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ASL Interpreter Signs at White House Briefing for First Time

Many deaf and hard of hearing Americans have noticed an absence of American Sign Language interpreters at the White House’s regular COVID-19 press briefings throughout the coronavirus pandemic—that won’t be the case any longer,...

Study Shows Brain’s Innate Capacity for Reading

The human brain is predisposed to visualizing words, even before individuals acquire literacy, according to a team of researchers at Ohio State University. Their paper, published in Scientific Reports, focuses on a region of the...

How COVID-19 is Reshaping Translation & Interpretation

COVID-19 has changed the world irrevocably, forcing the translation and interpretation industry to rapidly adopt digital technology and tools to reduce the disruption of day-to-day operations.  Since early March, multinational corporations and international associations have...
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Five Million Assessments Reveal COVID Educational Slide

A new report based on 5.3 million assessments of student progress in grades 1-8 details the effects on learning associated with COVID-19 school disruptions. Released by Renaissance (a leader in pre-K–12 education technology) to...

German Teachers & Students: Take the German Quiz Challenge

Calling all German teachers! Are you interested in tools that can make your classroom more fun and engaging? Look no further, meet the The German Quiz Challenge (GQC). Bring the thrill of an innovative...

Deaf Community Debates Sign for ‘Joe Biden’

The Deaf community is currently debating on what exactly to sign for the U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden. Until now, the community has been spelling the name out, signing B-I-D-E-N, but many public figures, including...

Language Learning Rewires Adult Brain

Adults who learn a new language may find reading and listening to their target language easier than producing speech, according to a recent study in the Journal of Neuroscience. In the study, researchers from...

Elite Language Students Focus on Community Service

Even during these challenging times, language students contribute to the greater good. I recently attended (via Zoom, of course) the award ceremony of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispáncia (SHH). The SHH is the nationally recognized...

And Justice for ELs

And Justice for ELs is an essential resource for school leaders. Ayanna Cooper, editor of Language Magazine’s Pass the Mic series and a former U.S. Department of State English language specialist, has “been there,...

Connecting Reading with Writing

Every semester as I prepare my classes, I ponder the same questions: Why does our academic English as a second language (ESL) program require so many reading and writing classes before students can enter...
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