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Take Action for World Language Advancement and Readiness Grant Program

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is leading a Dear Colleague letter that urges the Senate Appropriations Committee to support funding the World Language Advancement and Readiness Grant Program (WLARA) at $15 million in Fiscal Year...

Uganda Considers Making Students Study Kiswahili and French

Politicians in Uganda are currently debating whether or not to make Kiswahili and French compulsory subjects in the country’s school system. As two of the official languages of the East African Community (EAC), both...

First Full-Time ASL Interpreters Join White House Staff

For the first time in American history, two full-time American Sign Language interpreters have joined the White House staff. Elsie Stecker and Lindsey Snyder began working as the official White House ASL interpreters in...

Australia Helps Community Language Schools

The Australian Labor Party has made early childhood language education a key part of its platform this election cycle, proposing an investment of $15 million AUD ($10.7 million USD) in community language schools across...

Cervantes Extends Spanish in India

The Cervantes Institute is opening its first satellite center in India in Bangalore, a city of more than eight million people which is considered India’s Silicon Valley. The extension will begin teaching Spanish courses...

Researchers Tackle Universal Grammar

In their new book The Language Game, cognitive scientists Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater set out to identify the origins of human language—and the pair’s findings deviate from the traditionally accepted schools of...

Plan to Promote French across Canada

The government of Québec is proposing the celebration of an annual Francophonie Day as part of a three-year plan to reinforce French across the country. The province’s Treasury Board chair, Sonia LeBel, said she...

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...

Cuba Introduces Secondary Chinese

Over 100 seventh graders from Fructuoso Rodríguez school in the central Havana district of Plaza de la Revolución will start Chinese classes during the new academic year. “I am opening the doors to my...

Potential Genetic Factor in Specific Language Impairment

A team of researchers at the University of Kansas has identified a possible genetic factor underlying specific language impairment (SLI), a communication disorder whose cause has long stumped researchers. SLI typically entails delayed language...
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