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Mar. 11, 2019 | The Carroll County Times
Opponents of HB 1211 , which would allow the coding for foreign language substitution, came out in drove . Despite coding, programming and computer science being of paramount importance for the future, considering the field an equal substitute for world language is misguided , they argued. Read more
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World Language Advancement and Readiness Act (WLARA/H.R.1094)
JNCL Newsroom | Updated : Mar. 14, 2019 
Please take two minutes to send a message to Congress urging them to pave the way for a more multilingual, globally-competent, and college-and-career-ready nation. Ask your House Representative to cosponsor the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act (H.R. 1094).
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Mar. 12, 2019 | Slator
 A US government ruling could, potentially, bring about the reclassification of anywhere from 66,905 to 334,526 independent contractors to full-time workers and cost employers between USD 1–6bn in payroll expenses each year — in California alone. This, according to “experts” cited in  a white paper published by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) after more than  50 language industry representatives met on Capitol Hill  as reported back in August 2018. Read more
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Mar. 8, 2019 | WUFT (FL)
Three organizations from the Gainesville community teamed up to help those who don’t speak English b y giving them access to resources — particularly a pamphlet called “Conexiones.” Translated to the word “connections,” it’s a two-sided document with 12 sections that lists resources in Spanish. It provides the names, times and phone numbers of places in the Gainesville area that offer medical assistance or education assistance for minors . Read more
Mar. 9, 2019 | NPR
Listen up, y'all: Perhaps even Yankees should start saying "y'all." That's an argument put forth by Catherine Davies, a professor of linguistics at the University of Alabama, in a collection of essays titled  Speaking of Alabama: The History, Diversity, Function, and Change of Language  (edited by Thomas E. Nunnally). Davies' essay includes a section with the heading "A Southern Improvement to the Pronoun System." Read more
Mar. 12, 2019 | LA Times
There were over 40 students, “who took advantage of this scheme ,” and who were able to attend top-ranked colleges, including UCLA, Columbia University and New York University, according to Homeland Security Investigations special agent Christopher Kuemmerle.
Mar. 8, 2019 | The Guardian
A group of German authors, comedians and academics have added fuel to the flames of an increasingly bad-tempered culture war over language bias by calling for a fightback against “ ridiculous linguistic constructions ” designed to make German more gender-neutral. Read more
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
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
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
EMAIL US: tcalvin@languagepolicy.org
PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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.

The AGSC engages students throughout Atlanta — including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students; community college students; and first-generation and low-income students — with a goal to serve areas of national needs in educating students for careers in business, education, security and defense, and public and governmental sectors.

The interdisciplinary center supports research, curriculum enhancement, and faculty professional development in global studies and language learning, including in collaboration with Emory University, Spelman College, and the University of Georgia. The center also promotes public events and k-12 and community outreach in collaboration with a range of partners, including the Atlanta UN-RCE (Regional Center of Expertise ), the Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives, the Georgia Tech Center for Serve Learn Sustain, Georgia State’s CULTR (Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research), the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, and the Georgia Tech and Georgia State CIBE Centers.


ACL wants to help our members enhance their teaching by encouraging them to travel, take courses, attend professional meetings, and engage in professional development that is concerned with Latin, Greek and the ancient world where these languages prevailed.

Our scholarships honor some of the past leaders of the organization:
Glenn Knudsvig, Arthur Patch McKinlay, Maureen O’Donnell and Ed Phinney.

Application deadline: March 15 Read more and apply!

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

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 .
FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Solicitation Number: 36C26319Q0180
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: 263 Network Contracting Office 23 (NCO 23)
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs Black Hills Health Care System
Response Date: Mar 22

Solicitation Number: W91247-19-R-0017
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command, MICC
Location: MICC Center - Fort Bragg
Response Date: Mar 26
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