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California ‘Failing’ English Learners

A California judge has ruled that it is the state’s obligation to ensure that school disticts provide language instruction to English language learners (ELLs), and that so far California has failed nearly 20,000 underserved...
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Education #2 Priority for U.S. Voters

Education is the second most important issue to likely U.S. voters according to the latest Reason-Rupe national poll.The economy is the number one issue influencing nearly four out of 10 likely voters (39%) in...

English Designed for Kids

English vocabulary is designed to help children learn according to research led by the UK’s Lancaster University.From obvious examples, like "woof" representing the sound of a dog to sounds with similar meanings having similar...

What Does Confucius Say about Academic Freedom?

As the Confucius Institute brand grows world-wide, some universities are reevaluating their relations with the Chinese government-funded culture and language centers. While controversies have arisen since the launch of the People’s Republic of China’s...

Music Education Boosts Language and Literacy

New research presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting links music education to increased learning and literacy skills. The findings, which involved hundreds of kids participating in musical training programs in Chicago and...

$2m for Welsh Language Centers

  The Welsh government is taking action to curb the disappearance of the Welsh language. According to the 2011 census, only 19% of Welsh people can speak the language, down from 21% in 2001, revealing...

Huffington Post to Launch Arabic News Site

The Huffington Post announced the launch of a new Arabic-language news site, HuffPost Arabi. The online news site will target the Arab world’s younger digitally-savvy generation.More...

Wikipedia Rejects Copyright Claims to palawa kani

Among the numerous content alteration and takedown requests highlighted in their transparency report, Wikipedia revealed a case in which an institution claimed ownership of an entire language. The language, palawa kani, is a Tasmanian...
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Restaurant Offers Courses in ASL

A restaurant in Canada is giving customers a mini crash-course in American Sign Language, calling upon them to sign their order. The Toronto restaurant, called Signs, aims to serve delicious food in an environment...

Congress Considers Indigenous Language Bills

The Linguistic Society of America is working closely with the Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP) to raise awareness within Congress about the importance of Native American language revitalization. In June, the...