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Reading Programs

Although initial test data show that in fall of 2020, students in grades 3–8 performed similarly in reading to same-grade students in fall 2019, the public health, education, and economic damages inflicted by COVID-19 are likely to exacerbate long-standing inequities disproportionately affecting Black, Latinx, and Native American students, as well as English learners and students with disabilities, according to...

Increased Linguistic Diversity Needed in U.S. Health Care

More than 50 languages other than English are commonly used in daily encounters between patients and healthcare providers in the U.S., according to the 2021 Healthcare World Languages Index compiled by AMN Languages Services, a division of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN). The report is based on more than 110 million minutes of interpretation services the company provided over the...

Ukraine Limits Russian Use

Ukraine has adopted a new language policy which marks the nation’s continued departure from the protocols outlined in the Minsk Agreements of 2014, indicating that linguistic tension remains a major issue in the country. The policy—which was passed in 2019 and took effect beginning July 16, according to a report from TASS Russian News Agency—requires television channels to broadcast...

Portuguese Exam Record in U.S.

The U.S. online Portuguese exam, part of the National Examinations in World Languages (NEWL), had its highest number of registrations (345) this year. “Despite the restrictions and constraints arising from the current pandemic situation and the fact that many schools are in hybrid or distance education, 345 registrations were recorded nationally (the highest number ever),” reads a statement from...

Quantifying Chinese Learning Growth

More than 70 countries and regions had incorporated the Chinese language into their national education system by the end of last year as the language’s global influence continued to spread, officials from China’s Ministry of Education claimed at a news conference in Beijing last month. They added that some 20 million people are learning Chinese outside of China, and...

Court Rejects Special Status for Russian in Moldova

Last month, Moldova’s constitutional court rejected a law that would have given special status to the Russian language (Language Magazine, January 2021). The law was passed last year by the pro-Russian parliament previously led by Igor Dodon, who lost re-election to current president Maia Sandu of the center-right Party of Action and Solidarity. The Constitutional Court ruled that the...

Russia Launches Project to Preserve Languages

The Federal Institute of Native Languages of the Peoples of the Russian Federation has announced an initiative to develop educational materials and revitalize indigenous languages in the Siberian republic of Yakutia, many of which have low populations of native speakers. According to a report from TASS Russian News Agency, many children in Yakutia learn an indigenous language before entering...

State Dept. Promotes Critical Language Learning

The U.S. Department of State has launched a new website, languages.state.gov, with the intention of developing a “new generation of critical language speakers.” The website aims to be a one-stop platform for U.S. government language program resources, where U.S. Americans can take a quiz to identify language programs that fit their goals and explore U.S. government scholarships and other resources. The website will...

Moldova to Relax Restrictions on Russian

Parliament of Moldova in Chisinau. Chisinau, Moldova.
Andrew Warner reports on moves to bolster the status of the Russian language in Moldova Parliament of Moldova in Chisinau. Chisinau, Moldova. The outgoing president of Moldova, Igor Dodon is expected to sign a bill to improve access for Russian speakers in the country, according to reports from Russian News Agency TASS. As a former Soviet Republic, Moldova—whose official language is...

Yiddish Garners Support in Israeli Legislature

An Israeli legislature (Knesset) lobby focused on revitalizing the Yiddish language and culture in the country had its first public meeting earlier this month, according to The Forward. Historically, Yiddish has been suppressed in Israel despite many elderly citizens speaking it natively, so members of the Knesset have joined forces to support policies that will boost the language’s status. The...
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