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Speaking of Languages: Educators Back Native American Language Bills

Speaking of Languages: Educators Back Native American Language Bills | Language Policy | Scoop.it
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs found strong support for proposed legislation to increase federal support for Native American language programs
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Another example of language policy in the news.

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A lost language twin

A lost language twin | Language Policy | Scoop.it
An Irishwoman’s Diary about minority languages
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Both Basque and Gaelic are at risk for extinction without policy intervention.

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Kiev criticized for canceling language act - B92 English

Kiev criticized for canceling language act - B92 English | Language Policy | Scoop.it
Bulgaria has criticized the decision of the new authorities in Ukraine to cancel the State Language Policy Act.
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Canceling the recognition of a language is a serious issue.

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Plain English: It’s the Law, The Web of Language

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Current language policy issues!

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Query over future of multiculturalism

Query over future of multiculturalism | Language Policy | Scoop.it
(Transcript from World News Australia Radio) The Government claims the Multicultural Affairs merge to the Social Services portfolio will ensure new entrants to Australia have more streamlined access to various services.
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Interesting article about Australia'a problems with language and cultural policies.

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David Cameron urges UK schools to teach Mandarin - FT.com

David Cameron urges UK schools to teach Mandarin - FT.com | Language Policy | Scoop.it
Schools should stop teaching children so much French and German and focus instead on Mandarin, David Cameron said on his return from a three-day trip to China.

"Earlier this year the British Council warned that the lack of Mandarin teaching was damaging the UK’s economic prospects. The organisation blamed a shortage of qualified Mandarin teachers and the “continued focus on traditional European languages”.

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Languages for the Future | British Council

Languages for the Future | British Council | Language Policy | Scoop.it
Which languages the UK needs most and why
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Interesting language policy information.

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Pleas for language education at conference | Inside Higher Ed

Pleas for language education at conference | Inside Higher Ed | Language Policy | Scoop.it
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Language Policy as it relates to education...... so much work to do!

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Plan to teach Gaelic in every Scots primary school

Plan to teach Gaelic in every Scots primary school | Language Policy | Scoop.it
EVERY primary school pupil in Scotland should be taught Gaelic, according to the government agency responsible for developing the school curriculum and carrying out school inspections.
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This is an example of language policy in action....

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The Power of Language or the Language of Power? | Inside Higher Ed

The Power of Language or the Language of Power? | Inside Higher Ed | Language Policy | Scoop.it
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An excellent example of Language Policy in action. Need to follow the story for results over the next decade to see if the decision to offer classes in the native Zulu language (isiZuu) continues.

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Something in common: should English be the official language of the EU?

Something in common: should English be the official language of the EU? | Language Policy | Scoop.it
Philip Oltermann: German president Joachim Gauck's cost-cutting proposal has been welcomed – but not by all
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An ongoing debate......

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Language and Public Policy Call for Papers « SocioLingo Africa

"Language and Public Policy Call for Papers" - http://t.co/bTnZUDVw7o
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Good to know.

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Is the English language conquering France?

Is the English language conquering France? | Language Policy | Scoop.it
French universities could teach in English. For some, this amounts to a betrayal of the national language - for others it's just accepting the inevitable.
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A good example of language policy clashing with the will of the people.

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More must walk the linguistic talk at universities

More must walk the linguistic talk at universities | Language Policy | Scoop.it
Universities that have actively pursued multilingualism have been vindicated.
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Good article on the problems of introducing indiginous languages in higher education programs. 

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This chart shows how Chinese became the new French

This chart shows how Chinese became the new French | Language Policy | Scoop.it
Chinese is the new French -- and other key takeaways from Census Bureau data on language in the U.S.
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How should this inform language education?

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Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad Reflects the Reality of a Multilingual America | Nataly Kelly

Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad Reflects the Reality of a Multilingual America | Nataly Kelly | Language Policy | Scoop.it
The creators of the Coca-Cola ad surely knew they would push buttons for a lot of Super Bowl viewers and that the ensuing controversy would put the company in the headlines....
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Sometimes policy becomes obvious in ways unrelated to legislation.

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China’s Tibet policy continued attempt at erasing Tibetan language

China’s Tibet policy continued attempt at erasing Tibetan language | Language Policy | Scoop.it
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To destroy a nation, you first must destroy its language...... 

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Nelson Mandela's first language being cut from South African schools

Nelson Mandela's first language being cut from South African schools | Language Policy | Scoop.it
Nelson Mandela's first language is Xhosa. While not a perfect human being, he has arguably been one of the world's most influential leaders over the past several decades. What message does it send ...
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Language policy shapes education policy. If Xhosa and Zulu are not important to the national interests they will not be taught in the schools.  This sends the wrong message to native speakers of these languages. It will also eventually relegate these language to a less than status. 

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David Cameron urges UK schools to teach Mandarin - FT.com

David Cameron urges UK schools to teach Mandarin - FT.com | Language Policy | Scoop.it
Schools should stop teaching children so much French and German and focus instead on Mandarin, David Cameron said on his return from a three-day trip to China.
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Shows how language policy is related to trade interest of national government.

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Helsinki opens doors to first Northern Sámi language immersion classes

Helsinki opens doors to first Northern Sámi language immersion classes | Language Policy | Scoop.it
The new language immersion classes are an effective way for the over 1,000 people of Sámi heritage in the metropolitan region to maintain their native language.
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Good use of language policy in Finland.

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ELs: Transformational power of policy, access, and equality

ELs: Transformational power of policy, access, and equality | Language Policy | Scoop.it
The New York Times wrote yesterday in Beyond Black and White, New Force Reshapes South The states with the highest growth in the Latino population over the last decade are in the South, which is al...
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Contains a map of the new immigration growth centers in the US.

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Student says she was suspended for objecting to Spanish in classroom | Inside Higher Ed

Student says she was suspended for objecting to Spanish in classroom | Inside Higher Ed | Language Policy | Scoop.it
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Interesting tale of language in the classroom.

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Egyptian Politics Has Gone So Crazy It Needs a New Word to Explain It

Egyptian Politics Has Gone So Crazy It Needs a New Word to Explain It | Language Policy | Scoop.it
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Sometimes policy needs new terms so we invent them. This is a good example.

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[Sociolinguistics] How do you guys feel about Quebec's language laws? : linguistics

I'm from Montreal so I live the politics every day. AMA! I'm not out to push my views, just hoping to get some informed debate going on the topic from... ([Sociolinguistics] How do you guys feel about Quebec's language laws?
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Fascinating that reddit has such a specific linguistics thread that takes up language policy in real time.

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Carp and coffee: The language of bribes

Carp and coffee: The language of bribes | Language Policy | Scoop.it
The euphemisms used to describe corruption differs from one country to the next, but there are also striking similarities, write David Henig and Nicolette Makovicky.
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This reflects the policy functionality of language.

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