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Mar. 18, 2019 | New America
Grow Your Own (GYO) programs are being promoted as a strategy for ameliorating local  teacher shortages  and for increasing the r acial and linguistic diversity of the teacher workforce. New America defines GYO as partnerships between educator preparation programs, school districts, and community organizations that recruit and prepare local community members (e.g., parents, paraeducators, uncertified school staff, high school students) to enter the teaching profession and teach in their communities. Read more
JNCL Newsroom | Updated : Mar. 20, 2019 
On March 11, 2019, President Trump released his administration's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Overall, the spending proposal calls for a 10-12% reduction in Federal non-defense discretionary spending, as well as the elimination of several major programs.

We need  YOUR HELP  to advocate for funding all of these programs. 
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Mar. 19, 2019 | Inside Higher Ed
President Trump for the third year called on Congress to wind down the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the two biggest backers of humanities research on college campuses as well as education programs across the country. While the humanities endowment budget is small compared to other agencies, it has played a major role in supporting research, the growth of the digital humanities and efforts to preserve historic documents. Read more
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Mar. 15, 2019 | Venture Beat
 Yesterday, Google updated the iOS version of its  Gboard – the Google Keyboard app to include automatic language translation, a change Android users noted was roughly two years behind their platform. Gboard now lets users of any iOS app (including popular stock apps such as Messages and Mail) instantly convert typed phrases or sentences between upwards of 50 languages supported by Google Translate . Read more
Mar. 19, 2019 | The New York Times
“The lack of interpretation for indigenous people has been a problem for a long time,” said Odilia Romero, a Zapotec interpreter who has been an activist with the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations for the last 20 years. “But what we see now is something entirely different: We have entire populations showing up with languages that we have not seen in the United States before. " Read more
Mar. 15, 2019 | Houston Chronicle
Graduate student associations from five Texas universities have published a  joint letter  to elected officials opposing federal policies and proposals that they fear will deter international graduates seeking to continue their education in the United States.

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Mar. 14, 2019 | NPR
Processed foods get blamed for a lot of things. But this week, a group of linguists took it to a whole new level.

To put it crudely, they argue that the invention of processed foods like yogurt and gruel thousands of years ago gave us the F-word. Lots of F-words. To be more precise, the researchers think that softer foods led to more frequent use of the sounds "f" and "v" in human languages. (Other experts on language are skeptical; more about that later.) Read more
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

In this episode of Globally Speaking, we speak to Bill Rivers , “America’s Language Lobbyist,” about his work championing language endeavors in the US like education, translation and interpretation. You’ll want to hear more about what his advocacy for language at the highest levels has to do with immigration, national security, economic growth and the value of bilingualism. Listen here

Are you currently teaching a high school AP German class, or thinking about getting started? AATG members may apply for financial aid to participate in an AP® German Language and Culture summer institute. Applicants can choose from a wide variety of 2019 summer institutes. Read more
Deadline is April 15
The Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages (GWATFL) will hold its Spring Conference for World Language Educators on   April 27, 2019  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at National Cathedral School Washington, D.C., United States In case you are interested in presenting a table, please click here
We are incorporating more breaks in the schedule dedicated to the exhibits´ area during this upcoming conference. For further information on the event, please visit our website. Read more
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PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
 The  Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program  provides short-term seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Each seminar features educational lectures and activities specifically designed for the group, including visits to local schools and organizations, meetings with teachers and students, and visits to cultural sites. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new, cross-cultural curricula for their classrooms and school systems back in the U.S. How to apply . Deadline: March 27, 2019
On the occasion of its fifth biennial gathering, it is fitting that the ISLSP should “take stock” of what has transpired since its origins at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012, and its accomplishments to date. This conference provides a forum for the community of LSP scholars, instructors, and administrators to address, develop and reflect on issues related to LSP theory,methodology and practice . At the same time, this fifth gathering should be all about “moving forward” with the CIBERs, exploring LSP developments and possibilities as we travel into the coming decade(s). “Taking Stock and Moving Forward: LSP Theory, Method, Content, Curriculum, Collaboration” will share developments and innovation in LSP research, practice, and curriculum development, broadly considered.

When: March 5-7 2020 Read more

Established in 2018, The Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC) is partnership of Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University. Our mission is to enhance access to advanced language learning and deepen knowledge of global and intercultural issues for the benefit of Atlanta region students, faculty and the public. A National Resource Center and a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program, AGSC is funded by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The award is one of only seven awards supporting centers with a focus on international studies.


June 10-11, 2019, University of Utah Campus
Presenters: Carl Blyth (UT Austin) and Anne Lair (University of Utah)
 
The FLLITE project, a collaboration of COERLL (University of Texas at Austin) and CERCLL (University of Arizona), helps teachers to bridge the language/literature divide by developing their own literacy lessons as open educational resources (OER). Rather than focusing on canonical literature, FLLITE lessons focus on the poetics of everyday language (e.g., conversations, letters, blogs, YouTube videos, etc.). in brief, the goal of this workshop is to help foreign language teachers develop original materials based on authentic texts that promote language awareness and communicative abilities through the integration of reading, listening, speaking, and writing tasks.

Participants can receive 1 graduate-level college credit but must attend both days. Sponsored via a Language Resource Center grant. Read more about how to sign up!
Join us this summer for a 5-day workshop offered in French, specifically designed to meet the needs of French Dual Language Immersion teachers , new and already trained! This workshop is made possible thanks to the FACE Foundation (The French-American Cultural Exchange) in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC) at the University of Utah.
 
When:  July 8-12, 2019
Where: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Who: This workshop addresses teachers working in all French dual language and immersion model types (50/50; 90/10; and full immersion).

Application Deadline: March 31, 2019 Read more
Registration is now open for the 11th International Language Teacher Education Conference ; the early bird deadline is April 1, 2019 .

Details: May 30–June 1, 2019
The Graduate Hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

The 6 th  Annual Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference at American University will be held on Saturday,   October 12, 2019. The Coalition of Community-Based Language Schools is a nationwide initiative established to support, guide, and promote the interests of community-based heritage language schools and organizations across the United States. Registration will open in June. Read more .
FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Solicitation Number: 36C26319Q0180
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: 263 Network Contracting Office 23 (NCO 23)
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs Black Hills Health Care System
Response Date: Mar 22

Solicitation Number: W91247-19-R-0017
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command, MICC
Location: MICC Center - Fort Bragg
Response Date: Mar 26
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