Monthly Archives: June 2017

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Chinese Highlight of Dismal K–12 Enrollment Survey

The recently released National K–12 Foreign Language Enrollment Survey Report shows that a total of 10.6 million U.S. students ranging from kindergarten to twelfth grade are studying a world language, accounting for only about 20% of U.S. school children. As this is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive study of world language enrollments across the formal U.S. education…

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Cuba Educational Policy Reversal Condemned

President Trump has announced a new executive action restoring restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, “I am canceling the previous administration’s completely one-sided deal,” he announced to an appreciative crowd of Cuban dissidents in Miami. One of the major changes in the policy directive is that U.S. travelers making educational people-to-people trips can no…

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Bilinguals May Recognize Voices Better

Countless studies have proven that there are many benefits, in both cognitive and social tasks, so the new findings on recognition of voices by Dr. Susannah Levi add to the growing pile of research in support of bilingualism. Research Levi selected 41 children (22 monolinguals and 19 bilinguals) who were then separated into two groups…

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UCLA Brings Aztec From the Past into the Present

aztec chocolate pattern UCLA historian, Kevin Terraciano, is working with art experts at the Getty Center in collaboration with Italy’s Laurentian Library in Florence to create an online, annotated version of the ancient Florentine Codex —an Aztec text written in Nahuatl dating from 1577. There is only one copy of the codex currently in existence,…

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The New Digital Divide

A Gap Emerges In the mid-’90s, as personal computer and internet access was becoming more available to many in the U.S., a correlation could be observed between access to technology and socioeconomic status. Scholars, policy makers, and advocacy groups referred to this as the “ digital divide,” and many school districts began investing in both…

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Diversity Through the Big Screen

Teaching an advanced Spanish conversation course at the university level can be challenging for many reasons, but for me, the biggest challenge was trying to find a textbook with clearly organized topics for conversation. I found plenty of wonderful textbooks that were appropriate for low-advanced or high-intermediate Spanish conversation, but nothing just right for advanced…

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Dutch Shares Stage With Frisian in European Parliament

Flag of Friesland of NetherlandsThe Frisian languages are a closely related group of Germanic languages, and has about 500,000 speakers who live in the Netherlands and Germany. There are three types of Frisian (West Frisian, Saterland Frisian, and North Frisian). Saterland and North Frisian are officially recognized and protected as minority languages in Germany, while…

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Boom Predicted for Cloud-based Language Learning

According to a new report by Transparency Market Solutions the value of the cloud-based language learning market will grow from $146.3m in 2016 to $427.5m by 2025, with much of the demand for virtual learning coming from North America, which accounted for 50% of revenue in 2016. Languages considered in the scope of study were…