FEATURED NEWS
May 6, 2019 | OELA: Department of Education
This past Monday, the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) hosted a symposium on multiliteracy at the U.S. Department of Education. Attendees spent the day exploring the diverse cultural and linguistic assets of all students with national leaders in research, practice, and policy.

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May 5, 2019 | The Economic Times
The Census of India may tell you a lot of things about the country, but if you want to know how many languages are spoken, you will have to look elsewhere. The reason? The census lists languages that are specified as mother tongue by more than 10,000 people. This criterion has come in for criticism at many levels . Why should the decennial official survey focus on mother tongue?  

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May 4, 2019 | Boston 25 News
 Kids these days seem to be speaking another language. So a Lowell High School teacher created an urban dictionary for common terms used by Generation Z and it went viral. 

What may seem like normal words, take on a whole new meaning for teens now known as Gen Z. 

"Teenagers sort of have their own language and I want to be able to understand that and try to reach them at their level," said Callahan.  

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May 4, 2019 | KPVI (MT)
"Montana is the home to 13 different Indigenous languages," said associate professor Rosalyn LaPier in an email. "Folks like me and others at UM work on the national and international stage to strengthen policies regarding (Native American) languages."

LaPier requested the 2019 Montana Legislature's American Indian Caucus take up a resolution in support of the UN proclamation , and legislators adopted the statement partly to "draw attention to the critical loss of Indigenous languages."

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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!
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PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Deadline: May 15th
May 30–June 1, 2019, The Graduate Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
The conference aims to bring together teacher educators from these many contexts to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and to initiate and sustain meaningful professional dialogue across languages, levels, and settings. The conference will focus on the following four broad themes:  The Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education; Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language Teacher Education Collaborations in Language Teacher Education ; and  Practices of Language Teacher Education.

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: H9821019R0004
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Human Resources Activity
Location: Procurement Support Office
Response Date: May 14

Solicitation Number: 36C26219Q0687
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: Long Beach VANLO
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs
Response Date: May 14

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