Monthly Archives: September 2018

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Pictograms to Replace French on Quebec Roadsigns

Stop sign from QuebecQuebec’s French-only roadsigns will be replaced by pictograms, making it easier for non-French speakers to navigate the road in Canada’s province. English text on roadsigns would have violated Quebec’s language laws, which left little option but to remove French from the signs. The decision came to a head thanks to a petition…

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Government of Canada announces support for the preservation of Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan

Today, the Honourable Pablo Rodríguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced that the Government of Canada is providing up to $2.3 million over two years to preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan. This funding, provided through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI), will be managed and administered by the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre (SICC). SICC, a non-profit organization,…

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Standardized Testing Detriment to Minority Children

Over the last year or so, the movement against high-stakes standardized testing has subsided, maybe due to educational activists focusing their attention on more pressing issues, such as funding, in the Trump era, or maybe because the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) creates the possibility for states to shift the focus of accountability from punishment…

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2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages IY2019

The United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) to help preserve indigenous languages and safeguard the rights of those who speak them. According to the IY2019 website, “Languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of people, not only as a tool for communication, education, social integration and development,…

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Teaching YouTubers

This article introduces the H5P website—an innovative, free, practical, and easy-to-use tech software that English teachers and students can use when engaged in teaching and learning English. Two events brought my focus toward employing interactive video technology as a teaching resource. First, online teaching is now a reality. Second, today’s students are not only more…

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Rwanda Revives French

Rwanda replaced French with English as its language of education a decade ago, but French is now experiencing a revival. French was the most-widely spoken European language in the once Belgian colony until it began losing ground to English in the aftermath of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, when the anglophone Tutsi took control. Adding to Rwandan…

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Indonesia: 653 Languages and Counting

The Indonesian Culture and Education Ministry’s Language Development and Training Agency has counted the country as having a total of 652 native languages.“The figure was taken from the data that we updated in 2017. We repeatedly update the data on our native languages every October,” agency head Professor Dadang Sunendar said. He stated that the…