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Making Words Dance

Kwame Alexander and Chris Colderley explain why we need to read and write more poetry in (and outside of) the classroom

I tried to do the same thing for her when I was twelve.

I hadn’t saved my allowance so I couldn’t purchase a Mother’s Day card, let alone a gift. I decided to write a poem instead. It wasn’t great. (The first line was “I hate Mother’s Day.”) The funny thing was that when she read it, she simultaneously smiled and cried (a river). The rainbow of emotion on her face was incredibly inspiring. My little poem brought her so much joy, and that made me want to continue writing, to continue to make words dance. Since then, I’ve spent my life expressing the wonders and woes of life through verse.

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August 13th, 2015 | Leave your comments

August 2015

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Making Words Dance
Kwame Alexander and Chris Colderley explain why we need to read and write more poetry in (and outside of) the classroom

Precision Rotation
Lance Knowles applies real-world knowledge to the implementation of the Flipped Classroom

Clearing Virtual Hurdles
Sylvaine Montaudouin tackles the challenges of developing content and teaching online

Composition Tools
These innovative programs can help build student confidence in their writing skills

Culture Flash
Kristal Bivona shares the excitement of a whirlwind high school tour of Spain and France

What’s New in EdTech
A selection of the latest education technology for teachers of language and literacy

Last Writes Richard Lederer shares horrific, but true examples of miscommunication

Reviews Jobshop Source and more.

August 1st, 2015 | Leave your comments

Portuguese Immersion

Talk about tough decisions: Brazil or Portugal?

There’s never been a better time to go to Brazil. With the Rio Olympic Games on the horizon in 2016 and the infrastructure already in place from the most recent World Cup, Brazil has never been so equipped to welcome international visitors. Meanwhile, Portugal continues to attract students with its old-world charm, delicious cuisine, and unique Iberian landscape. On top of this, Portuguese has never been more popular on U.S. university campuses: according to the most recent MLA report on language enrollments, between 2009 and 2013, Portuguese enrollments jumped by 10%. Here are some of the world’s best programs for studying Portuguese as a foreign language.

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July 28th, 2015 | Leave your comments

July 2015

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Telling Stories
Stephen Krashen on what to do and what not to do when reading aloud

Powering Pedagogy
Margaret Don offers solutions to the problems arising from using PowerPoint in the language classroom

Portuguese from Cape to Cape
Brazil may be the Portuguese powerhouse, but the language is still alive and well in Africa

Portuguese Immersion
Talk about tough decisions: Brazil or Portugal?

Spanish as a Vehicle for Social Change
Kristal Bivona, Sandra Ruiz and Daniel Ward discuss the movements and histories that made Spanish such an important language for activism

Global Spanish
One of the best things about learning Spanish is the diversity of places in which it is spoken — and taught

Fear and Loathing on the Acquisition Trail
Viviane Gontijo studies the intricate effects of second language anxiety

Last Writes
Richard Lederer with student bloopers on American history

Reviews Jobshop Source and more.

July 1st, 2015 | Comments Off

Telling Stories

Stephen Krashen on what to do and what not to do when reading aloud

Thanks in large part to the success of Jim Trealease’s Read-Aloud Handbook, now in its 7th edition, reading aloud has become a popular activity. According to Scholastic’s 2015 Kids and Family Reading Report, over 75% of American children age five and younger are read to at least four times a week, and the vast majority of parents and children enjoy read-aloud sessions. Read alouds are not only pleasant, they are also the first step on the road to literacy development. But it is possible to push reading aloud too far and actually harm literacy development.

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June 22nd, 2015 | Leave your comments

Profile: Mohamed Abdel-Kader

With his basic Spanish and fluency in Arabic, Mohamed Abdel-Kader’s term as deputy assistant secretary in the office of International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) at the U.S. Department of Education will be short but may be decisive

Since September of last year, Mohamed Abdel-Kader has overseen the International Foreign Language Education team at the U.S. Department of Education, managing two sets of grants: the Title VI programs, which invest largely in capacity at institutions across the country for less commonly taught world languages and world area studies, and the Fulbright Hays programs, which invest largely in small groups and individuals to help them study abroad and hopefully bring that fantastic experience back into the classroom or into whatever environment they operate in.

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June 15th, 2015 | Leave your comments

President Endorses Immigrant Heritage Month

Obama-IHM-FacebookThis morning, President Obama devoted his weekly address to the celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month (#IHM2015), an occasion that allows us to celebrate our origins as a nation of immigrants, and vowed to push forward with immigration reform.

“I think of growing up in Hawaii, a place enriched by people of different backgrounds – native Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and just about everything else. Growing up in that vibrant mix helped shape who I am today. And while my father was not an immigrant himself, my own life journey as an African-American – and the heritage shared by Michelle and our daughters, some of whose ancestors came here in chains – has made our family who we are,” shared the President.

Language Magazine is also a proud supporter of Immigrant Heritage Month. “Immigrants, their cultures, languages, and skills are America’s greatest resource,” claims Language Magazine editor Daniel Ward. “In our age of globalization, we have to recognize the value of our multicultural, multinational roots and ensure that immigrants, old and new, retain and share the skills, customs, and knowledge that they brought to this country so that all Americans can have a better understanding of the global village in which we live.”

Language Magazine is inviting its readers and followers to share their own immigration stories, publicize their heritage culture and language programs, and announce events through our network. Visit our story submission page for details on how to submit information.

The basic idea of welcoming people to our shores is central to our ancestry and our way of life so the President is also asking everyone to visit and share stories of making it to America.

Let’s celebrate our immigrant heritage!

June 6th, 2015 | 4 Comments

June 2015

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Profile: Mohamed Abdel-Kader
The U.S. Department of Education’s language boss shares his motivation and goals

Words + Pictures
Lina Sun sees the value of using graphic novels to help develop multiliteracies

French à la mode
Gaétan Mathieu sees bilingualism as the key to the future of French in the U.S.

Destination France
Where and why to learn French in France

Quebec Beckons
From language to La Citadelle, explore Canada’s largest province

Designing Global Fonts
Mourad Boutros interviews Peter Rosenfeld, whose 35 years’ experience in type has helped us read the same way in different scripts

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage

Books to Read to your Child this Father’s Day

Last Writes Richard Lederer on the word no one wants to admit is a word

Reviews Jobshop Source and more.

May 31st, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Wizardry of Oz

Clever schemes, vibrant cities, and stunning landscapes make Australia a great bet for students

Australia has been a preferred study-abroad destination for students from the U.S. and Asia for decades because of the excellent quality of the universities, unique flora and fauna, charming culture, jaw-dropping coastlines, hip cities, and, of course, English language. In recent years, international students have been flocking to the Land Down Under for all of the same reasons. Unlike the Americans, however, many international students see English in Australia as an opportunity to learn the language; some go to Australia just for the English language education, while others transfer into Australian universities for college or graduate school.

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May 24th, 2015 | Leave your comments

All the School’s a Stage

Pilar Alvarez, education director at the Young Storytellers Foundation, explains how the organization boosts literary confidence

Language Magazine: What is the history and overall goal of the Young Storytellers Foundation?

Pilar Alvarez: The Young Storytellers Foundation was started in 1997 by a group of film students in response to budget cuts in LA public schools. The founders wanted to bring in a program that was absolutely free, something that any public school could have regardless of its funding, which is why they created our volunteer-based Script to Stage program, where we bring in ten adult mentors who work with ten fifth-grade students. Over ten weeks, each of those students will create their own screenplay. Screenwriting is the vehicle we use for building the soft skills that we think are important for literacy.

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May 20th, 2015 | 1 Comment

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Texas Introduces House Bill to adopt Seal of Bilingualism and Biliteracy
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Feds Face Foreign Language Crisis
Senate hearing discussed how the lack of adequately trained language specialists compromises national security.

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In an effort to promote English literacy around the world, the U.S. Department of State is planning to purchase up to 35,000 Kindle e-readers as well as selected content. The Kindles would be distributed to U.S.-friendly educational centers around the world so as to be available to those looking to study English and learn about America.

Need for Bilingual Preschools
A new report from the Center for American Progress that urges policymakers to maximize on the investments being made in public preschool programs to serve disadvantaged children. Specifically, the report calls for "more federal, state, and local capacity to meet the increasing demand for culturally and linguistically appropriate services for children who are dual-language learners."

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Nationalists protest the availability of university entrance exams in the Uzbek language.

Linguistic Diversity Linked to Biodiversity
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At a time when Brazilians have more resources and opportunities to study abroad than ever, lacking language skills a hinderance.

Cajoling All Teachers to Consider ELLs
New report examines how to prepare teachers for the fastest growing student population in the U.S.

Language Education Cuts Compromise National Security
New Council on Foreign Relations report calls education a national security issue

Canada Instates Language Tests for Some Immigrants
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San Jose School Hosts Spanish Spelling Bee
First Spanish spelling bee in northern California held at a dual language academy

English is Number One Language Test in Georgia
Students in final year of school aim to take English instead of Russian in foreign language exam

Promotion of French Language is Hot Topic
The separatist opposition party in Quebec rallys for French

U.S. Demand for Portuguese Increasing
Universities scramble to keep up with influx of learners

Urdu Gets Official Status Around India
Urdu to become a language of instruction in Muslim communities

Norwegian Language Camp to be Launched
Camp will focus on Norwegian language and cultural immersion activities

National Center for Family Literacy Ruminates on Education Policy at Conference
Conference of educators, advocates, and policy makers highlights family literacy

New Arabic Center Symbolizes Chinese-Emirati Exchange
Beijing's University of Foreign Studies unveils remodeled center for Arabic language and Islamic studies.

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After an exodus of native French teachers, France pushes its language and culture in Pakistan.

Columbia’s Teacher College Addresses International Education with TEDx
Inaugural TEDx conference on international education takes places

Irish Language on the Rise, but not in Ireland
Could heritage learners abroad save Irish?

Santorum: Puerto Ricans Should Learn English
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International Summit on Teaching Profession Takes Place in New York
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New book by Elizabeth Little covers indigenous languages throughout the United States

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