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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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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