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Challenge to Spanish Causes Outcry

Last month, Spain’s eighth education law in democratic history was passed by congress while creating a storm of anger and protest. One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is the elimination of...

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...

The Other Spanish Golden Age

Students encounter excellent cultural references in today’s Spanish language textbooks. Striking photographs, stunning videos, and authentic materials bring the art, music, cuisine, and literature of the Spanish-speaking world to learners. But where are the...

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...

Lack of Chinese Interpreters Cripples Zimbabwe’s Courts

The magistrate floundered his hands bewildered. The accused, a Chinese gold miner, allegedly shot his workers twice in their thighs when they asked for their wages but he could not be tried promptly because...

Education Begins with Language

At the Council of Europe’s initiative, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on September 26 with the European Commission. This year, many of the celebrations moved online, including an...

Russia Criticizes Uzbek Language Policy

The Russian Foreign Ministry said this month that supporters of the Uzbekistan government’s plan to enforce the use of Uzbek in the civil service were “obviously in the minority.” Moscow also urged that the former...

Botswana to Introduce Swahili Language in Local Schools

Botswana plans to introduce Swahili language in the southern African country’s local schools, according to Fidelis Molao, the country’s minister of basic education. Speaking at a language-teaching workshop in Francistown, Botswana’s sec­ond-largest city, Molao...

Spain’s ‘Wealth of Bilingualism’

The director of Spain’s Instituto Cervantes applauded the country’s linguistic diversity and said that people should “understand the enormous wealth of living in a country with so many languages.” During a meeting with the...

French Program for Refugees Shows Success

A French parliamentary report presented to the National Assembly last month found that significant progress has been made since 2018 in helping refugees and asylum seekers to learn French and thus integrate into French...
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