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Celebrate First Bilingual Literacy Month

Read Conmigo, the bilingual literacy campaign for children sponsored by Infinity Auto Insurance, has declared the first annual Bilingual Literacy Month this May. As the first celebration of its kind, Bilingual Literacy Month aims to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of raising bilingual kids.More...

Sacramento Rally Against Common Core

Protesters in Sacramento, CA held a rally yesterday against the introduction of Common Core standards. Many California schools have already implemented changes and students are preparing to take tests based on the new curriculum, despite ongoing resistance across the United States.Concerned citizens gathered for the event on the southeast side of the Captiol building yesterday, organized by groups:...

Aboriginal Education Bill Faces Backlash

Shawn Atleo, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) faces criticism this week, after supporting a government bill described as a threat to Canada’s Aboriginal communities.Publicly backing $1.9 billion Bill C-33, dubbed the ‘First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act’, Atleo has stated that the bill is out of respect for treaty rights, language...

UN Language & Equality Symposium

Language Magazine editor Daniel Ward will be presenting a paper on Fostering Multilingualism in Anglophone Countries at a United Nations Symposium on Language and Equality on Tuesday, April 29. Daniel welcomes the input of interested parties on the subject and on the following questions in particular: What role does technology have in creating access to world language education? How...

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 Testing (SELT) license with the British government. As a result, TOEIC® and TOEFL iBT® testing will no longer be offered for U.K. visa-granting purposes. More...  

Songs Help Cubans Trace Roots to Sierra Leone

The Ganga-Longoba of Perico, Cuba, have sung the same chants for decades – passing the traditions on from generation to generation.Until now, the singers had little knowledge of their ancestral roots – or how the songs arrived in their community.Yet thanks to the work of University of Sydney historian Dr Emma Christopher, Cuba’s Ganga have been able to trace...

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, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Upper Kuskokwim, Gwich'in, Tanana, Upper Tanana, Tanacross, Hän, Ahtna, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian have been granted official status, according to the bill....

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 in Mexico City, after a bout of pneumonia. He was 87.A prolific writer and an ardent socialist, Garcia Marquez's international fame was won through "One...

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 and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said they would support constitutional change and decentralizing more power to local councils, including over their official language - a...

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 directly, following a 2013 approval of the city-wide Language Access Policy (LAP).Promising better language education and resources for speakers of Spanish, Tagalog and Khmer,...