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Language policy in Canada suggests misunderstanding among government officials and the general public about language use, international language rights and their implications. (Shutterstock)

Supporting minority languages requires more than token gestures

Canada’s population is more diverse than ever, with many different languages represented. Government policy must reflect that diversity and offer meaningful support to minority languages.
Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault launches his campaign at the Montmorency Falls with candidates, Aug. 28, 2022 in Québec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Is it important to post election signs in languages other than French in Québec?

Signs in languages other than French could be seen as an outstretched hand in yet another episode of linguistic tensions, but also as an indicator that French is indeed losing ground.
Judge President of South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal, Mandisa Maya. Simphiwe Nkwali (Photo by Gallo Images / The Times via GettyImages)

Justice Maya’s support for African languages in South Africa’s courts is a positive sign

It is important to embrace all the nation’s languages in a multilingual and multicultural society. This will ensure they are used, developed and mainstreamed.
Investir dans l'éducation bilingue peut réduire les redoublements et les décrochages scolaires et améliorer les résultats en matière d'alphabétisation. Riccardo Lennart Niels Mayer / EyeEm via GettyImages

L'enseignement bilingue peut favoriser l'alphabétisation, en Côte d'Ivoire c'est moins évident

Investir dans l'éducation bilingue peut réduire les redoublements et les abandons et améliorer les résultats en matière d'alphabétisation.
Moments of intimate playing, learning and teaching are among the ways that immigrant parents extend and expand their home languages with their children. (Rajesh Rajput/Unsplash)

5 ways immigrant parents support children’s home language learning

When schools honour and learn from immigrant parents’ knowledge, they support more opportunities to enhance young children’s linguistic, cultural and social experiences.

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