700 reasons to study Spanish:
Bilinguals have stronger, faster brains than the rest of us
WHY STUDY SPANISH 3.8 PARAGRAPH ASSIGNMENT:
Foreign Languages: Doors to Opportunity – VIDEO
produced by Michigan State University – an excellent source for information about the reasons to learn a foreign language!
Facts about Hispanics in the U.S. – Video
What college admissions personnel are saying when they look at the language section of an applicant’s high school transcript… Check out this article:
SHOULD YOUR STUDENT TAKE 4 YEARS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE?
Does bilingualism influence cognitive aging?
WHY STUDY A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?
1. Analyzing skills improve when students study a foreign language.
2. Business skills plus foreign language skills make an employee more valuable in the marketplace.
3. Creativity is increased with the study of a foreign language.
4. Dealing with another culture enables people to gain a more profound understanding of their own culture.
5. English vocabulary skill increases.
6. Foreign language study creates more positive attitudes and less prejudice toward people who are culturally different, leading to world peace.
7. Graduates often cite foreign language courses as some of the most valuable courses they took in college because of the communication skills they developed in the process.
8. Higher order thinking skills – like problem solving, dealing with abstract concepts and interfacing – are all increased when a foreign language is studied.
9. Internatioinal travel is made easier and more pleasant through knowing a foreign language.
10. Job mobility and chances for promotion are often attributed to knowledge of a foreign language.
11. Knowledge of a foreign language promotes understanding of the difficulty immigrants face as they attempt to learn English.
12. Liberal arts training which includes foreign language study is sought more and more by prospective employers.
13. Memory is enhanced through foreign language study. Non-gifted students’ ACT scores show that they gain from foreign language study as much or more than gifted students.
14. Overseas business and joint ventures mean fluency in another language is now practically a requirement for employment in many American corporations.
15. Personnel in the army are paid more than others if they have a foreign language skill.
16. Quality of English writing among students improves with foreign language study.
17. Reading skill in English improves when students study a foreign language.
18. SAT scores are higher for foreign language students, in both English and Math.
19. Traveling abroad enhances cultural awareness and self-concept.
20. Ugly Americanism as a national stereotype is partially based many people’s belief that the whole world speaks English.
21. Various verbal and non-verbal tests of intelligence have shown bilinguals to outperform monolinguals.
22. Working class students do just as well in foreign language study as middle class students, and there is no difference between genders or races in this area. Everyone starts out on equal footing.
23. Expertise in a foreign language aids in cognitive development.
24. Years spent studying a foreign language are proportionally correlated with increases on SAT scores.
25. Our Nation’s security is in jeopardy due to lack of trained linguists!
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There are more opportunities for foreign language speakers than you may have thought!
Will YOU be ready?
Want to know the research on how studying a Foreign Language…
* supports academic achievement?
* provides cognitive benefits to students?
* affects attitudes and beliefs about language learning and about other cultures?
Watch a video exchange between Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka (D-HI), Chair of the Readiness and Management Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee and Leon Panetta during his confirmation hearing to become Secretary of Defense. They are discussing the value and importance of knowing other languages and the “foreign language capabilities” of the Defense Department. This clip is available on the Senator’s web site as well, http://akaka.senate.gov
Different People, Different Tongues: Importance of Being Bilingual
Bilinguals of two spoken languages have more gray matter than monolinguals
Why Study Languages?
Want to change the world? Learn another language
Illinois State Department of Education’s reasoning on studying a Foreign Language
B-Schools Are Speaking the Language of Business
from Bloomberg Businessweek July 01, 2013
THE OTHER SIDE – VIDEO – Have you ever thought about putting yourself in someone else’s situation?
Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old
By Marc Anderson on August 5th, 2013 |
For unbiased thinking solve a problem in your second language
Translate Your Doozy of a Problem into Spanish
Your translation may be fuzzy, but your reasoning is clearer when you work out a problem in a foreign language, finds a University of Chicago study that asked bilinguals to make decisions. Speaking in a foreign tongue distanced them emotionally from the matter at hand—and they became more deliberate and unbiased in their thinking.
Try this: If you speak a second language (even imperfectly), use it when you need to be especially logical, like when making tough financial decisions, the researchers suggest. Should you pay down your mortgage? Sell your penny stocks? Buy a castle? The best answer may come to you more easily than conjugating the subjunctive.
Check out this amazing MLA language map for the United States…you will be amazed by how multilingual we are:
Are You a Hyperpolyglot? The Secrets of Language Superlearners
Why Study Spanish?
Science Grows on Acquiring New Language
Quote from article: Ms. Abbot, who has supervised foreign-language programs for early-elementary students in Fairfax County, Va., said she saw exactly that sort of flexibility in problem-solving among the young students in the district’s partial-immersion program, in which both English-speaking students and speakers of other languages spend part of the school day learning in a second language.
“A bilingualist,” Ms. Kroll said, “is a mental juggler.”
Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
Being Bilingual Boosts Brain Power
Keep Your Brain Young: Read, Be Bilingual, Drink Coffee
Why Learn Spanish? Spanish for Beginners
By Gerald Erichsen, About.com Guide
Foreign Languages: An Essential Core Experience – an article by a professor in Tennessee
Primero Hay Que Aprender Español. Ranhou Zai Xue Zhongwen.
(Translation: First learn Spanish. Then study Chinese.)
NY Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Nicholas Kristof, speaks Chinese and has traveled extensively throughout his life. Read his view on this controversial topic.
Leon Panetta: Language training vital to our defense
Secretary of Defense addresses military students in Monterey
Understanding How the Brain Speaks Two Languages
By Jeffrey KlugerApril 23, 2013
Top Ten Reasons to Learn Spanish
Why Study Spanish Abroad?
Why Choose Spanish as Your New Foreign Language? Why is it Important to Learn Spanish?
Learn Spanish in Spain
The Importance of the Spanish Language
Why learn Spanish?
Porque aprender Español?
¿Por qué Estudiar Español?
Learn languages Abroad
Why Learn a Second Language?
Reasons to Learn Spanish
Dancing To Connect To A Global Tribe
Why Learn Languages
The Neural Advantage of Speaking 2 Languages
Illinois Learning Standards – Foreign Languages
Go to ACTFL RESEARCH FOR MORE INFO!
AT THE SITE ABOVE, YOU CAN CLICK ON EACH OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS TO GET MORE INFORMATION…
How does language learning support academic achievement?
Language learning correlates with higher academic achievement on standardized test measures.
Language learning is beneficial to both monolingual English and English language learners in bilingual and two-way immersion programs.
Language learning is beneficial in the development of students’ reading abilities.
There is evidence that language learners transfer skills from one language to another.
There is a correlation between second language learning and increased linguistic awareness.
There is a correlation between language learning and students’ ability to hypothesize in science.
Language learning can benefit all students.
There is a correlation between young children’s second language development and the development of print awareness.
Heritage learners who use their language skills to interpret and translate for family members experience higher academic performance and greater self-efficacy.
There is a correlation between language study and higher scores on the SAT and ACT Tests.
There is a correlation between high school foreign language study and higher academic performance at the college level.
How does language learning provide cognitive benefits to students?
There is evidence that early language learning improves cognitive abilities.
There is evidence bilingualism correlates with increased cognitive development and abilities.
There is a correlation between bilingualism and the offset of age-related cognitive losses.
There is a correlation between bilingualism and attentional control on cognitive tasks.
There is a correlation between bilingualism and intelligence.
There is a correlation between bilingualism and metalinguistic skills.
There is a correlation between bilingualism and memory skills.
There is a correlation between bilingualism and problem solving ability.
There is a correlation between bilingualism and improved verbal and spatial abilities.
Find out more about the benefits of language learning by investigating these resources.
Find out more about the benefits of bilingualism by investigating these reviews of the literature.
How does language learning affect attitudes and beliefs about language learning and about other cultures?
Research suggests that language learners develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and/or the speakers of that language.
Helpful Resources on the topic of attitudes and foreign language learning.
Article from Education Week: Does NCLB Promote Monoligualism?
CAREER POSSIBILITIES WITH FOREIGN LANGUAGE SKILLS… Check out this info from this site:
Much of the information from the site above is on my page entitled Career possibilities with foreign language skills:
How long does it take to learn a language?
How Europeans Know You’re American
This I Believe
Barbara – Seattle, Washington
Entered on September 8, 2006
Age Group: 30 – 50
This I Believe
I believe in foreign languages. I believe that in learning to speak languages other than our mother tongues, we find our better selves in the words and worlds of others.
I know this because I was raised with only one language — English. As a child, I developed a strange, inchoate envy of kids who spoke other languages at home. I envied Carmina — who could speak Spanish with her parents, and Kareen — who spoke Creole at home. I envied Mischa, who knew French and German, and I envied my friends who trudged off every week to Hebrew school. I coveted those alien languages, their mysterious sounds and enigmatic words, and the difference that they presented to the world that I knew. Other languages promised not just other worlds beyond my home in suburban New Jersey, but a way of being someone other than who I was. I desperately wanted to be foreign, and to do this, I would have to learn as many languages as possible.
This wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped it would be.
My only real gift in learning languages is a good ear. Everything else is a struggle. I’ve never really mastered the many moods of French verbs. German sentence structure exasperating continues to be. And Latin was a dolorous exercise in futility. To learn the languages that I work with every day, Russian and Yiddish, it took a tremendous effort to assimilate the dative case, the genitive of absence, the langer tsadik, and unstressed verbal prefixes. Gradually, it all sank in, and today I even teach these languages to other people.
There are many pleasures in knowing another language — the warmth of a stranger’s face when you answer in her mother tongue, books as their authors wrote them, songs and films without liner notes and subtitles. But there’s also the joy of thinking and being in another language. That moment when you forget which language you’re speaking or hearing, because the native tongue and the adopted one have ceased to be marked as such in your mind. Their merging signals the end of translation, and the beginning of creation — both of perception and expression that do not exist in your native tongue, and of one’s own self. For by learning to speak with another’s voice, you have fundamentally changed your own.
In your adopted tongue, you tend to listen more, and talk less. You think about the way the language works, admire its elegance and economy. And you marvel at how a five-year old native speaker fearlessly employs the daunting instrumental plural.
Because in truth you too have become a child again in your adopted language. You and your second language grow together, through youthful exploration and awkward adolescence, into the heady freedom of adulthood. I believe that you are reborn in another tongue — in a language that was not given to you, but chosen, and earned.
You can go to this site to see a larger version of the following Infographic:
Via: Voxy Blog
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Via: Voxy Blog
Understand How Our Minds Work and How To Improve Our Memory
You can go to the site below to see a large version of the following Infographic: How Memory Works
Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain
The brain dictionary
Explore the Brain Map here: http://gallantlab.org/huth2016/