The International Language Center, a nonprofit that works to improve language proficiency in the United States, is offering its annual “Best Language for Learning to Speak” award to students of three languages who scored well on a list of five criteria.
They are: 1.
A high level of fluency.
Possibilities for future proficiency.
A willingness to adapt and explore new ways of speaking.
A commitment to a lifelong learning plan.
In the past, the center has awarded such awards to English majors, and to English language learners in general.
Now, it is extending its program to include students of all three languages.
The ILC’s “Best language for learning” award is based on the results of a yearlong research survey, conducted in July and August, of over 1,000 students who had at least one language that was an official language in their home country.
It is not meant to be a “quick” and easy test.
The list of criteria for the award, which the center says will help guide students, is based in part on the number of language learners who have completed a language intensive course, as well as their level of proficiency in English, Spanish and Mandarin.
It will be presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the International Language Association in Las Vegas.
It was created by a coalition of more than 70 organizations, including the American Association of University Professors and the American Civil Liberties Union.
It aims to raise the bar for language education.
“If you are going to get into a college, and you want to become a lawyer or a journalist, you have to be able to speak fluently,” said Michael Schreiber, an associate professor of educational communication at the University of Florida.
“The problem is that if you’re going to become fluent in two languages, it takes a lot of work, but that’s not always the case.”
Students who scored at or near the top on the list were chosen for a scholarship, paid for by the center.
They will receive a stipend and an allowance for travel, accommodations, and other expenses.
Students who did not earn the top score will receive $3,000 for every language they take on a language learning course.
For the students who have not yet enrolled in a course, they will be eligible for the scholarship for one year, after which they will have to pay for their own tuition and fees.
“There is no guarantee that they’re going for a language that’s more important than another,” Schreber said.
The program is aimed at the students of any level, including high schoolers, who are looking for a way to build their fluency and the capacity to think creatively. “
If you don’t speak it, you’re not going to be learning it.”
The program is aimed at the students of any level, including high schoolers, who are looking for a way to build their fluency and the capacity to think creatively.
The students who score well on the ILCs list will be given an opportunity to apply to the ILA, where they will receive advice from language experts who will help them improve their proficiency.
The center is partnering with several schools to help prepare them.
“We’re not here to make sure they’re doing it right,” said Kristine Pfeffer, an assistant director of the Center for International Language and Communication.
“We’re here to help them understand the value of what they’re learning and what it can do for their career.
If you’re an English major, or you’re a high school student, you can’t afford not to be thinking about how to become more fluent in the language you want.
It can make you more productive.”
In a statement, ILC executive director David Siegel said the goal of the award is to encourage students to learn the language they love and that is “truly an art.”
“We know that language is a rich, beautiful and fascinating subject that many people can’t do without,” he said.
“That said, it’s also important to note that we want to make language as accessible as possible, and we want students to understand that the language in which they learn is important to their future.”
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