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Alaska Senate Passes Native Language Bill

The Alaska Senate voted this morning to make each of Alaska’s native languages, official languages of the state. Twenty-one indigenous languages, including :Iñupiaq, Siberian Yupik, Central Alaskan Yup'ik, Alutiiq, Unangax?, Dena'ina, Deg Xinag,...

Latin America’s Literary Pioneer Dies

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose enchanting stories of love and mystery seduced millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. Garcia Marquez died at his home...

Ukraine Attempts to Appease Russian Speakers

Ukraine's de facto president and prime minister have today offered to strengthen the constitutional right to use the Russian language to try to defuse separatist movements. In a joint televised address, acting President Oleksander Turchinov...

Long Beach Campaigns for Language Access

Campaigners in Long Beach, CA gathered outside city hall on Tuesday, to emphasize city's the need for better 'language access' in the run up to this week's council meeting. The rally addressed the Council...

Sixty Mexican Languages at Risk of Extinction

Sixty of Mexico’s native languages are at risk of extinction - with 21 deemed “critically endangered”, according to a recent statement released by Mexico’s Centre of Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS). Among...

Belfast Protest for Irish Language Rights

Irish language speakers and activists took to the streets of Belfast on Saturday in protest over what has been described as the government’s “failure” to protect the Irish language. Over 4000 people marched through...

Quebec Court Rules Against French Signs

The Quebec Superior Court has deemed the province’s main French-language group too harsh, after trying to enforce major retail chains to change their trademark names and outdoor signage into appropriate French-language translations. A total of...

Language Education Affected in Iowa Budget Cuts

Students in the Iowa City School District are to suffer the loss of language classes in state budget cuts, starting next year. The School Board approved the budget for fiscal year 2015 in Tuesday’s...

Launch of First Online Chinese Teacher Training Program

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) – an international university promoting Chinese language and culture and Academic Partnerships – a leading organisation supporting worldwide online learning have today announced the launch of the world’s...

UK Announces Tougher Language Exams

Education ministers in the UK have announced plans for tougher GCSE examinations as part of a series of government education reforms. For the first time in several years, the government education review specifically outlines plans...
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