Culture

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,...

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...

Watch the Best Francophone Animated Movies for Free!

Until October 31st, a feature film and eleven animated shorts from francophone filmmakers are available to watch online free of charge and without registration by clicking here. For the 10th consecutive year, the Institut Français...
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Sociocultural Competence in Action

Dual-language bilingual education (DLBE) programs, at the core, are about serving students who have been linguistically and culturally marginalized in U.S. schools (Izquierdo and Medina, in press). However, it is also important to understand...

Spanish Propaganda Floods Florida

In the run-up to the election, Spanish speakers in the battleground state of Florida are being targeted by misinformation campaigns designed to sway their votes. According to Sabrina Rodríguez and Marc Caputo (Politico, Sept....

Controversy over USC Professor for Using Chinese Expression

A USC Professor is under fire for using a Chinese expression that sounds like an English-language slur. The professor, who was suspended, came under fire from a group of students who wrote a letter...

Miami Herald’s Spanish-Language Newspaper Causes Controversy Over Anti-Semitic Insert, Editor Resigns

This week, editors at The Miami Herald and its Spanish-language cohort, El Nuevo Herald, apologized to readers over a Spanish-language insert that said American Jews support "thieves and arsonists" and compared Black Lives Matter...

How to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. The holiday celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and...

Without Active Listening, Students Fall on Deaf Ears

Rumi in the Language Classroom Series Vol 2 (See Vol 1 of the series here.) One of the Rumi’s poems in ‘Masnavi-e-Manavi’ tells a story of a deaf man who planned to pay a visit to...

The Future of Adult Language Travel – 2020 and Beyond

A new survey of 246 agents and 111 language schools across five regions taken in July by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) and has revealed that over the summer 2020 period, both agencies...
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