Tag: language

Alaska Senate Passes Native Language Bill

The Alaska Senate voted this morning to make each of Alaska’s native languages, official languages of the state. Twenty-one indigenous languages, including :Iñupiaq, Siberian Yupik, Central Alaskan Yup'ik, Alutiiq, Unangax?, Dena'ina, Deg Xinag, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Upper Kuskokwim, Gwich'in, Tanana, Upper Tanana, Tanacross, Hän, Ahtna, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian have been granted official status, according to the bill....

Long Beach Campaigns for Language Access

Campaigners in Long Beach, CA gathered outside city hall on Tuesday, to emphasize city's the need for better 'language access' in the run up to this week's council meeting. The rally addressed the Council directly, following a 2013 approval of the city-wide Language Access Policy (LAP). Promising better language education and resources for speakers of Spanish, Tagalog and Khmer,...

Belfast Protest for Irish Language Rights

Irish language speakers and activists took to the streets of Belfast on Saturday in protest over what has been described as the government’s “failure” to protect the Irish language. Over 4000 people marched through Belfast city centre, demanding a “rights-based Irish language act” including a comprehensive Irish medium education system and adequate resources for the Irish-speaking community in Northern...

Language Education Affected in Iowa Budget Cuts

Students in the Iowa City School District are to suffer the loss of language classes in state budget cuts, starting next year. The School Board approved the budget for fiscal year 2015 in Tuesday’s meeting, including budget cuts totalling $3.6 million. The proposal is set to see the loss of all German- language programs, all seventh-grade language programs and...

Hansa Language Centre

Hansa Language Centre has been teaching languages to adult students from around the globe since 1969. It is one of Canada´s largest and most respected language schools. Its two campuses are just steps from the Eglinton Subway station in the heart of Toronto, one of the safest and most multicultural cities in the world. English programs are based on the...

UK Announces Tougher Language Exams

Education ministers in the UK have announced plans for tougher GCSE examinations as part of a series of government education reforms. For the first time in several years, the government education review specifically outlines plans for more vigorous tests in modern foreign languages, in addition to syllabus changes for core subjects such as English language and literature, mathematics and the...

Celebrate International Mother Language Day

"Local languages constitute the majority of languages spoken across our world in the field of science. They are also the most endangered. Excluding languages means excluding those who speak them from their fundamental human right to scientific knowledge. " - Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General. The Mother Tongue Day in 2014 will examine issues related to local languages and science. Experts...

Cutting to the Common Core: Academic Language Development Network

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Susan O’Hara, Jeff Zwiers, and Robert Pritchard explain the mission of the Academic Language Development Network The Academic Language Development Network (http://aldnetwork.org) is a collaborative project, co-housed at the University of California Davis and Stanford University. The Network focuses on research-based teaching and assessment practices for developing the complex academic language, literacy, and thinking skills that support the learning...

Have Style? Need Language.

Languages are in vogue in the fashion industry The UK's Guardian reports on how international brands and overseas supply chains make languages essential for a career in fashion. Click for full story.

Second Minnesota District Offers World Language Certificate

Rochester Public Schools is joining Minneapolis by offering seniors with bilingual ability the opportunity to earn a world language certificate that will count toward foreign language requirements in college and enhance their job prospects. About 80 different languages are spoken in the Rochester school district. District officials say they initially intend to make certificates available for five languages: Chinese, German,...