FEATURED NEWS
May 21, 2019 | ACTFL (PR)
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and its Lead with Languages campaign, with the support of Pearson LLC and Language Testing International, commissioned Ipsos Public Affairs to conduct a survey of 1,200 U.S. employers, and the resulting 2019 report, Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers, indicates an urgent and growing demand for language skills in the workplace.

The report also suggests  seven actionable recommendations that U.S. businesses may employ to fully leverage their employees’ language assets and to contribute to fostering a robust future multilingual workforce to better thrive in our global economy.

May 23, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
As of May 22, the House Appropriations Committee has completed draft appropriations bills funding the Departments of Education and State.

Overall, our programs see significant increases in these drafts . However, the Senate has yet to agree to a budget, although negotiations among the Senate and House leadership and the White House are ongoing.

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May 22, 2019 | Apex
A new breed of language-learning is turning TV shows and movies into educational tools. Can it make passengers’ time in flight more productive, too?

Singapore Airlines was among the first to take note of the suitability of language learning in the skies , when it worked Berlitz’s material into its KrisWorld in-flight entertainment (IFE) system in 2005. Last year, British startup uTalk boarded Emirates and easyJet – a great idea, according to Richard Howeson, chairman of the language-learning company. “With very little effort, passengers can learn enough to order their first drinks or negotiate transport, all by the time their plane lands,” he said at the time.

May 17, 2019 | The Nerdist
Google is working on a new A.I. technology that won’t just translate for us, it will let us communicate in our very own voice .

Work on the Translatotron (which we learned about at Gizmodo) was announced on the Google AI Blog. Unlike other systems which, rely on three separate components (turning speech to text, translating the text another language, and generating that new text into different speech), Google is experimenting with what it calls a “new system that is based on a single attentive sequence-to-sequence model for direct speech-to-speech translation without relying on intermediate text representation.”

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests recommendations for membership on its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Make your voice heard and submit a recommendation for the Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences and the Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

The 2019 Multiliteracy Symposium was hosted by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the U.S. Department of Education. The agenda included sessions on quality schooling for English Language Learners (ELLs), the positive impact of multiliteracy , community/school partnerships for bilingual programs, educational systems and practices, and information about the seal of biliteracy. Featured speakers included leaders from federal agencies, Congress, educators, parents and students.


The University of Utah's Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC) invites you to save the date for the 2020 return of The International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education.

Questions about the conference can be directed to L2TReC@utah.edu

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Deadline: August 1st
The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy ( CERCLL ) at the University of Arizona is inviting  K-16 world language teachers  to apply to take part in one of its 2019-2020  Professional Online Learning Network Spaces (PLONS) .
 
PLONS are online learning spaces designed to create a ripple effect, fostering linkages between language teaching, research and practice, and shared ideas and resources between educators. CERCLL is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for its first PLONS, entitled  “Foreign Languages, Multiliteracies, and the Literary.”


Deadline: May 27th
University of Pittsburgh
September 5th, 2019

Creative Multilingualism, in collaboration with the Joint National Committee for Languages, welcomes you to the University of Pittsburgh for the international workshop, Artificial Intelligence in the World of Languages.

We invite abstracts for presentations from researchers and professionals working in the field addressing on of the following questions:

  • How can artificial intelligence (AI) support language learning and teaching in schools, community/supplementary schools and independent contexts?
  • ​How can AI support motivation in language learning?​
  • How does AI open up the world of careers for language learners?

Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words long and accompanied by a short title and up to 75
words of bio information. They should be emailed to creativeml@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk by 5pm EDT.


Deadline: July 15th
I n the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages, we invite you to join us in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , September 6th and 7th to explore Intersections of Language and Nature: Conservation, Documentation, and Access .  

The two-day symposium brings together scholars from indigenous communities, conservation practice, the arts, and academia to address the parallel threats facing linguistic and biological diversity and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for poster sessions on any aspect of the intersections of nature and language. If you are interested in taking part in the poster sessions, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to JNCLOWRI@pitt.edu .


Deadline: July 5th
Native speakers of critical languages are in high demand in the U.S. government. EHLS trains advanced English speakers to be effective communicators and strong candidates for federal jobs.

All EHLS participants receive a  full scholarship  from the  National Security Education Program (NSEP)  that includes tuition and a living stipend.

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!

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: HM0177-14-C-0012
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Location: OCSE - Corporate Support & Enterprise Operations
Response Date: May 30

Solicitation Number: SP4703-19-Q-0037
Agency: Defense Logistics Agency
Office: DLA Acquisition Locations
Location: DLA Contracting Services Office - Richmond
Response Date: June 5

Solicitation Number: KODUH19RI809
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Location: Contract Services Directorate, Columbus
Response Date: June 14
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