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Language Education in the News

Standard-Examiner: Studying a foreign language may benefit careers (4/17/2013)
Is requiring two years of a foreign language beneficial or simply a hassle?

Huffington Post: Politicians' Foreign Language Skills Sometimes Work Out Amid Cringeworthy Tries (4/13/2013)
From speeches abroad to domestic appeals, politicians have been known to bring out their foreign language skills when necessary.

Aspen Times: Aspen schools consider changes to foreign language curriculum (4/12/2013)
The Aspen School District is considering changes to its world-languages program in an effort to improve the proficiency level of graduating students.

Holland Sentinel: Spring Lake school district moves ahead on foreign languages program (4/5/2013)
High school seniors must currently have two credits in a foreign language class to graduate, but legislators are discussing possible changes.

UT San Diego: Foreign Language Skills Worth Acquiring (4/3/2013)
We seem more interested in teaching English as a second language to foreigners than we do teaching a foreign language to our own children.

Clarendon-Courthouse-RosslynPatch: Tuckahoe Elementary Parents Rally for Foreign Language Program (4/2/2013)
A group of Tuckahoe Elementary School parents is mobilizing in hopes of bringing foreign language instruction to their school.

Tulsa World: Oklahoma plan may make native languages easier to teach, learn (3/24/2013)
The Oklahoma Department of Education is considering a rule change that would give native language speakers a path to certification that would allow them to teach their languages in public schools.

Lansing News: Keep high school foreign language requirement (3/24/2013)
Michigan’s rigorous high school graduation standards are again under discussion in the Legislature, and this time one of the targets is the requirement of at least two years of a foreign language.

CBS Baltimore: Baltimore Co. School Leaders Push Technology, Foreign Language In New Plan (3/21/2013)
Baltimore County’s school superintendent plans to put a computer in every student’s hand, and to require more foreign languages.

The Guardian: Lost in translation: why modern foreign languages in schools needs an overhaul (3/21/2013)
There are pockets of excellence but we're not exactly taking the world by storm as a nation of linguists and, sadly, our current education system isn't likely to change that any time soon.

District Administration: Racing the iPad in K12 Education (3/18/2013)
In the move to 1:1 computing, school district leaders are increasingly looking for alternatives to traditional PCs and laptops, and for many districts, the go-to device is the iPad.

EurActiv: Learning languages a way out of crisis, says Vassiliou (3/6/2013)
Learning foreign languages can become a way for Europeans to exit the economic doldrums and find employment opportunities across borders, says language and culture Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou.

BostInno: How bilingualism could benefit the brain (2/20/2013)
A second language can be a big advantage in many ways – whether you’re looking for a new job or want to blend in with the locals on a foreign holiday.

Salon: What’s the secret to learning a second language? (10/27/2012)
Studies reveal it's more than just a matter of memory. A look at what the science of recall can teach us.