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The Boston Globe

Julia Sklar

26 September 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A volunteer organization is helping to address a language barrier as it pertains to COVID-19 by translating and distributing public health information in the native languages of tribes. Although this is not as simple ...

Minority Africa

Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu

21 June 2020

Niger, Nigeria

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The Almajiranci system has been criticized for not integrating Western education and English lessons. To solve the issue, Malam Na’ibi, who owns an Almajiri school, started homeschooling around 30 students on subjects...

BBC

Megan Janetsky

Victoria Stunt

20 April 2020

Guatemala

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The group, Promoters of Migrant Liberation, provides translation of indigenous Guatemalan, Maya, Mexican, and Afro-Caribbean languages for migrants in US detention centers. They help translate right from detention, th...

The Believer

Lorraine Boissoneault

1 April 2020

Menominee, Wisconsin, United States

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Efforts are underway on the Menominee Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin to preserve the at-risk language of Menominee. That looks like conducting school entirely in Menominee, printing Menominee-language books, up...

The Guardian

Anita Hofschneider

12 February 2020

Guam

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CHamoru, the indigenous language of the Mariana Islands, is endangered. In an urgent move to save the language, Chief Hurao Academy was founded, a nonprofit that offers a CHamoru summer immersion program, an after-sch...

Christian Science Monitor

Jingnan Peng

15 January 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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American sign language has long been used to help populations to communicate with one another, but it does not serve the DeafBlind community very well because it is meant to be seen. To address this shortcoming, a gro...

The Hechinger Report

Aaricka Washington

23 December 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Fugees Academy, with schools in Ohio and Georgia, offers specialized and trauma-informed instruction for refugee students. The school aims to get students up to speed with accelerated English instruction.

Texas Tribune

Alexa Ura

26 November 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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Even in multicultural and diverse Harris County, Texas, with a population greater than 26 states and over 145 languages spoken, some groups, like Korean Americans, are marginalized when it comes to voting and civic pa...

The Hechinger Report

Laura Pappano

19 November 2019

United States

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Food studies in Portuguese. History in German. To address declining enrollment in second-language courses and "combat the notion that language learning belongs only in language classes," more U.S. colleges are offerin...

New Mexico In Depth

Sylvia Ulloa

10 October 2019

New Mexico, United States

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A school district in New Mexico is finding success with a dual language education program. A regular school day for an elementary school student in a Gadsen school district school might entail reviewing their math or ...

The Guardian

Olivia Cuthbert

8 October 2019

Mosul, Iraq

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Disseminating knowledge means making websites, articles, and books available in more languages beyond English. A partnership between students at the University of Mosul and the nonprofit, Ideas Beyond Borders (IBB), i...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Krista Johnson

4 October 2019

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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Kids in high-income families hear about 2,000 words every hour, whereas kids in low-income families hear about 600 in the same amount of time. Alabama is rolling out a program to close the language acquisition gap for...

Native America Calling

Tara Gatewood

2 October 2019

Arizona, United States

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To preserve culture, especially language, elders and leaders in Native American communities often rely on shaming. Although this practice has proven to be an effective method in some instances, it is not without its l...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Melanie Vujkovic

16 July 2019

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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In Brisbane, the Queensland police officers have been adopting practices to strengthen community engagement with the goal of making the city’s residents feel safer. Some initiatives include learning Mandarin to better...

The Daily Evergreen

Daisy Zavala

3 July 2019

Idaho, United States

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The Nez Perce Tribe and Lapwai School District are making a concerted effort to keep the tribe's language alive -- as part of an elective, every day students at an Idaho high school have the chance to learn the langua...

NationSwell

Alison Kotch

21 May 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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Street Sense is a biweekly, volunteer-run newspaper whose vendors and content creators are part of the homeless community in Washington, DC. Vendors purchase the issues at a discount and then sell them at a profit, ge...

Literary Hub

Sarah Hoenicke

9 April 2019

Jaffna, Sri Lanka

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The Sri Lankan Civil War lasted from 1983 to 2009 and bitterly divided the country into two sides between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Years later in 2012, a literary program cal...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Zaidee Stavely

12 February 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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An ethnic studies teacher at an Oakland high school with a large immigrant population asks each student to spend a bit of the class time teaching their home language to the class. Acacia WoodsChan has noted increasing...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jesenia De Moya Correa

15 January 2019

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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In Camden, New Jersey, 40 percent of the population 5 years or older speaks Spanish at home. However, only 5 percent of graduates from medical schools in the state identify as Hispanic or Latino. In an effort to shift...

Quartz

Jenny Anderson

5 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Public libraries have remained one of the last public non-commercial spaces where people from all walks of life can coexist and learn. New York Public Library in particular is working to improve and expand their servi...

Forbes

Lily Jones

3 September 2018

United States

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A new crop of international companies is connecting English-language teachers and students in China for online tutoring sessions. The flexible arrangements are a way for Chinese elementary and secondary pupils to impr...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

7 June 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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An organization called Books for Africa collects donations of books from all over the country to send to schools in Rwanda. Books for Africa has sent over 41 million books over the past 30 years to 53 different countr...

Searchlight New Mexico

Lauren Villagran

2 June 2018

Pensacola, Florida, United States

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A Pensacola project is providing new parents with “brain bags”—books to read to their children as well as resources about early childhood development as it relates to language. By educating parents about the impact of...

Pulitzer Center

Talia Wiener

13 March 2018

Alaska, United States

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In the early 2000s, the only remaining speakers of three Native languages in Ketchikan, Alaska were in their early 80s or 90s. In order to preserve the languages and encourage the myriad positive physical and mental b...

Smithsonian

Laura Poppick

17 October 2017

Inuvik, Canada

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A graduate student from British Columbia, the Arctic Energy Alliance, and the elders of the Inuvialuit people may seem a strange team, but together they are tackling the dual concerns of climate change and the loss of...

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