Tag: culture

Murals Teach Education is Not a Crime

Changing the World, One Wall at a Time is a new documentary on Education Is Not a Crime—the world’s largest street art and human rights campaign, which raises awareness about education apartheid by Iran’s government against tens of thousands of Bahá’ís in the country through murals.The film, produced by...

The Art of Teaching

M. Elhess, E. Elturki, and J. Egbert offer strategies to support creativity in the language classroom“Our students aren’t creative,” claimed one of the language teachers in the professional development workshop. The other participating teachers nodded in agreement.“How do you know?” asked the workshop facilitator.The teacher hesitated. “Well,” she said, “I guess I don’t. We don’t ask them to do anything creative, mostly...

The Weeknd Donates $50K for Ancient Language

The University of Toronto is continuing its courses on Ge’ez thanks in part to a $50,000 donation from the Grammy Award–winning musician The Weeknd. Ge’ez is an ancient South Semitic language that originated in the northern region of Ethiopia. It remains the main language used in certain church communities and is used in prayer and in scheduled public celebrations. The...

Language Magazine’s Short Guide to the Oscars Foreign Language Nominees

The annual awards ceremony is under way this month, and the race for best foreign-language film is under way. This year’s nominations have been in the news particularly more because of the Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi, who is among the thousands of people to be affected by President Trump’s ban on travelers from predominately Muslim countries. Here’s a short...

Spanish Film Festival in Prague

From documentaries and horror films to coming-of-age dramas, La Película has something for everyone. The festival, organized by Cervantes Institute, the Spanish embassy in Prague, and Světozor cinema, takes place in Kino Světozor in Prague Feb. 14-19, Brno cinema in Scala Feb. 16-19, Minikino in Ostrava Feb. 20-22, and Bio Central in Hradec Králové Feb. 20-24. According to organizers,...

Words of 2014 Expose Vapid Culture

Merriam-Webster named culture in all of its definitions as its word of the year for 2014, saying that culture was a "big word at back-to-school time each year, but last year lookups extended well beyond the academic calendar." The company chooses its word of the year based on a set of criteria that includes the number of online searches...

Carnaval of Culture

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As Brazil flourishes, it becomes an even more attractive Portuguese immersion destinationFollowing more than three centuries under Portuguese rule, Brazil gained its independence in 1822, maintaining a monarchical system of government until the abolition of slavery and the proclamation of a republic by the military in 1888-9. Brazilian coffee exporters politically dominated the country until populist leader Getulio Vargas...