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Foreign Language Education

Make Language Learning a National Priority

Jane Swift | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Jane Swift

New technologies and resourceful school districts will only get us so far. We need policymakers to prioritize language education so that America's students -- and our entire economy -- can reach their full potential.

The Foreign Language Requirement

Kassandra Fotiadis | Posted 02.26.2015 | College
Kassandra Fotiadis

There is no denying that there has been a significant drop in foreign language study both in high schools and at the undergraduate level. Enrollment has dropped by 6.7 percent since 2009. Furthermore, about 100,000 fewer students took college language classes in 2013.

Why Bilingual Education Should Be Mandatory

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

By implementing bilingual options even younger, K-12 students stand to benefit long-term -- both academically and in life. There really should be no reason why these students are not introduced to a second language as early as Kindergarten.

Can Language Learning Help You Achieve Your Dreams?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Amelia Friedman

Learning a language can do so much for us both personally and professionally, so let's learn languages. But first, let's think about how learning a language will help us achieve our life goals.

What Language Should I Learn?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
Amelia Friedman

Learning a language is a commitment. It takes years to become truly proficient, and even then there will be yet more to learn. (I'm still learning new words and cultural references in English, and I've been speaking it since I was in diapers.)

Can You Learn a Language While Living In Another Country?

Zack Simon | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Zack Simon

The topic of this week's post was inspired by a question a friend of mine posed to me. After reading my blog, she asked how easy it is to learn a lang...

PISA Is a Wake-up Call but to Whom and For What?

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

The latest international test scores are in, and the United States hasn't made much progress on its mediocre results from 2010.

Working Together to Raise Global Children

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

Raising global children does not have to cost much money, nor does it require hundreds of hours of free time. The single most important part of raising global children is to instill in them the right attitude.

The One Thing Every Parent Can Do To Guarantee Their Child's Success

Jane Swift | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jane Swift

What would you do if you could give your child something that is proven to boost her creativity, empathy and cognitive functions, while putting her on a path to increased academic and career success? You'd jump all over it, right?

The 'Long March' to Learning Chinese: Top 5 Tips

Saul Gitlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Saul Gitlin

From one long-term student of Chinese, to all those who aspire to achieve a working knowledge of this fascinating language, here are my top five insights.

My Love of the English Language

Paniz Khosroshahy | Posted 09.18.2012 | Teen
Paniz Khosroshahy

For me, studying English gradually became a hobby, sometimes more gratifying than hanging out with friends.

Cutting Electives From High School Grad Requirements Will Have Big Impact

MercuryNews.com | Sharon Noguchi | Posted 12.14.2011 | Education

It's hailed by some as a way to cut California's 18 percent dropout rate, and condemned by others as the beginning of a two-tier education system that...

Chinese Teachers On An American Mission

Los Angeles Times | Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education

The large ballroom in UCLA's Covel Commons resembled a bustling day-care center one recent day, as laughter rang out across the room. A boisterous ...

Students Don't Have Perfect English? Try Mandarin

The Boston Globe | Akilah Johnson | Posted 09.04.2011 | Education

Mandarin teacher Li Wang sat in a chair small enough for a 4-year-old, her enthusiastic students sitting on the classroom carpet in a separate square....