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Mar. 26, 2019 | The New York Times (Op-Ed)
If Americans want the next generation to be active participants in a multilingual world, dual-language and multicultural education is crucial. Government spending on foreign-language education and the education of qualified foreign-language teachers needs to increase. More states need to enforce language-education requirements. Colleges need to recognize the importance of their foreign-language education programs. In turn, more parents, students and teachers need to lobby for language programs. Read more
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Mar. 22, 2019 | Sampan (MA)
For many immigrant women in America, finding work in their professions can be hard. Carolina Lee holds an accounting degree from her home country, but faced challenges when she looked for jobs in the field.

“They always ask for corporate experience I don’t have,” Lee said. “After five interviews, I just gave up. Then I learned about Found in Translation."

Headquartered in Fields Corner Dorchester, Found in Translation (FIT) is a nonprofit organization that empowers low-income multilingual women to achieve economic security through a medical interpreter training program. Read more
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Mar. 25, 2019 | Slator

On February 27, 2019, the Connecting Europe Facility Telecommunications (CEF Telecom) sector released the list of selected proposals in the areas of Automated Translation, eDelivery, and eInvoicing for their 2018 work program. A total of over EUR 4.3m (USD 4.8m) has been earmarked for five separate project proposals on Automated Translation . Read more
Mar. 22, 2019 | The Washington Post
New Zealand Sign Language is one of the country’s three official languages , along with English and Maori, the language spoken by New Zealand’s indigenous population. According to New Zealand’s human rights commission, individuals in the country have the right to use New Zealand Sign Language or Maori in official court proceedings with interpreters, and Maori is taught in most schools. Maori was made an official language in 1987, and sign language was designated an official language in 2006.
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Mar. 26, 2019 | Robb Report
Cosseted in stylishly renovated colonial mansions in the fashionable Polanco district, the weeklong program expands on Fluenz’s critically acclaimed digital language learning platform, kicking it into a higher gear with five hours a day of one-on-one instruction with an accomplished team of Spanish coaches. Designed by CEO and founder Sonia Gil, the program was specifically created for English speakers trying to learn Spanish. Fluenz’s high-profile clients have included the Navy Special Warfare Command, the United Nations, and Google. Read more
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THE BUDGET BATTLE BEGINS
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.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

The 2019 Annual Conference features the third ALC Leaders Forum. Plan on attending the full day on May 1 to be part of impactful discussions and problem-solving on the worker classification issue. Being back in D.C., we reconvene to review federal policy and regulatory issues facing the industry, and to meet with members of Congress and Executive Branch agencies with jurisdiction over relevant issues. Read more and register!
The Foreign Language Association of Maine (FLAME) joins JNCL-NCLIS

We are proud to announce that last week the Foreign Language Association of Maine (FLAME) became JNCL-NCLIS' newest organizational member! Read more about FLAME here , and about the 2019 FLAME Teacher of the Year Award recipient, Robert Daigle .

Interested in membership? Read more on our website .

This publication serves as a resource for leaders seeking ways to champion the interests of the Latino community. It provides an overview of UnidosUS’s policy priorities and covers major topics that are relevant to Latinos, including specific concerns and examples of proposed legislation that embody the progress that we support.

Among the recommendation therein, UnidosUS recommends states " allocate funding and adopt native language assessments to better understand student comprehension of academic content ," and for the " expansion of high-quality dual language and bilingual programs, including adopting appropriate teacher certification requirements and funding to support such programs ." Read more and download the publication

GLTaC is proud to be the first Language Service Company (LSC) in the world to achieve ASTM F3130-18 certification by Orion Assessment Services.

“The new standard is the only standard that audits the stability, reliability, financial and operational health of an LSC.“, commented Ms. Hei King, President of GLTaC. “I am proud of every member of the GLTaC team dedicated to always doing things better and more efficiently with client satisfaction as our top priority. Our ability to meet the requirements of ASTM F3130-18 reflects the investment we make in security, technology and regulatory compliance. In receiving this certification, we demonstrate our commitment to running a professional, ethical and dependable company.” Read more.

You are invited to join us in exploring this important topic with national leaders in research, practice, and policy who will share their perspectives on why developing language and literacy skills in English plus other languages is critical in today’s learning environment.

Featured speakers will include leaders from federal agencies, Congress, educators, parents and students. Read more and register!

Many immigrant families are apprehensive to use services for which they are eligible as a result of fear and a misunderstanding of "Public Charge" policy in immigration. 

Do you have immigrant families refusing to apply for school meals or have their children participate in ESL/bilingual programs? They may be afraid that their participation will prevent them from obtaining a green card. Learn more about how for many families this fear is unfounded. 

Join TransACT and Roger Rosenthal on April 15th , 2019 to learn more about the "public charge" policy, so you can explain the relative risks of that policy to parents in your community. Read more and register!
REGISTER BY APRIL 10! Every language and culture is different, but providing sign language interpreters to meet the linguistic needs of deaf consumers is truly distinct and unique. When handling Sign Language/English requests, interpreter agencies must fully understand the communication requirements and barriers of deaf and hard of hearing individuals including those who use sign languages other than ASL or are DeafBlind or deaf with other disabilities. Agencies must understand their legal obligations under federal and state laws, and also comply with the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conducts for sign language interpreters. This session will also include discussion of the NAD's new accreditation system for sign language interpreter agencies. Read more and register!

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
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: HQ042319R0031
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Location: Contract Services Directorate, Columbus
Response Date: April 6

Solicitation Number: SP4705-19-Q-5070
Agency: Defense Logistics Agency
Office: DLA Acquisition Locations
Location: DLA Contracting Services Office
Response Date: April 8

Solicitation Number: H9821019R0011
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Human Resources Activity
Location: Procurement Support Office
Response Date: April 9

Solicitation Number: H98210-19-R-0004
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Human Resources Activity
Location: Procurement Support Office
Response Date: April 10

Solicitation Number: FA481419TF080
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Office: Air Mobility Command
Location: 6th Contracting Squadron
Response Date: May 3
THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019 ISSUE
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