Tag: Spanish

ELL/Spanish Specialist Appointed to Lead White House Hispanic Initiative

Aimee Viana has been appointed to the position of executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (the Initiative).According to a statement, :"Viana will work closely with the Hispanic community and the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She will align the work of the Initiative with the Department's goal of rethinking education...

To Celebrate World Book Day, Spanish Language Day, and English Language Day, 10 Books from Spanish Authors to Read in English or Spanish

 Today is a big day, with three coinciding celebrations all at once. World Book Day is a celebration of authors, books, and most importantly, reading. According to their website, it is “the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.” There...

Spanish Fades with Generations

Although U.S. Latinos believe it’s important for future generations of Hispanics to speak Spanish and the vast majority speak the language to their children, less Latino parents ensure their children speak Spanish as they become second- and third-generation, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.Overall, 85% of Latino...

13 Million Brits Plan to Learn Spanish in 2018

According to a poll recently released by the British Council, one out of every five UK adults (about 13 million people) said they plan to learn another language as a New Year’s resolution, while one in three (over 20 million Brits) intends to try and learn at least some phrases in another language in the year ahead.For those respondents...

The Future of Spanish and Hispanic Media in the U.S.

Does one have to speak Spanish to be considered Hispanic or Latino in the U.S.? What is the role of Hispanic media in the country which elected Donald Trump a year ago? How important is the Spanish language to Hispanic media? How does such media affect the use of Spanish in a country with 58 million Spanish speakers?These were...

Spanish Media Lacking Diversity

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GLAAD, the pressure group for acceptance of the LGBTQ community, has released its second annual Spanish-language media report, Still Invisible/Todavía invisibles (https://www.glaad.org/stillinvisible-todaviainvisible). The bilingual report analyzes the LGBTQ characters in primetime scripted television airing in the U.S. between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, and finds that only 3% (19) of the 698 characters seen in primetime (7:00...

Duolingo Rolls Out New Language-Learning Podcast

The language-learning app, Duolingo has decided to add NPR style podcasts to their arsenal of tools to get people speaking. The company, which is typically known for gamifying language in their app, has launched Duolingo Spanish Podcast, aimed at English speakers who are seeking to learn Spanish. The first podcast is available here https://podcast.duolingo.com/ and is about reporter Rodrigo...

World Languages from National Geographic Learning

¡Exploremos! (1-4, 1A and 1B) offers an innovative approach to language teaching that takes advantage of content the students already know about the world and brings it to them through NatGeo Explorers, NatGeo video, and contemporary themes focusing on real life situations with 21st Century skills that prepare the students to understand more about the world and their place...

Spanish Speakers Rising by Five Million a Year

Spain’s Instituto Cervantes has released its annual report on the Spanish language: El español en el mundo 2017, revealing that more than 572 million people speak Spanish worldwide, of which 477 million people are native speakers — five million more than last year — and that there will be more than 750 million Spanish...

The Amazing Case of El Biblioburro

Lori Langer de Ramirez uses the world language classroom to broaden students’ knowledge of geography and introduce concepts like social justiceLanguage study can open a student’s eyes to social issues around the world. In rural Colombia, teacher and child advocate Luis Soriano brings books to students who have little access to them.Traveling to schools throughout La Magdalena with his...