Learning a language makes you more tolerant, so why aren’t more universities encouraging it?

08/01/2017

Source:  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/12/learning-a-language-has-a-lot-of-benefits-including-making-you-more-tolerant?utm_content=buffer8d005&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Knowledge of different languages is crucial to becoming global citizens. As former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted,

“Our country needs to create a future in which all Americans understand that by speaking more than one language, they are enabling our country to compete successfully and work collaboratively with partners across the globe.”

Considering the evidence that studying languages as adults increases tolerance in two important ways, the question shouldn’t be “Why should universities require foreign language study?” but rather “Why in the world wouldn’t they?”


Learning German In The Name Of Science And Cross-Cultural Collaboration

07/01/2017

A brain-based approach to learning a language in the country where it is spoken.  Read more at  http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/01/03/508033549/learning-german-in-the-name-of-science-and-cross-cultural-collaboration?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social


Maps of the world according to second languages

19/12/2016

Interesting world and continent maps:  https://www.indy100.com/article/second-languages-world-map-7482391


India: This Indian Startup Shows You Don’t Need Textbooks To Learn Languages

16/12/2016

Interesting story about a teaching method connecting to local culture.  Great reading at http://www.forbes.com/sites/abehal/2016/12/15/this-indian-startup-shows-you-dont-need-textbooks-to-learn-language/#3690d931f037

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This led to a year’s worth of work in which Viswanath says the team came up with several basic principles that reconstructed the natural language-speaking process for the classroom. “We will never teach a word or grammar, teaching must be joyful – there should be no instruction,” he says. “All language should be learned through a discovery process.”

When there is a need for engagement, the urgency to realize fluency kicks in, says Viswanath.

Validating the product through tests in the field, including in the original Dharavi school that had sparked the idea, they quickly realized that the children were picking up English quickly through learning through music and audio – using the Karadi Tales titles as a backbone.


Should Students in the USA Study New Languages?

15/12/2016

The trend of closing language programs in the USA is strong.  But does it make sense?  And does it counteract college-and-career readiness for our workforce?  Read Language by the Shrinking Numbers  at https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/12/15/new-report-makes-data-based-case-building-us-capacity-foreign-language#.WFKVZnNBF_Y.facebook


How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

13/12/2016

Really?  Big news?  Well, in case you did not know this yet, read more here:  https://theconversation.com/how-learning-a-new-language-improves-tolerance-68472


Didn’t learn a second language as a kid? No worries. Here’s why you might want to learn one anyway.

11/12/2016

Good to know:  http://www.upworthy.com/didnt-learn-a-second-language-as-a-kid-no-worries-heres-why-you-might-want-to-learn-one-anyway?c=ufb6


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