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How foreign language and culture studies across the curriculum can enhance career opportunities in the 21st century global workplace.

How foreign language and culture studies across the curriculum can enhance career opportunities in the 21st century global workplace.

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  • Connecting the World through Language and Culture The
Key
to
Enhancing
Career
Opportunities

  • University of Florida Center
for
Latin
American
Studies
 http://www.latam.ufl.edu/
 Michelle Olah and Mary Risner
  • Our goals: •Promote
the
value
of
language
and
cross-cultural
 proficiency
in
today’s
workforce
 
 

 •Foster
global
literacy
through
interdisciplinary
 connections
 •Increase
competitiveness
of
our
students
by
increasing
 their
awareness
of
global
perspectives
 •Encourage
interdisciplinary
collaboration
among
faculty
of
 foreign
language,
business,
and
other
professional
schools
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  • Are we preparing students for the future? View slide
  • The students that sit in today’s classroom will have jobs that have not yet been created.
  • THE PARTNERSHIP FOR 21ST CENTURY SKILLS
  • Skills of the 21st Century Learner What
do
students
need
to
be
 successful?
 –  Mastery of core subjects (including World Languages!) –  The 4 C’s – Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity Partnership
for
21st
Century
Skills:
http://p21.org/


  • Students also need to be able to: –  Understand and address global issues using 21st century skills . –  Learn from and work collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles. –  Understand other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages.
  • Namaste – One teen’s look at Nepal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIsA_ACfsFM

  • How can cultural knowledge help students in their future careers? They
will:
 •  Feel
more
comfortable
with
people
 •  Understand
business
environment
 •  Reduce
chance
for
misunderstanding
 •  Gain
respect
and
credibility
 •  Work
on
multinational
teams
 •  Enhance
negotiation
success

  • As World Language teachers, How do we prepare students for the global world in which they will live?
  • ACTFL STANDARDS FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING Preparing for the 21st Century
  • The 5 C’s Communication:
Communicate
in
Languages
Other
 Than
English

 Cultures:
Gain
Knowledge
and
Understanding
of
Other
 Cultures
 Connections:
Connect
with
Other
Disciplines
and
 Acquire
Information
 Comparisons:
Develop
Insight
into
the
Nature
 Of
Language
and
Culture
 Communities:

Participate
in
Multilingual

 Communities
at
Home
&
Around
the
World

  • We have to connect language and culture in a way that is meaningful to the students we teach
  • ACTFL Student Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G1L-YpTXWs

  • How can we motivate students and make language learning relevant? •  Highlight
statistics
and
surveys
 that
show
the

importance
of
 languages
in
the
workplace
 •  Show
examples
of
interesting
 language
and
cultural
blunders
 in
which
students
can
relate
 •  Showcase
examples
of

the
use
 of
language
and
cultural
 knowledge
in
business
and
in
 everyday
life

  • How can we motivate students and make language learning relevant? •  Illustrate
interesting
and
fun
 aspects
of
other
cultures
 •  Stress
connections
between
the
 U.S.
and
target
language
 countries
 •  Demonstrate
the
importance
of
 planning
ahead
and
being
 proactive
in
finding
opportunities
 for
career
path
development

  • How can you become advocates for world languages and global competency? • Promote upper level language classes • Communicate and collaborate with other academic areas. • Invite bilingual professionals into the classroom • Collaborate with school counselors to promote languages. •  Encourage standards based teaching that focuses on the 21st century skills students need.
  • How can we support you? (What next?) •  Facilitate
communication
and
collaboration
with
 academies
and
other
departments
tied
to
professional
 careers
(business,
health,
sciences)
 •  Provide
access
to
bilingual
professionals
through
our
 “Global
Careers”
podcasts.
(Under
construction)
 •  Provide
practical
training
on
teaching
languages
for
 specific
purposes
 •  Supply
information
and
real
examples
of
foreign
language
 use
in
the
workplace

for
classroom
use

  • Join our communities for support and resources: Noble
website:
 Global
workplace
skills
ning:
 •  http://globalworkplaceskills.ning.com
 
 

 •  A
community
of
educators
who
 
 
http://nble.org

 advocate
Language
and
Culture
 Skills
for
the
21st
Century
Workplace
 •  A
community
that
brings
together
 professionals
across
disciplines
to 
 collaborate
and
exchange
ideas
 with
the
goal
of
building programs
 and
curriculum
that  will
  prepare our
students
to
be
global
 leaders.

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