Tag: language

Sharing Study Abroad

The recent college admissions scandal has focused much of the nation on the competition for places at top U.S. universities, and the extreme measures that seemingly rational people will take to secure an advantage for their children have shocked many of us. However, in some parts of the world, the revelations are...

Alaska’s First and Second

Daniel Ward asks Brandon Locke and Victor Santos to discuss how Anchorage School District is leading the revitalization of the U.S.’ second-most widely spoken native language, Yup’ik, through an innovative dual-language programDW: I understand that Yup’ik is the second-most widely spoken Indigenous language in the U.S. Can you...

Bilingual Children Adapt to Others’ Needs Better

Bilingual children adapt to the needs of their communication partners better than monolingual children, according to a study published in Child Development, because children growing up bilingually have to manage challenging communication situations more often and deal with the differing communication styles of their parents. Developmental psychologists at the University of Zurich...

Maryland Bill Weighs Coding as a Language

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The Maryland House of Delegates, Ways and Means Committee, is considering a bill (H.B. 1211) that would let county boards of education allow students to satisfy foreign language requirements by completing a certain course in computer programming or coding.Sponsored by 19 House delegates, the bill has...

Celebrate National American Sign Language Day

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Sign LanguageNational ASL Day is a day of observance celebrating American Sign Language.On April 15, 1817, the first school for the deaf in the United States opened. Students gathered there over the years and at subsequent deaf schools across our nation. The children intermingled Native American Signs, French...

Global Voices: I Dream That My Language Lives

Over the course of 50 weeks in 2019, Global Voices plans to host 50 Latin American language activists on its @ActLenguas Twitter handle. This Twitter campaign began in mid-January and is now in full swing.According to their site, “Global Voices is an international...

Deal to Promote Chinese in Georgia

Last month, the education and science minister Giorgi Batiashvili of Georgia signed an agreement with China to promote the learning of Chinese in Georgian high schools. Chinese lessons will now be offered to students in accordance with the national curriculum standards.The deal will...

Spanish Congress in Argentina

The VIII International Congress of the Spanish Language will be held from March 27–30 in Córdoba, Argentina, with more than 200 writers, academics, experts, and professionals from around the world related to Spanish. It will be inaugurated by King Felipe of Spain and the Argentine president, Mauricio Macri. The theme of the...

Bringing It All Together with a Master Plan

Joanna Duggan and Teddi Predaris examine the ten key components of an English learner master planImagine being the parent of a third grader new to a school in a large, urban district. Your child was designated as an English learner (EL) at her...

French Accept their Feminine Side

French heroine, Joan of ArcThe use of the feminine form of job titles has finally been accepted by members of the Académie Française, the guardians of the French language.The Academy’s first online dictionary includes “feminized” versions of occupations alongside the longstanding masculine nouns, such as...