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ACCG recognizes The Year of Languages

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages has sponsored a nationwide program to highlight the importance of language learning and cultural understanding. The ACCG proudly endorses this effort.

August 25, 2005

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is celebrating 2005 as The Year of Languages in an effort to focus America's attention on the academic, social and economic benefits of studying other languages and cultures from around the world. The wide range of activities being undertaken in support of this effort are outlined in detail at the ACTFL website. Two of those activities, the Ancient Coin Museum and ancient coin related programs at the St. Louise de Marillac Book Fair mentioned elsewhere in ACCG news, were organized in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by third grade teacher Zee Ann Poerio.

Through The Year of Languages activities, the value of language learning is being stressed at all educational levels from primary through post-secondary. That value is readily apparent to ancient coin collectors, who often require at least basic skills in several languages to further the appreciation of their hobby. In support of the ACTFL initiative, ACCG Executive Director Wayne G. Sayles signed on July, 1, 2005 a guild proclamation urging all ACCG members to familiarize themselves with the benefits of language learning.

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WHEREAS, the American numismatic community, especially through the World Wide Web, is welcoming many new friends, scholars and advocates from countries and cultures throughout the world -- people for whom English is not their native language; and

WHEREAS, Americans have growing social, cultural and economic ties to the global community, offering great opportunities but presenting new challenges as we seek to communicate with and understand our international partners from different language and culture backgrounds; and

WHEREAS, studying other languages promotes a greater understanding of others, while also providing life-long learning opportunities for people beyond school age; and

WHEREAS, proficiency in other languages greatly enhances the numismatic experience and widens the opportunity for independent scholarship; and

WHEREAS, foreign language educators, including volunteers with Ancient Coins for Education and elements of the American Classical League, the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, The American Numismatic Association, private collectors and members of the numismatic trade are working cooperatively to promote the benefits of language learning to students, parents, hobbyists, business and policy makers throughout the nation; and

WHEREAS, hands on exposure to ancient coins, and classical languages, beginning in the early grades, helps to enable students to develop the levels of proficiency needed to effectively communicate with people from other cultures whether at home or abroad; and

WHEREAS, the Young Numismatists of today, who will be the stewards and leaders of the hobby in years to come, benefit greatly from a better understanding of languages which in turn expands the cultural and literary horizons of both young and adult learners;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Wayne G. Sayles of Gainesville, Missouri, headquarters of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, do hereby proclaim 2005 as

The Year of Languages

within the ACCG and urge all members of the guild to become familiar with the services and benefits to numismatics offered by language education programs and to support and participate in these programs to gain proficiency not only in English, but in other languages as well.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the logo of the ACCG on this 1st day of July, 2005.

Wayne G. Sayles

Wayne G. Sayle signs the Year of Language Proclamation at the Ancient Coin Museum exhibition in Pittsburgh.

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