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The CDC’s main coronavirus webpage is offered in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

On March 16, the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a public alert aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The problem: For days, it was in English only – leaving millions of non-English speakers in the U.S. without direct guidance from the federal government amid the deadly and fast-moving pandemic. Read more»

Arizona’s structured English Immersion program aims to quickly teach non-native speakers the language by requiring several hours a day of English.

A federal appeals court Monday upheld a lower court ruling that said Arizona’s system for educating English-language learners does not violate the federal Equal Educational Opportunities Act. Read more»

A pro-English bumper sticker, 2009.

A growing language divide has opened up across the country, as a sharp increase in the number of Americans who speak English as a second language—or don’t speak it at all—is driving cities and states to respond, often in radically different ways. Read more» 6

Under state law, English-language learners must a year of immersion in English classes, but state officials have expanded that to include any ELL student for as long as they’re in the program.

Vince Yanez understands what the Arizona Board of Education could be getting in to this year when it begins a “systematic review” of the state’s English Language Learner program, Structured English Immersion, a state-mandated program that puts non-English-speaking students into English class for four hours a day. Read more»

Nelson Garcia of U.S. English, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Rosalie Pedalino Porter of the group ProEnglish, from left, speak outside the Capitol in support of King’s bill to make English the official language of the U.S. government.

Rep. John Conyers didn’t speak a word of English at Thursday’s hearing on a bill to make English the official language of the nation, but he still made his opinion of the bill crystal clear. Read more»

'I love to promote with our students how many doors being bilingual is going to open for them,' said Jose Olivas, principal of Roskruge and a bilingual educator for 25 years.

Despite past political pressure for an English-only Arizona, bilingual educators say their students have advantages over those who speak just one language. Read more»

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum overreached when he said Congress required “English be the principal language and that it be taught and spoken universally” as preconditions for statehood. Read more»

Luz Ordosgoitia’s sixth-grade class at Desert Willow Elementary School learns science in the Spanish language.

Educators say a Spanish-immersion program has improved standardized test scores, set up students for success in high school and shown the way for others like it in Arizona. (with video) Read more»

A jury of German academics has named "shitstorm" 2011’s best English loanword, saying the word "fills the gap in the German vocabulary that has become apparent through changes in the culture and public debate. Read more» 1

In the face of a civil rights investigation, Arizona has ended its efforts to monitor teachers' ability to speak "proper" English. Read more»

A traffic sign in Dubai.

Arabic is no better than the third most-spoken language in the United Arab Emirates, behind English and Hindi. Emiratis live as a privileged minority in their oil-rich country, but their language — and with it, their sense of national identity — is in danger of being swamped by a relentless tide of Western-style consumerism. Read more»

Without even knowing it, these lucky learners are receiving lessons in chemistry, probability, AND malevolence! Read more»