As we continue exploring language and science during the month of April, David Dahveed Benson explores the interplay of phone addiction and nature deficit disorder in contemporary American culture. To battle the negative physical and psychological effects of this cultural trend, Dahveed proposes a simple solution: let’s unplug and go play outside.
Global career paths don’t have to just be global. This week, we interview Abigail Harrison, former Lesnoe Ozero villager and aspiring astronaut, on how to take language learning into outer space.
With a focus on the integration of language and science during the month of April, we begin with a post from a staff alumnus at the German Language Village. Craig Morris sheds light on how learning German led him to becoming an energy policy expert. And don’t forego clicking on the YouTube links for a glimpse into his talent for singing!
In our last installment on Global Career Paths, Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education, details the importance of study abroad as a critical stepping stone to preparing today’s students to work in a global economy. The piece offers guidance for study abroad advisers as well as students and encourages language learning while abroad to deepen the dive into a culture. This piece is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered why study abroad matters.
Continuing March’s theme of Global Career Paths, Dr. Amy Hewett-Olatunde discusses how a global career can be right in one’s own city. Dr. Hewett-Olatunde’s work teaching English as a Second Language in St. Paul Public Schools allows her to change the world by preparing her high school students, who speak more than thirty different languages, for success in the United States.