May 30, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
On Wednesday, California’s lower legislative chamber passed AB5, 53-11, sending shock waves across the state for hundreds of thousands of independent contractors, including interpreters and translators.

AB5 codifies the three part employee classification test, or ABC test, into state law. Among the test’s rules, it state that in order to be considered an independent contractor, a worker cannot do work that is central to the contracting company’s business. Now, an identical bill must be passed in the Senate and then be signed by the Governor’s office.

May 29, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
While the vast majority of the language workforce is composed of independent contractors, or 1099s, BLS only collects data on regular W-2 employees , significantly skewing the statistic to as low as $23/hr. BLS added a “self-employed” category several years ago, but as yet to offer any data for median annual pay on its Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) report.

In reality, according to the American Translators Association’s (ATA) 2017 Compensation Survey translators average between $42.30 – $55.44/hr, while interpreters average between $55.87 – $124.68/hr.  The ATA survey accounted for both W-2 employees and 1099 workers.

May 25, 2019 | Health Affairs
On May 24, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new  proposed rule to dramatically revise the agency’s prior interpretation of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the ACA’s primary anti-discrimination provision. The latest proposal from OCR rewrites an Obama-era regulation that was issued in 2016 that has been the source of ongoing litigation. The proposed rule is accompanied by a press release and fact sheet.

The proposed rule would eliminate major parts of the 2016 regulation and make significant changes to the scope of Section 1557. The proposed rule would entirely eliminate m ajor language access requirements (such as a requirement that covered entities include translated taglines on notices and significant communications to consumers) along with multiple other protections.

May 29, 2019 | Inside Higher Ed
 With the number of refugees at a record high, what should colleges and universities do to give opportunity to forcibly displaced people whose prior educational qualifications are undocumented or unverifiable?

Speakers here at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference presented Tuesday about programs in place to recognize credentials from refugees in Europe and Canada as well as more nascent efforts to encourage more flexible admission policies for refugees and other people in refugee-like situations in the U.S. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees estimates that there are  68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide ,   representing the highest level of displacement on record.

May 29, 2019 | UW Oshkosh Today (WI)
Following graduation from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2014, alumna Cassandra Boettcher, of Mequon, moved to Los Angeles in search of a career that would bring together her love of languages, history, foreign films and music.

As luck would have it, a friend passed along a job listing that required fluency in Japanese. Ultimately, the interview landed her a television producing position on “The Bachelor” television show on ABC, where she was paired with an international contestant .

It was the perfect position for Boettcher who majored in international studies with an emphasis in history and a minor in European studies and Japanese.


Deadline: May 31st
As the inaugural initiative of the Lead with Languages Scholarship Fund, this award provides merit-based scholarships to graduating high school seniors committed to pursuing the language teaching profession in languages other than English.

The program provides recipients with an award of $1,500 per academic year . Scholarships may be renewed three times following the initial award, for a cumulative total of $6,000 per recipient.

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

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: 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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