/13)
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Free webinar: Securing private funds for new programs
This webinar, second in our series on helping you find funds for new K-12 programs, features grant-writing expert, book author and eSchool News columnist Deborah (Deb) Ward, who will share tips for developing compelling, winning grant proposals. The first 100 people who register and attend the full webinar will receive a copy of Deb's latest book, "Writing Grant Proposals That Win"! Learn more.
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