Commentary-In the News

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Parents Want Elementary Pupils to Learn Foreign Languages - but Where?

October 31, 2014

Research shows that early language learning results in better pronunciation and higher levels of proficiency, as well as cognitive benefits associated with being bilingual. However, the majority of foreign language programs in the United States don’t start until middle school or even high school. 

Spanish-Language Immersion Schools Gain in Popularity

October 14, 2014

A growing number of families are enrolling their children in immersion schools, where half to all the curriculum is taught in a language other than English. Primary reasons include exposure to diversity that comes with language immersion and fluency in another language gives students the benefit to compete in the global marketplace.

Supporting Unaccompanied Children in U.S. Schools - Free Webinar

September 12, 2014

On September 18, 2014, USCCB's Children's Services, together with Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), will offer an overview of the humanitarian crisis regarding the current influx of children migrating to the United States, as well as some of the reasons behind their flight from their home countries.

Native American Language Revitalization Legislation in the 113th Congress

August 14, 2014

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is engaged in a campaign to educate and inform members of the U.S. Congress about the benefits of Native American language revitalization.

There are two bills currently pending in both houses of Congress which seek to enhance efforts to revitalize Native American languages. The Center for Applied Linguistics encourages you to visit the LSA website to learn more about steps you can take to help raise awareness within Congress about the importance of Native American language revitalization.

Visit the LSA website