This article was originally published in the Seattle Times

By Paige Cornwell

A big, new study out of Portland found significant gains in reading for students enrolled in dual-language immersion programs, in which students are taught in both English and a second language.

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By Graham Hettlinger, Director of Higher Education 

Amid the many intriguing figures contained in this year’s release of the Open Doors Report from our colleagues at the Institute of International Education (IIE), two trends stand out for those of us committed to greater U.S.-Russia understanding: More and more U.S. students are exploring the Russian speaking world, and a steadily rising number of Russian students are entering U.S. institutions of higher education.

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This article was originally published in Quartz.

By Evan Fleischer

More Americans should learn to speak languages native to the African continent. There is a small, statistical base of speakers in the country—according to the 2011 US census, 884,660 individuals aged five years or older already speak a language originating in Africa. But we could have so much more.

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Five medical technology startups from Russia traveled to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. on November 2-11 as part of the U.S.-Russia Innovation Corridor (USRIC) medical technology accelerator program. The early-stage startups met with U.S. investors, companies, universities, and industry players operating in the Mid-Atlantic healthcare ecosystem.

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In 2014, over half-a-million job postings in the U.S. specifically requested foreign language proficiency for candidates. One in three mid- and large-size employers in the U.S. are working with global clientele and seek graduates with language and cultural competencies. And one out of five U.S. jobs are linked to global trade. Yet less than 10 percent of American students study abroad; and less than 7 percent are enrolled in a foreign language course. It’s time to empower more students to gain these important global skills. #LanguageMatters for young Americans.

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