Monthly Archives: September 2019

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Celebrate National Teach Spanish Day!

September 30 is National Teach Spanish Day. Launched by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), the goals of the day are:1. To promote the teaching of Spanish as a profession2. To call attention to the current Spanish teacher shortage (K-12) in the US3. To emphasize the importance of Spanish as a…

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Signing Rights for All

During this week, the International Week of the Deaf, each day of the week has a specific focus under the main theme of “Sign Language Rights for All!” Monday, 23 September – Sign Language Rights for All!Tuesday, 24 September – Sign Language Rights for All ChildrenWednesday, 25 September – Sign Language Rights for Deaf Senior…

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Refugee Education in Crisis

According to a report by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), of the 7.1 million refugee children of school age, 3.7 million – more than half – do not go to school. The report, Stepping Up: Refugee Education in Crisis, shows that as refugee children grow older, the barriers preventing them from accessing education become…

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Rhode Island May Forgive EL Teacher Loans

Providence, Rhode Island, one of America’s oldest cities, is modernizing. Rhode Island’s Supporting Providers of English Language Learning (SPELL) Act aims to address the English learner (EL) teacher shortage by making highly-qualified EL teachers eligible for up to $17,500 in student loan forgiveness. ELs represent almost 10% of students in Rhode Island and approximately a…

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Tensions over Hindi in India Rise

India’s Union Home Minister Amit Shah stirred a social media debate in the country on Saturday after he pitched Hindi as a common language for the country. He said Hindi is the most widely spoken and can unite the whole country. The comment resulted the internet erupting trending hashtags such as #StopHindilmposition and #StopHindiImperialism. “India…

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Tensions Rise over Hindi Dominance

India’s Union Home Minister Amit Shah stirred a social media debate in the country on Saturday after he pitched Hindi as a common language for the country. He said Hindi is the most widely spoken language and can unite the whole country. The comment resulted the internet erupting trending hashtags such as #StopHindilmposition and #StopHindiImperialism….

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Hear Indigenous Languages through Google Earth

A new project titled Celebrating Indigenous Languages aims to raise awareness and preservation efforts for Indigenous languages. The project can be found in Voyager on Google Earth, a storytelling platform with an education slant. The program is part of celebrating 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages and gathered more than 50 different languages…