July 15, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
In a big win for the language enterprise this past Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to include the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act (WLARA) as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2020.

WLARA seeks to expand language learning at the elementary and secondary levels. Passage of WLARA has been a multi-year initiative for JNCL-NCLIS and Wednesday marked the bill's latest advancement through Congress.

July 17, 2019 | CNN
A second federal judge has issued an order permanently blocking the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census in any form, despite the Trump administration's insistence it has abandoned plans to add the question on the census.

The latest order is from Judge George Hazel who is overseeing a case in federal court in Maryland. New York federal judge Jesse Furman issued a nearly identical order Tuesday.

Both judges will also continue to monitor the controversial issue, saying they will both retain jurisdiction in the case until the 2020 census results are processed.

July 10, 2019 | JSTOR Daily
The language we choose to use about the environment matters. But is anyone really paying attention? The general public doesn’t seem particularly alarmed so far. When the unbearable heat of summer is something to be viewed comfortably from a window, keeping nature and its insidious dangers very much at bay, how can we really feel the full impact of what’s happening out there in the world?

Measured language about environmental crises is valuable in the right contexts. But it turns out that language has a much more powerful role to play in ecological survival than just describing the disturbing environmental outlook . And if we can effectively use language to help to save the natural world, well, language may also end up saving itself.

July 14, 2019 | Big Think
There are about 6,500-7,000 languages currently spoken in the world. But that's less than a quarter of all the languages people spoke over the course of human history. That total number is around 31,000 languages, according to some linguistic estimates.  Every time a language is lost, so goes that way of thinking, of relating to the world . The relationships, the poetry of life uniquely described through that language are lost too.

But what if you could figure out how to read the dead languages? Researchers from MIT and Google Brain created an AI-based system that can accomplish just that.


In the newest episode of The Thing About France, Cultural Counselor of the  French Embassy Bénédicte de Montlaur interviews Adam Gopnik, staff writer at The New Yorker, about the intellectual exchange between France and America , the role of the president in both countries, Montaigne, Romain Gary, and of course Bastille Day.

The new and improved JNCL website is live! The new website was designed with language advocates in mind to make taking action and staying informed easier. Check it out!


Early Bird Deadline: July 22nd
University of Pittsburgh
September 5th, 2019

Creative Multilingualism, in collaboration with the Joint National Committee for Languages, welcomes you to the University of Pittsburgh for the international workshop, Artificial Intelligence in the World of Languages.

Bringing together researchers, educators, learners, and leaders in tech and AI, this one-day workshop will explore the increasing involvement of AI in the world of languages.  

Deadline: July 22nd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
September 6th and 7th

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 .

Proposal Deadline: July 31st
Pre-Conference: February 25, 2020
Conference: February 26-28, 2020
Tropicana Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV 

Due to an increased interest to present at NABE 2020 in Las Vegas, NV, we have added more rooms and will be accepting more presentations for the upcoming conference!

NABE is seeking proposals that engage participants in topics related to quality education for DLLs such as:

  • achieving educational equity for DLLs
  • ensuring social justice for DLLs through strong linguistic and academic attainment
  • providing equal educational opportunities for DLLs

Proposal Deadline: July 31st
October 25-27, 2020
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso , IN

AATG invites you to join colleagues for a three-day seminar for faculty working in small, undergraduate German programs, October 25-27 at Valparaiso University in Valparasio, IN. 

The seminar Program Building through Curricular Reform, Co-Curricular Enhancement, and Inclusion will focus on literacy-based foreign language pedagogy and diversifying the German curriculum .  

Proposal Deadline: August 1st
UNC Charlotte City Center
March 5-7, 2020
UNC Charlotte’s Department of Languages and Culture Studies is hosting the 5th International Symposium on Language for Specific Purposes (ISLSP) and Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) Language Conference at  UNC Charlotte’s Center City. 
The deadline for proposal submission is August 1, 2019.  Please click here to access the CFP which includes the online submission link:  Call for Proposals  

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.”

Registration Deadline: September 26th
Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport
18800 Macarthur Blvd., Irvine, CA 92612
September 27-28, 2019

The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Educational Services Division is hosting the 3rd Annual Interpreting and Translators Conference 2019.   The 3rd Annual Interpreters and Translators Conference will focus on offering our participants the opportunity to engage more in depth with nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field and explore techniques to enhance interpretation and translation skills . This annual conference is a major educational event for bilingual staff, educators, and community stakeholders committed to ensure proper language use in school settings and the community we serve.

Solicitation Number: HQ042319R0051
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Location: Contract Services Directorate, Columbus
Response Date: July 29

Solicitation Number: M00264-19-SSA-0214
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: United States Marine Corps
Location: MCB Quantico - National Capital Region (NCR)
Response Date: July 30

Solicitation Number: 36C10E19Q0219
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: VBA Office of Acquisition
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs Washington Regional Office
Response Date: August 2

Solicitation Number: ID06190003
Agency: General Services Administration
Office: Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
Location: IFMPS
Award Date: Mid-Aug
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