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Mar. 5, 2019 | The Baltimore Sun
If you would have told me in high school that I was going to be a National Foreign Language teacher of the year and that I would win another national award for innovation in teaching a foreign language for my work with STEM, I would have told you that you were nuts. I stopped taking science and math classes because I knew that I would never use them, and I was a mediocre language student who was often told that I had the lowest scores on tests. Let’s be honest, I took German courses in high school and college because I wanted to study abroad and have a little fun. Learning German while on a study abroad semester was a complete accident. Read more .
TOMORROW: Speak Out Against the Coding Bill in Md.
JNCL Newsroom | Updated : Mar. 7, 2019 
Join language advocates in Annapolis Friday, March 8th at noon at the Maryland State House, 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 to stand up for the teaching of world languages in Maryland!
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Mar. 6, 2019 | Study International News
No doubt that learning a new language can be challenging for both young and older students, while those from English-speaking countries may see little need to pick up another language.

However, can a streaming service like Netflix, which, in North America, remains  a leader in video consumption  among teenagers, change that?

A Chrome extension called  Language Learning With Netflix (LLN)  enables viewers to learn a new language through watching Netflix. Read more .
Mar. 5, 2019 | Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina)
[...] Its goal is addressing inequities driven by occupational hazards, poor housing, language access, lack of transportation, and health care access in the farmworker and poultry processing worker populations. Read more .
Mar. 4, 2019 | Stars and Strips
The U.S. military’s school system is getting rid of a popular Spanish language program offered at dozens of its elementary schools overseas and stateside — and parents aren’t happy about it.
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Mar. 5, 2019 | Language Magazine
It is no secret that the U.S. is undergoing a demographic shift. Students of color are now a majority of kindergarten students and are projected by the Census Bureau to be a majority of all children by 2020. The Census Bureau also estimates that no one racial group will be a majority of the country by 2044. Read more .
Feb. 28, 2019 | The Atlantic
Even as new enrollments of international students at colleges in the United States  have declined over the past two years , the number of American students studying abroad continues to grow. Some 332,700 students  studied overseas  in the 2016–17 academic year, up 17 percent from five years ago and 27 percent from a decade ago. Read more.
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The Monroe Times | Mar. 6, 2019
Karen Luond Fowdy, former Monroe High School and Monroe Middle School German teacher, represented the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers at the annual Language Advocacy Day in Washington DC, Feb. 14 and 15, sponsored by the Joint National Committee for Languages. Read more .

Backed by the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal Academy of Engineering, this statement from the British Academy says that the prospect of Brexit ‘makes it even more important for the UK to have the languages needed to forge wider commercial and other links’.

The four national academies say that the UK’s poor language capacity has resulted in the loss of economic, social, cultural, and research opportunities. The economic cost of the UK’s linguistic underperformance in terms of lost trade and investment has been estimated at 3.5% of GDP.

Download the new report from The British Academy here .
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PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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!

On March 19, 2019 (2:00 to 3:15 p.m) The Regional Educational Laboratory Central will host a webinar about Grow Your Own and their potential for diversifying the teacher pipeline . To register,  click here .   
Apply Now to the FY 2019 Seminars Abroad Program!

 The  Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program  provides short-term seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Each seminar features educational lectures and activities specifically designed for the group, including visits to local schools and organizations, meetings with teachers and students, and visits to cultural sites. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new, cross-cultural curricula for their classrooms and school systems back in the U.S. How to apply . Deadline: March 27, 2019
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 .
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Solicitation Number: H98210-19-R-0004
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Human Resources Activity
Location: Procurement Support Office
Response Date: Mar 08

Solicitation Number: 36C25819Q0132
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: VA Southern Arizona Health Care System
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs Southern Arizona Health Care System
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