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"Knowing a Foreign Language is Wealth" — My Grandfather's Advice

By Guest Blogger: Leila Zakhirova, PhD | Published: November 20, 2014

Concordia Language Villages celebrates International Education Week with posts celebrating international education from some of our colleagues and friends.

There is a direct link between what I do for a living today and what happened 50 years ago between two men in a remote village in Turkmenistan, then part of the Soviet Union.

Language Learning: A Family Ambition

By Guest Blogger: Jane A. Peterson | Published: November 19, 2014

Our family revels in learning languages. My husband Paul and I left Minnesota and moved abroad 23 years ago. Though we spoke no French, we enrolled our girls—at age four—at the French Lycée in London. Both graduated with a French Baccalaureate in Singapore—and six years of German.

Multilingualism: Opening Doors for the Future

By Guest Blogger: Ilya Katsnelson | Published: November 18, 2014

Concordia Language Villages celebrates International Education Week with posts celebrating international education from some of our colleagues and friends.

On a typical day the lingua franca at our breakfast table is Russian. However, by the afternoon, when our son Phillip brings a friend or two home from school, we segue into Danish and continue that way until they leave in the evening. On weekends however, a regular smorgasbord of English, Russia and Danish permeate the household as my oldest sons come for family dinner. And that is what you get when you are an American married to a Russian living in Denmark.

Teaching Language and Social Justice – A New Book by Concordia Authors

Published: November 18, 2014

Words and Actions: Teaching Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice, a new book co-authored by Cassandra Glynn (Concordia College), Pamela Wesely (University of Iowa), and Beth Wassell (Rowan University), will be released at this year’s ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo in San Antonio, Texas. Glynn and Wesely, both veteran Language Villages staff and villagers, want the book to encourage dialogue about the role of social justice in the language classroom.

Gifted Kids and Language Immersion: The Perfect Match

By Guest Blogger: Jane Hesslein | Published: October 9, 2014

Gifted kids—and adults—are intense. They ask probing questions, make lightning-fast connections, consider several perspectives at once. They seem to be wired twice for input, seeing details that others don’t, feeling more fear or joy, sadness or excitement than others, delighting in complicated ideas. Teaching them (and living with them) is a mental, emotional and physical challenge—and a whole lot of fun. Their need to understand and tackle...

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