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Webinar: Culture Change—Expanding World Language for Young Learners

The U.S. is trailing the European Union and other competitor nations in the number and growth of bilingual residents. How can we expand world language offerings and skills for our young learners?

The United States is trailing the European Union and other competitor nations in the number and growth of bilingual residents. But beyond economic competitiveness, too many students are missing out on the significant cognitive and cultural benefits of second language acquisition, which include increased scholastic success, heightened sympathy for others, and increased creativity. Part of this language deficit can be attributed to tight school budgets and schedules that have created a dearth of early language programs in American schools. However, some progressive educators and political leaders are working to reverse this trend by implementing innovative, culturally authentic programs for elementary and middle schools. This webinar will bring together some of these innovators for an engaging discussion on successful strategies for bringing flexible, culturally-authentic, and academically-rigorous world language instruction to young learners.

Watch this one-hour presentation, which was recorded on May 15, 2016, to get insights from experts and experienced professionals in the field. Our three presenters are:

  • S. Dallas Dance, superintendent, Baltimore County public schools
  • Aline Germain-Rutherford, associate dean of the language schools, Middlebury College, Vt.
  • Jacque Van Houten, former ACTFL president, Jefferson County public schools, Louisville, Ky.