The Rudiments Of Training


The Importance of Languages in Global Context: An International Call to Action is a collaboration of five institutions from nations in which English is a primary language: the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the British Academy, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, The Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the Royal Society of Canada. The statement was inspired by the ongoing work of the American and British Academies, which have issued complementary reports on language education in recent years. The American Academy took the lead on this effort as part of its rollout efforts in support of its 2017 report, America’s Languages: Investing In Language Education for the 21st Century . “We are delighted to have played such an important role in the creation of this joint statement,” said American Academy president David Oxtoby. “Each nation understands its language capacity and needs differently, but we all agree that the ability to speak languages in addition to English will continue to be a critical skill in a shrinking world.” The joint statement recommends that the nations represented should invest educational resources to support the diversity of languages spoken within their borders, including indigenous languages, and provide greater access to education in a range of languages, even as they strive to improve literacy in English. To build language skills in countries where English dominates, the academies call for more language education in schools, colleges, universities, and workplaces, with three main goals: To celebrate all languages, including those spoken by minority and indigenous populations. This means protecting against discrimination on the basis of language, preserving linguistic diversity and continuing access to education across a full range of languages To acknowledge the English language’s position as a world language by enabling full access to literate English, recognizing this may be enhanced by awareness of other languages To gain greater language skills by providing every student with access to learning additional languages. This will foster literacy and educational attainment, build confidence, enhance employability, and help them to navigate multicultural environments. The academies also made the point that students from every socioeconomic background must have equal access to language education to reach their full potential in the 21st century. “Foreign language learning in the anglophone world has been in decline for too long – and the COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call. Anglophone nations need to urgently develop and implement language policies that are explicit, coordinated and comprehensive, making access to the world’s languages a core feature and indispensable part of the education of every student, of every age, beginning with valuing the language(s) learned at home…To work together, the people of the world must be able to speak to each other and be understood,” said Professor Neil Kenny FBA , the British Academy’s lead Fellow for languages.


However, the toughest months of the program are the ones spent working on a fire shift at a fire house as an intern, giving the paramedic interns (PMI) experience on a fire shift and the hands-on, quick, on-the-fly training they will need, according to Calexico Fire Captain Eddie Inza. Though COVID-19 caused changes to be made to the academy, including the possibility of closure, they powered through their programs. Hernandez said they got a small break from school due to the confusion caused by the pandemic, but it was hard work to help take on the COVID cases in the Imperial Valley. “We left school, but it wasn’t a break because it was to tackle COVID-19 calls and things like that. It’s been tough, but I feel we are grateful for having been able to finish the program and finish up strong,” said Hernandez. One of their final gestures to the shift they have worked is to cook dinner for their co-workers and mentors as a thank you for the last two months of the internship.  It see here now is a simple affair — or as simple as the interns want to make it — and helps wrap up a year of experience for the interns. It also gives them the opportunity to take stock and hear from their peers and mentors at the end of their program. Hernandez said it is like being told that you passed. Australian trade minister: China tariffs a 'devastating blow' to wine industry According to Inza, the tradition is something fire houses have done for years and is upheld at the Calexico fire house for as long as he can remember. Inza and other firefighters did the same program and cooked the same meal the three interns will.
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