All items from American Councils for International Education

On July 28, three Title VIII program alumni briefed U.S. Department of State officials at an event organized by American Councils, entitled "Labor Migration and Its Effects on Gender, Children and Household Dynamics: Three Case Studies from the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union." The scholar panel included Reid Hamel, University of California–Berkeley; Erin Hofmann, University of Texas–Austin; and Dr. Mihaela Robila, Queens College, City University of New York. The panelists presented the results of their research recently conducted in Tajikistan, Georgia, and Moldova under the auspices of the Title VIII Program.
Fourteen FLEX and seven YES Program alumni attended a reception in their honor at the American Councils office in Washington, DC on July 28. The alumni joined a group of 101 young professionals from 57 countries at the Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry, which is taking place from June 26-August 6 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Global Village is an applied leadership and cross-cultural training program.
At Bell High School in Los Angeles, California, TCLP teacher Mohamed Hassan and his mentor teacher Nada Shaath will teach a growing enrollment of students in the Arabic language classes this year. Embedded within the language classes are discussions about culture and the ongoing political and social changes in the Arab world that have helped students develop a greater understanding for other cultures. Published in the LAUSD Journal Online.
On July 23, two Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) students from the program in Malang, Indonesia, had the opportunity to represent their peers at the Education Working Group in Bali. The meeting was part of a larger forum dedicated to increasing bilateral ties between the United States and Indonesia, a key foreign policy objective of the Obama Administration since the launching of a Comprehensive Partnership program last year together with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Learning a new language helps students expand horizons, report Li Xing and Tan Yingzi in Washington. Discussions about where to go and which route to take were quite lively recently in a class at Phelps High School in Washington. Grouped in pairs, the 16 students pointed at different spots on a map and talked about going to a restaurant, a library or a park. The topics seemed easy, but discussing them was not. In this Chinese class, expanded for a press visit, the students had to fumble for the right vocabulary, sounds and tones. Published in the China Daily Online.