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WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for November 2018

Published: November 27, 2018

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention. On a Family Road Trip Through Germany: Fairy Tales, Castles and Cuckoo Clocks Years after a magical solo trip through the Black Forest and beyond, the writer returns with her family. Would the magic hold up with three medium-size children? A Fairy Tale Reading List Whether it’s the timeless classics or their modern cousins, fairy tales make great companions on family trips. Here is a selection of some of...

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for October 2018

Published: October 30, 2018

Here are some good reads, two “good looks,” and a “good listen” from around the globe that have caught our attention in the month of October.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for September 2018

Published: September 25, 2018

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention. 1. How do bilingual people process knowledge? Laura Muscalu, lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Ithaca College, tried to answer this question in a study published by Cambridge University Press. Cody Taylor of The Ithacan spoke to Muscalu about her study, the tests she performed and why these results are important in understanding how bilingual people process language. 2. Classifying languages is about...

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for August 2018

Published: August 28, 2018

​Here are some good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention in the month of August.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for July 2018

Published: July 24, 2018

Here are some good reads that have caught our attention during the month of July.  Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor’s Orders. “Forest bathing,” or immersing yourself in nature, is being embraced by doctors and others as a way to combat stress and improve health.   Why It’s Okay for Bilingual Children to Mix Languages Few would consider mastering more than one language a bad idea. In fact, research points to a number of cognitive, economic and...

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for June 2018

Published: June 12, 2018

​Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention for the month of June.

WorldView Good Reads: The Power of Camp

Published: May 15, 2018

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention as we’ve explored community-based learning in the month of May.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for April 2018

Published: April 24, 2018

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention as we’ve focused on language and STEM in the month of April.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for March 2018

Published: March 6, 2018

​Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention as we begin our focus on Global Career Path for the month of March.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for January 2018

Published: January 29, 2018

​Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention during our focus on courage for the month of January.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for November 2017

Published: November 28, 2017

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention. The Hidden Talent that Defines Success In our era of globalization, your job performance may depend on your “CQ." What is it? “The number one predictor of your success in today’s borderless world is not your IQ, not your resume (CV), and not even your expertise,” writes social scientist David Livermore in his book The Cultural Intelligence Difference. “It’s your CQ.”...

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for October 2017

Published: October 31, 2017

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention for the month of October.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for September 2017

Published: September 26, 2017

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention. California’s Language Challenge With 220 languages, California is the most linguistically diverse state in the nation. Its court system is also the largest in the country, handling over 8 million cases a year. These realities have produced an interpreter shortage like no other. Which Countries have the Most Official Languages? This handy graphic gives a tour of the world’s official...

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for August 2017

Published: August 29, 2017

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention for the month of August.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for June 2017

Published: June 27, 2017

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention. Why is Norway the Happiest Place on Earth?   When the 2017 World Happiness Report proclaimed that Norway had inched out Denmark as leader of the global happiness rankings, our Italian Dean Eric Dregni had to investigate. The Marshall Plan's Meaning Today Seventy years ago, U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall announced a program of support for war-devastated Europe that many regard as one of the...

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for May 2017

Published: May 30, 2017

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention for the month of May.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for April 2017

Published: April 25, 2017

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for March 2017

Published: March 28, 2017

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention this month.

WorldView Good Reads - Spring 2016

Published: February 28, 2017

February 21st is the United Nation’s International Mother Language Day and this year’s theme is the importance of multilingual education in all countries around the globe. In that spirit, we offer good reads on this topic that have caught our attention this month.

WorldView Good Reads - Fall 2016

Published: October 24, 2016

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention.

The White Helmets of Syria. Syria’s White Helmets are ordinary people who risk their own well-being every day to save lives in the rubble of cities like Aleppo. Read Jared Malsin’s excellent profile in TIME.

Changing The World - Poem by Frederick J.B. Moore II. We are a language program, and poetry is magical language. So what does poetry tell us about our mission?

How many Swiss regularly use at least four languages? You’d be surprised. Rise to the challenge - join our Swiss Week!

Positive Peace - What attitudes, institutions and structures create and sustain peaceful societies? Read the 2016 Positive Peace report

Learn new languages to get ahead. Is it important for a scientist to learn foreign languages? Yes, says Alexander Birbrair, a Russian Israeli who grew up in Brazil and lived in Spain. ‘‘What about English, you ask? In fact, I didn’t learn a word of it until I was 24.’‘

Arabic calligraphy: from language to modern art. Calligraphy merges the boundaries between language and art. Read how Arabic calligrapher Mohamed Abido showcased the power of his art to challenge societal conventions—from Egypt’s Daily News.

The Learning Generation. Investing in education for a changing world. The Prime Minister of Norway, the Presidents of Malawi, Indonesia, and Chile, and the Director-General of UNESCO convened a commission to reinvigorate the case for investing in education and to chart a path for investment to develop the potential of all of the world’s young people. Read the Commission’s report, chaired by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

4 reasons to learn a new language. English is fast becoming the world’s universal language, so why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue. It’s a good listen.

WorldView Good Reads

Published: June 9, 2016

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention.

Meklit: Bringing the Sounds of the World to Her Melodies written by Taylor Mayol. The unexpected beauty of everyday sounds. Meklit Hadero combines folk, jazz and East African influences to create a sound she calls Ethio-jazz. But she also draws on the sounds of the everyday to create something unique.

“Making Language Immersion Fun for the Kids”  from the New York Times

Published: December 29, 2014

The New York Times travel section recently featured Concordia Language Villages in its article, “Making Language Immersion Fun for Kids.”

An Exhortation to Study Abroad from Nicholas Kristof

Published: July 30, 2014

"Go West, Young People! And East!" In a recent opinion column in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof encourages Americans to study abroad. He cites both statistics about study abroad as well as his own travel and study over the years.  “The experiences changed me by opening my eyes to human needs,” Kristof asserts, creating a perspective that he argues would be helpful for politicians and citizens of any country but sorely needed here in the United States. Read...

Columnist Highlights “Things He Could Have Learned at Camp”

Published: July 3, 2014

Recently, a villager parent and columnist for the Pioneer Press (Minn.) wrote an intriguing column about President Barack Obama’s controversial nominee for the U.S. ambassadorship to Norway, George Tsunis, and identifies how a culturally immersive environment could serve him well,given what she calls recent cultural “flubs.”