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Sephardic Jews Learn Spanish Language for Citizenship

A government decision in 2012 started an official dialogue offering Spanish citizenship to Sephardic Jews in compensation for their ancestor’s expulsion from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Citizenship will be granted to descendants of...

Merriam Webster Announces ‘They’ as Word of the Year

The U.S. dictionary Merriam Webster has announced that the gender-neutral singular pronoun 'they' is the word of the year for 2019. The word, which only entered the...

California Needs an English Learner Advocate

Language Magazine is lending its support to twenty Californian education, social justice, and civil rights organizations encouraging the state’s governor, Jerry Brown to appoint an English learner advocate to the State Board of Education. Nearly...
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Redefining Inclusive Education

Frances Stetson offers guidance to improve the educational experience for all at-risk students Providing at-risk students and students with special needs with an inclusive learning environment—one in which students receive equitable opportunities for effective educational...

Boosting English Language Education in Saudi Arabia in an Unexpected Way

Online learning is quickly gaining popularity in the world of education, but there is a unique type of online learning that is...
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English and Portuguese Brains ‘Read’ Alike

An international research team led by Carnegie Mellon University has found that when the brain “reads” or decodes a sentence in English or Portuguese, its neural activation patterns are the same. Published in NeuroImage, the...

‘Hindi Not Imposed,’ Indian Government Reassures

The Indian government has attempted to quell fears that Hindi would be imposed over other Indian languages and stated that no such rule would be put into effect. The concern that Hindi would be...

Indigenous Collaboration in Canada

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) has announced a new collaboration with Canadian Heritage, along with the Assembly of First Nations and the Métis Nation state. The collaboration aims to “Work collaboratively, transparently and on a...

Linguistic Chauvinism Condemned

Genevieve Finn examines two incidents of influential Americans demanding English be used by speakers of Asian languages which have sparked widespread criticism In late...

Chinese Language Trouble with the New Zealand Census

Chinese would be the third most common language spoken in New Zealand (NZ) if the NZ Chinese Language Week Trust goes along with its plan to not consider different Chinese dialects as distinct languages....