This evening’s goals
 Value of learning a SL
 Value of learning Spanish
 Question-answers at any time
Did you know that. . .
 12,965,495 Canadians speak a language other than
English.
 That’s 42% of the Canadian population
 Your children can be a part of this growing number
 Job market
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.”
Plurilingualism
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Did you know that. . .
 It takes 10,000 hours to get good at anything
(developmental psychologist Erik Erickson)
 To form identity requires
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Time
Agents of influence (people, places, music, heroes)
Symbols
Choice
Belonging
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 age
 2-3: Twice a week x 25 weeks = 50 hours x 2 yrs=100
 4-5: 3hrs a week x 25 weeks = 75 hours x 2 yrs=150
 6-9: 4hrs a week x 25 weeks = 100 hours x 4 yrs=400
 10-12: 6hrs a week x 35 weeks= 210 hours x 3 yrs=630
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 13-16: 12hrs a week x 40 weeks= 480 hours x 4 yrs=1,920
650
3,200
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=100
 4-5: 3hrs a week x 25 weeks = 75 hours x 2 yrs=150
 6-9: 4hrs a week x 25 weeks = 100 hours x 4 yrs=400
 10-12: 6hrs a week x 35 weeks= 210 hours x 3 yrs=630
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 13-16: 12hrs a week x 40 weeks= 480 hours x 4 yrs=1,920
650
3,200
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)
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 program
 5-12: 2 hrs x 5 days = 10 hrs x 35 wks = 350 hrs x 8 yrs =
2800 hrs
 You need more:
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Summer camps
FUN Homework
Movies and music
Travel
Homestay hosts
•Symbols of success
•Agents of influence
•Feeling of belonging
Why learn Spanish?
International understanding
UN vision
Academic-Intellectual
development
Alberta Education reports…
 Second Language students have higher test scores in
reading, language and mathematics
 Second langauge education significantly strengthens first
language skills in the areas of reading, vocabulary, grammar
and communication skills
 Students 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 span
 Students studying a second language display greater Cultural
sensitivity…
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.”
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Therese Sullivan Caccavale, president of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)
A Second Language ADDS to life
 Good ability in Mother tongue
helps learn a new language.
 INCREASES
 Learning a new language helps
mother tongue.
 Social
 Physical
 Intellectual
 Cultural
 Emotional
Why learn Spanish?
International understanding
UN vision
Global communication
Academic-Intellectual
development
Spanish Language around the
Globe
• Spanish is the 3rd most used
language in the world
• NATIVE: 350 million
• Second: 70 million
• TOTAL: 420 million
Spanish is the official
language of 21 countries
Did you know that
 The Hispanic population
in the US has grown by
60% in the last ten years
 US has the fifth largest
Spanish speaking
population in the world
(behind Mexico,
Colombia, Argentina and
Spain respectively).
International population
Why learn Spanish?
International understanding
UN vision
Global lingua franca
Academic-Intellectual
development
Social-personal-travel
Personal empathy
“and Culture is Language” Franz Boas
There is an intimate connection between
language and culture.
Social justice - Volunteer
• Translators Without Borders:
• A not-for-profit association which provides free
translations for humanitarian organizations.
• Witness repots, articles, field manuals,
textbooks
Why learn Spanish?
International understanding
UN vision
Academic-Intellectual
development
National-International Job
mobility
Global lingua franca
Social-personal-travel
Personal empathy
UK newspapers report
 There 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…
Job opportunities
 Government services
 Education,
 International business
 Communication and radio
 Intelligence or law enforcement
 Service
 Trades
Applying for jobs
 Advantages of Knowing a Second Language when
Applying for a job:
 Cultural Sensitivity
 Provide service to twice as many people
 Leads to better career opportunities in all sectors of
the economy – tourism, business, health care, the arts,
and beyond.
Source: www.international.alberta.ca/608.cfm
Facebook
See also: http://www.insidefacebook.com/2010/08/25/facebooks-spanish-language-market-marked-byfragmentation-but-promises-opportunity/
How can we increase
positive identity
 To build identity
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Time (It takes 10,000 hours to get good at anything)
Agents of influence (people, places, music, heroes)
Symbols
Choice
Belonging
AND
Acknowledgement
 Linguapax – UNESCO
 Certificates to acknowledge growth and skill in languages
and intercultural competency
 Students
 age groups
 Under 12
 12-15
 16-18
 Parents - families
 Teachers (language teachers, all subject teachers)
 5 tasks
5 tasks
 Language ability
 Cultural knowledge and awareness
 Intercultural communication
 Project (with someone from another culture) conference
 Essay
 FREE! Register online
 Special acknowledgement for schools with
large percentage of students that complete
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.
“El que habla dos lenguas vale por dos”
(The person who speaks two languages is worth two)
- Anonymous
References
Alberta Education.Benefits of Second Language Learning. Retrieved January 15, 2010, from
http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/resources/learnlang/benefits.aspx
Baker, C. (2006). Chapter 7: Bilingualism and Cognition. In Baker, C. (4th ed.), Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. 135161. North York: Multilingual Matters Ltd.
Caccalve, T. (2007). Cognitive Benefits of Learning Language. Pulled from American Council of the Teaching Foreign
Retrieved from : http://www.actfl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4724
Languages.
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, 2010. http://sciencewhynot.blogspot.com/2009/03/language-is-cultureand-culture-is.html
Fleming, Grace. Foreign Language Study. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
http://homeworktips.about.com/od/homeworktopics/a/foreignlanguage.htm
Ho, C. (2008, My big fat Greek lessons: Martina Faitakis gives up Saturdays to learn her hertiage languages. Edmonton Journal, pp. A1A11.
IHLA. (2010). Sikh Cultural and Spiritual Assembly. Retrieved January 15, 2010, from http://ihlamld72010.blogspot.com/2010/01/sikhcultural-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 from
http://news.recruitingnevada.com/article.php?id=2237
References
Perez, I. A. (2005/2006). Nonverbal Communication. International Journal of Learning, 12 (9), 285-295. Retrieved
from
http://login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=tnh&AN=
24953861&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Omniglot. Why should I learn a language. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
http://www.omniglot.com/language/why.htm
Rollins, G.5 Benefits to Learning Spanish. Retrieved January 10, 2010, from http://ezinearticles.com/?5Benefits-To-Learning-Spanish&id=647365
Saville-Troike, M. (2006). Chapter 4: The psychology of Second Language Acquisition. In Saville-Troike, M.,
Introducing Second Language Acquisition. 67-97. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Schools. Retrieved from
http://www.tfs.ca/academic-program/bilingual-advantage.html
Translators Without Borders. Retrieved From http://tsf.eurotexte.fr/index-en.shtml
Tychnowicz, W. (2008). Colorful Culture.(Sunday February 24,2008), A14.
Vistawide: World Languages and Culture. Retrieved from
http://www.vistawide.com/languages/top_30_languages.htm
Weatherford, H. J. (1987). Personal Benefits of Foreign Language Study. ERIC Digests, 1-4. Retrieved from
http://login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&
AN=ED276305&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site
References: Images
 Spanish around the globe
 Flags: http://osx.lps.org/manila/bmullen/countries3.jpg
 What are the Overall Affects of Academics?
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Brain: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-ca%3AIESearchBox&um=1&sa=1&q=smart+brain&aq=f&oq=&aqi=g1&start=0
 Volunteer
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Trilingual Translators Without Borders logo: <Images: http://tsf.eurotexte.fr/downloads/MultiLhumanitariantrans.pdf
Spanish is the official language
of the following countries…
Argentina
Honduras
Bolivia
Mexico
Chile
Nicaragua
Colombia
Panama
Costa Rica
Paraguay
Cuba
Peru
Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico
Ecuador
Spain
El Salvador
Uruguay
Equatorial Guinea
Venezuela
Guatemala
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