For the first time in the history of the Russian Armed forces the All-army Olympiad on foreign languages among cadets of military universities is being held in the Moscow Military University on April 18-21. In the course of the military education reform, the number of hours assigned on the study of foreign languages, has considerably increased.
Every year since 2007, the College Board and Asia Society have joined forces to host the annual National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC). Today it has grown to become the largest conference of its kind in North America, and it has become one of the premier forums for sharing ideas and best practices related to Chinese language and culture education.
Chinese is one of the six official languages of the world body along with French, Spanish, Russian, English and Arabic. The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) introduced language days in 2010 to celebrate each official language and encourage cultural diversity and mutual understanding.
History has tried hard to consign the Welsh language to the linguistic scrapheap. But the launch of Dinefwr Literature Festival packs another punch in the ancient tongue's fightback. The first-ever bilingual Welsh festival will be held over three days from June 29 to July 1 at the National Trust’s rather lovely Dinefwr Park and Castle, in the heart of the Carmarthenshire countryside.
The Languages in the Globalised World event, held at the Gandhi Hall at our University’s Headingley Campus, will provide a forum for teachers and researchers to exchange their findings, experiences and perspectives on teaching, learning and skills development in languages, whilst discussing the usefulness of multilingual ability and multiculturalism in a globalised world.
The International Turkish Language Olympiads attracted great interest in their eighth edition on Monday in Moscow, where 215 students competed to win prizes in various categories, including song and poetry, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press attaché was awarded for his contributions to Turkish-Russian relations.
[Saakashvili enjoying interacting with Georgian school children]
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili met with the participants of the Georgian Language for Future Success program on the Mother Language Day on April 14. The program, initiated by the President last year, aims at enhancing the knowledge of Georgian language among the ethnic minorities living in Georgia.
According to the rector, the conference will discuss five main themes: The role of Arabic language sections in universities to upgrade the level of Arabic language and literature, local dialects, Arabic and language and modern means of communications, the role of contemporary Arabic language works, and the concerns of the language in the age of globalization.
“Our children at the Cherokee Nation immersion program have so much fun every year. ONAYLF has been so far the only place outside the school that offers our kids a place where they can practice their language in a public setting,” said parent Andrew Sikora, whose son Sean participated at the fair with the sixth grade class. “I will not exaggerate if I say that ONAYLF is a language highlight of the year.”
Young American Indians representing more than 20 tribes gathered at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History this week for the 10th annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair. American Indian communities place a high value on culture, oratory skills and creativity through expression, and the fair provides a venue for young people to share the knowledge of their ancestors and speak their native languages publicly.
The Faculty of Humanities of Ivane Javakhishvili of the Tbilisi State University will host the exhibition on the Day of Mother Tongue, which is celebrated annually on April 14. The exhibit entitled “The Mystery of Georgian Script” will run from April 11 to 20.
A series of events with the theme “Greeks and Greek Language in Venice 2012” (Greci e greco a Venezia 2012) is organized by the Department of Greek language and Literature of the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari, from March 27 until April 18, 2012.
Eminent Telugu scholars from around the world are scheduled to discuss varied facets of history and culture of the land, its people, and the language at the first World Congress of Telugu History in London on July 14 and 15, according to the event’s organisers. The experts will also deliberate on different issues to “fill the voids” in the long line of Telugu history to strengthen its case as a classical language...
Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council is proclaiming April 1-7, 2012 Heritage Language Awareness Week. It is estimated that only 175 Native languages remain in the United States, three of which are languages indigenous to the Ketchikan area: Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian also known as Lingít, Xaad Kíl, and Shmalgyax.
Seychelles joined the French-speaking world this week in celebrating “La Francophonie Seychelles.” This annual celebration brings out the historical past of the islands, once part of France after they were discovered and settled. “La Francophonie Seychelles” is today as much the celebration of the French language and that these tropical mid-ocean islands are part of the countries that form part of the French-speaking block called “La Francophonie,” as it reminds everyone that Seychelles were once part of France.
The Japanese cultural centre in town was host to a Japanese reading and speech contest on Sunday afternoon where young Pakistani men and women delivered speeches and read passages in Japanese, thus displaying their language skills.
School students from across the UK will gather at the University of York this weekend to take part in an Olympiad with a difference. They will compete in the third UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO) in which school students compete to solve linguistic data problems.
“On this day we celebrate the French language, not only in Canada but around the world. French-speaking Canadians are proud to be a part of this significant global community celebrating a common language. Throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, the language of Molière has evolved to produce many diverse accents and dialects, remaining strong and instilling pride in those who speak it.
As the world celebrates French, Alliance Francaise du Swaziland has a series of events to commemorate this annual event in the country. Alliance Francaise du Swaziland Director, Laurence Amigues explained that half a billion French-speakers around the world celebrated International Day of Francophonie on 20 March.
In 2012 many lesser-used language speakers find it unacceptable, in these days of equality, that they continue to be unable to live their lives normally through the medium of their own language. It is one of the reasons why the new ELEN network (which replaces EBLUL at the European level) has been established, and one of the reasons why the demonstrations have been called for March 31st specifically for the languages of the French territories.
European Speech and Language Therapy Day is celebrated in 25 different European countries by 30 speech language pathologists organisations in Europe, members of CPLOL, the Standing Liaison Committee for Speech and Language Pathologists in Europe. The same theme is promoted on this day and throughout the month of March in these countries.
VICTORIAN Esperantists will be visiting Ballarat this Sunday celebrating the 125th anniversary of the language. The simple language was created by Dr Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof in the late 19th century as a way of breaking language and cultural barriers. It can be learnt in less than one year.
A Francophone Film Festival will kick off on Friday in Ha Noi and HCM City as part of a national celebration of this month-long event. The festival will present 12 films from nine countries: Viet Nam, France, Canada, Marocco, Switzerland, Belgium, Greece, Chad, and Ivory Coast.
The centre of Circassian (Adyghe) culture in Tbilisi will celebrate the day of the Circassian language and culture. With this regard of this day an exhibition of fiction and nonfiction on Circassian subjects published in Tbilisi, as well as exhibition of illustrations of Circassian artist Teuchezhem Kat of the works of Georgian poet Vaja Pshavela will take place.
St. Petersburg is celebrating the French language for the next two weeks with the Francophonia Days festival, which runs from March 13 to March 30. An extensive program of cultural events dedicated to the language will include the final of the French Language Song Festival for schoolchildren and students in the northwest of Russia on March 16...
Mother Tongue Day is being celebrated today not only at home but everywhere Estonian is spoken. In Riga, students studying Estonian at the University of Latvia will read poetry at the city's monument to Kristjan Jaak Peterson, the Keats contemporary who laid a foundation for Estonian poetry before his death in his early twenties.
A speech recognition application for smartphones was picked out as the best Estonian language initiative of 2011. The Ministry of Education and Research held an awards ceremony at a Haapsalu grade school on Wednesday, which is Mother Tongue Day. Eight other initiatives were also given honors.