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How Internet Slang Enters ASL Vernacular

As the Oxford dictionary updates its lexicon with Internet-y terms such as “lolcat” (a photograph of a cat accompanied by a humorous and typically misspelled caption) and “hawt” (an informal spelling of hot), speakers...

Promote Youth Literacy with Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day is held on March 2nd, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss, and is celebrated with events and activities designed to promote year-round daily reading. Sponsored by the National Education...

A Call For Diversity in Mobile App Languages

The mobile app market reached over 1.3 million available applications in July of 2014 and continues to be a booming business medium. Still greatly expanding, the Japanese app market surpassed the United States as...

Google Translate’s Update Forecasts Language Learning Machines

Google Translate, an app that is estimated to perform about one billion translations a day, has officially added two new translation technologies. The Word Lens software, which Google acquired from Quest Visual in May...

Bilingualism Benefits the Brain at Any Age

Learning and actively using a second language, whether done from childhood or later in life, can not only improve language processing but benefit the brain in a more general sense. In a study published...

Less is More?

Kristal Bivona details the MLA's new report on world language enrollmentsThe Modern Language Association (MLA) published a new report on the state of language education at the post-secondary level. The report, Enrollments in Languages...

Toolkit for Schools to Help Undocumented Students

The Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) has released a 65-page National Institutions Coming Out Day Toolkit in preparation for the National Institutions Coming Out Day (NICOD) on April 7, 2015.This toolkit, the first of...
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Feds Remind Educators of ELL Obligations

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) have released joint guidance reminding states, school districts, and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English language learner (ELL) students have...

Chimps Learn the Local Language

When humans move to a new place, they oftentimes learn the local way of speaking, whether picking up some of the local language or just learning new vocabulary within the same language — think...

New Federal Language Education Survey

With funding from The Language Flagship at the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), the American Councils Research Center (ARC), the research arm of American Councils, is overseeing the Comprehensive Survey of...