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Preserving Endangered Poetry

To mark National Poetry Day, the UK’s National Poetry Library launched a project to collect and preserve poems in endangered languages. Via an international callout, members of the public are invited to submit a well-known poem in a language that is endangered or under threat according to the UNESCO map of endangered languages. These poems will be collected in both...

Children’s Rights to Read Pledge

More than 1,000 individuals and organizations, representing over 50 countries; 30 organizations; 20 schools, districts, and universities; and 175,000 students, have pledged support to the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) Children’s Rights to Read initiative. The global movement focuses on making sure that every child has access to the education, opportunities, and resources needed to read. Supporters have pledged to...

Cartoons and Comic Strips Shape Our Language

Richard Lederer is inspired by his hometown festival dedicated to cartoon characters San Diego Comic-Con is the largest gathering of comics and pop culture enthusiasts in the world. Held a couple of weeks ago, the event has sold out the past decade, and more than 130,000 flocked to the fun as our city perked up to the joys and color...

Cartoons and Comic Strips Shape Our Language

Richard Lederer is inspired by his hometown festival dedicated to cartoon characters from comic strips and comic books   San Diego Comic -Con is the largest gathering of comics and pop culture enthusiasts in the world. Held a couple of weeks ago, the event has sold out the past decade, and more than 130,000 flocked to the fun as our city...

Reading, Writing, and Giving Back

Kristal Bivona gets inspired by voluntary literacy projects Non-governmental organizations have more opportunities to serve and support education than ever today as pressure increases on schools to look beyond public funding. Here are two nonprofits and a free literary magazine that are helping children and youth by promoting reading and writing outside of the classroom. These inspirational organizations are all driven...

Chinese Celebrations and Inaugurations

The United Nations celebrated its ninth Chinese Language Day last month at its offices worldwide. Celebrations in New York included lectures on Chinese culture, film screenings, panel discussions on education, and art exhibitions. Lectures on Chinese poetry, calligraphy, and painting attracted UN staff from around the world. The event also offered them an opportunity to practice Chinese calligraphy, draw in...

Libraries are as important to our health as hospitals

Richard Lederer celebrates National Library Week with bibliophilia Just about everyone has seen the blue street signs with the big white H and an arrow pointing the way to the nearest hospital. Now our roads are fringed by a similar kind of road marker with a prominently displayed L doodle figure reading a book and an arrow aimed in the...

July 2017

Inside Language Magazine July 2017 Issue The Case for Comprehensible Input Stephen Krashen provides the evidence to support his hypothesis of second-language acquisition Being Multilingual: Making My Dreams Come True Liliana Isabella Honeywood Sánchez, sixth grade, writes poetry and an essay about her multilingual experience Speaking Spanish Vista Higher Learning’sNorah Lulich Jones explains how their new Senderos program gets students speaking...

UCLA Brings Aztec From the Past into the Present

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In an interesting combination of art and language, a UCLA professor is leading the research for an Aztec text. UCLA historian, Kevin Terraciano, is working with art experts at the Getty Center in collaboration with Italy’s Laurentian Library in Florence to create an online, annotated version of the ancient Florentine Codex —an Aztec text written in Nahuatl dating from 1577....

Teacher Resources for Black History Month

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Looking Back to Move Forward Ayanna Cooper shares teacher resources for Black History Month Black History Week began as a week-long celebration to acknowledge achievements of Black Americans and other people of African descent 91 years ago. During the 1960s, this celebration grew into a month-long dedication to not only honor notable Black Americans but also to educate all Americans about the history...
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