[lg policy] New ARC Research Center Examines the Role of Language in Education and the Workplace

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Thu Mar 13 15:41:25 UTC 2014

 New ARC Research Center Examines the Role of Language in Education and the

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- American Councils for
International Education <http://www.americancouncils.org/> is pleased to
announce the launch of the AC Research Center (ARC). As an organization
with four decades of experience in the design and implementation of
large-scale language immersion, academic exchange, and language education,
American Councils has established ARC in order to expand the pool of
policy-relevant data and research available to decision-makers at all
levels who are concerned with language in education and the workplace. ARC
is distinguished from other research efforts by its focus on world
languages: their acquisition, application, and relevance in today's world.

ARC will address central issues in U.S. language policy with a global
perspective to research and policy formation by providing data and new
analyses related to language learning, including the impact of a second
language on educational achievement and performance in the workplace.
Further policy issues include: language acquisition and overseas immersion,
domestic language immersion in K-12, heritage bilinguals and formal
education, cognitive advantages of acquired bilingualism, and second
language acquisition and literacy. ARC will engage leading U.S. and
international researchers and policy makers, as well as organizational
partners and American Councils research staff, in the conduct of its
research. ARC will sponsor fellowships for U.S. and international fellows
and engage in outreach activities for policymakers and the general public
through publications and policy roundtables.

As an academically independent organization under the American Councils
umbrella, Drs. Richard D. Brecht, Dan E. Davidson, and Robert O.
Slaterwill direct ARC activity. Dr. Brecht is an internationally
expert on language policy and research in academe and the government. He
was the founding executive director of the University of Maryland Center
for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) and, prior to founding CASL, was the
Director of the National Foreign Language Center. Dr. Davidson is president
of American Councils and professor of Russian and Second Language
Acquisition at Bryn Mawr College. He is a recognized authority on learning
in overseas immersion and is acknowledged internationally for developing,
and overseeing a wide range of international initiatives in educational
development, training, and research. Domestically, he has served as elected
president of the two principal international education organizations, the
Alliance for International Education and the JNCL. Dr. Slater, for more
than three decades, has been a national leader in creating innovative
solutions to language issues across the nation. Formerly the Director of
the National Security Education Program, he created and launched the
Language Flagship effort, the National Language Service Corps, and numerous
scholarship and fellowship programs that support the study of languages by
U.S. students from kindergarten through post-secondary education.

*About American Councils*

American Councils for International
Education<http://www.americancouncils.org/>is a premier, international
nonprofit creating educational
opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an
interconnected and increasingly interdependent world. Through academic
exchanges, overseas language immersion, and educational development
programs, American Councils designs and administers innovative programs
that broaden individual perspectives, increase knowledge, and deepen mutual

*Media Contact:* Kirsten Brecht, American Councils for International
Education, 202-302-3824, kbrecht at americancouncils.org

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SOURCE American Councils for International Education

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