Tag: languagelearning

Should Americans Learn African Languages?

According to the 2011 census, just .03% of Americans speaks an African language. However, the United States was ranked third for capital investment in African countries in 2014 begetting the argument that more Americans should learn African languages. The Financial Times reported that, “the U.S. was the top source country by number of projects last year, with 67...

Early Literacy Especially Important for ELLs

A new study from Oregon State University (OSU) shows that English learners are more likely to become proficient English speakers if they enter kindergarten with a strong initial grasp of academic language literacy, either in their primary language or in English. The study, published recently in the journal Educational Policy, is part of an emerging body of research examining the role that...

Chinese Enrollments Up 2000% in Texas

According to a recent study by researchers at the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University, Texas has seen a dramatic rise in the number of K-12 students studying the Chinese language. Researchers found that enrollment in Chinese language education grew by more than 2,000% between 2000 and 2015. Over the period of a decade and a half, enrollment in Chinese language...

Language Skill Changes Lives in North Korea

As North Korea announced the creation of its own time zone, the leaders of the “hermit country” have again politically distanced themselves from the rest of the world. However, in the last decade, there has been a huge increase in interest in foreign language education as more trade jobs are opening up and students are trying to connect with...

First U.S. Study on Foreign Language Learning in 30 Years

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the formation of the Commission on Language Learning, a national effort to examine the current state of U.S. language education, to project what the nation's education needs will be in the future, and to offer recommendations for ways to meet those needs.The Commission will work with scholarly and professional organizations...

New Guidelines for EFL Teaching Standards

TESOL Press, the publishing arm of TESOL International Association, has released a new resource for developing professional teaching standards in countries where English is not the dominant language. The new TESOL Guidelines for Developing EFL Professional Teaching Standards provides detailed steps and discusses important issues for postsecondary institutions, government agencies, ministries of education, and other professionals working to improve...

McGraw-Hill Education Partners with Digital Language Learning Platform

McGraw-Hill Education, one of the “big three” in education publishing, has recently purchased a $6.5 million minority equity stake in busuu, an online social network for language learning. The deal ensures that McGraw-Hill has exclusive global rights to distribute busuu to B2B customers, including schools and private language learning corporations. The two companies will also start a plan to...

King Felipe VI’s Universal Spanish Language Proficiency Test

Last month at the San Ildefonso College in Mexico City, Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia launched the Siele, or the International Service for Evaluation of the Spanish Language, which is set to be a globally recognized Spanish language certificate encompassing the diversity of the language from all Spanish-speaking countries. “If we want to reaffirm Spanish as the...

The Increasing Chinese Language Demand in Nigeria

In Lagos, Nigeria more students are learning Chinese as economic ties between the West African country and China strengthen. China's rapid economic expansion and the growth of a middle class meant a necessary turn to the African content to sustain an unprecedented demand for resources. China surpassed the United States as Africa's largest trade partner in 2009, with Nigeria...