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?”
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
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.
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