Tag: language

Elite Language Students Focus on Community Service

Even during these challenging times, language students contribute to the greater good. I recently attended (via Zoom, of course) the award ceremony of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispáncia (SHH). The SHH is the nationally recognized honor society for Spanish and Portuguese high school students. It is part of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). The honor...

Questions to Ask Ourselves

Educators, WE Can’t Wait for the U.S. to Change!The global coronavirus pandemic took education systems by surprise, exacerbating the educational and economic inequities that have existed for centuries and continue to be overshadowed by what educators, sociologists, psychologists, and researchers call gaps (the “wealth gap,” the “achievement gap,” the “opportunity gap,” the “language gap,” the “gender gap,” and more),...

Interactive virtual event for language learners Dec. 2-3

Language learners, educators, businesses, and language content and service providers are invited to attend Global C.R.E.D. (Credentialing and Recognizing Excellence and Determination) a free virtual event with a combination of recorded and live presentations that will be live-streamed December 2-3 for interactive and on-demand access. Global C.R.E.D. brings to life the Global Seal of Biliteracy’s mission of fostering a learner-to-user...

‘Quarantine’ is Cambridge Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2020

Man looking out the window during social isolation.
Cambridge Dictionary has announced quarantine as Word of the Year 2020, after data shows it was one of the most highly searched words on the Cambridge Dictionary this year. Quarantine was the only word to rank in the top five for both search spikes and overall views (more than 183,000 by early November), with the largest spike in searches (28,545)...

Five Million Assessments Reveal COVID Educational Slide

Happy African-American boy working on laptop
A new report based on 5.3 million assessments of student progress in grades 1-8 details the effects on learning associated with COVID-19 school disruptions. Released by Renaissance (a leader in pre-K–12 education technology) to end the speculation and provide guidance for educators as they address learning gaps, How Kids Are Performing: Tracking the Impact of COVID-19 on Reading and...

Smart Entertainment for Preschoolers in Spanish

Building on HITN’s experience of providing quality, educational, and entertaining content for Hispanic families across the U.S., HITN has launched Edye, a Spanish-language, premium SVOD (subscription video-on-demand service) that offers smart and safe entertainment for preschoolers. Edye has been created for children between the ages of two and six years old and features over 2,500 episodes from more than 70...

The Shoulders We Stand On

The University of New Mexico Press has published a new book tracing the complex history of bilingual education in the "Land of Enchantment." The Shoulders We Stand On, edited by Rebecca Blum-Martinez and Mary Jean Habermann López, traces the complex history of bilingual education in New Mexico, covering Spanish, Diné, and Pueblo languages. The book focuses on the formal establishment...

Yiddish Garners Support in Israeli Legislature

An Israeli legislature (Knesset) lobby focused on revitalizing the Yiddish language and culture in the country had its first public meeting earlier this month, according to The Forward. Historically, Yiddish has been suppressed in Israel despite many elderly citizens speaking it natively, so members of the Knesset have joined forces to support policies that will boost the language’s status. The...

The Other Spanish Golden Age

Students encounter excellent cultural references in today’s Spanish language textbooks. Striking photographs, stunning videos, and authentic materials bring the art, music, cuisine, and literature of the Spanish-speaking world to learners. But where are the cultural vignettes and references linked to the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields? Specifically, a topic absent from these cultural discussions is la edad...

Reviving Lost Languages through AI

Adam Conner-Simons introduces an MIT CSAIL system that aims to help linguists decipher languages without advanced knowledge of relations to other languages. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have recently developed a new system that can automatically decipher a lost language without needing advanced knowledge of its relation to other languages. They also showed that their...
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