Foreign language skills are fundamental to the CIA’s success. Whether an officer is conducting a meeting in a foreign capital, analyzing plans of a foreign government, or translating a foreign broadcast, language capability is critical to every aspect of our mission. Language skills are the keys to accessing foreign societies, understanding their governments, and decoding.. read more →

Learning a second language can be extremely lucrative for your career opportunities. And after jobs search engine Adzuna analysed over 1 million live job postings on its website, it found out that some languages are more likely to get you a higher paid job than others in Britain, when employers advertised for jobs looking for someone.. read more →

At the annual Peace Corps Connect conference, Global Professional Search (GPS) and the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) formally announce a partnership to connect Returned Peace CorpsVolunteers (RPCVs) and former Peace Corps employees to careers that leverage the cultural and language proficiency acquired during their overseas experience. GPS is the leading online marketplace focused on providing employers with access to candidates with global competencies: foreign.. 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 →

Save CA residents from a language drought: Vote ‘yes’ this fall (Opinion) The global elite are all multilingual. Why can’t California’s kids be multilingual too? This fall, California residents will have the opportunity to make an important decision: Should the state embrace the global economy and encourage students to learn multiple languages? Or should the state retain the ban on bilingual.. read more →

Science suggests bilingualism helps keep our brains smart, agile and young Around the world, more than half of people-estimates vary from 60 to 75%-speak at least two languages. So to be monolingual, as many native English speakers are, is to be in the minority, and perhaps to be missing out. Multilingualism has been shown to have.. read more →

U.S. wants one million students studying Mandarin by 2020 A multinational effort to boost the number of U.S. students studying abroad in China has expanded its focus to stateside Mandarin language learning. The push, led by the US-China Strong Foundation, aims to increase the number of American students studying the language to 1 million by 2020, a.. read more →

Transforming Chinese-language learning is key for global engagement As China’s roles and influence in the world have increased and China has become a global leader, the importance of being proficient in the Mandarin Chinese language and culture is widely recognized. The demand for professionals in all fields who are proficient in Chinese and competent to.. read more →

Translating bilingualism into careers Being bilingual, is a gift, a talent, a resource that New Mexico is rich in, says Cecilia Portal. Portal created Valley Community Interpreters, or Intérpretes Communitarios del Valle, a grass-roots effort in Albuquerque, NM, to train bilingual students to become interpreters in a number of fields. “It’s a very fast-growing industry, and yet.. read more →

Multilingualism as a tool for closing the achievement gaps Did you know that more than two-thirds of the world’s population speaks or understands at least two languages? Multilingualism is not the global exception in the world: it’s the rule. In the United States, however, only about one-fourth of the population is meaningfully multilingual. So many Americans –.. read more →