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Four New Title VI LRCs Announced

Dept. of Ed discontinues grants to three LRCs as it funds four new centers. The U.S. Department of Education has announced grants for Language Resource Centers. The funds will be used to establish, strengthen and...

Poetry Festival Celebrates 12 American Languages

The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México is preparing for the sixth Festival de Poesía Las Lenguas de América, Carlos Montemayor (The Languages of America Poetry Festival, Carlos Montemayor), which will take place on October...

Curbing Censorship during Banned Books Week

The American Library Association (ALA) held Banned Books Week from September 21 to 27. Surprisingly, the ALA reports that since 1990, their Office for Intellectual Freedom has received over 18,000 attempts to remove materials...

PM Modi Wants Japanese in India

Japan and India to forge exchanges to prepare for Asia's century. On his first trip to Japan as India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed the importance of education and language exchanges between the two Asian...

Australia Announces $9.8m for Early Language Ed

Pilot program bets children can learn a new language without a teacher. The Australian government is pouring nearly AUS$10 million into world language education pilot program. However, language teachers won’t see a cent. The program,...

Fostering Francophilia

Global French use will determine France's future. According to a new report commissioned by President François Hollande, the global decline of French speakers could slash employment in France by 120,000 jobs by 2020 and by...

A Weapon or an Olive Branch

Kristal Bivona examines language education in the U.S. since 9/11. As we reflect on the tragedy of September 11, 2001 and honor the heroes who risked their lives in the aftermath, we also meditate upon...

Gaza Demands Educators’ Support

A summer break with little to do represents tedium for young, energetic bodies. That’s why AMIDEAST has  partnered with the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem to offer Camp Discovery for the past eight years, providing a fun-filled,...

Babies Learning Words on the Edge

A new study shows babies memorize first and last syllables. New research from the journal, Child Development, offers insight into how babies acquire language. The article, “Verbal Positioning Memory in 7-Month-Olds,” posits that word “edges”...

The World Lights up for Int’l Literacy Day

UNESCO raises awareness for the importance of literacy to sustainable development. On September 8th, communities from all corners of the world celebrated UNESCO’s International Literacy Day. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Literacy and...
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