Language News

Hilda Maldonado is an evangelist for bilingual education. As head of multilingual programming for the Los Angeles Unified School District, she welcomed California’s vote last fall to repeal an almost two-decade mandate for English-only classes in public schools. Her district’s 640,000-plus students collectively speak 93 languages. Maldonado said, “Forty-nine percent of the students in this.. read more →

Mandarin makes you more musical – and at a much earlier age than previously thought. That’s the suggestion of a new study from the University of California San Diego. But hold on there, overachiever parents, don’t’ rush just yet to sign your kids up for Chinese lessons instead of piano. In a paper published in.. read more →

This fall 50 Spokane kindergarten students will learn in Spanish and English. Spokane Public Schools will add two Spanish language immersion kindergarten classes in the Libby Center, where students will be instructed in Spanish half of the time. “We’re trying to prepare our students to be global citizens and be competitive in the workforce,” said.. read more →

A surge of refugees to the Sacramento area has transformed San Juan Unified into the local epicenter for students from Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iraq and Syria. As a result, the district has hired non-credentialed bilingual instructional assistants who speak Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto and Ukrainian to help newcomers understand classroom lessons. In the last school year,.. read more →

The Shawnee Mission School District has teamed up with Kansas State University for a program that helps students learn English in addition to their native language. Darren Dennis, the director of curriculum and assessment for the district, says there’s a growing number of English Language Learner (ELL) students. “There is a substantial population here and.. read more →

Last month, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith released a budget proposal that included funding for expanding two-way dual immersion programs in elementary schools and developing a plan for continuing the approach through middle school. Currently, the Maryland school district has a handful of immersion programs, but the majority are one-way programs that primarily.. read more →

Reports circulated Thursday, the day before the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States, that his first budget would propose the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Hill reported that those agencies were slated for elimination, according to a blueprint being shared.. read more →

The Trump administration hit the pause button late Friday on a host of Obama administration regulations, including one detailing how accountability and state plans will work under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The regulation, which was finalized in November, doesn’t take effect until Jan. 30. On Inauguration Day, the White House issued an executive order.. read more →

Communication is critical in most professions, but in some, clear verbal exchanges can mean the difference between life and death. Soldiers in the US Army stationed abroad, for example, must convey and understand information in languages other than English, but don’t always have access to interpreters to help them communicate. To assist with this, the.. read more →