July 3, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
Last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee voiced concerns about the language-readiness of the United States military, as well as the “acute strain” on the military’s recruitment of English Language Learners (ELLs).

The report is part of the massive $750-billion defense spending bill, called the National Defense Authorization Act (or NDAA), which passed the Senate (86-8) on June 27.

In the report, the Committee directs the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to study the military’s current “investment in national security human capital.” The report, due to both chambers on March 1, 2020, will identify and summarize current Department of Defense (DoD) programs that educate and recruit personnel who possess “critical skills,” including “critical languages.”

July 2, 2019 | POLITICO
The Census Bureau will not include a question about citizenship in the printed questionnaire for the 2020 census, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed Tuesday.

The decision represents a major defeat for the Trump administration five days after the Supreme Court refused to allow the question to be added without further explanation from Census officials . Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing last week in a surprising decision that sent the case back lower courts for further review.

July 1, 2019 | Bowling Green Daily News
Chinese language and cultural education programs offered through the Confucius Institute will continue next year through an agreement with Simpson County Schools.

The deal was approved during the final days of Simpson County Schools Superintendent Jim Flynn’s tenure before he retired. Flynn confirmed to the Daily News that the district’s school board approved agreements related to the partnership during its board meeting Thursday.

July 3, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
On June 27, the United States Senate passed S.526, the “Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act”. The bill was introduced in the Senate at the beginning of the 2019 calendar year by Senator Tom Udall [D-NM], and was advocated for by attendees of JNCL’s Language Advocacy Day 2019 shortly thereafter.

This legislation aims to extend and update these grant programs so more Native communities can receive resources to revitalize and maintain their mother tongue

June 28, 2019 | VICE
Ben McMahon learned Chinese in a Melbourne high school but, like a lot of people who learned a language in high school, he didn’t really. It wasn’t until he went backpacking through China a few years later that he came to actually appreciate the language, but he still wasn’t fluent.

Then something bizarre happened. In 2015 Ben was riding in a car that got t-boned by a truck, and was rushed to hospital. When he woke from an induced coma a week later he was frustrated to find that no one could understand him, except for a Chinese nurse .

Exciting JNCL Update: New Website Sneak Peak

The staff at JNCL-NCLIS have been hard at work creating a new website and NewsBrief to better serve our members in the language community. Keep an eye out in the following weeks for more updates!

In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peak of our new advocacy page:

Save the date to join JNCL-NCLIS on Capitol Hill for Language Advocacy Day 2020!

LAD 2020 dates have changed: be sure to check and update your calendars!

Webinar: July 9th
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
In late May, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced major proposed changes to regulations protecting individuals from discrimination in health care. The proposed changes directly impact limited English proficient individuals and their ability to access language services. Join JNCL-NCLIS and the National Health Law Center for free informational webinar to learn more.

The deadline for Brexit, the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union, is Oct. 31. But so far, British lawmakers haven't been able to agree on a divorce deal.
Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jeremy Cliffe, Charlemagne columnist and Brussels bureau chief for The Economist, about  how Brexit could affect the official language of the future EU .

July 11, 2019
2:00 pm ET

Orion and the ALC are excited to offer this free webinar. The Association of Language Companies has been actively involved in the development of the ASTM F3130-18 Standard Practice for Language Service Companies and recently announced the launch as an official standard. This session will highlight the most common standards available for language company providers, provide an overview of the core requirements of ASTM F3130-18, and give guidance on how to implement and certify .


Registration Deadline: July 9th
Webinar: July 10th
Join the Stevens Initiative to celebrate the launch of its first case study Connecting Social Entrepreneurs: Promising Practices in Virtual Exchange . The case study focuses on the M2GATE Program which is a virtual exchange implemented by the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan that connected students in the US, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco to develop social entrepreneurship projects. This webinar will explore how WDI overcame the challenges they faced while running the program and how they’ll apply those lessons to their upcoming virtual exchange activities.

Early Bird Deadline: July 15th
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.

Bringing together researchers, educators, learners, and leaders in tech and AI, this one-day workshop will explore the increasing involvement of AI in the world of languages.  

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.

Deadline: July 15th
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
September 6th and 7th

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 [email protected] .

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.”

Registration Deadline: September 26th
Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport
18800 Macarthur Blvd., Irvine, CA 92612
September 27-28, 2019

The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Educational Services Division is hosting the 3rd Annual Interpreting and Translators Conference 2019.   The 3rd Annual Interpreters and Translators Conference will focus on offering our participants the opportunity to engage more in depth with nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field and explore techniques to enhance interpretation and translation skills . This annual conference is a major educational event for bilingual staff, educators, and community stakeholders committed to ensure proper language use in school settings and the community we serve.

Solicitation Number: SP3300-19-Q-5032
Agency: Defense Logistics Agency
Office: DLA Acquisition Locations
Location: DLA Distribution
Response Date: July 15

Solicitation Number: M00264-19-SSA-0214
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: United States Marine Corps
Location: MCB Quantico - National Capital Region (NCR)
Response Date: July 30

Solicitation Number: ID06190003
Agency: General Services Administration
Office: Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
Location: IFMPS
Award Date: Mid-Aug
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