The question of the day is: Are you smart?” professor José Saldívar announced at the start of class. “Don’t just give me a yes-or-no answer. Tell me why.” Seated in a sparkling new classroom at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus, with rolling chairs in the school colors — blue, green and.. read more →

Miami businesswoman Elizabeth De Zulueta speaks English and Spanish. She knows some Italian and Russian, too. She’s also a robotics engineer who knows how to code using technical training in computer science and electrical and mechanical engineering. Having studied languages and coding, De Zulueta knows the value of both skills, and she can attest from her personal.. read more →

Foreign language study helps high school students gain admission to colleges and universities, but should it also exempt from them from such study once admitted? An ongoing curricular debate at the University of Pittsburgh — in which about half the faculty seem to want to raise the standard for foreign language study and half want.. read more →

A new study from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) finds the United States trailing other developed nations throughout the world in the number of citizens with fluency in multiple languages. Of the 20% of American citizens who can speak at least two languages, only half can speak both at advanced levels, and.. read more →

Health equity for underserved Latino and immigrant populations will be broadened at the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, which has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language office to strengthen Spanish language skills among students and faculty.The grant will allow the Rutgers University-Camden nursing school to enhance its Learning.. read more →

One in four seniors in the School of Foreign Service has declared a foreign language minor since the SFS began recognizing foreign language minors this fall, with Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish language courses remaining the most popular choices among students. Eighty-six out of about 350 students in the Class of 2017 have formally submitted minor.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of more than $71 million in new and non-competing continuation grants to help strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in world languages, cultural understanding, area and international studies, and research The grants are under the Fulbright-Hays Act, also known at the Mutual Educational and Cultural.. read more →

After years of studying Quechua, Américo Mendoza Mori moved to Cusco to fully immerse himself in the language. And while he enrolled in a course and worked with a tutor, he couldn’t find anyone willing to speak the language with him outside of the classroom. Fast forward a few years and Mendoza Mori found himself in.. read more →

Many students who have access to international experiences during higher education don’t realise their value until after they have graduated, according to a recent survey. Study abroad, overseas internships, language courses and intercultural exchanges are all overlooked by students during their studies, it found. But in the survey of more than 1,000 graduates, commissioned by Kaplan, three-quarters said.. read more →

Students with regional accents ‘ridiculed and silenced’ Students with regional accents face ridicule and feel marginalised in UK universities, a conference has heard. The annual conference of access charity The Brilliant Club, held in Stoke-on-Trent, England, heard that prejudice towards people with strong accents is the last “acceptable form” of discrimination, and that universities should do.. read more →