Why languages? Why choices? World Language Study Open Forum  Feb 8, 2007
<ul><li>“ Die Grenzen meiner Sprache  </li></ul><ul><li>sind die Grenzen meiner Welt.” </li></ul><ul><li>……………………… </li></...
Academic Benefits <ul><li>Enhances listening skills and memory. (Ratte, 1968). </li></ul><ul><li>Help build analytical and...
Just for “gifted” ? <ul><li>In the U.S. long considered “elitist” subject,  which few could master </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S...
Just for “gifted” ? <ul><li>Second language learning less dependent on previous verbal learning than other subjects </li><...
Choice Matters! <ul><li>Students are more successful at learning languages when they can choose the language of their inte...
Diversity is basic  <ul><li>“ Nearly every sector of our increasingly global economy and culturally diverse workforce need...
Career Advantages <ul><li>More creative, critical thinkers and problem solvers!  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Bamford, Mizokawa,...
Business Etiquette <ul><li>“ If I’m selling to you,  </li></ul><ul><li>I speak your language.  </li></ul><ul><li>If I’m bu...
Career Advantages <ul><li>Minnesota Trade Office: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Largest export regions for manufactured goods  (la...
Career Advantages <ul><li>Minnesota Trade Office: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fastest growing export regions for  manufactured g...
Diversity a must <ul><li>If everyone has  </li></ul><ul><li>the same language skills,  </li></ul><ul><li>who has the edge ...
Soft factors <ul><li>Expanding personal horizons! </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciation of foreign literature, film, music </li><...
<ul><li>“ Die Grenzen meiner Sprache  </li></ul><ul><li>sind die Grenzen meiner Welt.” </li></ul><ul><li>……………………… </li></...
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    1. 1. Why languages? Why choices? World Language Study Open Forum Feb 8, 2007
    2. 2. <ul><li>“ Die Grenzen meiner Sprache </li></ul><ul><li>sind die Grenzen meiner Welt.” </li></ul><ul><li>……………………… </li></ul><ul><li>“ The limits of my language </li></ul><ul><li>are the limits of my world.” </li></ul><ul><li>Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosopher </li></ul>
    3. 3. Academic Benefits <ul><li>Enhances listening skills and memory. (Ratte, 1968). </li></ul><ul><li>Help build analytical and critical thinking skills (Met, 2001) </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes understanding of native language. (Vygotsky, 1968, 160) </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforces and enriches every area of the curriculum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Phy Ed, Music, Art and even FACS (Curtain, Dahlberg, 2004) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Language students routinely score highest on all subjects in the SAT. (The SAT College Board, 2004) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Just for “gifted” ? <ul><li>In the U.S. long considered “elitist” subject, which few could master </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Studies have proven wrong (Boynton, 1994) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Still seen as a “frill for the smart kids” (Moore/English, 1999; Met, 2001) </li></ul><ul><li>Struggling and at-risk students can succeed! </li></ul>
    5. 5. Just for “gifted” ? <ul><li>Second language learning less dependent on previous verbal learning than other subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone starts at same point . Empowering! </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to succeed, who otherwise experienced failure in school </li></ul><ul><li>Language students have a significantly higher self-concept than non-language students. (Masciantonia, 1977) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Choice Matters! <ul><li>Students are more successful at learning languages when they can choose the language of their interest </li></ul><ul><li>“ Cultural distance” greatly affects success. Students with real-world connections and cultural backgrounds similar to those of the target language/culture will learn the language with greater ease and success. (Zhang, 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Case in point: German students committed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lowest attrition rates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Majority of families have direct connections to German-speaking countries </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Diversity is basic <ul><li>“ Nearly every sector of our increasingly global economy and culturally diverse workforce needs multilingual, cross-culturally aware workers.” (Carreira & Armengol, “Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource.”) </li></ul><ul><li>Languages teach open-mindedness for diversity and cultural understanding! </li></ul>
    8. 8. Career Advantages <ul><li>More creative, critical thinkers and problem solvers! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Bamford, Mizokawa, 1991; Cummins, 1992) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>95% of the world’s population lives outside U.S. (Minnesota Trade Office) </li></ul><ul><li>2/3 of the world’s purchasing power outside U.S. (Minnesota Trade Office) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Business Etiquette <ul><li>“ If I’m selling to you, </li></ul><ul><li>I speak your language. </li></ul><ul><li>If I’m buying, dann m üssen Sie </li></ul><ul><li>Deutsch sprechen.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Willy Brandt, former Chancellor of Germany </li></ul>
    10. 10. Career Advantages <ul><li>Minnesota Trade Office: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Largest export regions for manufactured goods (largest segment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Asia / Pacific </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EU & Non EU </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>North America </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In each region, a different business language! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese/Japanese (Asia) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>German (EU/Non-EU) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>French/English/Spanish (North America) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Career Advantages <ul><li>Minnesota Trade Office: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fastest growing export regions for manufactured goods (largest segment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Asia / Pacific </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Non EU Europe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Central/South America </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Middle East and Africa </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Again in each region, a different business language is used! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese/Japanese (Asia) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>German (EU/Non-EU Europe) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spanish (North America) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>French (Africa) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Arabic (Middle East) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Diversity a must <ul><li>If everyone has </li></ul><ul><li>the same language skills, </li></ul><ul><li>who has the edge </li></ul><ul><li>in a competitive market? </li></ul>
    13. 13. Soft factors <ul><li>Expanding personal horizons! </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciation of foreign literature, film, music </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about own heritage, relatives </li></ul><ul><li>Openness for Diversity </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>“ Die Grenzen meiner Sprache </li></ul><ul><li>sind die Grenzen meiner Welt.” </li></ul><ul><li>……………………… </li></ul><ul><li>“ The limits of my language </li></ul><ul><li>are the limits of my world.” </li></ul><ul><li>Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosopher </li></ul>

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