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Sixty Mexican Languages at Risk of Extinction

Sixty of Mexico’s native languages are at risk of extinction - with 21 deemed “critically endangered”, according to a recent statement released by Mexico’s Centre of Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS). Among...

Multilingual Focus for UN Literacy Day

"about 40% of the world’s population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand" Audrey Azoulay, director-general of UNESCO The focus of this month’s International Literacy...

U.S. Raises Bar for Special Education Standards

The US Department of Education has announced it will begin monitoring the progress and achievements of students with special needs, with aims of boosting their academic success. The Obama administration expressed on Tuesday that a...

Celebrating International Greek Language Day

February 9 has been declared international Greek language day in hopes of sparking interest in the language worldwide. The date coincides with Commemoration Day of Greece’s ‘national poet, Dionysios Solomos, whose lyrics are featured in the Greek...

‘They’ Create Controversy in Australia

An initiative to encourage the use of non-gender-specific language by the government of Victoria, Australia’s second most-populous state, has caused public outcry and been labeled as “ugly, authoritarian language control,” according to The Australian. As...

ICE Returns Ancient Texts to Iraq

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has returned 3,800 ancient artifacts, including cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals, and clay bullae, to the Republic of Iraq. The artifacts were smuggled into the U.S. in violation of...

What Does Confucius Say about Academic Freedom?

As the Confucius Institute brand grows world-wide, some universities are reevaluating their relations with the Chinese government-funded culture and language centers. While controversies have arisen since the launch of the People’s Republic of China’s...
Historic town of Berchtesgaden with Watzmann mountain, Bavaria, Germany

STUDY ABROAD: Germany

John le Carré is not the only proponent of learning German. Harald Braun and Kurt Gamerschlag share the benefits of learning the...

Card Game Aims to Revitalize Traditional Mongolian Script

The traditional Mongolian writing system—a vertical top-to-bottom, left-to-right alphabet—dates all the way back to the early days of the Mongol Empire. However, in the script’s homeland, official and day-to-day communications have been written in...

Cuba Educational Policy Reversal Condemned

President Trump has announced a new executive action restoring restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, "I am canceling the previous administration's completely one-sided...
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