Why Summer Learning Needs to Include International Studies—Even for K-5 Students

Guest blogger Angela Jackson writes about the easy yet important ways to keep up the global learning over the summer.

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Learning 2 or 20 Languages: Is There a Secret?

I recently finished Michael Erard’s latest book, Babel No More, in which he does a fabulous job of taking the reader on an international, historical adventure of polyglots and hyperpolyglots. The book reads much more like a novel at times than an academic treatise. And that’s a good thing.

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The World has Changed: Foreign Languages Make a Huge Difference

Today many Americans work abroad, competing with global graduates proficient in three to four languages and ever-stronger emerging market talent pools. Companies want globally competent employees – including multilanguage competency. Few starting out today could succeed as I did speaking only English.

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Don’t Kill Foreign-language Learning

How can we prepare our students for a global world without foreign language instruction? How can we make America great again while destroying the programs our children need to compete in today’s global marketplace?

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Volunteering — While Learning Spanish — in Central America

Following up on my last blog, Studying Spanish Along the Pan-American Highway,  this piece will explore some the volunteerism options I’m considering for Spanish-language immersion learning in Central America next year.  Volunteering is a great, inexpensive way to study a language and also learn about the local culture.   And since cultural knowledge and understanding (gestures, […]

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Studying Spanish Along the Pan-American Highway

Originally appeared in the Huffington Post on July 25.  My family and I just returned from a few weeks traveling through Central America. Originally, we planned on going to Greece and Turkey, but the economic strife, strikes and riots in Greece had us changing our minds – and scrambling for a Plan B.  I wanted […]

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Why Teaching English in a “Small Town” is the Best Way to Launch Your Career in China

Guest Blogger Leslie Forman describes why teaching English in China is the best way to launch your job in China.

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Go Global! Don’t Underestimate Foreign Language Learning

Beth Cubanski writes about the important role foreign language learning has played in her life so far and her exchange student experience while still in high school. She’s currently a freshman at American U in Washington, D.C.

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Congress Should Stop Cutting Education: Foreign Language Programs Matter

As Congress moves to cut the Federal budget, our children will suffer again as Education takes another hit, including foreign language learning.

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Pardon My French, We’re Teaching the Wrong Languages

An interesting POV in WSJ on which languages to teach/learn and how for tomorrow’s success. Hint: It’s not French.

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