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June 05, 2009

Recent News Articles Regarding Foreign Languages

Please click on the following links for some exciting news articles regarding foreign languages and the pursuit of common education standards: Science Daily: Exposure To Two Languages Carries Far-reaching Benefits (May 20, 2009) The Washington Post: CIA Director Panetta Announces Push to Improve Proficiency in Critical Languages (May 30, 2009) The Washington Post: 46 States and D.C. to Pursue Common Education Standards (June 1, 2009)

March 31, 2009

From Basement to Bavaria

KWLA's 2008 Teacher of the Year, Linda Zins-Adams, continues to receive press coverage as she begins her preparation for the national ACTFL Teacher of the Year competition.

For many students, Linda Zins-Adams' basement classroom at Highlands High School is the start of a trip around the world."We always say that German education at Highlands takes us from the basement to Bavaria and beyond," said Zins-Adams, a 16-year veteran German teacher. "Once students start learning the language, doors open for them and it takes them places."

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October 01, 2008

NEA: Finding Our Way with Words

What does it say about America that we are the only industrialized nation that routinely graduates high school students who speak only one language? Frankly, it says that if you want to talk to us—to do business with us, negotiate peace with us, learn from or teach us, or even just pal around with us—you'd better speak English. The fact that we're woefully behind in world language skills has long registered somewhere between, "Hmmm," and "Yeah, so?" on the national priority gauge. (Compare that to our panicky responses to indicators that we're not on top in math and science.) Read entire article

August 28, 2006

Bridges, not barriers

Cincinnati Enquirer reports on Chinese and other language programs in Northern Kentucky:

chinese.jpg"Everybody around us is teaching their children another language, whether it's English or another second language. They see that as vital for the growth of their country. When I come back, I can see we're giving our kids the opportunity to compete with everybody globally."

July 25, 2006

Language Teachers Prepped

The Enquirer is reporting about the IEQ Option 7 program held this summer at Northern Kentucky University.

"Northern Kentucky University is helping to put secondary foreign language education on the fast track in Kentucky. This summer it is hosting 18 people from six countries who have decided to teach in the Commonwealth. Although they are fluent in the language they want to teach, they don't meet the qualifications to become educators in Kentucky. The six-week program is the equivalent of five graduate courses."

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May 10, 2006

Fletcher Urges Foreign Language Requirement

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the following news:

Gov. Ernie Fletcher told a newly reconfigured state Board of Education yesterday he wants Kentucky high schools to eventually require study in a foreign language. Requiring Kentucky students to learn a foreign language would help the state compete globally, Fletcher said. The governor said he'd want students to take at least "one or two years" but did not set a specific time line.

August 14, 2005

Foreign Languages Not Just for Big Kids

Associated Press reports about elementary school language programs in Florida and it's implications for the rest of the country.

"There's a perception in this country that English is fine, English is enough to get by, and languages are only for the college-bound elite kids," said Marty Abbott, director of education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. "That's what we're trying to overcome."

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