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CA Senate Committee Recommends Restoring Bilingual Education

California’s Senate Education Committee has recommended that the state’s voters be asked to repeal Proposition 227, the 1998 initiative requiring public school instruction in English. The California Ed.G.E. (Education for a Global Economy) Initiative (Language...

100,000 Strong in the Americas Website Launch

Today, the U.S. Department of State unveiled a new 100,000 Strong in the Americas website available at www.100kstrongamericas.org. President Obama launched 100,000 Strong in the Americas to increase educational exchange opportunities in the Western...

Celebrate First Bilingual Literacy Month

Read Conmigo, the bilingual literacy campaign for children sponsored by Infinity Auto Insurance, has declared the first annual Bilingual Literacy Month this May. As the first celebration of its kind, Bilingual Literacy Month aims...

Sacramento Rally Against Common Core

Protesters in Sacramento, CA held a rally yesterday against the introduction of Common Core standards. Many California schools have already implemented changes and students are preparing to take tests based on the new curriculum,...

Aboriginal Education Bill Faces Backlash

Shawn Atleo, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) faces criticism this week, after supporting a government bill described as a threat to Canada’s Aboriginal communities. Publicly backing $1.9 billion Bill...

UN Language & Equality Symposium

Language Magazine editor Daniel Ward will be presenting a paper on Fostering Multilingualism in Anglophone Countries at a United Nations Symposium on Language and Equality on Tuesday, April 29. Daniel welcomes the input of...

ETS Suspends TOEIC & TOEFL iBT for UK Visas

Following the broadcast of a BBC television documentary in February which highlighted an organized criminal element seeking to circumvent the U.K.'s visa-granting process, ETS has made the decision not to extend their Secure English-language...

Songs Help Cubans Trace Roots to Sierra Leone

The Ganga-Longoba of Perico, Cuba, have sung the same chants for decades – passing the traditions on from generation to generation. Until now, the singers had little knowledge of their ancestral roots – or how...

Alaska Senate Passes Native Language Bill

The Alaska Senate voted this morning to make each of Alaska’s native languages, official languages of the state. Twenty-one indigenous languages, including :Iñupiaq, Siberian Yupik, Central Alaskan Yup'ik, Alutiiq, Unangax?, Dena'ina, Deg Xinag,...

Latin America’s Literary Pioneer Dies

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose enchanting stories of love and mystery seduced millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. Garcia Marquez died at his home...