Tag: languagepolicy

Ghana to Push Mother Tongue Instruction

Ghana's Minister for Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, recently stated her intentions to push through the current language policy, which mandates English language instruction, at the highest level so that school children can be...

South Africa’s Controversial Language Education

Schools in South Africa will begin offering instruction in various African languages beginning next year. "This means that schools that previously offered English and Afrikaans will now be mandated to offer African languages from...

Saving Scotland’s Gaelic Language

The cultural colonization of Anglo-American media has threatened countless languages, including the Gaelic language of Scotland. Not to be confused with the Irish language, which also descended from the Celtic language of the Gaels, Gaelic is slowly...

English Now Second Place in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican Senate recently approved a bill declaring Spanish as the first official language of the country, moving English to second place. The 1993 law proceeding this new regulation put both English and...

Frederick County Repeals English-Only Ordinance

Frederick County has repealed a controversial ordinance making English the county’s official language, which was implemented three years prior. Frederick was Maryland’s first county to issue an English-only ordinance, something that has been proposed...

South Africa’s Plans for Chinese Language Education

In the wake of university student protests against multilingual instruction in South Africa, the South African education system announced plans to implement optional Chinese language classes in schools. The Chinese language is the latest of...

The Rising Demand for Bilingual Teachers

Schools are struggling to provide quality education to an increasing number of students who don't speak English. In the last 25 years, the amount of English language learners (ELLs) in the U.S. has risen...

Navajo Nation Loosens Language Requirement for Leadership

Recently, the collective voice of the Navajo Nation passed a referendum to change the language requirements for the positions of tribal president and vice president. The referendum eliminates the need for potential leaders to...

Voting Rights Act Left Some Less Equal

Language minorities earned voting rights only in 1975 August 6th marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act, signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson following the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama...

Haiti’s Government Backs Native Kreyòl Language

Haiti has two official languages; French and the French-based Hatian Kreyòl. Until recently, education in Haiti was conducted with French as the primary language of instruction, despite the French language being spoken only by...
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