Academic Resources

  1. ACTFL's MARTHA G. ABBOTT APPOINTED TO NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION BOARD

    ALEXANDRIA, VA -- ACTFL Executive Director Martha G. Abbott has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Security Education Board. “It is truly an honor to be appointed by the President to serve in this capacity on the National Security Education Board advising on the important work of building our nation's linguistic and cultural capacity,” Abbott said. “We...
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  2. Is Texting Killing the English Language?

    Is Texting Killing the English Language?
    Texting has long been accused as being the downfall of the written word, “penmanship for illiterates,” as one critic called it. To which the likely response is LOL. Proper testing is not writing at all — it’s actually more like the spoken language. It's a “spoken” language that is evolving and becoming more complex as time passes. But let's go back a...
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  3. Superior Social Skills Tied To Bilinguals

    Superior Social Skills Tied To Bilinguals
    It's well-known that being bilingual has  obvious advantages. Some of which are that it allows you to take advantage of new experiences new conversations.  But in recent years, psychology researchers have demonstrated some less obvious advantages of bilingualism, too. For instance, bilingual children may enjoy certain cognitive benefits, such as improved executive function — which is critical for problem solving and other mentally...
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  4. World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

    World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
    The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages define the central role of world languages in the learning career of every student. The five goal areas of the Standards establish an inextricable link between communication and culture, which is applied in making connections and comparisons and in using this competence to be part of local and global communities. The World-Readiness Standards...
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  5. ACTFL Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with University of Guadalajara

    ACTFL Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with University of Guadalajara
    GUADALAJARA, MEXICO — Earlier this month, The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announced a strategic international partnership to expand and enhance foreign language collaboration at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. ACTFL and the Centro Universitario de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (CUCSH) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation initiating a new educational alliance to support academic research...
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  6. Employer Demand for Multilinguals Is Rising

    Employer Demand for Multilinguals Is Rising
    Today's job market is desperate for graduates who speak multiple languages. “Languages are always good for us,” says Julia McDonald, head of talent acquisition for EMEA at Infosys. English is the company’s common language, “but our clients often want people that can speak their local language,” Julia says. Mark Davies, employer relations manager at London’s Imperial College Business School, says...
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  7. IIE RELEASES OPEN DOORS 2015 DATA

    IIE RELEASES OPEN DOORS 2015 DATA
    The number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities had the highest rate of growth in 35 years—10%, to a record high of 974,926 students in the 2014–15 academic year, according to the 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released last month. Enrollments in intensive English programs grew even faster—13.3% (from 43,456 students to 49,233). The...
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  8. The English Dialect: An Adverse Effect On Global Business Success

    The English Dialect:  An Adverse Effect On Global Business Success
    Languages evolve, that's nothing new. However, the English language has its own subset of terminology that native English speakers have adopted and put into use practically on every level - when speaking casually and in business settings. It's becoming increasingly more difficult for people abroad to understand the "real" English. A Spanish student in Denmark remarked to another researcher: “Now it’s...
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  9. Brain Processes Sign Language Similar to Spoken Language

    Brain Processes Sign Language Similar to Spoken Language
    American Sign Language, or even simple gestures are processed by deaf people in the part of the brain that is used for spoken language, according to a recent international research study headed up by a neuroscientist from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Aaron Newman, Associate Professor with the university’s Department of Psychology and...
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  10. Protests Spark at U.S. Colleges Over Micro-Aggressions

    Protests Spark at U.S. Colleges Over Micro-Aggressions
    In recent months there have protests at college campuses across the nation calling attention to a previously little-known term: "micro-aggressions," commonly defined as routine verbal and non-verbal slights and harassment (often based on race and gender but also including age, sexual orientation and disability) that is typically unintentional but nonetheless hurtful. Calls for colleges and universities to implement training...
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