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Tokyo Earthquake Drill Breaks Down Language Barrier

Language was the at the center of the Tokyo Skytree earthquake evacuation drill at the popular tourist landmark in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward. The exercise took place on the high observation deck at the Skytree—Japan’s...

Ghana to Push Mother Tongue Instruction

Ghana's Minister for Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, recently stated her intentions to push through the current language policy, which mandates English language instruction, at the highest level so that school children can be...
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Thousands of Educators, Many Bilingual, Fear Deportation

Washington Post story of popular DREAMer teacher leaving highlights predicament of much-needed educators across the U.S. A powerful Washington Post column, “Our kids are losing one of their best teachers—because he’s a ‘Dreamer’” has focused attention on one...

Take Poverty out of the Literacy Equation for Good

The federal economic stimulus package passed last month achieves something progressives have dreamed of for decades: monthly assistance for...

Bipartisan Language Education Bill Introduced

Reps. David Price (D-NC), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Don Young (R-AK) have introduced the World Language Advancement Act (H.R. 3096), which would help state and local school districts implement innovative K-12...

National Library Week is in Full Swing

National Library Week began on April 3 and this year's theme is "Connect with Your Library." According to the American Library Association's website, this year's theme "promotes the idea that libraries are...

Report Challenges California’s System to Identify English Learner Needs

Study of local plans identifies key improvements to fix the system Californians Together is releasing a new report today entitled Masking the Focus on English Learners which questions the efficacy of California’s accountability system in...
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Celebrate National American Sign Language Day

National ASL Day is a day of observance celebrating American Sign Language. On April 15, 1817, the first school for the deaf in the United States opened. Students gathered there over the years and at...

Rumi in the Language Classroom: Misscaffolding

Rumi in the Language Classroom Vol 8 See Vol 1 hereSee Vol 2 hereSee Vol 3 hereSee Vol 4 hereSee Vol 5 hereSee Vol 6 here In this eighth volume, the story of “a policeman and...

AATSP’s 104th Annual Conference Right Around the Corner

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese is holding its 104th AATSP Annual Conference in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico July 9-12th, 2022. The conference theme this year is Valorando nuestras raíces...
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