Are we teaching the wrong languages?

(Image courtesy of  Marcus Koljonen) In a recent editorial in the WSJ, John McWhorter, a French major, argues that we are stuck in the past, teaching languages that are no longer useful to today’s students, who are of course the future of our nation.  Mr. McWhorter makes three points in his argument: 1. Chinese and Arabic first, … Continue reading

Enjoy learning Mandarin

Children in New Jersey who attend Verona schools have the privilege of learning Mandarin Chinese. Their education goes beyond chinese words and phrases, they also host events and entertaining evenings that showcase their abilities to sing in the Chinese language, and put on plays fully spoken in Chinese. They also have booths that show off … Continue reading

Foreign languages contribute to higher levels of thinking

Learning a second language at a young age is advertised as an excellent stepping stone to becoming bilingual, but it also helps children with their thinking and development process. “In fact, according to studies at the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab (CLAL), children who learn a second language can maintain attention despite outside stimuli better than children … Continue reading

A New, Better Approach to Learning

So you may be thinking, this sounds great and all, but there is no way this can be as effective as learning in a classroom setting, right? Wrong. In fact, research is proving that in many cases, E‐learning (distance learning), can be more effective than traditional classroom instruction, under the right circumstances. The U.S. Department … Continue reading

Extra push for equity of opportunity

It is well-known that many in the education community have held lower expectations for African-American and Latino students. This is highlighted by the extraordinarily low enrollment of Latino and African American students in higher level AP courses, as well as in foreign language courses. Because foreign language study among these minorities remains well below that … Continue reading

Culture immersion: the best way to learn a foreign language.

Every day the importance of our relationship with China increases. The sustainability of the growing relationship with China depends on the young generation of Americans. Learning Mandarin and forming connections with the Chinese is essential for maintaining and building the relationship between the United States and China. During President Obama’s trip to China, the two … Continue reading

Language of the future, for the future

China, already a superpower on the world stage, certainly commands our respect and attention. International relations with the nation hosting one-fifth of the world’s population are now more important than ever. President Obama’s recent trip to China certainly demonstrates the necessity to strengthen ties and achieve “cooperation, not confrontation.” “The relationship between the United States … Continue reading