Tag: policy

Radical Re-Thinking Required

According to the Migration Policy Institute, the U.S. meets the educational needs of less than 4% of its adult immigrant population—more than 20 million of whom have limited proficiency in English. It’s an especially troubling fact, as communicating in English remains a prerequisite for most careers in this country.

Brexit Blamed for England’s Drop in Language Learning

According to the British Council's 2018 Language Trends survey of schools in England, less than half of 16-year-olds study a language other than English, down from three fourths in 2002, and Britain’s exit from the European Union was cited in the report as having a “negative impact on student motivation and/or parental attitudes towards language learning.”Figures for GCSEs –...

Danish Language Classes Supplement Denmark Tax Cuts

A new tax deal set by the Danish government will place stronger conditions for entry to social welfare programs and payments for foreign citizens. The tax cut, which amounts to 5 billion kroner, aim to deliver 1,850-3,150 kroner to each Danish taxpayer, which is much less than the government’s original initiative of between 5,000-26,700 a year. Along with a...

Celebrate Mother Language Day!

On International Mother Language Day 2018, celebrated on 21 February every year, UNESCO reiterates its commitment to linguistic diversity and invites its Member States to celebrate the day in as many languages as possible as a reminder that linguistic diversity and multilingualism are essential for sustainable development.This year UNESCO also commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of...

Mass. House Pushes For Diversity in ELL Teaching

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Last week, the Massachusetts House passed a bill that would eliminate “one size fits all” teaching for English Language Learners ( ELL ). The bill, H. 3736 or “An Act relative to language opportunity for our kids”, was originally filed by Democrat House member, Jeffrey Sánchez, and was reported by the committee on House Ways and Means.The bill...

Opposition to Puerto Rico’s Schools Cuts

Last month, the presidents of the American Federation of Teachers and the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (the Puerto Rico Teachers Association) co-signed a letter to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, describing the harmful impact of the deep education cuts over the past decade and the devastating consequences additional proposed reductions would have on students and Puerto Rico’s future.

Texas Bill SB4 Threatens Vulnerable Students

With the recent approval of Texas Senate Bill 4, many of the state's most vulnerable students will face new obstacles accessing the education they need to become contributors to our society. The bill, which was signed into law during a Facebook Live broadcast on Sunday afternoon by Governor Greg Abbot, puts a startling halt to "sanctuary cities" and the security they provide to the parents of documented and undocumented children in Texas.

Tell Congress to Support World Languages

The Trump Administration's FY 2018 budget blueprint proposes a $54 million increase to the Department of Defense, to be offset by cuts to programs in the domestic, non-defense discretionary portion of the budget. Among the programs listed for the elimination or reductions are Federal programs that support world language education: Title VI/Fulbright-Hays of HEA, Department of State Educational and...

What Should Trump Do for Education in the U.S.? Part I

Part I in Language Magazine's series in which we ask key figures in the world of language education what President Trump should do to improve educational outcomes in the U.S.  A Six-Step Plan Stephen Krashen 1. Focus on Poverty The most consistent and powerful predictor of school achievement is poverty. When researchers control for the effect of poverty, American students rank near the...

Putin’s Language Policy

While France's Minister of Culture decided that fighting the inclusion of foreign words was hurting, rather than preserving, the French language, Russia remains resistant. President Vladimir Putin has launched a number of initiatives to preserve the “purity” of the Russian language, including declaring this year Russia's Year of Literature. Putin told several dozen government officials, writers and education managers,...