[lg policy] Edling Digest, Vol 24, Issue 11

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
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Today's Topics:

  1. US State Dept.'s Growing Language Barrier (Francis Hult)
  2. English is tops at EU schools (Francis Hult)
  3. Australia: Bilingual education made 'a scapegoat' (Francis Hult)
  4. US: Inglewood police reach out to Latino residents through
     Spanish-language academy (Francis Hult)
  5. 44% of Adult Bulgarians Don't Speak Any Foreign Language
     (Francis Hult)
  6. US: New Jersey approves first publicly funded     Hebrew-language
     school (Francis Hult)
  7. Korea: 2 of 10 Diplomats Lack English Skills (Francis Hult)
  8. Digest Option (Francis Hult)
  9. Bilingual Research Journal Information (Francis Hult)


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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 09:40:00 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] US State Dept.'s Growing Language Barrier
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Atlantic Online



The State Dept.'s Growing Language Barrier



GAO recently released a report (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09955.pdf) on
"persistent foreign language shortfalls" in the Foreign Service, the
diplomatic arm of the State department. 31% of overseas officers stationed
at language-designated positions fall short of the speaking and reading
proficiency requirements for their jobs. This number rises to roughly 40%
when focused on officers serving in locations of strategic significance,
like East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.



Full story:

http://politics.theatlantic.com/2009/09/americas_language_barrier.php



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Message: 2
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 09:41:49 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] English is tops at EU schools
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UPI.com



Report: English is tops at EU schools



The Eurostat statistical agency says English is the top language studied at
schools in the European Union.



The EUobserver said Friday that English is the top foreign language studied
at upper secondary education schools in European Union outside of
Luxembourg, where school curriculum offer an equal focus on English, French
and German.



Full story:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/09/25/Report-English-is-tops-at-EU-schools/UPI-21261253893063/



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Message: 3
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 09:43:49 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] Australia: Bilingual education made 'a scapegoat'
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ABC News



Bilingual education made 'a scapegoat'



Opponents of the Northern Territory Government's policy on bilingual
education say it is gambling with Indigenous children's futures.



The Government is making schools teach the first four hours of classes in
English, putting an end to 30 years of support for bilingual education.



Full story:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/25/2696894.htm



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Message: 4
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 09:46:28 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] US: Inglewood police reach out to Latino residents
       through Spanish-language academy
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Los Angeles Times



Inglewood police reach out to Latino residents through Spanish-language
academy



Every time Angel?ca Salvador walked past the Inglewood police station, she
picked up the pace. The 35-year-old Mexican immigrant said she was afraid of
the men and women in uniform and did her best to avoid them.



So when she heard the department would offer its first Spanish-language
Community Police Academy this summer -- an 11-week course taught by
Inglewood police to introduce residents to various aspects of law
enforcement -- she enrolled with some trepidation.



Full story:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/09/inglewood-police-reach-out-to-latinos-through-spanish-language-academy.html



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Message: 5
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 09:48:24 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] 44% of Adult Bulgarians Don't Speak Any Foreign
       Language
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Novinite.com



44% of Adult Bulgarians Don't Speak Any Foreign Language



44% of the adult Bulgarians do not speak any foreign languages whatsoever,
according to an Eurostat survey.



Hungary is first in the ranking - 75% of the adults (aged between 25 and 64)
there say they do not speak any foreign languages. It is followed by the UK
(65%), Portugal (51%), Spain (47%), Bulgaria (44%), Greece (43%), and France
(41%).



Full story:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=108141



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Message: 6
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 09:52:11 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] US: New Jersey approves first publicly funded
       Hebrew-language school
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NJ.com



New Jersey approves first publicly funded Hebrew-language school



The state has approved New Jersey's first publicly funded school with a
mission of teaching Hebrew, according to a New Jersey Department of
Education press release.



Hatikvah International Academy Charter School of East Brunswick won the
green light Wednesday along with seven other charter school proposals.
Nineteen applications this year were rejected.



Full story:

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/09/mt-preview-88d6e00d3419f4d6a3189c7f8124c578deaefd95.html



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Message: 7
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 09:55:26 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] Korea: 2 of 10 Diplomats Lack English Skills
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The Korea Times



2 of 10 Diplomats Lack English Skills



Two out of every 10 diplomats have been found to possess insufficient basic
communication skills in English when dealing with foreigners, a lawmaker
said Wednesday.

Citing a report on diplomat language proficiency submitted by the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Rep. Hong Jung-wook of the governing Grand
National Party (GNP) said 11 or 19.6 percent of 56 senior diplomats received
grade five or lower, almost equivalent to a failing grade.



Full story:

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/09/116_52337.html



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Message: 8
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:07:49 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] Digest Option
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--
Francis M. Hult, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
University of Texas at San Antonio

Web: http://faculty.coehd.utsa.edu/fhult/


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Message: 9
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 19:54:47 -0500
From: Francis Hult <francis.hult at utsa.edu>
Subject: [Edling] Bilingual Research Journal Information
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BRJ Bilingual Research Journal

The Bilingual Research Journal (BRJ) covers a wide range of topics relating
to bilingual education, bilingualism in society, and language policy in
education. The BRJ editorial policy reflects the intrinsic and inherent
value of bilingualism, biliteracy, and linguistic democracy.

Submissions are encouraged from scholars and practitioners in a wide range
of areas: language assessment, policy analysis, instructional research,
language politics, all forms of bilingual education, bilingualism and
biliteracy, language planning, critical theory as applied to language
issues, action research, sociolinguistics, second language teaching and
learning, etc.



For more information contact:
Dr. Mar?a E. Fr?nquiz, co-editor BRJ
franquiz at austin.utexas.edu


Anissa Wicktor Lynch, editorial assistant
awicktor at mail.utexas.edu








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Harold F. Schiffman

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University of Pennsylvania
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