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Call to Action: Protect Funding for Linguistics and Social Sciences

This week the U.S. House of Representatives will debate the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806). The bill could seriously jeapordize federal funding for research in linguistics and social sciences by reducing funding for National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported research by $120 million. This nearly 50% budget cut would change the NSF funding process in ways that would...

Scottish Businesses Call for Compulsory Foreign Language Education

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has pinpointed Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic and Russian as “international languages of business” and is calling for compulsory foreign language education during all years of schooling in order to make future Scottish firms more competitive in the international export market. The SCC has called on the Scottish government to implement the measure...

Call to Increase Federal School Library Funding

In a move supported by Language Magazine, a coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations, and media groups has called on the U.S. Congress to support dedicated school library funding in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).The coalition is specifically asking Congress to incorporate the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLS) Act...

A Call For Diversity in Mobile App Languages

The mobile app market reached over 1.3 million available applications in July of 2014 and continues to be a booming business medium. Still greatly expanding, the Japanese app market surpassed the United States as the biggest in the world last October, beginning a trend of mobile application globalization.More...

Anglophone Call to Action

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Daniel Ward joins supporters of the Languages for All? initiative in their mission to change the dynamic of world-language educationAt the end of September, about 150 professors, business leaders, researchers, policymakers, and intelligence experts gathered at a one-day conference at the University of Maryland to discuss how best to act upon the “Languages For All?” white paper...

UPDATE: Call for CCSS Assessments in Spanish

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has asked both Achieve, Inc. and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to support the development of a Spanish version of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned assessment.“LULAC supports providing our states with the tools necessary to ensure that our students benefit from the implementation of...

Call for More German in Europe

German chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative coalition is calling for an increase in the use of German in Europe in its campaign program. If the conservative members are re-elected in September, they will push for the language to be treated on a par with English and French in the European Union (EU).“We will push for a further strengthening of the...

Lawyers Call for ESEA Equality

Yesterday,  the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sent a formal letter to US Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) calling for additional improvements and amended language to the proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  “We firmly believe education is a civil right –...