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Want To Change How Kids See The World? Teach Them A Second Language

For children, bilingualsm is much more than simply being able to speak in a different language.

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As a child in a dual-language elementary school, my teachers liked to explain that learning another language would enable me to meet more people, have conversations in new places, and generally be a better citizen of the world. And while my bilingual skills have gone woefully underused since my grade-school graduation, I am thankful for being exposed to a second language, if only for the fact that it’s given me an added “skills” line on my resume, and the ability to – every once in a while – randomly surprise some of the kiosk workers at my local mall. But, as it turns out, my learning a second language at a young age may, in fact, have affected me more profoundly than I, or anyone else for that matter, previously knew.

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California's New Bilingual College Speaks the Language of America's Future

Only 13 percent of Latinos have a bachelor's degree. Bilingual college programs may the answer.


One in five students in America is Latino, but when it comes to graduating from college, only 13 percent are earning a bachelor's degree. Now a $100 million investment fund, "University Ventures," which is backed by German media giant Bertlesmann and two Texas university systems, plans to address the higher education needs of English language learners by starting a bilingual college in California.

The fund is starting the still-to-be-named school through a partnership with Brandman University, an 11,000 student, 25-campus, non-profit college. Brandman's chancellor, Gary Brahm told the Chronicle of Higher Education that the school will adapt its curricula to meet the needs of Latino students who want to go on to college but might not feel like they know enough English to succeed on campus.

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