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September 5, 2014 | 11:35 am
By Carl-Martin NelsonRaising Global Children by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Marshall S. Berdan provides the rationale and a host of practical ideas to develop a global mindset in children. Published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, this book explores the challenges and successes of many Americans who want to foster an important set of global skills in their children to help them both become better citizens and increase opportunities for success in college and beyond.Using quotes, anecdotes and longer narratives from academics, politicians, teachers, students and parents, the authors connect the important ideas discussed in the book with people and their concerns. This blend of research and real people make Raising Global Children a book that speaks both to the head and the heart.The authors define a global mindset as “an ability to live in and work successfully across multiple cultures – including, but not necessarily, in other countries.” Drawing on... read more
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August 21, 2014 | 9:02 am
Many teacher educators agree that teachers need intercultural competency skills in order to be effective educators in a 21st century classroom. Individuals and organizations in the teacher preparation space, however, disagree on what that competence looks like in the classroom and how to measure it in educators. Kenneth Cushner speaks and researches extensively on this topic – helping teacher educators understand the importance of interculturally competent teachers and providing guidance on how to measure, nurture, and recognize these skills in educators at all levels.  He is a professor of Education at Kent State University.Cushner notes that teaching for intercultural competence is a multi-faceted, complex process, with challenges unique to teacher preparation. It requires enhancing the intercultural knowledge of teacher educators so they can then transfer that knowledge to their pre-service teachers. Teacher educators must also teach future educators how to transfer intercultural... read more
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December 6, 2013 | 10:34 am
African Languages InitiativeThe African Languages Initiative (AFLI) offers Boren Scholarship applicants the opportunity to study African languages and cultures by participating in domestic and overseas language programs in one of the below languages. Although domestic funding is not available as part of the Boren Scholarship, supplemental funding is available for undergraduate students participating in this initiative to study at the University of Florida, Gainesville during summer 2014.   African Languages Initiative ProgramsProgram InformationThe official domestic program is administered by the University of Florida, Gainesville, while the official overseas programs are administered by the American Councils for International Education. In addition to completing the Boren Scholarship application, all AFLI applicants must complete relevant domestic and/or overseas program applications. Admittance into the AFLI domestic and overseas programs does not influence the review of the Boren... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:09 pm
​The Modern Language Association (MLA), in a report outlining strategies to improve foreign language study in higher education, argues “In the context of globalization and in the post–9/11 environment...the usefulness of studying languages other than English is no longer contested.”  In today’s multicultural communities, there are myriad benefits to increasing the number of elementary and secondary teachers able to communicate in a second language.  The school population is growing increasingly diverse. Teachers who study second languages can communicate with students and parents in languages other than English. World language study, however, also provides teachers of all subject areas with a window into other cultures. Language study is often seen as an essential component of global competence development. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is an association for language education professionals. In a recent press release on the association's position on... read more