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The Endangered Language Alliance

In the realm of K–12 pedagogy, “ELA” stands for English language arts. In New York City, another ELA is worthy of recognition.The Endangered Language Alliance, a nonprofit founded in 2010 by Daniel Kaufman, Juliette Blevins, and Bob Holman (two linguists and...

Puerto Rican Writer Braschi Wins Spanish Award

The North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE) has bestowed its 2022 Enrique Anderson Imbert Award upon the renowned Puerto Rican writer Giannina Braschi. This national award recognizes those who have made sustained and significant contributions to the knowledge and dissemination of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures in the US. “The jury unanimously selected Giannina Braschi, whose...

Pretext for Learning

Our school systems are structured around the simple plan that students learn to read for the first few years and then they read to learn. This basic strategy has been so ingrained into the psyche of educators that it is rarely questioned, but...

Dec. 18 is World Arabic Language Day

December 18 is World Arabic Language Day and this year’s theme is “Arabic Language, a bridge between civilisations.” Celebrated since 2012, World Arabic Language Day marks the anniversary of the United Nation’s 1973 adoption of Arabic as one of its official languages. In a message to the public, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said, "Throughout the centuries, Arabic has been...

July 2021 Inside the Issue

Beyond Crises: The Reawakening of ClassroomsMargo Gottlieb seizes the opportunity to close educational equity gaps and engage communities Young, Bilingual, and BlackAyanna Cooper shows how fostering bilingualism and biliteracy works at Boston’s Toussaint L’Ouverture Academy Leading the DanceChita Espino-Bravo explains how extracurricular activities can help teach Hispanic culture, diversity, tolerance, and respect Language Is LimitlessJennifer Kilmore, director of world languages at Carnegie...

Shortening Distances

This past year added a new layer to the challenges that language teachers perennially confront with the pivot to online learning. In this article, I will share a semester-long project that took place in fall 2020 that addressed some of the primary challenges that face world language instructors. My examples come from the Portuguese-language classroom, but they can be...

Celebrating the Linguistic Self

Last spring, as the pandemic raged on outside my student dorm, I found myself mentally chained to the desk where I would now have to undertake fieldwork for my master’s degree in second-language education at the University of Cambridge. Determined to craft a dissertation that would offer meaning and impact, no matter how small, I set out to brainstorm...

Get Lit Offering Weekend Classes, Hosting Monthly Open Mics

Get Lit, an L.A.-based non-profit that promotes teen literacy through poetry and film, is offering weekend classes for youths aged 13-19, as well as hosting a monthly open mic. Classes and open mics are virtual and free to attend. Get Lit Drop-In ClassEvery Saturday10:00 AM-1:00 PM PSTbit.ly/saturdayclass2021Whether you are...

Youth Poetry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx8cSGW4k8&feature=youtu.be Click here for more. Get LitOn Saturday mornings, Get Lit Players aren’t drooling on their pillows or watching TV. They come from all over the city of Los Angeles to recite and write poetry. Many take several buses and commute for over an hour to share classic poems and recite their own creations at the Actor’s Gang in Culver City....

Poetry in Motion

Poetry has been written and celebrated both as artistic expression and as a form of civil disobedience.Some overarching questions to consider include, how do these poems disturb what could be perceived as peace? How do they address issues of resistance, equity, and acceptance? More importantly, how do they instill confidence and value in one’s culture and language? SAY MY NAME ...
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