Tag: languagepolicy

New Bipartisan Native American Language Bill

The short documentary "Durbin Feeling: Language Is Everything" honors the Cherokee linguist after whom the legislation is named.
On October 30, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Native American Languages Act (NALA) with the announcement of new bipartisan legislation, the Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2020, to ensure the federal government is living up to policies and principles set out in NALA...

Call to Reimagine English Learner Education

Group of multi-ethnic five little kids children African American, asian and Caucasian happiness together with friend to draw colour pencil to full colour of picture in living room or class room
Coalition for English Learner Equity issues a call to help address the education disparities faced by English Learners across the U.S. The Coalition for English Learner Equity (CELE), a group of national education leaders and organizations, working together to improve educational outcomes for linguistically and culturally diverse students, has launched a new national effort to help address the education disparities...

Coronavirus Language Access Act Introduced to Senate

Doctor checking Asian senior patient wearing a face mask in hospital for protection from infection
U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) have introduced the Coronavirus Language Access Act, which expands access to coronavirus-related resources by increasing language access services and supporting culturally appropriate COVID-19 response programs to help those who have limited English proficiency (LEP), older Americans, and people with disabilities. “We’ve seen that...

German Gender Disagreement

Students on university campus keeping social distance and wearing face masks due to coronavirus
The Association for German Language (GfdS) is calling for end to the practice of using an asterisk to make gender-specific nouns seem gender-neutral in German, reports Deutsche Welle. In the same way that the asterisk has been used in the U.S. to create gender-neutral words like Latinx, it has been used more and more frequently in German media and public...

Welsh Speakers Urged to Create Digital Recordings

Welsh speakers worldwide are being asked to help safeguard the future of the Welsh language by recording their voices using Common Voice, an initiative run by the free software community Mozilla to improve digital services in the Welsh language. The aim is to help technologies including phones, computers, and other electronic devices understand how people speak Welsh in order to make voice recognition open and accessible...

Louisiana Joins La Francophonie

The state of Louisiana is now a member of the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF). Its application as an observer member was accepted on October 11 by the organization’s member states at their biannual summit in Armenia, along with Ireland, Gambia, and Malta. The 54 full members of the OIF unanimously approved Louisiana’s application at the 17th summit of La...

Lawsuit Demands Bilingual Elections in Florida

As the midterm elections approach, civic engagement groups Faith in Florida, Hispanic Federation, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, UnidosUS, and Vamos4PR, and individual voter Marta Rivera have filed suit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and the Supervisors of Elections of 32 Florida counties who, they claim, are in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965’s requirement...

Arabic Downgraded in Israel

Israel has passed a “nation-state” law that gives exclusive rights to Jewish people and removes Arabic as an official language. The law states that Arabic will no longer be an official language but says that it will retain “special status” and “will not be harmed.” Israeli Arabs, Jews, and Christians have voiced opposition to the move. Haaretz, the country’s oldest...

Report Challenges California’s System to Identify English Learner Needs

Study of local plans identifies key improvements to fix the system Californians Together is releasing a new report today entitled Masking the Focus on English Learners which questions the efficacy of California’s accountability system in identifying the needs of English Learners accurately. The report claims that by combining data from two English Learner subgroups (current and reclassified), the system fails...

‘They’ Create Controversy in Australia

An initiative to encourage the use of non-gender-specific language by the government of Victoria, Australia’s second most-populous state, has caused public outcry and been labeled as “ugly, authoritarian language control,” according to The Australian. As part of the promotion of “They Day,” by Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services on the first Wednesday of every month, government employees are...
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