Pandas at Chengdu – Photo by Dr Romuald Rudzki November 5, 2011. A visit to the Pandas at the Panda Breeding Center was a lighter but e...
This is a picture of the IATTO statue which was unveiled at the Nordic Institute of Management in Chengdu, China during the recent Forum. ...
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Learning languages follows trade deals?
Since New Zealand has trade talks coming up with Russia will there be a renaissance of Russian teaching? Or will Korean studies be set up in one of our tertiary institutions?
It seems Dr Anderson is not alone in stressing the importance of teaching foreign languages. Japan's education minister Yoshiaki Takaki has said: "Since we are living in a globalized society, I am keenly aware of the necessity of children acquiring the ability to communicate in foreign languages." (Japan Times October 13, 2010)
Will New Zealand exporters be equipped first to negotiate deals with countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan and Korea, and then to carry on successful trade with them? Or will we expect these new trading partners to speak English?