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World of world languages

World of World Languages

Why do we need to embrace it?


Value of a second language

Value of a second language

  • Second language learners’ exposure to new cultures & new horizons helps them understand English better.


Value of a second language or third

Value of a second language or third

  • Foreign language learners place higher on both the ACT and the SAT verbal sections.


Value of a third language or a fourth

Value of a third language or a fourth

  • Foreign language learners show greater cognitive development, creativity, & divergent thinking than monolingual students.


Value of multilingualism

Value of multilingualism

  • Multilingual students outscore monolingual students on tests of verbal & nonverbal intelligence.


Value of multilingualism1

Value of Multilingualism

  • Students exposed to more than one language at an early age are more flexible & creative, & have better memory & listening skills.


Value of multilingualism2

Value of Multilingualism

  • Students exposed to more than one language at an early age reach higher cognitive development levels sooner than monolingual students.


Academic benefits

Academic Benefits

  • Learning additional languages enhances students academic skills in other subjects such as reading, writing, and mathematics.


Academic benefits1

Academic Benefits

  • Reading skills are transferable from one language to another.


Academic benefits2

Academic Benefits

  • World language/foreign language students significantly outperform their monolingual peers on tests.


Academic benefits3

Academic Benefits

  • Functional plasticity of the brain is driven by language & knowing additional languages can add to the brain’s gray matter.


Who is a good candidate

Who is a “good candidate”?

  • Millions of people with a variety of intelligence levels as well as diverse upbringings become bilingual or multilingual.


Who s a good candidate

Who’s a good candidate?

  • Common concerns question the peak age to begin world language study.


Who s a good candidate1

Who’s a good candidate?

  • Studies show that young children may absorb a language through large amounts of input and exposure.

  • Adolescents & adults appreciate explicit learning, rules, and systematic practice.


Who s a good candidate2

Who’s a good candidate?

  • Young learners may be more likely to speak a new language like a native, but adolescents and adults may actually learn a world language faster.


Who s a good candidate3

Who’s a good candidate?

  • Students’ individual differences impact the ease of learning a world language. A student’s aptitude & motivation can be key factors.


What s the catch

What’s the Catch?

  • Americans are historically unresponsive to the learning of world languages which is a threat to their own security; physically, ideologically, and economically.


What s the catch1

What’s the Catch?

  • The nation’s requirements for language proficiency involve; National Security, Economic Competitiveness, & Social Well Being.


What s the catch2

What’s the Catch?

  • Many studies, hearings, & reports have pointed out our nation’s serious language shortages, & called upon the federal government to increase & improve the United States’ language capabilities.


What s the catch3

What’s the Catch?

  • “Ensuring U.S. security, foreign policy leadership, economic competitiveness, an[d] our ability to solve global problems that affect the nation’s well being depend on Americans who have an understanding of and ability to function effectively in other cultural, business, and value systems, as well as foreign language proficiency.”

    --Committee on Appropriations, H.Rpt. 107229 (2001), p.126


What s the catch4

What’s the Catch?

  • American national interests require that the current American leaders think more about international affairs than ever before.


Economic advantages

Economic Advantages

  • “All business is global, yet all markets are local. This globalized multicultural world needs leaders with a keen understanding of national cultures. By learning from other countries, these leaders develop the best thinking and best practices from around the world enabling them to leverage culture as a tool for competitive advantage.”

    --R. Rosen, Global Literacies (200), p.171


Economic advantages1

Economic Advantages

  • Foreign language proficiency is an enormous advantage in the business world.


Economic advantages2

Economic Advantages

  • It would benefit businesses to hire those who can communicate in foreign markets.


Economic advantages3

Economic Advantages

  • Someone will have to oversee the local national managers as businesses expand overseas.


Economic advantages4

Economic Advantages

  • In a survey of leading European executives only 31% use English for business purposes: English alone cannot be used to access the non-English speaking markets.


Economic advantages5

Economic Advantages

  • About 45% of Europeans are fluent enough to hold a conversation in a second language.

  • About 80% of residents in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden are fluent in a second language & nearly everyone in Luxembourg speaks a second language.


Economic advantages6

Economic Advantages

  • “You can buy in any language, but if you want to sell you better speak the language of your customer.”

    Unknown


Jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs

Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs

  • Business, Industry, & Commerce

  • Banking & Financial Positions

  • Technical & Engineering Positions

  • Secretarial & Clerical Positions

  • Government & International

  • Local Government

  • International – United Nations

  • Teaching

  • Translators & Interpreters

  • Media

  • Travel & Tourism

  • Services (Health, Social Work, Law & Law Enforcement, Service Organizations)


Why french

Why French?

  • Why French?

  • Why French?

  • Why French?

  • Why French?

  • Why French?

  • Why French?

  • Why French?

  • Why French?


Advantages to french

Advantages to French

  • The Organization of Francophonie has 51 member states & governments. 28 of these members have French as an official language.


Advantages to french1

Advantages to French?

  • There are at least 16 nations in Africa where French is the national language. Africa is the one largely undeveloped continent remaining.

  • French-speaking Africa encompasses an area greater than the USA.


Advantages to french2

Advantages to French

  • French is the official working language of: the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, International Labor Bureau, International Olympic Committee, 31-member Council of Europe, European Community, Universal Postal Union, International Red Cross, & the Union of International Associations.


Advantages to french3

Advantages to French

  • French is spoken by our largest trading partner: Canada. Quebec Province is the US’ 5th largest trading partner.


Advantages to french4

Advantages to French

  • France & the US are the top 2 exporters in 3 sectors: defense products, agricultural goods, & services.


Advantages to french5

Advantages to French

  • French companies employ about 500,000 Americans.

  • US companies in France employ about 600,000 people.


Advantages to french6

Advantages to French

  • France is a major world research center in areas related to physics, AIDS research, & medical genetics.

  • France is a technological leader in aerospace, rockets, telecommunications & transportation (such as the TGV & the Queen Mary II).


Advantages to french7

Advantages to French

  • Many important writings have come from France some of which are never translated.

  • French is the most widely spoken foreign language in the world after English.

  • Through French study, students become familiar with a culture that significantly influences our own.


Why german

Why German?

  • Why German?

  • Why German?

  • Why German?

  • Why German?

  • Why German?

  • Why German?

  • Why German?

  • Why German?

  • Why German?


Advantages to german

Advantages to German?

  • English is a Germanic language: BETT/bed, GLAS/glass, SCHUH/shoe, LICHT/light, SONNE/sun, & MILCH/milk.


Advantages to german in michigan

Advantages to German in Michigan?

  • German companies contribute approximately $31 billion to Michigan’s economy annually.


Advantages to german in michigan1

Advantages to German in Michigan?

  • Michigan has more people employed by German-owned companies than any other state.


Advantages to german in michigan2

Advantages to German in Michigan?

  • Around 610 Michigan companies are German-owned or have at least 50% German ownership.


Advantages to german in michigan3

Advantages to German in Michigan?

  • More than 75 Michigan-based companies have operations in Germany.


Advantages to german1

Advantages to German?

  • Major German companies in the U.S. include: Siemens, ThyssenKrupp, TMobile, Bayer, Adidas, Audi, Braun, Deutsche Bank.


Advantages to german2

Advantages to German?

  • Major U.S. companies in Germany include: Citibank, Microsoft, Wal*Mart, Merrill Lynch, AOL.DE, UPS, and Starbucks Coffee.


Why japanese

WHY JAPANESE???????????

  • WHY JAPANESE???????????

  • WHY JAPANESE???????????

  • WHY JAPANESE???????????

  • WHY JAPANESE???????????

  • WHY JAPANESE???????????

  • WHY JAPANESE???????????

  • WHY JAPANESE???????????

  • WHY JAPANESE???????????


World language japanese

World Language - Japanese

  • Japanese is a World Language. It expands the learners’ personal horizon while making the learner aware of significant details. It opens windows to another world full of cultural curiosities and new friends. One can understand a people through its language. Real life experiences and world language practice are crucial to learning a world language and understanding its culture.


Advantages to japanese

Advantages to Japanese

  • Japanese is widely used in business situations with the Japanese.


Advantages to japanese1

Advantages to Japanese

  • Japanese language learners find that new experiences & relationships open to them through the language: exchange opportunities, competitions, trips both in the U.S. & to Japan, business & political contacts, Internet pen pals, fellow animation & manga fans.


Advantages to japanese in michigan

Advantages to Japanese in Michigan

  • Strong economic relations between Japan & Michigan


Advantages to japanese in michigan1

Advantages to Japanese in Michigan

  • Japanese Direct Investment in 2006


Advantages to japanese in michigan2

Advantages to Japanese in Michigan

  • Japan is a leading investor in Michigan with at least 410 facilities across the state


Advantages to japanese in michigan3

Advantages to Japanese in Michigan


Advantages to japanese in michigan4

Advantages to Japanese in Michigan

  • Approximately 260 Michigan facilities are in industrial sectors whereas about 150 of the non-industrial Japanese facilities are in the commercial trade sector


Advantages to japanese in michigan5

Advantages to Japanese in Michigan

Japanese Population in Michigan


Global advantages to japanese

Global Advantages to Japanese

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Why spanish

Why Spanish?

  • Why Spanish?

  • Why Spanish?

  • Why Spanish?

  • Why Spanish?

  • Why Spanish?

  • Why Spanish?

  • Why Spanish?

  • Why Spanish?


Advantages to spanish

Advantages to Spanish

  • Spanish is one of the most spoken languages worldwide.


Advantages to spanish1

Advantages to Spanish

  • The US is the 5th largest Spanish speaking country in the world.


Advantages to spanish2

Advantages to Spanish

  • NAFTA, CAFTA, ALCA, & MERCOSUR have caused many manufacturing jobs to be relocated to Latin America. Hundreds of American companies have subsidiaries already established.


Advantages to spanish3

Advantages to Spanish

  • Due to the high number of Spanish speaking consumers, American businesses have recognized the benefit to anyone in any profession who speaks Spanish.


Advantages to spanish4

Advantages to Spanish

  • Spanish is one of the official languages of the United Nations, European Union, Organization of Americas States, and the Inter-American System.


Resources

Resources

  • World Economic Forum

  • Japanese Consulate-General in Detroit

  • www.laprensa-sandiego.org/archieve/june25-04/dod.htm

  • www.associatedcontent.com/pop_print.shtml?content_type=article&content_type_id=222395

  • www.universalhighways.com/foreign-language-careers.html

  • www.associatedcontent.com/pop_print.shtml?content_type=article&content_type_id=222415

  • www.utm.edu/departments/french/flsat.html

  • National Language Conference Briefing Paper: The Nation’s Strategic Language Needs

  • www.goethe.de

  • www.emich.edu/public/foreignlanguages/german/

  • www.worldbridge.wayne.edu/germanbridge/whygermaninmichigan

  • www.macombdaily.com

  • www.gaccmi.org

  • www.michigan.gov

  • Research Points Spring 2006 Volume 4 Issue 1

  • Education Update Wilcox, John. “Foreign Language Learning Gap Concerns U.S. Leaders”. P.3, 6.

  • “A New Era for Foreign Languages”. Edwards, J. David. Executive Director, JNCL/NCLIS

  • www.granadanicaraguaspanish.com/learn-spanish-courses-less..

  • http://www.investinfrance.org/NorthAmerica/ChoosingFrance/SevenReasons/?=en

  • http://www.thenewfrance.com/

  • http://sandbox.ea.ecu.edu.au/projects/french_resources/motivation/whyfren.htm


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World of World Languages

  • Prepared by Stevenson High School World Language Department:

  • Cathy Dyer*

  • Sherri Fisher-Sinacola

  • Jonathan Kantor

  • Denise Makuch*

  • Jane O’Brien

  • Helga Rom*

  • Evelyn Ruiz*

  • Melisia Taylor*

  • Olivia Wylie

    (*Research contributors)


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