At What Age Can You Teach a Global Mindset?

glob·al mind·set, n: the ability to operate comfortably across borders, cultures, and languages

How can you develop a global mindset in yourself or your child? Is it ever too late? Read my most recent Huffington Post piece where I discuss Stacie and Marshall Berdan’s book Raising Global Children and how it can apply to you!

Can Language Learning Help You Achieve Your Dreams?

We just posted this Huffington Post piece to promote Lift Off with Language.

So you slept through two years of Spanish in high school to meet your graduation requirements, only to find out that when you got to college, you had another foreign language requirement to complete! You just need to meet the minimum requirement of 2 more years — that shouldn’t be so bad…

Whether you are a college freshman or a strapping senior, colleges today are pushing you to begin thinking about your career path from day one of stepping onto campus. Between cramming in classes to meet requirements to get our diplomas and scrambling to get into courses that meet distribution levels for our majors, we often forget to stop and think about how all of these subjects are pushing us towards our future, especially when it comes to language.

Many thanks to Kirsten Craig for making this article happen! Check it out on the Huffington Post.

How Would You Redefine Study Abroad?

I learned a lot from Fiora MacPherson while writing this article about study abroad with her!

Over time, the term “study abroad” has become enveloped negative connotations and wrapped in red tape, and we have slowly forgotten the important role international experiences can have in preparing our students both professionally and personally. Today, we are all part of a global community. The world is shrinking, and American colleges and universities are challenged to respond.

Read the full article in the Huffington Post.

7 Language-Learning Myths That Are Holding Us Back

Click here to read the full article on Forbes.com!

A few months ago I was speaking in front of a crowd of American undergraduate students about my work with the Student Language Exchange, discussing the power and benefit of learning a new language. They seemed moderately interested as I spoke, but in the reception following the event, a group of students came up to me:

“Don’t you think there are more productive things we could be doing with our time? After all, pretty much everyone speaks English these days.”

Finish the article here!

What Language Should I Learn?

Learning a new language is an enriching and rewarding experience. It opens so many doors, professionally and personally. And, in a society where only 18 percent of our native-born adult population speaks a second language, it can give us access to opportunities that our peers can only dream of. Multilingualism is not only professionally advantageous, but also improves mental agilitymemory, and problem solving ability, and slows down the onset of age-related cognitive losses.

But learning a language is a commitment. It takes years to become truly proficient, and even then there will be yet more to learn. (I’m still learning new words and cultural references in English, and I’ve been speaking it since I was in diapers.)

Read the full article on the Huffington Post Education vertical.

TEDx Talk: The Language Deficit

It was so much fun speaking at TEDx a few months ago! Watch the video to learn more about why we need to reinvest in language education.