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October 2015

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B.O.O.S.T. Your Instruction!
Anne Paonessa finds ways to make the most of class contact time

Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves
Kristal Bivona on how increased access to communications technology has created new ways schools can use to develop international partnerships

Time to Listen
Monica Brady-Myerov suggests scaffolding listening in the English learner classroom

Meaningful Professional Growth
Amanda Seewald offers a spoonful of thoughts from a teacher coach

Judy Heflin delves into the complexities of the Chinese dialect or topolect spoken in the former Formosa or “beautiful island”

Last Writes
Richard Lederer on the effect Yogi Berra had on our language

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September 30th, 2015 | Leave your comments

Building to Code

Virginia “Jenny” Williams uses assessment and scaffolding to support the five stages of second-language acquisition

Academic language is a necessity to convey mastery of academic content for all students, but it is especially important that students with language differences in English be allowed to “practice” their language skills in the context of the classroom. For students who are English language learners (ELLs), learning English has many levels, and academic language is one that emerges quite late. ELLs will often learn the social contexts of English long before they master the elements that they need for learning and conveying their knowledge of academic content. Academic language can take five to seven years to acquire at levels that are needed for a typical classroom in the U.S. Alfred and Nino (2011) write in their text Leading Academic Achievement for English Language Learners, that “it is important for faculty members to understand that linguistic differences are another dimension of student diversity,” and that diversity can call for differentiated assessment and instruction. They suggest that ELLs require scaffold instruction to gain confidence and skills in academic language.

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September 26th, 2015 | Leave your comments

The Home Run Book Experience

Vinnie Jordan Henkin and Stephen Krashen chronicle the Naruto Breakthrough: How the discovery of manga books was a catalyst in the English language development of a teen

The concept of the home run book was introduced by Trelease (2001), who hypothesized that one positive experience can be enough to create a permanent interest in reading. Many children have testified that the home run experience is real, that one book started them on the path to becoming dedicated readers (Kim and Krashen, 2000; Von Sprecken, Kim, and Krashen, 2000; Ujiie and Krashen, 2002).

The importance of the home run book phenomenon is that a reading habit will result in improvement in all aspects of literacy (Krashen, 2004) and greater school success (see cases such as of Elizabeth Murray and Geoffrey Canada, described in Krashen, 2004).

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September 23rd, 2015 | Leave your comments

Namer of Thrones

Game of Thrones’ language creator, David J. Peterson, details his extraordinary career as Hollywood’s linguist-in-chief

Best known for creating the fictional languages for hit series such as Game of Thrones, Defiance, and The 100, Peterson talks to Judy Heflin about his journey to mainstream success in language creation and his upcoming book, The Art of Language Invention.

Language Magazine: Can you give a brief summary of constructed language and how it’s different from natural language? When people think of constructed language they often also think of Hebrew and Hawaiian, but you say in your book that those don’t technically count as constructed languages.

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September 18th, 2015 | 1 Comment

September 2015

September 2015 Cover

Namer of Thrones
Game of Thrones’ language creator, David J. Peterson, details his extraordinary career as Hollywood’s linguist-in-chief

Building to Code
Virginia “Jenny” Williams uses assessment and scaffolding to support the five stages of second-language acquisition

Focus on the Student
Adisack Nhouyvanisvong explains how improved assessment can increase personalized learning for all students

The Home Run Experience
Vinnie Jordan Henkin and Stephen Krashen chronicle the Naruto Breakthrough: How the discovery of manga books was a catalyst in the English language development of a teen

True to Form
A compilation of formative assessment programs to complement the Common Core-aligned tests

Investing in German
Why and where to learn the übercool language of economics, engineering, and design

Last Writes
Richard Lederer explains how our last names reveal a lot about our days of labor

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September 8th, 2015 | 2 Comments

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

August 2015 Cover

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

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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

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July 1st, 2015 | Comments Off on July 2015

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

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The World As We Speak

Texas Introduces House Bill to adopt Seal of Bilingualism and Biliteracy
If approved, seal could appear on diplomas as early as the 2013-2014 school year

Brazilian Literature Goes Global
Reading Brazil Digitally and in Translation.

NY Becomes 2nd State to Recognize Biliterate Grads

Feds Face Foreign Language Crisis
Senate hearing discussed how the lack of adequately trained language specialists compromises national security.

State Dept Chooses Kindle for Worldwide English
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."

Tensions in Kyrgyzstan over Exams in Uzbek
Nationalists protest the availability of university entrance exams in the Uzbek language.

Linguistic Diversity Linked to Biodiversity
Linguistic and cultural preservation may be the key to protecting biodiversity.

English Proficiency Biggest Hurdle for Brazilian Scholars
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
Exams on proficiency in either English or French will be stated for certain immigrants in June

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.

Promoting French in Pakistan
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
While visiting Puerto Rico, Santorum turns off Boricua voters.

International Summit on Teaching Profession Takes Place in New York
Delegations from 23 countries and regions discuss education issues at the second annual summit

Journey to Find Indigenous Languages in Trip of the Tongue
New book by Elizabeth Little covers indigenous languages throughout the United States

International Portuguese educators come together to teach Timorese teachers

Read Across America Kicks Off March 2
Students all over the U.S. will celebrate literacy on Dr. Seuss's birthday

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens Connection to Portuguese
Portuguese linguists to document archaic dialect from the Annobón province.

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