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Los Angeles Gives Extra $700M to Schools Most in Need

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board has voted 6-1 to distribute an additional $700 million in the 2021-22 academic year to schools using the Student Equity Needs Index (SENI). The SENI is...
The short documentary "Durbin Feeling: Language Is Everything" honors the Cherokee linguist after whom the legislation is named.

New Bipartisan Native American Language Bill

On October 30, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Native American Languages Act (NALA) with the announcement of new bipartisan...

Spain Recognizes Ladino as Spanish

More than half a millennium after most Jews were expelled from the country in 1492, Spain is officially recognizing their language, Ladino, as a type of Spanish. In Madrid last month, the Royal Spanish Academy...

Preserving Australia’s First Languages

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and the Australian National University (ANU) are teaming up to document ten of Australia’s most endangered Aboriginal languages, including Mithaka from...

ABC Airs Half-Chinese Sitcom

Last month, an episode of ABC’s primetime sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, called “Ride the Tiger,” broke ground by being about 50% spoken in Mandarin. Writer Jeff Chiang explained the rationale behind it to the...

AERA Announces Cancellation of 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

The American Educational Research Association announced today that it is cancelling plans for a virtual 2020 Annual Meeting in April. The decision was approved in a unanimous resolution by AERA Council, the association’s...

How does mother tongue affect second language acquisition?

A new study is exploring how a person’s native language can influence the way the brain processes auditory words in a second language. Because cues that signal the beginning and ending of words can differ...

If COVID-19 closes K-12 schools, most may not be ready for long-term e-learning

The outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus, is forcing schools to suspend in-class learning, but many may be woefully unprepared to shift to e-learning for more than a few days,...

$2.5 Million Grant for University LCTL Programs

Michigan State University has been awarded a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support further development in the research and teaching of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs), with an...

UWorld Grant

UWorld, a provider of online learning to prepare for high-stakes exams, is accepting applications for its AP Success Grant for the 2022-2023 school year. The UWorld AP Success Grant is designed to help schools...
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