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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...

Avant and Linguacious Donate Ukrainian Books to Refugee Children

Avant Assessment, the developer of online language proficiency tests in more than 40 languages, and Linguacious, an independent children’s book publisher based in Iowa whose books have been translated into over 20 languages, have partnered to help ensure that Ukrainian refugee children have access to good-quality children’s literature in their native language while away from their home country. The...

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,...

Russian and French Media Blocked

Last month, Russia blocked access to the websites of Radio France Internationale and the Russian-language service of The Moscow Times in the latest restrictions on media since Russia invaded Ukraine. The Moscow Times, whose English-language website was unaffected, said in a statement the move was due to a story about the conflict in Ukraine. RFI, which broadcasts in 16 languages...

Belarus Restricts Lithuanian Education

According to Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belarus will no longer allow students in its two Lithuanian-language schools to study in their native language. Instead, they’ll study in either Belarusian or Russian, with Lithuanian offered as a subject rather than being the language of instruction. Belarus is home to two prominent schools catering to the linguistic needs of children...

Creating Community through Multinationalism

Although Maryam Ghatee does not speak French and has no connection to French culture, she has sent her third-grade daughter, Mona, to a local French immersion school—the French American School of Rhode Island (FASRI)—since prekindergarten. Ghatee, 38, was born in Iran in 1983. She lived in the US from ages two to seven...

May 2022 Inside the Issue

Make the School Day Longer? Stephen Krashen discusses if extra time in school help children make up for instruction lost because of the pandemic The Science of the Bilingual Reading Brain Alexandra Guilamo explores what science says about transfer and translanguaging Gen Z Preferences for Post-Pandemic International Study Global survey indicates a generational shift as young people prioritize ‘making the world a better place’...

I Am My Language

“I am my language. Until I can take pride in my language, I cannot take pride in myself.”(Anzaldúa, 1987) With these words, the noted scholar Gloria Anzaldúa challenges educators to affirm and accept a student’s unique characteristics, to...

Misclassification of Ukrainian Sparks Outcry

Despite years of coverage on the language conflict in Ukraine in Language Magazine and many other media outlets, and a heartfelt, poetic explanation of the subjugation of Ukrainian, there are still commentators who question the status of Ukrainian as a language in its own right. On April 19, ACTFL, the US association for World Language Educators, published an email newsletter titled: “Ukrainian -- a separate...

A Superpower Hidden in Plain Sight

How can educators ensure that emerging bilingual students are well served in their schools, and how can we as educators foster linguistic diversity as an asset rather than as a problem? Who Are Emergent Bilinguals?As of fall 2018, 10.2% of public school students in the US were identified as English language learners (ELLs), double the number recorded in...
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