Tag: language

Seven Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom

Anna Matis, author of 7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive, Foreign Language Classroom, shares the secrets of her own success: MAQWhen I received the keys to my classroom, the first thing I did was write “Bienvenue!” in huge letters across my board. I crafted a small faux living room in the back corner, complete with a bistro table, curtains, and...

Arabic Becomes Sweden’s Second Language

For over 800 years, Finnish has been Sweden's largest minority language, but, thanks to the recent influx of asylum seekers from predominantly Arab-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Arabic has now replaced Finnish, Stockholm University researcher Mikael Parkvall argued in an opinion piece published in Svenska Dagbladet.The estimated number of Arabic speakers in the Scandinavian country of 10 million is "over 200,000." According to this calculation,...

Brexit Blamed for England’s Drop in Language Learning

According to the British Council's 2018 Language Trends survey of schools in England, less than half of 16-year-olds study a language other than English, down from three fourths in 2002, and Britain’s exit from the European Union was cited in the report as having a “negative impact on student motivation and/or parental attitudes towards language learning.”Figures for GCSEs –...

Bahasa Lessons Required for Immigrants to Indonesia

Indonesia’s government is introducing a regulation that requires companies to offer training in Bahasa Indonesia, the country’s official language, to foreign employees. The requirement comes after considerable media coverage portraying an influx of Chinese workers moving into Indonesia’s like mining, smelting and power industries. In March, Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed a decree, which was ostensibly aimed at simplifying procedures...

Act for a Multilingual America

Leaders from Business, Government, Academia, and the Arts Call for Improved Access to Language EducationIn support of its recent report, America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has released a call-to-action signed by 37 individuals and over 150...

Immigrant Students Worldwide Need More Support

Socio-economic disadvantage and language barriers are the biggest obstacles to success at school and in society for students with an immigrant background. More effective and better targeted education and social policies are needed to help migrant children integrate and fulfil their potential, according to an OECD report. The OECD’s Resilience of Students with an Immigrant Background: Factors that Shape Well-Being...

Global California 2030

California's Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today 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 12 years."In recognition of their tireless efforts to expand multilingualism in California, Jan Gustafson Corea, CEO of...

FY 2018 LRC Program Competition

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office at the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Title VI Language Resource Centers (LRC) Program.The LRC Program provides grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs) or consortia of IHEs for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources for...

Losing Your Language in Prison

Listen to the story by pressing play below.  Your browser does not support the audio element. With languages it’s often said that if you don’t use it you lose it. San Quentin Radio and NPR present this story of an inmate slowing forgetting his language in prison, Vietnamese. The inmate, who has been incarcerated in prison for over 10 years, shares...

Early Language Key to School Success

Kim Echart of the University of Washington News reports on a new study which shows that early use of words and grammar determine overall student successA new study indicates that children’s language skills in kindergarten predict their performance in other areas, including math and reading, throughout school. Not only does a child’s use of vocabulary and grammar predict future...