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Indigenous Taíno of Puerto Rico Take Their Fight to the UN

Puerto Rican Taíno representatives recently attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York to call attention to their situation.“If we’re not getting visibility or any kind of recognition at the national level, we have no choice but to take it outside and try to build that visibility for our people,” said R. Múkaro Agüeibaná...

How Schools Can Best Help Students in Deep Poverty

About 7% of American children are living in deep poverty— that’s more than five million children across the US. The Learning Policy Institute, a research organization based in Palo Alto, California, recently published a report on the plight of children living in deep poverty and how the education system can provide better support to these children. Building School Communities...

Using Comics to Teach

Over the past two centuries, as the world has benefited from globalization, the US has evolved as a monolingual country. I am currently in my fourteenth year of teaching French, and for me, the goal of language acquisition is to develop communicative, multilingual...

Portuguese in Africa

While Nigerians of Brazilian heritage in Lagos are embracing Portuguese, speakers of the language in Guinea-Bissau say they are being discriminated against, as employers in the country are publishing job vacancies in French and English. The Brazilian Descendants Association in Lagos...

The Endangered Language Alliance

In the realm of K–12 pedagogy, “ELA” stands for English language arts. In New York City, another ELA is worthy of recognition.The Endangered Language Alliance, a nonprofit founded in 2010 by Daniel Kaufman, Juliette Blevins, and Bob Holman (two linguists and...

Anglophone Quebecers Object to French Policy

Only about 10% of Quebecers use English as their primary language.Many of them argue that recent proposals for language policy in the province—Bill 96, for example—are further consigning Anglophone Quebecers to the margins of Québécois society.According to a recent report in the Montreal Gazette, a group of Anglophone Quebecers has been floating around the idea of forming a provincial...

Portuguese Museums Rise North and South

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Dartmouth is in the planning stages for a new Museum of the Portuguese-Speaking World to be constructed at the campus, which the center’s director Dr. Paula Noversa hopes will become “the heart of this community.” “What I’m envisioning is a new building at UMass Dartmouth, and that building would be...

UN Forum Focuses on Language Rights

Last month, on the first day of the 21st United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York, Indigenous people from every continent (excluding Antarctica) spoke on the importance of preserving and enhancing Native languages. Notably, most of them spoke in the language of their colonizers: English, Spanish, French, and Russian.“I stand before you today speaking English,...

Task-Based Language-Learning App Wins

A start-up company helping people learn different languages is the winner of the 2022 University of Hawai’i Venture Competition (UHVC). GOALL (Great Online Activities for Language Learning), led by University of Hawai’i at Mānoa PhD students, won a prize package of more than $34,000.GOALL provides a web and mobile app to help adult language learners achieve their goals through...

Hawai’ian Lawmakers Apologize for Language Suppression

The legislature adopted House Concurrent Resolution 130 (HCR 130), which recognizes and apologizes for the damage caused by Act 57, a law passed shortly after the US’ displacement of the Hawai’ian monarchy. Under Act 57—also known as the Laws of the Republic of Hawai’i 1896—English was declared as the only language to be used in the territory’s public school...
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