The Taiwanese Ministry of Education has announced that programs in the nation’s native languages will be compulsory from 2016. The country’s Minister of Education Chiang Wei-ning (蔣偉寧) said that the 12-year compulsory national education program would include Taiwanese (Hoklo), Hakka, and Aboriginal languages with students in Grades 1 through 6 having at least one class a week. Under the current program,...

Yves Bonnefoy has been awarded the 2013 Guadalajara International Book Fair Prize in Romance Languages for a work dedicated to "the great pillars of poetic modernity," including Baudelaire, Celan, and Rimbaud. The jury awarded the prize unanimously noting the writer's "sophistication of his poetry, in contrast to the simplicity of his language." The French novelist, essayist, critic and,  translator of English...

Gift a book! Read to a child! Donate to a literacy organization! Learn a new word! Visit a library! Literacy is a right and a foundation for lifelong learning, better well-being and livelihoods. As such it is a driver for sustainable and inclusive development. "Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step...

According to a joint study by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University and Oxford University, the age at which children learn a second language can have a significant bearing on the structure of their adult brain. The study concludes that the pattern of brain development is similar if you learn one or two languages...

According to an analysis of the 2011 American Community Survey by the Pew Research Center, a record 37.6 million people above the age of five speak Spanish at home, of which nearly three million are non-Hispanics. Spanish is, by far, the most spoken non-English language in the U.S. The next most spoken non-English languages are Chinese (2.8 million speakers), Hindi,...

Posted on August 27, 2013 on Homeroom, the official blog of the US Dept of Education by Arne Duncan I’ve often said that education is the civil rights issue of our time. I’m not the first to say it. But what does that mean? Civil rights means having the same opportunities that other people do –regardless of what you look like,...

A treasure trove of indigenous language documents from across Australia may help in the revitalization of the country's struggling native tongues. The accounts of early contact between Aboriginal people and European settlers were discovered during a forensic search of the unpublished papers filed away in the basement of the colonial New South Wales State Library. Making notes of indigenous vocabulary helped...

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has asked both Achieve, Inc. and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to support the development of a Spanish version of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned assessment. “LULAC supports providing our states with the tools necessary to ensure that our students benefit from the implementation of...

Over a hundred new teachers from China are ready to serve in the Chinese Guest Teacher Program, a collaboration between the College Board and China’s Confucius Institute. The program places qualified visiting teachers from China at schools in the U.S. for one to three years, in order to jump‐start or expand school Chinese language and culture programs. "As I extend...

UN Secretary-General's Message for 2013: This year’s observance of International Youth Day focuses on the issue of youth migration. Of the annual total of some 214 million international migrants, young people constitute more than 10 percent, yet too little is known about their struggles and experiences. The reasons young people migrate are many. Some are fleeing persecution, others are...