P4 leveraging business and government to develop chinese lang edu - papa berkaPresentation Transcript
ACTFL ConferenceNovember 15-18, 2012Erin L. PapaSigrid BerkaJ. Andrés RamírezSarah Steverman
uri.edu/rilanguage facebook.com/rilanguageRhode Island RoadmapStrategic VisionThe State of Rhode Island strives to create amultilingual, culturally savvy, globally competentRhode Island community and workforce by creatingwell articulated language learning programsemphasizing proficiency and biliteracy.By 2030, the majority of Rhode Island graduateswill be proficient in English and at leastone other language.
Rhode Island Roadmap forLanguage Excellenceuri.edu/rilanguagefacebook.com/rilanguage
We found out that… World markets play key economic role for RIeconomy $1.9 billion worth of merchandise exports fromRI to 208 destinations abroad with the largestmarkets being:CanadaMexicoGermanyTurkeyChina
Forbes Insights Report July 2011 onReducing the Impact of Language Barriers“In global, multicultural organizations, simplyexpecting all employees to speak one commonlanguage, such as English, marginalizes the potentialimpact of international talent and leave monolingualstaff ill-equipped to help the organization competeeffectively in a globalized environment.”Global Level
“When the language is a barrier and ourtechnical sales force is not able to explain amachine tool to a customer in México, thiscustomer will come back with a broken tooland file a complaint to get reimbursed. Thisincreases warranty costs and customerdissatisfaction.”Andrew Corsini, CEO of SupfinaLocal Level
Upper management needs multilingualcapability to:“lead and integrate global teams inaround-the-clock business transactions.”SENSATAMultinational Level
Upper management needs multilingualcapability to:“build new markets – local has becomeglobal innovation!”HASBROMultinational Level
Upper management needs multilingualcapability to:“assess political climate in foreigncountries.”GTECHMultinational Level
Upper management needs multilingualcapability to:“Move flexibly into and out of newmarkets with emotional intelligence”HEXAGON METROLOGYMultinational Level
“Raise trust, credibility, respectbetween upper management and workforce in focus groups.”ASTRO-MEDUpper management needs multilingualcapability to:Multinational Level
“The Far East engineering team is a a vital bridge betweenour US engineering and design staffs and our vendors. Theytake concepts from our U.S. and European design teamsand transform them into more detailed and specificproducts. They work with the vendor community on thedetailed execution and communicate what we want to doand why. They help shape the actual features and attributesof the product and make changes when manufacturingproblems arise. They also help the U.S team understand thedemands and constraints of the vendor community. Clearlines of communication are thus paramount….”Al Verreccchia, chairman of board of HASBROMultinational LevelGlobally OperatingTeams
Even though…“…(there is a) definite advantage forlinguistically & culturally trained employees toadvance faster and for management to navigatean increasingly diverse work force world-wide,”
And . . .Clear lines of Communication areparamount in globally operatingteams
And…“… it is more important than ever to enhancelanguage capability output and leveragelinguistic skills of local immigrantpopulations (Hispanic, Cambodian, Haitian,Vietnamese) to develop future emergingmarkets…”
…. rarely is linguistic training offeredby companies, and recruiters do notnecessarily require FL skills!
In addition, foreign language educationis, for the most part, not aligned with theneeds of businesses and government.
Rhode Island is not living up to the expectations of ourbusiness community: In RI, there was a 40% decrease in K-12 ForeignLanguage enrollment from 2004-5 to 2007-8. Only 15% of University of Rhode Island studentsgraduating in 2010-11 took language courses above the100-level.
Global Operations Local (Health, NGOs) Spanish Chinese French German Spanish Portuguese Khmer(Cambodian) Haitian CreoleCurrent Priority Languages for Businesses(Global and Local Operations)
• Chinese• Brazilian Portuguese• ArabicFuture Priority Languages for Businesses(Global and Domestic Operations)
Alissa McKechnie ’13Mechanical and Chinese IEPSpring 2012Internship withHasbro HongKong in theAction FiguredepartmentSummer 2011Internship withHasbro inPawtucket, RhodeIslandFall 2011Studied atZhejiangUniversity inChina2012 – 2013Spring 2013Offered position with aSemiconductor company inBillerica, MACompleting 5th year at URIwith a capstone design projectfor Toray Plastics, Inc.
Current Priority Languages forGovernment Agencies Spanish Cape VerdeanCreole Portuguese French Hmonguri.edu/rilanguage facebook.com/rilanguage
From Vision to Implementation:Roadmap RecommendationsEstablish the Position of State Supervisor for WorldLanguage EducationEstablish the Rhode Island Center forLanguage Teaching, Learning, and Cultureuri.edu/rilanguage facebook.com/rilanguage
uri.edu/rilanguage facebook.com/rilanguageDevelop and Implement a Public AwarenessCampaignDevelop Proficiency Incentives for StudentsDevelop Incentive Programs to Train, License, andEmploy Language Education TeachersCreate Articulated K-16 World LanguageSequencesFrom Vision to Implementation:Roadmap Recommendations (cont)
Public Awareness: Video in the Works“Not only is their education (talking about language minority students)being jeopardized but their identity is as well. There are many that feelthat their culture and language have been compromised, myselfincluded. When I entered the Providence school system my firstlanguage was Spanish. It was difficult grasping the (English) language. Iwas even held back a grade due to a “Speech Impediment.” I struggledinitially but felt the pressure to assimilate and so I did. In the process ofmastering this “necessary” language I lost my own. As a teenager Irealized my lost and have struggled ever since to gain it back. Even nowas an adult I find it difficult to fit in either group socially. I have anaccent when I speak English and I have one when I speak Spanish. Thepush to assimilate has only left me in the middle.”Graduate Student Taking a Graduate Class in theTESL Program at Rhode Island College
uri.edu/rilanguage facebook.com/rilanguageDevelop Incentive Programs toTrain, License, and Employ LanguageEducation Teachers
Develop Articulated K-16 LanguageSequences All 36 RI Districts Locally-determined languages K-8: Dual Language Immersion Programs(50% of day in target language) Choice to add language in middle school 6-12: World Language Model Remainsuri.edu/rilanguage facebook.com/rilanguage
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