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What salsa dancing has to do with language learning

What salsa dancing has to do with language learning

By Britta Schneider Language Magazine As a linguist focusing on language and globalization, I became interested in the language use and linguistic identity of Spanish speakers abroad. Surprisingly, in countless Google searches on Spanish users in Europe and Australia, the majority of websites I encountered were not by native Spanish speakers but by people engaged


Aid Scarce for Immigrant Children in South Texas

By Jacob Fiscler Juvenile Justice Information Exchange MISSION, Texas — A group of Honduran immigrants who had crossed into the United States illegally frantically waved down a deputy constable’s Chevy Tahoe as it approached them on a dirt road a couple hundred yards from the Rio Grande about 10 p.m. one Wednesday in early August.


Rutgers University Awards Scholarship to Undocumented Student Activist

By Katherine Leal Unmuth Latino Ed Beat New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the “Dream Act” last year allowing some undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to pay in-state tuition at New Jersey’s public universities. But some activists were upset that Christie had first vetoed a portion that would have allowed undocumented


Mass layoffs may trigger teen suicide

By Alison Jones/Duke University Futurity A new study finds that when one percent of a state’s working population lost jobs, suicide-related behaviors increased by two to three percentage points among teenage girls and black adolescents in the following year. Among girls, thoughts of suicide and suicide plans rose. Among black teens, thoughts of suicide, suicide


Saving Lincoln Center: An El Paso Community’s Effort to Protect its Chicano Heritage

By Cassie Keener Preservation Nation In a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, the Lincoln Center has been a gathering place for people in this El Paso community since the early 20th century. It has served as a school, church, and cultural arts center, yet has been threatened with demolition since its closing in 2006 (though the community