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September 04, 2008

German teacher uses blog to further student learning

The German teacher at Highlands High School has started a new-age method to teach her students. This year, Linda Zins-Adams started a blog for her students in all classes, giving them an opportunity to read entries in German, then respond to them. "I needed to find ways for the students to read and write in German more often," Zins-Adams said. "I'm very excited that this is going so well so far."

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October 15, 2005

Classes in Chinese Grow

The New York Times report on the growing number of Chinese Language Programs across the country:

"Many Americans are beginning to realize the importance of speaking Chinese," Zhu Hongqing, consul at the Chinese Education Consulate here, said. "We need to provide as much powerful support as we can." The number of Chinese language programs around the country, from elementary school through adult programs, has tripled in 10 years, said Scott McGinnis, an academic adviser at the Defense Language Institute in Washington.

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September 24, 2005

Language Study in Europe

The Associated Press and ABC News report on language learning statistics in Europe.

The survey found that almost eight out of 10 students ages 15-24 can have a normal conversation in at least one foreign language. In the United States, by contrast, 9 percent of Americans speak both their native language and another language fluently"

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September 16, 2005

Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Enhances Spanish Curriculum Through Strategic Alliances

Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, the leading content provider of secondary educational products, announces two strategic alliances with two firms -- Quia and Espasa Calpe -- to enhance middle and high school Spanish-language curricula through technology. Read entire article

February 09, 2005

JCPS Superintendent Goes "Inside the Issue"

JCPSlogo.gif Stephen Daeschner, Superintendent for the Jefferson Public Schools, publishes his thoughts on world language education in this month's issue of "Inside the Issue."

World Languages offer an excellent means of bridging social, cultural, economic, and political gaps.

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January 19, 2005

Language Students in the News

The Kentucky Enquirer (Cincinnati's KY edition) had as its front page local news story, an article about yesterday's video conference between Bishop Brossart, Villa Madonna Academy, Manual H.S. and the Lycée Charles de Gaulle in Dijon, France.

Mimi Hagedorn knows how to keep her students excited about learning. This past fall, she took her classes to a Civil War site so they'd be better prepared to talk about local history with some French students they'll host this spring. On Tuesday, they met those students through a videoconference - technology that blew the kids away.

"This was really cool," said junior Kari Becker, 17. "The kids are thousands of miles away and we can see them."

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January 13, 2005

Learning languages no longer a foreign concept

The Chicago Tribune continues its series of articles on The Year of Languages celebration.

For those who think Americans should be able to speak a language in addition to English to better communicate in a diverse world, there is good news and bad news.

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October 14, 2004

Learning Second Language Changes Brain

MSNBC reports: "Being bilingual produces changes in the anatomy of the brain, scientists said on Wednesday in finding that could explain why children are so much better than adults at mastering a second language." Read entire article »

May 05, 2004

Testing: Uno, Dos, Tres

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KWLA President-Elect, Dr. Gregory Fulkerson, talks about testing foreign languages in the latest issue of District Administration. "In most subject areas, teachers view testing in a negative light. In the foreign language field, excitement over assessment is the norm. And with good reason." Learn more

April 19, 2004

Languages being squeezed out

The Council for Basic Education has completed the first significant study of how the No Child Left Behind Act is influencing instructional time and professional development in key subject areas. The findings reveal that schools are spending more time on reading, math, and science but squeezing out social studies, civics, geography, languages, and the arts. Learn more

January 06, 2004

Three Periods, Three Peoples, Three Places, One Mexico

In accord with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies and the Kentucky World Language Associations efforts to promote foreign language education and greater awareness and understanding of foreign cultures, the following faculty development trip to Mexico will take place from approximately June 16-July 5, 2004. Learn more

December 15, 2003

Two years in the making

After two years of holding an associate membership, the Cincinnati Chapter of the French American Chamber of Commerce now holds full membership in the Chamber.