Monthly Archives: October 2020

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Watch the Best Francophone Animated Movies for Free!

Until October 31st, a feature film and eleven animated shorts from francophone filmmakers are available to watch online free of charge and without registration by clicking here. For the 10th consecutive year, the Institut Français and the AFCA (Association française du cinéma d’animation) is offering French speakers and learners the chance to enjoy these movies. But…

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Let’s Talk COVID-19

Conversemos COVID-19 (Let’s Talk COVID-19) is an initiative produced by the Indigenous and Diasporic Language Consortium at the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in collaboration with CUNY Mexican Studies Institute, Kichwa Hatari, and the Linguistics Summer School Bolivia, aimed at offering valuable information about the coronavirus pandemic in various Indigenous and diasporic…

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State Dept Promotes Critical Language Learning

The U.S. Department of State has launched a new website, Languages.State.Gov with the intention of developing a “new generation of critical language speakers.”  The website aims to be a one-stop platform for U.S. government language programs resource where Americans can take a quiz to identify language programs that fit their goals and explore U.S. government scholarships and other…

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Why We Need to Support Teachers Now

1. When researching Whole (Whole: What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive [Miller et al., 2020]), what surprised you about your findings?We were looking for examples of schools “outperforming their zip code”—places where the community was viewed by outsiders as rife with poverty, violence, or other societal challenges and yet the schools were thriving. We…

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Sociocultural Competence in Action

Dual-language bilingual education (DLBE) programs, at the core, are about serving students who have been linguistically and culturally marginalized in U.S. schools (Izquierdo and Medina, in press). However, it is also important to understand that as DLBE has increased in popularity, the ideas of equity and social justice as focal points have been lost in…

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Education Begins with Language

At the Council of Europe’s initiative, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on September 26 with the European Commission. This year, many of the celebrations moved online, including an online conference streamed live in English and interpreted into French, German, and Italian. A new European Commission report, Education Begins…