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July 24, 2014

Smart Diplomacy: People-to-People Exchange

Asia Society's work in China which includes creating opportunities for American students to learn Chinese, connecting them with peers in China, and convening individuals and institutions in education, business, policy, and the arts, contributes to a larger U.S.-China diplomatic effort—what Jeff Wang calls "smart diplomacy." However, Jeff points out a growing mutual distrust between our countries and the importance of education in overcoming it.

July 19, 2014

Arizona's Language-Immersion Program: A Vote of Confidence

Can policymakers overcome partisan bickering in the service of language immersion programs? Aiden Fleming, Legislative Liaison for the Arizona Department of Education, tells how it happened in Arizona and shares three strategies you can use in your community.

July 03, 2014

The Unfortunate Monolingual American

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.

May 21, 2014

Global and Competition: Two Dirty Words in Education

Two words seem to resonate across the country as dirty words: "competition" and "global." Heather Singmaster keeps hearing that the message must focus on cooperation instead of competition and that global is perceived as a dirty word in many communities. But is she really swearing like a sailor?

May 16, 2014

Don't Believe These Five Myths About China

Kevin Rudd, senior fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School and former prime minister of Australia, on the danger of mutual misperceptions between powers such as China and the United States. Rudd cautioned against five commonly held myths about China, including the difficulty of learning Chinese.

May 14, 2014

Students Earn Credits for Languages They Know

Many students entering U.S. schools with the ability to speak a langauge other than English, are told that this is not an asset. Michele Anciaux Aoki explains how this is no longer the case in Washington state.

April 25, 2014

Establishing Strong International Partnerships: Five Lessons

How one North Carolina school established a partnership with a school in China--and advice for others looking to do the same.

March 20, 2014

Language, Literacy, and Identity

Chinese and American English languages both evolved in an effort to increase literacy rates. An interesting historical perspective.

December 14, 2013

Bilingualism: Valuable for the Brain and Society

Jared Diamond's new book argues that bilingualism and multilingualism can improve our health and wealth as a nation.

November 08, 2013

How to (De)Construct a Real-World, Interdisciplinary Lesson

Ingredients of a real-world, interdisciplinary curriculum.

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