Many of us, either teachers or parents of students, know that school is either just around the corner or has already started! If you did not know, I myself am a Spanish teacher in Maryland. I started in 2012, and there have been quite a few revolutionary changes in language learning […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Introducing the Teacher’s Corner!
The Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Language is saddened to hear of the passing of one of our most active and influential founders, Joseph E. Page, on Monday, July 9, 2018. See a newsletter article below describing Joe’s service to the Museum as one of the founding Trustees. Here is the Gasch’s […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on In Memory of Joseph E. Page
Each year, more and more young Americans are traveling abroad to teach English. Some are looking for a “gap year” experience after college that will also serve as a resume builder, others do it for mission or volunteer experience, and others use it as an opportunity to learn a second or third language while giving […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Interview with Rachel La Russo, PhD candidate at UMass
The summer camp returned this summer to College Park City Council Chambers on July 10th, for a pop-up camp called “A Spanish Language and Culture Day.” Make friends, learn a new language, and learn more about people from other nations in a fun setting right in your own backyard. The camp ran from 9:30-12:30. Participants […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on NML’s 2018 Summer Camp: A Spanish Language and Culture Day
Would you be able to communicate with those who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing? Even if you know American Sign Language (ASL), mos countries have their own particular sign languages. “Tío” Antonio Prieto Buñuel, a native of Spain currently residing in Nicaragua, a country with little special education and even less opportunities for people with disabilities, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Interview with Tío Antonio, Owner of “Café de las Sonrisas”
In our first article of this series, we saw the changes that can be made at the federal level; these sweeping, overarching laws and spending bills can have a massive impact on how languages are taught and what money and funding is available to make these changes happen. However, as many of us know, governmental […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Future of Language Learning Part 4: Changing Communities, Growing Opportunities
Have you ever learned to read and write from a reader in elementary school? Have you ever published a book under copyright or wondered how we established intellectual property? Have you ever saw the word “color” and wondered why Americans omit the “u?” Whether or not you know, the man whose dictionary was probably a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Noah Webster: Creating an American Dictionary for an American English
Sometimes, the future involves taking a look at the past. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest and effort to preserve the world’s indigenous languages. An indigenous language is defined as a language, usually now the minority, spoken by the original peoples of a nation. There have been many programs designed to preserve […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Future of Language Learning Part 3: Preserving the Past
Please note that this article solely represents the opinion of the author In recent years, the number of apps and programs designed to teach a language to whomever is willing to dedicate the time has grown exponentially. Whereas even 10 years ago Rosetta Stone was the only available program, and fairly pricey at that, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Future of Language Learning Part 2: Do Apps Help or Hinder?
On March 19th, Ottar Grepstad, the director of the Nynorsk kultursentrum in Norway, released Language Museums of the World, an eBook featuring museums of languages of all sizes, specialities, living and dead languages. The NML was featured in this book, and we had the opportunity to speak with Ottar about the creation of […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Interview with Ottar Grepstad, Author of “Language Museums of the World”