[lg policy] Edling Digest, Vol 48, Issue 2

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 3 16:22:07 UTC 2011


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Today's Topics:

  1. US: The Necessity of Language Education (Francis Hult)
  2. US: Cutting Back on Kazakh (Francis Hult)
  3. Top 3 Useful Foreign Languages for Business Excludes      Spanish
     (Francis Hult)
  4. Nigeria: When the Mother Tongue Fails (Francis Hult)
  5. Swiss Effort to Save a Language Opens a Rift (Francis Hult)
  6. China: More high school students take second foreign      language
     (Francis Hult)


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Message: 1
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 15:32:54 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] US: The Necessity of Language Education
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Registan.net



The Necessity of Language Education



National Resource Centers, so designated by the Education Department to
teach foreign languages and culture at universities around the country, lost
47 percent of their budget for fiscal year 2011 in the last-minute deal to
avert a government shutdown in April - a surprise to observers who had not
thought the program was especially vulnerable.



Full story:

http://www.registan.net/index.php/2011/09/02/the-necessity-of-language-education/comment-page-1/

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Message: 2
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 15:35:13 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] US: Cutting Back on Kazakh
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Inside Higher Ed



Cutting Back on Kazakh



In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a university that wanted
to offer courses in Pashto or Farsi seemed to have a smooth road ahead. The
Education Department increased spending on foreign language programs,
especially those teaching rare languages, and student interest was on the
rise.



But a decade later, programs in those languages, as well as many others that
are infrequently taught but considered strategically important, face
elimination on campuses after deep federal budget cuts.



Full story:

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/09/02/foreign_language_programs_face_deep_cuts

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Message: 3
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 15:37:48 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] Top 3 Useful Foreign Languages for Business Excludes
       Spanish
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ABC News



Top 3 Useful Foreign Languages for Business Excludes Spanish



What are the top three most useful languages for business after English?
Surprisingly, Spanish didn't make the cut despite being the official
language of 20 countries and spoken by over 329 million people, according to
Bloomberg Rankings.



Full story:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2011/09/top-3-useful-foreign-languages-for-business-excludes-spanish/

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Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 15:40:26 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] Nigeria: When the Mother Tongue Fails
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AllAfrica.com



Nigeria: When the Mother Tongue Fails



A decades-old education policy that requires children to be taught in local
language in the first three years of primary school is failing to gain
traction. The policy loosely defines local language, or a vernacular, to be
the language of instruction in immediate environment of a child. It also
allows for English language to be taught as a subject, before being used as
the medium for instruction in later schooling. Educationists are worried
that the policy is not taking hold across the country, a blame they lay on
the government, educators and parents alike.



Full story:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201109010782.html

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Message: 5
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 15:43:39 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] Swiss Effort to Save a Language Opens a Rift
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The Wall Street Journal



Swiss Effort to Save a Language Opens a Rift



As kids return to school in Val M?stair, high in the eastern tip of the
Swiss Alps, they are also entering the front lines of a bitter battle: the
fight over the future of a centuries-old Latin dialect.



Full story:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903352704576540252076676760.html

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Message: 6
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 15:45:29 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] China: More high school students take second foreign
       language
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China Post



More high school students take second foreign language



The number of high school students taking second foreign language courses in
Taiwan has increased 2.7 times in the past decade while those taking
certifying tests for foreign language proficiency soared by seven times.



Full story:

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2011/08/31/315109/More-high.htm

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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