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Speak ‘Parentese’—not Baby Talk—to Boost Language Skills

While having full-on conversations with babies can seem bizarre, it actually boost language skills, according to a new study. Unlike traditional ‘baby talk’, which typically includes talking with a...

Senator Introduces Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST) Act

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) has introduced the Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST) Act(S. 3328) into the U.S. senate. The act broadens the definition of “second language”...

Bengali: The Language that Sparked a Revolution

February 21 is International Mother Language Day (IMLD) and every year since 2000, UNESCO has led the world in celebrating the occasion. IMLD was first proposed by Bangladesh, a...

PhD Student Makes History as First to Defend Thesis in Quechua

A doctoral student in Peru, Roxana Quispe Collantes, is the first to write and defend a thesis in Quechua. The indigenous language boasts over 8 million peoiple,...

French-Language Teachers Set to Strike this Friday

French-language teachers in Ontario, Canada say they will strike on Friday Feb. 27 as contract negotiations continue to fall through. Members of Association des enseignantes et des...

Celebrate International Mother Language Day on Feb. 21

February 21 is International Mother Language Day and this year's theme is "Languages without borders." In an open letter, Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay said, "By bringing...

More Evidence that Bilingualism Delays Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

These results contribute to the growing body of evidence showing that bilinguals are more resilient in dealing with neurodegeneration than monolinguals. A...

Alternativas – Spanish Study Abroad

Instituto Superior de Español (Ecuador) At Instituto Superior de Español (ISE), they believe passionately that to learn Spanish it’s not enough to simply attend...

Improve Language on Valentine’s Day with the Free Crossword

Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14. Across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St....
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Thousands of Educators, Many Bilingual, Fear Deportation

Washington Post story of popular DREAMer teacher leaving highlights predicament of much-needed educators across the U.S. A powerful Washington Post column, “Our kids are losing one...