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Schools Consortium Calls for Bilingualism

According to a new "federal accountability framework" released by the forward-thinking Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium, “Federal law should: A. Establish college and career readiness (CCR) as the goal for all students, recognizing...

Poetry Festival Celebrates 12 American Languages

The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México is preparing for the sixth Festival de Poesía Las Lenguas de América, Carlos Montemayor (The Languages of America Poetry Festival, Carlos Montemayor), which will take place on October...

Slovenian Sign Language Set for Official Language

Dragon bridge (Zmajski most), symbol of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, Europe. Long exposure. Time lapse. The National Assembly of Slovenia endorsed a proposal to assign Slovenian sign language...

China’s Demand for Spanish Skyrocketing

Lu Jingsheng, the Chinese government’s National Coordinator for Spanish, said that in the last fifteen years the demand for Spanish language education in China has “increased 30 fold” without being properly addressed. Job opportunities...

New App, Color Game, for Language Evolution

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany and the Mint Minds and Traditions Research Group (a Max Planck research group) have released a new app that...

Dual Language Learners Lacking in Preschool

The Migration Policy Institute and the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy have released a new report on the young Dual Language Learner (DLL) population in California. The report was pooled over the 2011-2015...

Robots Teach Language Skills to Preschoolers

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have launched an eight week trial to test how well preschool children can learn language skills from robots. The experiment is monitoring rates at which children learn and...

Aramaic at Risk

The survival of Aramaic, once the Middle East’s lingua franca, is in jeopardy amid regional turmoil. Recently, the Syrian government sent troops to the ancient, predominantly Christian village of Maaloula, where rebels have battled against...

A Weapon or an Olive Branch

Kristal Bivona examines language education in the U.S. since 9/11. As we reflect on the tragedy of September 11, 2001 and honor the heroes who risked their lives in the aftermath, we also meditate upon...

Opinion–Can We Make Chinese Less Graphic?

While many schools are dropping foreign language classes, the number of schools offering Mandarin Chinese courses is rising. In 2001, about 300 schools...