Tag: global

A Second Language for Every Student

Lisa A. Frumkes explains why bilingualism is more relevant than ever.In today’s increasingly global and connected world, I interact every day with colleagues from different cultures who speak a wide array of languages. Achieving bilingualism and proficiency in a second language—be it English or another world language—is important for everyone, but especially for 21st-century students.For today’s K–12 students, knowledge...

Finding Inspiration in Diversity

  Chris Cartwright offers examples showing how improved intercultural competence can motivate language learning“You really cannot teach a language; it has to be learned. Fostering the student’s motivation is not only important, it’s essential,” states international business professor Tim Keeley of Kyushu Sangyo University, in Japan. Dr. Keeley identifies as a polyglot and is “functional” in over 20 and can...

California Goes Global

California’s superintendent of public instruction, Tom Torlakson, has launched Global California 2030, which is a call to action “to vastly expand the teaching and learning of world languages and the number of students proficient in more than one language over the next twelve years.”In recognition of their tireless efforts to expand multilingualism in California, Jan Gustafson-Corea, CEO of the...

The Bilingual Advantage in the Global Workplace

Mehdi Lazar identifies the four traits that give bilinguals a competitive edge  For the last 30 years, the world economy has been more global and multicultural than ever before. In any given country, foreign-based companies operate every day, while overseas branches of the same companies are often present in various countries....

Keeping Up with les Voisins

Michael Ballagh questions the rankings race in study abroad participation U.S. institutions of higher education have long sought validation in the rankings system dominated by entities such as U.S. News and Forbes. Less commonly known is the academic “arms race” around the number of students who study abroad; college websites tout these high rates as an indicator of institutional success,...

Brazilian Literature Goes Global

Kristal Bivona hopes Kindle catches fire in Brazil Brazilian literature has been a well-kept secret from the rest of the world for decades. While Hispanic countries in Latin America have been exporting their literary production since the Boom of the twentieth century, comparatively few Brazilian authors have reached an international audience. To the horror of Brazilian literary scholars, many international...

The Future of French in the EU and Beyond

Beautiful young woman travelling in a train of Parisian underground and looking through the window at the Eiffel tower
Kathy Stein-Smith asks what the real story is on the French/English language dynamic in the EU While the 2016 UK European Union (EU) Membership Referendum launched the current public conversation on the status of English in...

Skills for a Multilingual, Global Learning Community

Edynn Sato offers strategies for educators to help multilingual learners develop academic literacies and succeed across multiple academic disciplines and contextsIn our increasingly diverse and global society, many students are in classrooms receiving instruction in a language that is not their primary language and engaging in new situations with unfamiliar language and practices. Students who are culturally and linguistically diverse...

Global Leadership Adventures

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) offers unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for high school students to catapult their Spanish skills to the next level while participating in meaningful volunteer projects abroad. Students — from beginners to fluent speakers — travel to beautiful regions of Costa Rica, Guatemala, or Peru for the chance to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of a...

Brussels Summit for Global Education

Today the Global Partnership for Education held a summit in Brussels, gathering hundreds of global education leaders, ministers and representatives in a pledge to raise $3.5 billion in educational aid.The summit follows the publication of a recent report by UNESCO, which shows a catastrophic decrease in financial aid to education over the past 4 years.At today’s Second...