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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
July 23, 2014 | 9:58 am
Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC):Engaging a Wider Community through CLACCLAC 2015 ConferenceHosted by Denison UniversityApril 16-17, 2015In collaboration with: Auburn University, Baldwin Wallace University, Binghamton University, Drake University, Gettysburg College, Oberlin College, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Skidmore College, The University of Iowa, The University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, University of Richmond, and Wittenberg CollegeEngaging a Wider Community through CLACThe Spring 2015 conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) focuses on building relationships to serve an expanded population. At this, our 9th conference, CLAC is reflecting on past achievements and planning future directions.  Currently there is increased national attention on and support for developing international and cross-cultural perspectives in the curriculum.  Programs like 100K Strong in the Americas and Generation... read more
May 23, 2014 | 2:31 pm
Overarching themes across the panel’s papers/recommendations emphasize the need for both programmatic and systemic change:Only by strengthening the international dimensions of teacher preparation programs will we better prepare teachers for the realities they’ll encounter in today’s multicultural classrooms, and better prepare students for the realities of today’s world.Working through accreditation and certification structures to integrate global competencies into standards is an essential step toward strengthening the global dimensions of US K-12 education.Teacher preparation programs must allow time and opportunity to develop global competencies and global pedagogical knowledge.Today’s language teachers require training in new pedagogies and new materials targeted to meeting heritage learners’ specialized needs.Comprehensive approaches incorporating strategies to support preparation, ongoing professional development are key.Engaging partners and stakeholders – both on and beyond... read more
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
December 6, 2013 | 10:11 am
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) offers webinars to language professionals.  According to the website, "ACTFL webinars set a standard for high quality learning opportunities. They are designed to inspire and energize you to grow as a language professional. Led by educational experts, each series delivers new insights and proven techniques that you can use right away."ACTFL offers webinars on a variety of different topics of interest to faculty, students, and current teachers, and provides a rich archive of past webinars.
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