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Dread and Delight as Québec Passes Strict French Law

Called Bill 96, Canada’s Québec province passed into law its fiercely fought French language bill last month. The new law will impose penalties on businesses and organizations that don’t switch exclusively to the French...

Mental Health Services in Spanish Decline

According to a study published last month in the journal Psychiatric Services (https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ps.202100614), between 2014 and 2019, the proportion of US centers offering mental health treatment in Spanish declined by nearly 18%, resulting in...

Belarus Restricts Lithuanian Education

According to Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belarus will no longer allow students in its two Lithuanian-language schools to study in their native language. Instead, they’ll study in either Belarusian or Russian, with Lithuanian...

US Lawmakers React against Online Spanish Misinformation

US Senators Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico), alongside US Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-California 29), led 20 colleagues in sending letters to the heads of WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal to...

Ryanair Imposes Afrikaans Test on South African Passengers

Ryanair, one of Europe’s largest budget airlines is demanding that travelers who hold a South African passport must first pass an ‘Afrikaans’ language test at the boarding gates, or forfeit their seat. Ryanair, based in...

NYC Focuses on Dyslexia

New York City announced that it would be taking increased action to support and improve the learning outcomes of dyslexic students in the city’s school system. Mayor Eric Adams, who...

GAO Reports on Mitigating Learning Loss for English Learners

While the pandemic presented obstacles for many students during the 2020–21 school year, the federal General Accounting Office’s (GAO’s) nationwide survey of public K–12 teachers showed that teachers with certain vulnerable student populations were...

Gen Z Preferences for Post-Pandemic International Study

Gen Z international students are shifting their focus from rankings to degree outcomes when applying to universities, a global survey by INTO University Partnerships reveals. Most Gen Z international students now place highest value...

Puerto Rican Writer Braschi Wins Spanish Award

The North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE) has bestowed its 2022 Enrique Anderson Imbert Award upon the renowned Puerto Rican writer Giannina Braschi. This national award recognizes those who have made sustained...

Uganda Considers Making Students Study Kiswahili and French

Politicians in Uganda are currently debating whether or not to make Kiswahili and French compulsory subjects in the country’s school system. As two of the official languages of the East African Community (EAC), both...
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