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Rwanda Revives French

Rwanda replaced French with English as its language of education a decade ago, but French is now experiencing a revival. French was the most-widely spoken European language in the once Belgian colony until it...

Japanese Teacher Certification to Ease Immigration Boom

kabukicho district Japan’s government is planning to set up a nationally recognized accreditation program for teachers of Japanese, to help improve the language education of foreign workers, as...

UK Push to Train Language Teachers

Despite Brexit–or maybe because of it–there is a desperate shortage of world language teachers in the UK, so the government is launching a program to train native speakers of French, German, and Spanish to become teachers. The plan is to create opportunities for people with linguistic skills, whether they are living in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. “There may be people who speak French, German, or Spanish – in the UK or abroad – who would like to consider a career change and go into teaching,” said Gaynor Jones, director of the National Modern Languages SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training). “For some, it could be an opportunity to experience a different culture as well as using their talents for the benefit of students keen to learn a new language.

France Welcomes Community College Students

In another move to promote relations between these old allies, the Cultural and Scientific Services of the French Embassy in Washington launched a...

$5 Million Gift to Build Korean Language Village

Kenny Park, CEO of Seoul-based luxury handbag manufacturer the Simone Corporation, has donated $5 million to Concordia Language Villages in Moorhead, Minnesota. The donation will support the first phase of construction of a culturally...

Austria Links Welfare to German

The amount of the minimum income protection in Austria is now to be made dependent on the German language skills, among other factors, according to reports from Vienna. In each of the nine Austrian states,...

Argentina Toasts to Spanish’s ‘Good Health’

Friends celebrating new years eve At the end of March, the VIII International Congress of the Spanish Language (VIII Congreso Internacional de la...
Algeria national flag on flagpole

Tamazight Protests Hit Algeria

Protestors in northern Algeria are calling on the government to fund promotion and preservation of Tamazight, their indigenous language. The protests come after the...

Australia Funds Radio Program for Multilingual Seniors

Speak My Language is a new radio program that has launched with the goal reaching out to aging populations across Australia. The project harnesses the power of radio to inform diverse seniors about aged...

Spanish Congress in Argentina

The VIII International Congress of the Spanish Language will be held from March 27–30 in Córdoba, Argentina, with more than 200 writers, academics, experts, and professionals from...