Building Bridges of Understanding
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Inspire intercultural awareness and understanding so that each person contributes to a more peaceful and harmonious global community now.
Create annual, quarterly, and monthly opportunities for local residents to become participants in the larger global community so that we preserve and honor diversity while building bridges of understanding and appreciation. Continuously engage people in the study of language and cultural enrichment so that learning generates understanding and respect for cultural roots.
- Study of language generates the ability for better intercultural understanding
- Research has shown that foreign language study in the early elementary years improves cognitive abilities, positively influences achievement in other disciplines, and results in higher achievement test scores in reading in math. SOURCE: Stewart, J. H. (2005). Foreign language study in elementary schools: Benefits and implications for achievement in reading and math. Early Childhood Education Journal, 33(1), 11-16.
- Language learning helps generate the creative ability to unite people from across cultures
- people who have learned a foreign language show greater cognitive development in mental flexibility, creativity, problem-solving, conceptualizing, and reasoning (Cognitive Benefits of Learning a Second Language. SOURCE: “Cognitive Benefits of Learning a Second Language.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Duke University, 2007. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.
- Language learning is also correlated with empathy- a crucial skill in building a global community
- Empathy is positively related to the ability to authentically pronounce a second language. SOURCE: Guiora, A. Z., Brannon, R. C., & Dull, C. Y. (1972). EMPATHY AND SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING1. Language learning, 22(1), 111-130.
- Learning another language is humbling in a way that allows us to listen more to each other, and to the community at large
- In comparison to monolinguals, foreign language learners have been shown to have sharper memories and better listening skills (The Benefits of Second Language Study 2007). SOURCE: “The Benefits of Second Language Study.” Connecticut State Department of Education. NEA Research, Dec. 2007. Web. 24 Mar. 2013.