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WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for March 2019

Published: March 26, 2019

Here are good reads from around the globe that caught our attention during the month of March.  Is Computer Code a Foreign Language? No, and high schools shouldn’t treat it like one, says Michael Egginton, a professor at Johns Hopkins University.  A Danish word the world needs to combat stress: Pyt. Danes are some of the happiest people in the world, and they also happen to have a lot of cool words for ways to be happy. You may have heard about...

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for February 2019

Published: February 25, 2019

​Here are some good reads . . . or, rather, good listens . . . that have caught our attention for the month of February.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for January 2019

Published: January 21, 2019

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention in the month of January. Maya Angelou’s Human Family. As we start 2019, take time to listen: ‘We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.’ A family menu built on appreciation, not appropriation. Food is the window into a culture. Food writer Jamie Schler tells how she came to appreciate the deeper cultural context for the meals she makes, serves, and eats. A dish is more than the sum of...

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for November 2018

Published: November 27, 2018

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

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 in the month of September.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for August 2018

Published: August 28, 2018

Here are some good reads that have caught our attention during the month of August. Finding It Hard to Focus? Maybe It’s Not Your Fault. The rise of the ‘attention economy’ may be the defining social struggle of our times.   This Is Your Brain on Nature. When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor. What Is the Future of English in the United States? Similar to the UK and...

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for July 2018

Published: July 24, 2018

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

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. The FIFA World Cup starts this week. Held every 4 years, it is the world’s most popular sporting event with viewership numbers that exceed those of the Olympics. What do people around the world call “the beautiful game”? Is it soccer, football, or something else? The answer can be found on this brilliant language map. Do you prefer board games over ball games? In "The...

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 for the month of November.

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. Still I Rise Maya Angelou’s electrifying poem “Still I Rise," written nearly 40 years ago, feels absolutely current, somehow prescient given the divisions and challenges that abound. Angelou’s defiant optimism remains a beacon for agents of social change everywhere. This video, which showcases the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, is a celebration of that optimism, and a call to...

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 for the month of September.

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 this month. How Exercise Can Help You Learn a New Language A new study reports that working out during a language class amplifies people’s ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary. The findings provide more evidence that to engage our minds, we should move our bodies. In recent years, a wealth of studies in both animals and people have shown that we learn differently if we also...

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 for the month of June.

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 this month. You Can Still Remember a Foreign Language Even if You Think it’s Forever Forgotten That's the conclusion of an international team of Dutch and Korean researchers. In a study for the journal Royal Society Open Science, they found that the earliest traces of a language can stay with us well into adulthood even if today we can no longer understand, let alone speak the language....

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.”