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Multilingual Matters

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Maria Maldonado reminds us why language education is still so important in this age of automated communication The Royal Academy of the Spanish Language which is one of the authorities regulating and preserving the changes that occur in the Spanish language, in the 22nd edition of its dictionary (2001), defines language as “System of verbal and, almost always, written communication...

February 2007

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Global Competitiveness or Bust For the first time in years, the U.S. President has to work with a Congress in which his party does not hold a majority. Whatever your political affiliation, it is encouraging to see the different branches of government vie for power in the exercise of their democratic roles. One point on which there seems to be...

June 2007

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Unnatural Selection Immigration is once again top of the agenda, as politicians strive to create a workable solution for the 12 million undocumented workers in the U.S. which will placate liberals without riling conservative factions wary of shifts in the status quo. Whatever the pros and cons of legislation currently under debate, there are some provisions of particular relevance...

January 2008

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Vote for a Change As we enter 2008, there is a sense of optimism in the U.S despite ongoing international conflicts and gloomy economic indicators. The only explanation for this paradox must be that the need for change is the common thread in nearly all the prospective presidential candidates’ platforms, and the impetus to break with the old is...

June 2011

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Access All Areas Amid the euphoria over the slaying of bin Laden and the spread of democratic insurgencies across the Middle East and North Africa, other equally significant worldwide events have not been afforded the same media coverage. Unless you have been educated to have an international outlook, have contacts, and know where to find information, it would have...

July 2006

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Linguistic Liberty Last month saw the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprising which eventually led to the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa. The often ignored trigger for the uprising was the Afrikaans Medium Decree which made Afrikaans the compulsory language of instruction in black schools from the last year of elementary school to the last year of high school....

August 2008

August 2008
Creating Global Classrooms As fuel prices inflate the cost of travel and concern for the environment increases, the ideal that everyone should have the opportunity to study abroad becomes less attainable. At the same time, such trips and other intercultural experiences are being recognized as an essential part of education in our global economy, so we have to make the...

September 2006

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Funding Our Children Closing the achievement gap between English language learners and their English mother tongue counterparts is one of the greatest challenges to face our generation. Initially, President Bush’s flagship education policy, the No Child Left Behind Act, inspired optimism that it would live up to its name. However, results show that the gap is not closing, largely...

December 2007

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Choosing a Candidate Who Can The political and economic landscape has changed dramatically since the beginning of the year. Last December, we were tentatively anticipating the effect that the new Democratic- controlled Con-gress would have on education policy, and the economy was booming with Wall Street breaking records by the day. Now, we are moving into a presidential election year without...

July 2008

July 2008
A Trilingual America Barack Obama’s recent suggestion that “everybody should be bilingual...or trilingual” has been met with a barrage of criticism from conservative commentators claiming that he is criticizing Americans who speak only English instead of speakers of other languages who should be learning English. For example, a Denver-based talk show host on a major station, was appalled by the...
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