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Make Language Learning a National Priority

Jane Swift | Posted 05.04.2015 | 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 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?

Want To Learn A Foreign Language?

Next Avenue | Posted 03.31.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Stephanie Oswald You could study in a classroom, but why not get immersed in the culture as well? Old joke: What ...

We Need to Recommit to International Education

Barry Glassner | Posted 05.05.2013 | College
Barry Glassner

Whether we do the job by sending our students overseas, by connecting them with the "international" communities in our own backyards or by making sure they experience the world in our classrooms, we have a duty to prepare our students for the global world.

Adventures in Hyperpolyglottery: Inside the Mind of Extreme Language Learners

Nataly Kelly | Posted 02.28.2012 | Books
Nataly Kelly

As it turns out, learning languages is easier -- and more pleasurable -- for some folks than for others. In fact, there is a group of individuals who find the process so enjoyable that they take it to another level entirely. They're known as hyperpolyglots.

Seeking a More Cosmopolitan America

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
Paul Stoller

The lack of volition to travel overseas corresponds to a shocking ignorance about other parts of the world. Contemporary students are notoriously ignorant of world geography. Many of them think that Africa, for example, is one country rather than a continent of 53 sovereign nations.

Adventure, Fun and the Value of Studying Spanish Along the Pan-American Highway

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 09.26.2011 | Travel
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

A short tour of Central America -- Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama -- was a great opportunity to teach our girls how to travel with the added bonus of daily Spanish language use.

What we Need is a Cultural Language Revolution

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

Fifty years ago, we needed language skills to keep tabs on our competitors. Today we need these skills to keep pace with them.