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Decade of Ukrainian

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree to strengthen the role of the Ukrainian language, the presidential press service said in a statement.“Staring from 2018 we are launching the decade of the Ukrainian...

Canada to Make First Languages Constitutional Right

Canada’s federal government plans to recognize Indigenous languages as a constitutional right and create a new office of commissioners to protect and promote them under new legislation this fall, according to Canadian Heritage Minister...

French Genders Get Political

The French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, has banned “inclusive writing” in official texts, clamping down on attempts to make the French language more female-friendly. Moves to end the lin-guistic dominance of the masculine over the...

Ghana Commits to French

Ghana’s minister for education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, underscored his country’s commitment to the promotion of French as a second official language during the signing in Paris of a linguistic pact between West African...

A Second Language for Every Student

Lisa A. Frumkes explains why bilingualism is more relevant than ever.In today’s increasingly global and connected world, I interact every day with colleagues from different cultures who speak a wide array of languages. Achieving...

Louisiana Joins La Francophonie

The state of Louisiana is now a member of the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF). Its application as an observer member was accepted on October 11 by the organization’s member states at their...

Game Giveaway for Teachers!

In honor of World Teachers’ Day, Goliath Games is giving away free prize packs of games.5 winners will receive a 14-game prize pack – 7 games for their home and 7 for their child’s...

Cartoons and Comic Strips Shape Our Language

Richard Lederer is inspired by his hometown festival dedicated to cartoon charactersSan Diego Comic-Con is the largest gathering of comics and pop culture enthusiasts in the world. Held a couple of weeks ago, the...

Spain’s Student Ambassador Program

This program is part of the initiative “Study in Spain“ developed by the Trade Commission – Embassy of Spain in Miami, Florida. The goal of the program is to promote Spain as an educational...

Focus on Student-Centered Learning

In Future-Focused Learning: Ten Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice, published by Solution Tree, author Lee Watanabe-Crockett details how educators can shift instruction to focus on student-centered learning competencies to support critical thinking and digital...