Spotlight on Foreign Language Instruction

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Foreign Language Instruction

The Education Week Spotlight on Foreign Language Instruction is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Building language-immersion programs
  • Recognizing biliteracy with certifications in high schools
  • Enrolling English-language learners in bilingual schools to encourage dual-language learning
  • Encouraging students to study strategic languages, like Mandarin, Arabic, Korean, and Farsi

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Delaware and Utah are funding foreign-language instruction at the elementary level in hopes of fostering achievement and economic growth.
December 5, 2012 – Education Week

Issue is billed as critical to help the United States compete in a global economy, and to better prepare today's young people for jobs after graduation.
October 9, 2013 – Education Week

Latino parents are increasingly sending their children to bilingual schools in an attempt to retain the family's Spanish-language fluency. Opponents of bilingual education say students in these programs don't perform proficiently in state tests.
April 11, 2014 - Teaching Now

Biliteracy "seals" that recognize high school graduates with fluency in two or more languages are catching on in more states.
July 8, 2014 - Learning The Language

Jared Diamond's new book argues that bilingualism and multilingualism can improve our health and wealth as a nation.
December 14, 2013 - Global Learning

America's first public school to convert to a charter is still running strong--see how.
August 10, 2013 - Global Learning

American disinterest in acquiring language skills to adapt to linguistic and cultural situations in which they find themselves is hurting an entire nation's likelihood of maintaining a predominant role in 21st century world matters. World interconnectedness coupled with the savvy of other world powerhouses has dictated that English is no longer the language needed to join the exclusive and elusive club of success and opportunity.
July 3, 2014 - Global Learning

Foreign Language Priorities
The real need is to produce students who can speak strategic languages such as Mandarin, Arabic, Korean and Farsi.
October 21, 2013 - Walt Gardner’s Reality Check

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