World Languages and International Education
Learning another language enriches our lives and prepares us to meaningfully interact with our neighbors both at home and abroad. In addition to being in the public and national interest because of positive economic effects, knowledge of other languages increases intellectual abilities and provides avenues for understanding other cultures. Improved language competencies enable nations to enact more effective trade policies, expand international business opportunities, and conduct diplomacy. In addition, acquiring other languages allows people to access and interpret ideas from around the world, leading to the development of truly global citizens.
Special Opportunity: Texts and Contexts: Teaching Japan through Children’s Literature, June 22-26, 2014. Application deadline: March 14, 2014. Using children’s literature, elementary teachers can guide students in explorations of other cultures while helping them develop literacy skills and knowledge of their world. This institute for K-5 teachers will introduce several exemplary works of children’s literature as building blocks for teaching an integrated unit on Japan. Participants will have a unique opportunity to work with scholars of Japanese culture and children’s literature. The institute is limited to 20 eligible teachers to be chosen through a selective application process. Participants will receive travel allowance, room and board, materials, and stipend. See complete details and application.
Special Opportunity: The Ministry of Education in Taiwan is recruiting teachers for travel to Taiwan in August 2014. These placements are for 11 months, returning to the United States in June 2015. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 4, 2014.
World Languages Educators on the Learning Connection
For more information and resources for teachers, please join the IDOE - World Languages and Cultures Community on the Learning Connection.
International Education and Exchange Programs
International Education encompasses world languages and cultural learning, exposure to global issues and challenges, study and internships abroad, and international exchanges of students, professionals and ideas in the classroom, in the workplace, and in the virtual world. International Education includes learning about effective education policies and practices abroad that we might adopt to improve education.
Resources and Documents
General World Language and International Education Resources
- Heritage Language Learner Standards
- Rosetta Stone in the World Language Program
- Schools Offering American Sign Language
- World Languages Resources
- The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.
- The Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is a regional foreign language organization that serves 17 Midwestern states through its annual spring conference.
- The Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association promotes the teaching and learning of world languages and cultures in Indiana by providing professional development opportunities for world language instructors and advocating for policies that advance world language instruction.