May 7, 2019 | Price Newsroom (PR)
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Congressman David Price (D-NC), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), and Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI), introduced the Advancing International and Foreign Language Education Act , which would support foreign language and international education programs at colleges and universities. These programs educate and equip students and professionals with vital skills to successfully engage with diverse cultures at home and around the globe.

The bill would increase and expand existing foreign language and area studies programs across the country; build international education capacity at minority-serving institutions; and promote opportunities for students and professionals to increase their knowledge of world regions, international business, and over 200 foreign languages at all levels of higher education. 

May 6, 2019 | NEH (PR)
Thirteen Native language immersion programs will receive funding to expand and support language and culture education programs within tribal communities through an ongoing partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and First Nations Development Institute (First Nations).

This is the second round of grants awarded through the Native Language Immersion Initiative, a  three-year language revitalization project  supported by $2.1 million in NEH funding, matched by First Nations. Additional funding for the initiative was provided by Kalliopeia Foundation, Lannan Foundation, and NoVo Foundation.

May 5, 2019 | Ars Technica
 One of the most interesting demos at this week's Google I/O keynote featured a  new version of Google's voice assistant  that's due out later this year. A Google employee asked the Google Assistant to bring up her photos and then show her photos with animals. She tapped one and said, "Send it to Justin." The photo was dropped into the messaging app.

From there, things got more impressive.

May 14, 2019 | Language Magazine
According to Foreign Policy, The Trump Administration is slashing funds for the Defense Language Institute’s overseas immersion program in order to divert funds to more military resources. Around 700 foreign-language students were preparing for their immersion courses when their funding was abruptly pulled . The Defense Language Institute is responsible for providing linguistic instruction to the Department of Defense, other Federal Agencies, and individual customers.

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.


Dr. Bill Rivers, Executive Director of JNCL-NCLIS, received the prestigious  William “Bill” Graeper Award, presented by the Association of Language Companies  during their annual conference’s closing ceremony for his exceptional service and dedication to language companies

In this episode of Globally Speaking, we chat with Luigi Muzii, the well-known localization contrarian , about how translation buyers and sellers will never understand each other, why we’re having trouble adopting blockchain, and why we struggle with innovation in our industry. There’s also a bit about ice cream.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy has just release a bi-weekly podcast: The Thing About France, in which Cultural Counselor to the United States, Bénédicte de Montlaur, interviews distinguished American cultural figures with notable connections to France about their experiences in both countries.

As part of the Cultural Services' mission to facilitate exchange between the United States and France, The Thing About France explores the relationships between French and American artists and institutions, and the long, complex cultural and political relationship between the two countries. Listen here!
EMAIL US: tcalvin@languagepolicy.org

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 .
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