Tag: Spanish

The Other Spanish Golden Age

Students encounter excellent cultural references in today’s Spanish language textbooks. Striking photographs, stunning videos, and authentic materials bring the art, music, cuisine, and literature of the Spanish-speaking world to learners. But where are the cultural vignettes and references linked to the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields? Specifically, a topic absent from these cultural discussions is la edad...

Spanish Speakers Up 30%, Learners Up 60%

In the last decade, the number of Spanish speakers worldwide has increased by 30%, largely as a result of population growth in Latin America, and the number of learners of Spanish as a second language has grown by 60%, according to the 2020 edition of Spanish in the World, published by the Instituto Cervantes. The yearbook records that more than...

Spanish Propaganda Floods Florida

In the run-up to the election, Spanish speakers in the battleground state of Florida are being targeted by misinformation campaigns designed to sway their votes. According to Sabrina Rodríguez and Marc Caputo (Politico, Sept. 14, 2020), an onslaught of anti-Biden disinformation “is inundating Spanish-speaking residents of South Florida ahead of election day, clogging their WhatsApp chats, Facebook feeds, and...

Miami Herald’s Spanish-Language Newspaper Causes Controversy Over Anti-Semitic Insert, Editor Resigns

This week, editors at The Miami Herald and its Spanish-language cohort, El Nuevo Herald, apologized to readers over a Spanish-language insert that said American Jews support "thieves and arsonists" and compared Black Lives Matter protesters to Nazis. The editors said they were "deeply sorry" for the column that was posted in an insert in the newspaper called "LIBRE" and...

How to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. The holiday celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988....

Spanish-speaking Transgender Hotline

The transgender advocacy group Trans Lifeline, a national hotline operated entirely by trans people to provide peer and crisis support across the U.S. and Canada, has launched a Spanish-language extension. In the last two years, Trans Lifeline’s hotline has received a massive uptick in calls from people who speak Spanish, sparking the need to have Spanish-speaking operators, according to...

Few U.S. Hispanics Have Heard of Latinx, Even Fewer Use It

According to a new report by the Pew Research Center, only 23% of U.S. adults who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino have heard of the term Latinx, and just 3% say they use it to describe themselves, according to a nationally representative, bilingual survey of U.S.Hispanic adults conducted in December 2019 by Pew Research Center. The gender-neutral pan-ethnic label...

New Institute to Promote Mexican Spanish and Culture

In a videoconference on Monday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced a new institution to protect and promote the Spanish language in the U.S. The César Chávez Digital Institute will also encourage research and be a sounding board against racial discrimination and hate crimes, and was announced on the anniversary of the 2019 El Paso shooting, in which a...

Race and Language Teaching

I moved to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1988 from Los Angeles, California. Even Birmingham’s undeniable legacy of racial injustice and violence could not quell my youthful anticipation of beginning my first academic appointment at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior, I had taught as a graduate student at the University of Iowa and UCLA. Before that, I cut my...

Reflections in the Water

Occasionally, I’ll wear a long red-and-black huipil that was made for me a few years ago while I was teaching in Mexico. Every time I put it on, its bold colors and unusual style attract attention and spark the curiosity of my students and colleagues. With every wear, I look forward to telling the stories behind my huipil and...
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