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As two-way immersion programs (TWI) are increasingly embraced by educational systems across the country as a means of eliminating educational disparities and realizing the cognitive benefits of learning more than one language, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) dedicates its May Data Forum to examining the trend in TWI adoption over the last five decades.

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Whether your students are practicing their English, Spanish, Korean, German, or Arabic skills, learning a world language provides them with a gateway toward another world: from new friends to diverse cultures to unexplored geographies.

Even areas of the world that have been viewed as traditionally English-speaking—namely the U.S. and the U.K.—are witness to evolving demographics that reflect a growing need for multilingual students. More than ever, in high school classrooms—from London to Newham in England, to Los Angeles to Salt Lake City to Houston in the U.S.—language matters.

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Experience politics and cultures in an intimate intellectual venue through discussions with select Embassies and experts. Refine your understanding and expand your knowledge and appreciation for the unique countries we work with through a stimulating series of salons featuring diplomatic, cultural, and thought leaders.

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By Leigh Lawrence

American political pundits, current administration leaders, and international relations gurus are quick to note that the world is a rapidly changing place. This is old news. Indeed, the world my parents grew up in is increasingly becoming a nostalgic mirage; where the world—or at least the average American’s understanding of it—was a lot smaller.

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This article was originally published in The Washington Post

By Perry Stein

Hallie Martinez stood in front of a large easel reading foreign letters that, a few months ago, would have looked like just a bunch of random squiggly lines to her.

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