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Will You Accept the Indigenous Language Challenge?

In the same vein as the ice-bucket challenge that raised awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a video challenge to raise awareness and fostering respect for speakers of indigenous languages is going strong after...

Royal Academy Director Predicts a Grand Future for Spanish in the U.S.

Dario Villanueva, the director of the Royal Spanish Academy, said in an interview with Efe in San Juan that, "Spanish in the U.S. is gaining tremendous momentum thanks to the growing regard for Hispanics."...

The Spread of Survival Spanish for Police Officers and Firefighters

From online Spanish courses in Illinois to mandatory classroom sessions in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and California, police officers and firefighters in largely Spanish speaking areas are learning the second most widely spoken language in...

Marvel Celebrates Free Comic Book Day in Spanish

¡Feliz día del cómic gratis!May 2nd is national Free Comic Book Day, and Marvel is offering for the first time a free, multi-story, Spanish language edition, continuing a goal of connecting to a more...

Are Arabic Schools in France Really Hotbeds for Radicalism?

Secret report accuses French heritage-language programs of ghettoizing and radicalizing French-born youthFrench conservatives are in an uproar over a 2013 report that recently surfaced accusing a nearly 40-year-old after-school heritage language program of teaching...

Protesting the Common Core

Some states, such as Utah and California, very clearly allow students to opt out of annual testing for any reason, according to a research brief published by the Education Commission of the States. Others,...

Oklahoma Senator Reintroduces the English Language Unity Act

This week, Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, reintroduced the English Language Unity Act. The legislation would mandate that the federal government use the English language when conducting all official functions and proceedings,...

Write to the US Senate to Protect World Language Education

The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of the United States Senate has released a draft of the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which drops the Foreign Language Assistance Act entirely and...

Tonal Languages Use Both Sides of the Brain

Language learning and processing is usually dominated by the left side of the brain, which is adept at tasks that involve logic and analytical thinking. However, in a recent study that mapped brain information...

Tanzania Drops English for Kiswahili

Since Tanzania's independence from Britain in 1961, public education has been bilingual, beginning with Kiswahili - known as Swahili in the West - in elementary school, and switching to English from high school to...