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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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With an eye toward increasing access to high quality foreign language programs in the greater DC/MD/VA area, American Councils will administer two STARTALK Discover Russian programs this summer: a two-week training track for teachers of Russian as well as a four-week immersion program for elementary school students. The programs will be co-located at Holmes Middle School in Fairfax County, Virginia.

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