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The U.S. Needs Latino Teachers

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics recently launched a digital campaign to highlight the impact of Latino teachers and to attract more Latinos to the teaching profession, asking participants to share...

Can Putonghua Relieve Poverty?

While Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared war on poverty, and instructed local governments to create a “moderately well-off society” by the beginning of...

Dutch Courage? Alcohol May Actually Help Improve Foreign-Language Skills

It’s a popular belief that alcohol helps improve speaking skills for a foreign language, but the belief can be easily passed off as a perceived improvement instead of an actual improvement. A new study...
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Majority of US School Kids ‘Low Income’

For the first time in recent history, a majority of the schoolchildren attending U.S. public schools come from low income families, according to a report by the Southern Education Foundation from the latest data...

ETS Suspends TOEIC & TOEFL iBT for UK Visas

Following the broadcast of a BBC television documentary in February which highlighted an organized criminal element seeking to circumvent the U.K.'s visa-granting process, ETS has made the decision not to extend their Secure English-language...

California Nominates ELL Advocates to Board of Education

California Governor Jerry Brown filled the last two openings in the 11-member California State Board of Education by nominating Ting Lan Sun, an executive director of one of the state's oldest charter schools, and...
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Feds Remind Educators of ELL Obligations

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) have released joint guidance reminding states, school districts, and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English language learner (ELL) students have...

Italian Language Week Celebration Begins

The 17th Annual Week of the Italian Language in the World from October 16-21, 2017 is a cultural event which promotes Italian not only as a marketing tool of the great cultural heritage of...

Even Lost Languages Rewire Brain

Research also demonstrates brain's plasticity and ability to adapt to new language environments In a paper published in December's Nature Communications, researchers from Canada's McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute demonstrate that even brief,...

King Felipe VI’s Universal Spanish Language Proficiency Test

Last month at the San Ildefonso College in Mexico City, Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia launched the Siele, or the International Service for Evaluation of the Spanish Language, which is set to...