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New Bill to Support Language Teaching at School

LAUTENBERG, HOLT INTRODUCE BILL TO SUPPORT INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) have introduced, in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the "Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act." The legislation would create a new U.S. Department of Education initiative to support revolutionary classroom programs that provide...

Understanding Language

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Kenji Hakuta and Martha Castellón present the challenges and opportunities for English Language Learners If you were a surfer, the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards would comprise something like an enormous wave generated by a perfect storm of conditions. The education policy environment at the national level combines decades of effort at standards-based reform, attempts...

Demand Increases for Modern Language Professors

According to the Modern Language Association (MLA), there will probably be more full-time jobs in 2012-13 in the U.S. for foreign-language professors than for those with doctorates in English for the first time in almost 20 years.The prediction is part of an update on the job market released by the MLA ahead of its annual meeting, starting January 3...

$100,000 Grant to Help Improve Chinese Language Instruction in America

Last year, Claudia Ross, immediate past president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), began designing a program to help expand the resources available to Chinese language teachers across America. This summer, after more than a year of planning, Ross and Baozhang He, associate professor of Chinese, in conjunction with CLTA, are ready to launch this initiative.The 10-day residential...

Latvians Reject Proposal for Russian as Official Language

On Saturday, February 18, Latvians rejected a proposal to give Russian status as an official language of the state. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Russian is not only considered the mother tongue of the country’s former Soviet occupiers but is also spoken by one-third of the Baltic country’s 2.1 million population. Ethnic Latvians saw the proposal as an...

About the Turkish Language

About the Turkish languageSee also: Turkish language History The earliest forms of the Turkish language were written in Orkhon script.During the Ottoman Empire, Ottoman Turkish was influenced mainly by Arabic and Persian. The primary writing system was based on Arabic and Persian script. Due to the difficulty of learning the script only about 10% of the Ottoman Turkish population were literate.Atatürk...

California Language Roadmap Summit

On Friday, May 7, a summit meeting entitled, “Building World Citizens for California’s Success,” brought together leaders from business, education, public policy, and local school communities to begin developing a strategic plan for prioritizing world language competence to meet California’s current and future language needs.The California Language Roadmap is sponsored by National Security Education Program (NSEP), the UC Language...

Columnist Calls Language Learning Useless

In a recent column for the Washington Post, Why Waste Time on a Foreign Language?, Jay Mathews argues that "based on what actually happens in high schools, learning a foreign language often is a waste of time."Language Magazine staffer Kate Sommers-Dawes has responded in her own letter to the editor. Click here to read her response (registration may be required).

Language Aid for Haiti

California's Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) is providing thousands of language "survival" products to U.S. forces assisting relief operations in Haiti. Out of the nearly 20,000 language products that have been shipped, most are going to SOUTHCOM and the 18th Airborne Corps out of Fort Bragg. These products are designed to give ...

Language Magazine Supports PRIDE Act

Language Magazine is urging its readers to ask their representatives to approve legislation introduced by Representative Raúl Grijalva (D–AZ) to expand access to and support for dual-language educational programs for children in low-income and ethnically diverse communities. The “Providing Resources to Improve Dual-Language Education (PRIDE) Act” would provide more...