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Language Key to National Identity

A new survey by the Pew Research Center reveals that language is a much more significant factor to national identity than birthplace. According to What It Takes to Truly Be ‘One of Us’, majorities...
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U.S. Language Capacity ‘Diminishing,’ Despite Need

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) has released a report that suggests a “diminishing share” of U.S. residents speak languages other than English, a trend which the academy believes “could have important...

English Now Second Place in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican Senate recently approved a bill declaring Spanish as the first official language of the country, moving English to second place. The 1993 law proceeding this new regulation put both English and...

Frederick County Repeals English-Only Ordinance

Frederick County has repealed a controversial ordinance making English the county’s official language, which was implemented three years prior. Frederick was Maryland’s first county to issue an English-only ordinance, something that has been proposed...

Language Skill Changes Lives in North Korea

As North Korea announced the creation of its own time zone, the leaders of the “hermit country” have again politically distanced themselves from the rest of the world. However, in the last decade, there...

Four Years to English Proficiency

Study Finds English Learners in Seattle-Area Elementary Schools Successfully Reach Language and Literacy Targets in Nearly Four Years A new Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest study, prepared in partnership with seven Washington school districts, found...

Students Protest Multilingual Instruction in South Africa

Student protests disrupted classes and led to the cancellation of a career fair at Stellenbosch University in Western Cape, South Africa over a school-wide language policy that gives Afrikaans and English equal status as...

Half of EU Doctors Rejected from UK for Poor English

About a year after the EU’s freedom of movement rules were amended to require medical doctors to pass a language proficiency exam in order to practice medicine in an EU member state in the...

English on the Upswing Among Latinos

According to a new report out by the Pew Research Center, English proficiency has hit all-time highs among Latinos, while Spanish is spoken less and less in Latino homes. The report, “English Proficiency on...

Oklahoma Senator Reintroduces the English Language Unity Act

This week, Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, reintroduced the English Language Unity Act. The legislation would mandate that the federal government use the English language when conducting all official functions and proceedings,...
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