Monthly Archives: July 2018

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Emirates Embrace Chinese

Last month’s visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) not only strengthened bilateral relations between the two nations, but also provided a huge boost to the learning of Mandarin in the UAE. Abu Dhabi’s Ministry of Education announced that Chinese will be taught in 100 schools from next year, stressing…

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Should Spain’s Constitution be Gender Neutral?

Spain’s new socialist government has upset the Real Academia Española (RAE), the Spanish language’s official guardian, by asking it to see if Spain’s Constitution could become more gender neutral. Specifically, the government is seeking to replace the prevalent masculine plural (eg. señores) with both the masculine and feminine versions (señores y señoras). The row erupted…

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National Spanish Spelling Bee Champion Crowned

On Saturday, in San Antonio, Texas, Maria del Sol Nuñez-Peña spelled anaerobiosis (life without oxygen) to win her second consecutive National Spanish Spelling Bee title. Nuñez-Peña, a 14-year-old, incoming ninth-grader from Chaparral, New Mexico, defeated 42 other contestants from eleven states, including Massachusetts, Florida, and Wisconsin, in the national competition’s eighth year. “I feel very…

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Everyday Native Builds Bridges Between Native and non-Native Youth

Everyday Native is the first collaborative teacher’s resource created by non-Natives and Native Americans to focus on the daily lives of Native youth.  It sparks discussion and understanding among 4th through 12th grade students about the experiences of navigating the two worlds of Native and non-Native life. Through such topics as biculturalism, family, reclaiming culture, and bullying, Everyday Native aims to…

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Senate Bill Counts Coding for Language Requirement

At the end of last month, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Coding Opportunities and Development for Equitable Students (CODES) Act, a new competitive grant program for local education agencies (LEAs) that would be housed within the National Activities Fund (NAF) at the U.S. Department of Education. The proposal has the…

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Children of Immigrants Better Off in North America

According to a new comparison by the OECD, “entrenched disadvantage is less common among the children of immigrants in North America” than in Austria, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. “Children of immigrant parents in North America have labour earnings that are either indistinguishable (U.S.) or higher (Canada) than those of the children of natives,” according…