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Federal Statement in Support of International Education

The U.S. Departments of State and Education have issued a Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education, with support from the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security, to encourage the sector to recover and build back better after the prior administration’s restrictions on student visas and the pandemic-induced shutdowns. The statement is the first public affirmation of federal...

Afrikaans Goes to Court

The University of South Africa—locally known as UNISA—the largest university system in the nation, has been working on phasing out Afrikaans as a language of instruction since 2016, a move that has been met with protest from some of the nation’s Afrikaans speakers. Now, the highest court in the country will determine the constitutionality of the university’s language policy....

ALAS Opens a Women Superintendents Policy Leadership Academy

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) has created a new leadership academy specifically to help new female superintendents learn advocacy skills and develop their understanding of navigating and implementing education policies. The Women Superintendents Policy Leadership Academy is accepting applications through July 31, 2021 for its 2021-2022 cohort, which begins in September, 2021 and runs through May,...

Court Rejects Special Status for Russian in Moldova

Last month, Moldova’s constitutional court rejected a law that would have given special status to the Russian language (Language Magazine, January 2021). The law was passed last year by the pro-Russian parliament previously led by Igor Dodon, who lost re-election to current president Maia Sandu of the center-right Party of Action and Solidarity. The Constitutional Court ruled that the...

Israeli Policy to promote Arabic Language Education

A member of the Israeli legislature, the Knesset, has submitted a bill that would require Israeli children to study Arabic in school. Currently, it is common for Israeli children to study Arabic throughout middle and high school, however it is not a subject required by law. The new bill, which was proposed at the end of last year, would make...

Russia Criticizes Uzbek Language Policy

The Russian Foreign Ministry said this month that supporters of the Uzbekistan government’s plan to enforce the use of Uzbek in the civil service were “obviously in the minority.” Moscow also urged that the former Soviet republic retain Russian as an official language in order to “keep in line with the spirit of history, time, and the quality of bilateral...

America’s Languages Caucus is Born

On November 12, the offices of Congressmen David E. Price (D-North Carolina 04) and Don Young (R-All Alaskans) announced the establishment of the Congressional Caucus on America’s Languages. The mission of the America’s Languages Caucus is to set forth a national strategy to raise awareness about the importance of world language learning and international education, particularly as it relates...

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. Those who are not fluent in English often face barriers not...

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...
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