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1 Why Learn Spanish Dr. Olenka Bilash University of Alberta Robert Warren SchoolCalgaryFebruary 24, 2011
2 This evening’s goals Value of learning a SL Value of learning Spanish Question-answers at any time
3 Did you know that. . .12,965,495 Canadians speak a language other than English.That’s 42% of the Canadian populationYour children can be a part of this growing numberJob market
4 Why learn Spanish?International understanding UN vision“Monolingualism will not serve the next generation well - it implies inflexibility and the presumption that others should always be prepared to communicate with us.”
6 Did you know that. . .It takes 10,000 hours to get good at anything (developmental psychologist Erik Erickson)To form identity requiresTimeAgents of influence (people, places, music, heroes)SymbolsChoiceBelonging
7 Did you know that. . .It takes 10,000 hours to get good at anything (developmental psychologist Erik Erickson)E.g. hockey (skating as of 2-3 years of age2-3: Twice a week x 25 weeks = 50 hours x 2 yrs=1004-5: 3hrs a week x 25 weeks = 75 hours x 2 yrs=1506-9: 4hrs a week x 25 weeks = 100 hours x 4 yrs=40010-12: 6hrs a week x 35 weeks= 210 hours x 3 yrs=63013-16: 12hrs a week x 40 weeks= 480 hours x 4 yrs=1,920} 650}3,200
8 Did you know that. . .It takes 10,000 hours to get good at anything (developmental psychologist Erik Erickson)E.g. dancing (as of 2-3 years of age)2-3: Twice a week x 25 weeks = 50 hours x 2 yrs=1004-5: 3hrs a week x 25 weeks = 75 hours x 2 yrs=1506-9: 4hrs a week x 25 weeks = 100 hours x 4 yrs=40010-12: 6hrs a week x 35 weeks= 210 hours x 3 yrs=63013-16: 12hrs a week x 40 weeks= 480 hours x 4 yrs=1,920} 650}3,200
9 Did you know that. . .It takes 10,000 hours to get good at anything (developmental psychologist Erik Erickson)E.g. learning one’s first language (MT)0-2: 12 hrs x 365 days = 4,380 hrs x 2 yrs=9,660 (listening)0-5: 4hrs x 365 days= 1460 hours x 5 yrs=7300 (speaking)5-17: 5hrs a day x 5 days x40 weeks = 1000 hours x 12 yrs=12000 (academic literacy, writing, numeracy)
10 Did you know that. . .It takes 10,000 hours to get good at anything (developmental psychologist Erik Erickson)E.g. learning Spanish in the bilingual program5-12: 2 hrs x 5 days = 10 hrs x 35 wks = 350 hrs x 8 yrs = hrsYou need more:Summer campsFUN HomeworkMovies and musicTravelHomestay hostsSymbols of successAgents of influenceFeeling of belonging
11 Why learn Spanish? International understanding UN vision Academic-Intellectual development
12 Alberta Education reports… Second Language students have higher test scores in reading, language and mathematicsSecond langauge education significantly strengthens first language skills in the areas of reading, vocabulary, grammar and communication skillsStudents fluent in two languages score higher in both verbal and non-verbal intelligence…Students studying a second language are superior in divergent thinking tasks and in memory ability and attention spanStudents studying a second language display greater Cultural sensitivity…
13 National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) reports Foreign language learning is much more a cognitive problem solving activity than a linguistic activity, overall.Studies have shown repeatedly that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind in young children.Students who are learning a foreign language out-score their non-foreign language learning peers in the verbal and, surprisingly to some, the math sections of standardized tests.This relationship between foreign language study and increased mathematical skill development, particularly in the area of problem solving, points once again to the fact that second language learning is more of a cognitive than linguistic activity.”Therese Sullivan Caccavale, president of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)
14 A Second Language ADDS to life Good ability in Mother tongue helps learn a new language.Learning a new language helps mother tongue.INCREASESSocialPhysicalIntellectualCulturalEmotional
15 Why learn Spanish? International understanding UN vision Academic-Intellectual developmentGlobal communication
16 Spanish Language around the Globe Spanish is the 3rd most used language in the worldNATIVE: 350 millionSecond: 70 millionTOTAL: 420 millionSpanish is the official language of 21 countries
17 Did you know thatThe Hispanic population in the US has grown by 60% in the last ten yearsUS has the fifth largest Spanish speaking population in the world (behind Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Spain respectively).
19 Why learn Spanish? International understanding UN vision Academic-Intellectual developmentSocial-personal-travel Personal empathyGlobal lingua franca
20 “Language is culture” “and Culture is Language” Franz Boas There is an intimate connection between language and culture.You can’t really understand another culture completely without direct access to the language because of the intimate connection between culture and language.
21 Social justice - Volunteer Translators Without Borders:A not-for-profit association which provides free translations for humanitarian organizations.Witness repots, articles, field manuals, textbooksImages:
22 Why learn Spanish? International understanding UN vision Academic-Intellectual developmentNational-International Job mobilitySocial-personal-travel Personal empathyGlobal lingua franca
23 UK newspapers reportThere is an urgent requirement for qualified speakers of languages other than English in the areas of science, technology, medicine, and global commerce…However, no matter what career you enter, you will be interacting with others around the world on routine basis, and doing business locally with those whose native language is not English…-
24 Job opportunities Government services Education, International businessCommunication and radioIntelligence or law enforcementServiceTradesForeign Language Study is Brain ExerciseWhen we speak our native languages, we know where to place our verbs and adjectives without even thinking about it. When we study a foreign language, however, we have to really think about what we’re doing.Foreign language study forces us think about the structure and role of language in a whole new way. This deliberate examination of language gives your brain a workout.Many students find that their native language skills improve greatly after they’ve learned a foreign language.If you think about it, foreign language skills are important in most occupations these days.Academic World: Professors often travel to foreign countries to attend conferences and share research.Business: Global communication is essential in business today.Communication and Media: Your skills will be so valuable to any organization when you can increase communication. You may be interested in translating documents or working on TV or Radio.Education: Just think—you could teach anywhere in the world. Think big!Government Services: Some studies show that 80 percent of government jobs require foreign language skills.Travel Industry: Do you love to travel? With an exciting career in the travel industry you can work and play at the same time!Intelligence/Law Enforcement: Ever dreamed of becoming an international spy? You can—if you study foreign languages.
25 Applying for jobsAdvantages of Knowing a Second Language when Applying for a job:Cultural SensitivityProvide service to twice as many peopleLeads to better career opportunities in all sectors of the economy – tourism, business, health care, the arts, and beyond.
28 How can we increase positive identity To build identityTime (It takes 10,000 hours to get good at anything)Agents of influence (people, places, music, heroes)SymbolsChoiceBelongingAND
29 Acknowledgement Linguapax – UNESCO Certificates to acknowledge growth and skill in languages and intercultural competencyStudentsage groupsUnder 1212-1516-18Parents - familiesTeachers (language teachers, all subject teachers)5 tasks
30 5 tasks FREE! Register online Language abilityCultural knowledge and awarenessIntercultural communicationProject (with someone from another culture) conferenceEssayFREE! Register onlineSpecial acknowledgement for schools with large percentage of students that complete
31 Through learning language Through learning language We learn about culture Through learning about culture We learn respect Through learning respect for others We can hope for peace.
32 Thank you Gracias Questions?? “El que habla dos lenguas vale por dos”(The person who speaks two languages is worth two)- AnonymousThank you GraciasQuestions??
33 ReferencesAlberta Education.Benefits of Second Language Learning. Retrieved January 15, 2010, from Baker, C. (2006). Chapter 7: Bilingualism and Cognition. In Baker, C. (4th ed.), Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism North York: Multilingual Matters Ltd. Caccalve, T. (2007). Cognitive Benefits of Learning Language. Pulled from American Council of the Teaching Foreign Languages. Retrieved from : Duranti, Alessandro. (1997). “Language is culture and culture is Language” Linguistic Anthropology. Cambridge University Press. Qtd. in blog by Sophia Danger Kunen. Retrieved January 16, and-culture-is.html Fleming, Grace. Foreign Language Study. Retrieved January 16, Ho, C. (2008, My big fat Greek lessons: Martina Faitakis gives up Saturdays to learn her hertiage languages. Edmonton Journal, pp. A1- A11. IHLA. (2010). Sikh Cultural and Spiritual Assembly. Retrieved January 15, 2010, from cultural-spiritual-assembly.html International heritage language association of Alberta. (2008). 30th anniversary gala program: 5th annual international mother language day. Edmonton City Hall. (February 22-23) 7-8. Mantell, R. (2008). Knowing a Second Language Pays Off. Recruiting Nevada. Retrieved fromQuotes: “Learning your mother tongue helps you connect with your innerself and find out who you really are” – program, Zenia Gill Gr. 11 (p.7)“Words are threads of many colorful languages, those threads weave many people and places together and every new conversation connects the world even tighter for those who understand the importance of having a united world” – Tejpal Kalsi Gr. 7 (p. 8)“ every language leads to a new world, if you learn to speak a new language, you can discover a new life and their culture. New life would be like having a new world for yourself” - Jakaran Grewal Grade 11 p. 8
34 ReferencesPerez, I. A. (2005/2006). Nonverbal Communication. International Journal of Learning, 12 (9), Retrieved from&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=siteOmniglot. Why should I learn a language. Retrieved January 16,Rollins, G.5 Benefits to Learning Spanish. Retrieved January 10, 2010, from Benefits-To-Learning-Spanish&id=647365Saville-Troike, M. (2006). Chapter 4: The psychology of Second Language Acquisition. In Saville-Troike, M., Introducing Second Language Acquisition New York: Cambridge University Press.Schools. Retrieved fromTranslators Without Borders. Retrieved FromTychnowicz, W. (2008). Colorful Culture.(Sunday February 24,2008), A14.Vistawide: World Languages and Culture. Retrieved fromWeatherford, H. J. (1987). Personal Benefits of Foreign Language Study. ERIC Digests, Retrieved from AN=ED276305&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site
35 References: Images Spanish around the globe Flags:What are the Overall Affects of Academics?Brain: SearchBox&um=1&sa=1&q=smart+brain&aq=f&oq=&aqi=g1&start=0VolunteerTrilingual Translators Without Borders logo: <Images: humanitariantrans.pdf
36 Spanish is the official language of the following countries… Argentina Bolivia Chile Colombia Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Equatorial Guinea GuatemalaHonduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru Puerto Rico Spain Uruguay Venezuela