Advantages Gained by French Language Learning

Next to English, French is the second most widely taught and used language on this earth. Across the world, in thirty-three countries, it is the official language and it is spoken in two G7 countries. Around the world, there are 200 million people who can read, write, and speak French is the official language for both worldwide postal service and International Red Cross. Nearly 20,000 English words have originated from French. After English, French is the second largest language. Many important writings in sciences and humanities have originated from France, in the French language. Those who are interested in these fields, if they have knowledge of French, can access these works at least 4 or 5 yrs before translated in other languages. Many significant works are accessible to only people with knowledge of French, as they may not be translated.Since France happens to be a highly developed industrialized country specializing in diverse industries like Aerospace, automobile, Shipbuilding, electronics etc, it has trade relations all over the world. Due to the stability of the French economy and government policy Investors from all over the world are investing in France. For those involved in doing business with French are businesses from French speaking areas like the state of Quebec in Canada where French is the majority language, knowledge of French will certainly prove to be an asset. French employers employ approximately 500,000 Americans and American companies in France employ another 600,000.Whether you are a businessperson or working for salary, knowledge of French will help you to have direct interaction French speaking employers, fellow employees, business counterparts, and customers and certainly, this will put you in apposition of advantage.Learning French will get you in the ranks of the cultural elite, as teaching of French language is a part of any international class education. In many major international organizations among various types of professional positions, five of them required a sound knowledge of French language.Role of France in many key areas also highlight the importance of learning French language:1) First thermo nuclear reactor of the world is to be located in France.
2) Out of 10 exports by France to the U.S.A. 7 of them happens to be high technology or industrial product.
3) In automobile, manufacturing France holds the fourth position in the world and in exporting them; it holds the third position in the world.
4) In high energy, Physics France is a major research center.
5) In medical research, again, France is a major contributor; Aids virus was first isolated by French doctors.
6) In medical genetics, France is an international leader.
7) In the field of electronic equipments, France holds third position in the world.
8) In the field of Aerospace, it is European leader.
9) French built Ariane rockets are used to launch many a commercial satellites into space.
10) The fastest train in the world the TGV is a French one.
11) It is in France the smart card has been has been used on a large scale.
12) France. constructed the ocean liner Queen Mary II
13) In military power, it ranks third in the word preceded by Russia (no.2) and U.S.A. (no.1). Moreover, its defense industry holds the second largest in the world.
14) In nearly 15 countries, France has positioned 15,000 troops for peacekeeping purpose.
15) In the manufacture and export of military and civilian helicopters and aircraft France, holds the second position.
16) France gave to the world Fiber optics. Its telecommunication system is one of the most advanced one in the world.Considering all these factors, we can understand the importance of learning French language. It will help you to keep yourself abreast of latest development in the fields of Science and humanity and will help to enjoy a position in employment and business opportunities

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Art Therapy Speeds Recovery

There are many forms of therapy that are meant to heal and restore the psyche. Art and music therapies are among the many creative activities that can aid patients recovering from traumas.Art is an emotional process, and moving is a healing process. “Art has been shown to help with physical, emotional, mental and social health,” said Les Moore, a doctor of naturopathy in Ontario. Art therapy includes music, poetry, acting, dancing, photography, songwriting, painting, pottery, and sculpting.In Kashmir, a war-torn region contested over by India and Pakistan, youths are expressing their anger in paint. In Corona, California, Angel Faces is a retreat for girls who have been disfigured in disasters such as fires that uses art therapy as a way to heal their emotional scars and help them cope with the social consequences. And in New Canaan, CT, the nonprofit organization Art for Healing (AFH) is using music and art therapy to help children and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities including autism, Down Syndrome, and neurological disorders.”Art-making itself provides people with control. It gives them meaning and purpose and acceptance,” says Karen Peacock. Peacock is an art therapist working for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, which received a $44,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in April to expand their Art Therapy program. “It’s a means to understand and growing in life’s changing challenges,” Peacock explains.Art therapy can be used for children or adults to help them process traumatic experiences. It reduces stress and therefore encourages and even speeds up recovery and healing. In Australia, the number of artists working along medical staff in hospitals and community centers are growing, according to The Australian this Saturday.Flinders was one of the first Australian hospitals to seriously incorporate art therapy. “There has been a gradual shift in attitude from one of skepticism to acceptance, to embracing the concept, to it being firmly embedded in the hospital, delivering a valuable service,” says Sally Francis, arts coordinator at Flinders. The art towards healing offered in the hospital is a diverse mix including live music, galleries, dance recitals, writing workshops, filmmaking sessions and screenings, and music lessons.New studies are determining that art therapy in hospitals does make a difference in patient recovery, reducing the length of the patient’s stay and the chance of their being re-admitted. It helps reduce tension and lift depression, explains music therapist Emma O’Brien. British microbiologist Rosalia Staricoff conducted a reviewed of over 400 research studies, and found that art therapy in hospitals helped reduce patients’ stress, depression and anxiety; they had reduced blood pressure, pain, and less need for medication.”Arts in health is not just a distraction,” says Mike White, a research fellow in the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University. “They can help patients understand and adapt to the complexities of their medical condition and at the same time help to build the social connections important for health.”"The eye has become a human eye only when its object has become a human, social object,” poet Adrienne Rich quotes Karl Marx. She responds, “When art-as language, music, or in palpable, physically present silence-can induce that kind of seeing, holding, and responding, it can restore us to our senses.” While social connections are important for our health, art is important for the health of our community. Art therapy can be a healing process for both patient and teacher, and working to help one another makes all of us stronger.If you are thinking about becoming an art therapist…There are not many accredited options online, unfortunately. However, Colorado State University Online offers an accredited Masters in Music Therapy with a requirement that you visit the campus once a year for additional training, and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College offers an online MA in Art Therapy listed by the Art Therapy Association. To become a professional art therapist in the US, you will need to take the appropriate Masters Degree requirements, pass the written exam and continue to maintain the credentials set by the Art Therapy Credentials Board that grants registration.

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7 Reasons to Create a Household Technology Plan

One thing that I have noticed when I have conversations with parents about the use of technology in their homes is there is usually not a written plan. Even in instances where technology use and planning has been discussed in the home, it usually consists of parents directing their children on what not to do. I believe much of our direction for technology with our children should be about what they can do with it.Developing a written plan can offer the following benefits:
Accomplishing Goals – If you actually write down some of the technology goals you have, you can actually reach them. If you’re not writing an technology goals, you probably haven’t set any. A technology goal could be as simple as “learn to use Twitter” or it could be something more difficult like “learn to program in PHP”. The key is to set the goals and then move toward reaching them.
Saving Money – When you create a technology plan, you can assess what you have, what you need, and what you want to have. In many cases, the average person underestimates how many technology devices and gadgets they have in their home or at their disposal to use. When you make a plan, you can save money by planning for replacements and maintenance
Avoiding Arguments – One of the lessons my wife and I were taught in marriage counseling was to set clear expectations and communicate about them from the beginning. This can also apply to using technology. If you let technology use be self-governed by each member of your family, it can cause arguments or disagreements because the rules have not been set. By establishing who can use it, and when, where, and why they can use technology, everyone can be on the same page
Learning – As technology is embraced and used responsibly, it can be a great means of learning about more technology and nearly any subject you can imagine. Technology has allowed people in different geographic locations to communicate and to experience activities at the same time. This is a great way to facilitate learning.
Protecting Family Members – The most popular aspect of technology that I’m asked about is internet safety. Though much of the solutions involve installing filters and virus protection, much of it involves controlling the environment as well. If you include guidelines for use in your plan, you can protect yourself and your children from being exposed to MOST inappropriate content.
Discovering Resources – When using technology as an educational resource, you are very easily capable of discovering other resources that may be useful to you. The connectedness of the web allows you to locate books, recordings, videos, websites, organizations, and other resources any time.
Meeting People- If we choose to be, we can connect with people nearly anywhere in the world with technology. This can provide us with valuable experiences and allow us to create experiences for the people we meet. It’s very possible to meet people with similar interests in your city or town, but you can also connect with people in different states, or even different countries.
Take some time to think about the current role of technology at your home. Once you’ve taken that step, reflect on the role you want it to have. Develop a plan and then take action!

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