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ETS - Aug 2011

Dyslexia and the English Learner Dilemma

Kelli Sandman-Hurley recommends using the mother tongue to diagnose dyslexia

The American educational system has a difficult time understanding dyslexia and an even harder time identifying children with dyslexia in order to provide the correct intervention for students who are native English speakers. When a school has the added challenge of identifying struggling English language learners (ELLs), the task becomes an even more complicated process, and often, these kids are completely missed. But that does not have to be the case. Children who are learning English are just as likely to have dyslexia as their native-English-speaking counterparts, and there is a way to identify dyslexia in these children. The difference is that dyslexia might appear in the native language quite as vividly as it will when they attempt to learn English. To read the full story, click here.

April 7th, 2014 | 2 Comments

April 2014

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Help for Every Struggling Reader

Cutting to the Common Core
Kinsella on Narrow Reading

Dr. Kate Kinsella advocates the use of Narrow Reading Units as a portal to word knowledge and literate discourse

Riding the Blogging Trail
Leah Stilman sees blogging as the logical development of creative writing

Dyslexia and
the English Learner Dilemma

Kelli Sandman-Hurley advocates using the mother tongue to diagnose dyslexia

Integrating Content and Language
Tania Ruiz presents educators’ impressions of the dual-language methodology sweeping Europe

Last Writes
Richard Lederer with a some departures of a timely nature

April 1st, 2014 | Leave your comments

Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the Playing Field 2

In the second installment of a two-part article, Jeff Zwiers, Susan O’Hara, and Robert Pritchard present essential shifts for teaching Common Core Standards to academic English learners

The transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) offers a window of opportunity to fortify what and how we teach. It also provides a chance to reflect on how our most marginalized students most effectively learn the most difficult knowledge and skills. The CCSS challenge us to teach students much more than loosely connected pieces of knowledge and test-taking skills. They offer an opportunity to equip diverse students… To read the full story, click here.

March 19th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Let Learning Emerge

Diane Larsen-Freeman applies lessons from complexity theory to language education

Complexity theory (CT) deals with complex, dynamic, and nonlinear systems. When I first encountered CT some 20 years ago, it was not in the context of language. However, I couldn’t think of many things that were more complex, dynamic, and nonlinear than language (Larsen-Freeman, 1997). And it soon became evident to me that CT had the potential to teach us many lessons useful in language teaching and learning.

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March 7th, 2014 | Leave your comments

March 2014

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Let Learning Emerge
Diane Larsen-Freeman applies lessons from complexity theory to language education

Empathy Starts in Schools
Juan José Vázquez-Caballero argues that it is time for world language teachers to fill the cultural deficit

Cutting to the Common Core
Changing the Playing Field

In the second installment of a two-part article, Jeff Zwiers, Susan O’Hara, and Robert Pritchard present essential shifts for teaching Common Core Standards to academic English learners

French Focus
Long before festivities kicked off for this month’s celebration of La Francophonie, French was hitting the headlines

Building Conversational Fluency
Andres Abeyta offers new solutions to the age-old problem of attaining oral fluency in a new language

Europe on a Budget
Taking a summer program in Europe is a dream that can come true with some careful planning

Last Writes
Richard Lederer outs words with contradictory meanings

March 3rd, 2014 | Leave your comments

Duncan Recognizes Need for Multilingualism

U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and Libia S. Gil, assistant deputy secretary of the Office of English Language Acquisition in the Department of Education, wrote an OpEd for Los Angeles’ Daily News last week entitled “English Learners an Asset for Global, Multilingual Future.”

Although the article was short on actual policies designed to promote multilingualism (apart from a reference to the Innovators in Education program), the following passage is encouraging:

“Today, a world-class education means learning to speak, read and write languages in addition to English. In an interconnected, interdependent global economy, we must prepare our children for a future in which their social and economic success will depend on their ability to understand diverse perspectives and communicate with people from other cultures and language groups. This isn’t a matter of getting ahead — it’s a matter of catching up.”

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February 24th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Celebrate International Mother Language Day

12b183bc45“Local languages constitute the majority of languages spoken across our world in the field of science. They are also the most endangered. Excluding languages means excluding those who speak them from their fundamental human right to scientific knowledge. “
- Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General.

The Mother Tongue Day in 2014 will examine issues related to local languages and science. Experts will discuss the role of local languages in the promotion of traditional and indigenous knowledge and its contribution to addressing major issues related to global citizenship.

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Census Bureau Interactive Map Showing Languages Spoken in U.S. 

February 21st, 2014 | 1 Comment

Expolangues 2014

Athina Kontos and Ben Glister re-ignite their passion for language

Paris was the place to be for language lovers this month as the annual Expolangues celebration  in Paris welcomed thousands of visitors from France and overseas. Now in its 32nd year, the four-day event, organized by French newspaper L’Etudiant, featured over 150 exhibitors, speakers, and performers; all promoting world language education.

Day one was reserved for professionals only, providing networking opportunities for translators, teachers, and language organizations; in addition to exclusive seminars and workshops. A primary focus of this year’s expo was…

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February 20th, 2014 | Leave your comments

Infants, Words, and Income

Bjorn Carey reports on research showing that two-year-old children of lower-income families may already be six months behind in language development

Fifty years of research have revealed the sad truth that the children of lower-income, less-educated parents typically enter school with poorer language skills than their more privileged counterparts. By some measures, five-year-old children of lower socioeconomic status score more than two years behind on standardized language development tests by the time they enter school.

Stanford researchers have now found… To read the full story, click here.

February 14th, 2014 | Leave your comments

February 2014

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Teaching Across the Board
Margarita Calderón explains why developing a whole-school approach to English learners’ academic achievement is key to Common Core implementation

Learning by Extension
Jonathan Harper explains how to build a community-based teacher-training program online

Venerable Vulnerability
Loic Bourdeau on the Modern Language Association’s 129th annual convention

Fighting for Freedom
Natasha E. Feghali believes that student autonomy requires strong leadership

Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the Playing Field
In the first installment of a two-part article, Jeff Zwiers, Susan O’Hara, and Robert Pritchard present essential shifts for teaching Common Core Standards to academic English learners

Advantages of U.S. Prep School Homestay
Staying with a family is a popular option

Global Grade School
Not only do the increasing number of international students attending secondary schools benefit from the experience, so do their local peers

Celebrate Spain’s Cultural Diversity
There’s never been a better time to take that much-anticipated study trip to Spain

Last Writes Richard Lederer says ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’

February 7th, 2014 | 1 Comment

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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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