Monthly Archives: February 2021

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Move to Egalité for French in Canada

Since its adoption of the Official Languages Act in 1969, Canada has been an officially bilingual country—that is, the nation has recognized both English and French as its official languages on a federal level. But French has been in decline, as its proportion of native speakers within the country shrinks. A series of major reforms…

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Improving Accountability for English Learners in California

Californians Together, a statewide education advocacy coalition, has introduced a new framework for accountability focused on the needs of English learner (EL) students in California with the support of 20 organizations, including Advancement Project California, California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), Education Trust-West, Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL), and Unidos US. The Accountability System English…

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Fostering Multilingualism for Inclusion

Sunday’s celebration of International Mother Language Day, the UN’s annual commemoration honoring linguistic diversity and multilingualism, focused on inclusion, both in the classroom and in society. “Fostering the use of the mother tongue means, precisely, at the same time fostering access to education for all, as well as the dissemination of cultures in all their diversity….

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Pakistan Set to Make Arabic Mandatory

After a near unanimous vote, the Senate of Pakistan has adopted a new education policy requiring students in the capital city of Islamabad to learn Arabic from grades one through twelve. While the policy currently only affects students attending school in Islamabad, it is expected that the policy will soon be extended nationwide. All but…

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Tibetan Language Advocate Freed

Tashi Wangchuk, a Tibetan language rights activist who was imprisoned by the Chinese government on charges of inciting separatism, has been released upon completing a five-year sentence. Wangchuk was featured in a 2015 documentary by the New York Times, which detailed his efforts to advocate against the government’s linguistic assimilation of ethnic minorities; this same…

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Study Highlights Importance of Language Access Services During Pandemic

A recently published study is stressing the necessity of accessible multilingual information on public health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The research—published in JAMA Network Open, a journal of the American Medical Association—underscores the various social and demographic factors associated with higher incidence and death rates of COVID-19, such as limited English proficiency, race and…

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Language Restrictions Exacerbate Pandemic Toll

A recently published study is stressing the necessity of accessible multilingual information on public health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The research—published in JAMA Network Open, a journal of the American Medical Association—underscores the various social and demographic factors associated with higher incidence and death rates of COVID-19, such as limited English proficiency, race and…