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Philadelphia Nonprofit Donates Spanish-Language Books to Detained Children

UPDATE: Mighty Writers was not permitted to deliver the books to the detention center. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, "An ICE official told me Tuesday night that the detention center has an overabundance of...

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.

Spanish Election Optimistic for Multilingualism

Nehemías Giménez García sees a boost for multilingualism in a multi-party government. On Sunday, December 20th, the Spanish democratic system won. The general election results, boasting 73.2% voter participation, virtually abolished the two-party political system. One...

Progress on Migrant and Refugee Education Worldwide

UNESCO’s 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report, Migration, displacement and education, shows that the number of migrant and refugee school-age children around the world today has grown by 26% since 2000 and could fill half...

Russian, Ruslan Ustinov, Crosses Chinese Bridge First

Russian student Ruslan Ustinov won the 17th Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students last month in Changsha, in central China’s Hunan Province. Over 150 students from 118 countries took part in...

Ebola Crisis Sparks Language Research in Democratic Republic of Congo

Humanitarians and health care providers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are questioning what language to use when communicating with people at risk...

Arabic Becomes Sweden’s Second Language

For over 800 years, Finnish has been Sweden's largest minority language, but, thanks to the recent influx of asylum seekers from predominantly Arab-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Arabic has now replaced Finnish, Stockholm University researcher...

The New French Resistance

President Macron Announces Plan to Promote French worldwide and labels French teachers 'heroes' France’s President Emmanuel Macron, whose mastery and use of English...

UK ‘Likely’ to Lose Second Place Study Abroad Slot to Australia

The UK is likely to lose it’s spot as the second-most popular global study abroad location to Australia, according to a new report by the Centre for Global Higher Education. There has been little...

Confucius Launches Chinese Online Test and Programs

The Confucius Institute and XuetangX have launched a platform for students around the world who want to learn Chinese and pass the HSK proficiency tests. The courses are available at www.chinesetest.cn. Beginners can register...