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Ukraine Drops Russian

At last month’s summit in Berlin, the Ukrainian, Russian, German, and French leaders agreed to draw up a roadmap for applying the frayed 2015 Minsk peace accords following months of impasse, but the ongoing conflict continues to have language repercussions. The Ukrainian government’s announcement that railway stations will soon have signs in Ukrainian and English but not in Russian shows...

Californians Can Now Choose Language of Education

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With the passage of Proposition 58, California, parents and teachers will soon be able to decide the on the blend of languages in which to best educate children. "As president of Californians Together and a school board member, I am thrilled that the electorate sees being bilingual as an asset, and we will work with policy makers and school...

The Donald or the Deep Blue Sea

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As this year’s presidential election approaches, the choice that Americans will make for the future of this country has become clear—it’s between a nation that embraces the reality of globalization and one that will stubbornly, and vainly, attempt to blockade itself against the inexorable development of international trade and the increased movement of goods and people. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic...

Russian for Chinese Pilots

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Chinese fighter pilots will have to learn Russian in order to fly their new, state-of-the-art, Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter aircraft to be delivered later this year. While the planes will be fitted with BeiDou navigations systems, which are in Chinese, the rest of the planes readouts will be in Russian, according to Sputnik News. The on-board systems of the...

Study Suggests Universal Sounds

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In a study that challenges a fundamental concept in linguistics, an analysis of nearly two-thirds of the world’s languages shows that humans tend to use the same sounds for common objects and ideas, no matter what language they’re speaking. The independence between sound and meaning is believed to be a crucial property of language: across languages, sequences of different sounds...

Land of the Fleeing

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On September 20, President Obama will host a Leader’s Summit on Refugees on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. With 20 million refugees around the world, a comprehensive, collective international effort to strengthen refugee protection and assistance is more critical than ever. Community leaders, educators, and employers will play a crucial part in any...

Early Spanish Learning Leads to Better English

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Preschool skills are transferred from one language to the other New research from the University of Missouri shows that Spanish-speaking preschoolers experience significant improvements in their English skills when they have a good grasp of Spanish letters and numbers. In another study, the researcher found that behavior traits play a role in English learning. These findings suggest that early education...

Grants to Encourage Study Abroad in the Americas

100,000 Strong in the Americas has announced that its Competition 6, the second funded with support from Santander Bank, will open January 15, 2015 and close March 6, 2015. Competition 6 is open to Higher Education Institutions in all countries in the Western Hemisphere without any thematic restrictions. The last competition (#5: Promoting Study Abroad Focusing on Health and Nutrition) awarded eight...

100K Strong in the Americas to Announce Grant Competition 9/15

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund will be announcing another round of grant competitions on September 15. Funded by a contribution from the Coca-Cola Foundation,  the theme for the round will be: Promoting Study Abroad in Health and Nutrition with a focus on programs that positively address challenges of obesity and that emphasize the importance of physical activity. Higher Education Institutions in the U.S....