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Making Reading Your Own

Todd Brekhus, president of myON, extols the benefits of students developing their own personal digital libraries

Making literacy more personal to kids, especially to second-language learners, begins with providing learners with their own personal libraries. It’s hard to think about literacy without a library of great content and great books. So, when a student is able to have his or her own personal library — especially one that’s digital, with an array of books at their fingertips for fast access — that’s a strong and positive beginning. Students are able to open up and read books they’re interested in, books at their level. Digital books now have the capability for authentic audio recording, so the students can hear how a word sounds as they are reading.

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January 28th, 2015 | Leave your comments

Managing Diversity

Anne Scatchell argues that administrators need specific training to successfully manage culturally diverse classrooms

“I know that I don’t have a background in working with English language learners, but aren’t you using far too many videos in your class?” said the district level administrator. “You need to make sure that you are teaching the curriculum ‘as is.’ We can’t have you teaching any differently than the other teachers.” The principal stood by silently after admitting unfamiliarity with best practice for ELs but sided with his supervisor. Unfortunately, variations on this conversation are being repeated in schools throughout the country.

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January 19th, 2015 | Leave your comments

Digital Guide on the Side

Tanya Roscorla predicts the digital trends that will continue to grow in K–12 education in 2015 as learning becomes more student centered

Throughout these trends, you’ll find several common threads. The first is a focus on the student, and that’s especially evident in personalized learning and adaptive technology. The second is both a mark of progress and a clue that we still have a ways to go: students have access to more digital learning options than they had before, but their education options are still determined largely by where they live.

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January 14th, 2015 | Leave your comments

January 2015

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Digital Guide on the Side
Tanya Roscorla predicts the digital trends that will continue to grow in K–12 education in 2015 as learning becomes more student centered

Managing Diversity
Anne Scatchell argues that administrators need specific training to successfully manage culturally diverse classrooms

Making Reading Your Own
Todd Brekhus, president of myON, extols the benefits of students developing their own personal digital libraries

Speaking by Numbers
Martha Edelson and Lori Langer de Ramirez share the consequences of motivation and affect in teaching Middle School World Language and Math

Last Writes Richard Lederer blossoms forth in the new year

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January 2nd, 2015 | Leave your comments

Mutual Benefit

Heather Tyler explains how the service learning model works for all participants

My curiosity and desire for independence have led me around the world in search of new experiences that I could turn into good stories. I’ve experimented with all facets of travel, from studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to backpacking through Europe, from building a hut out of driftwood and coconuts on the once-isolated coast of Playa Venao, Panama, to road tripping through Baja, Mexico. Were they good experiences? Most of them, yes. Do they make good stories? Absolutely. But after repeating the same stories over and over again to friends used to a more sedentary lifestyle, I realized my experiences were void of something — purpose.

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December 29th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Music to All Ears

Donna Stoering explains how cross-cultural music offers an excellent teaching tool
for K–12 students of languages, literacy, and diversity

It is intriguing to realize that at times there is little distinction between spoken languages and musical ones. Consider, for instance, the complex rhythms and slight tonal variations of some Aboriginal tribes who communicate through clicking sounds; non-native Mandarin and Cantonese speakers who have to tune their ears to differentiate between the all-important but subtle changes in pitch inflection that determine very different words and meanings; and travelers who often describe the Italian language as being “extremely musical” with its “melodic” cadences and vowel combinations.

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December 22nd, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Pun-thology of Christmas Songs

Richard Lederer gives us a pun-per-minute twist on the holiday classics

A set-up pun is a conspiracy of narrative and word play. In set-up punnery, the punster contrives an imaginary situation that leads up to a climax punningly, cunningly, and stunningly based on a well-known expression or title. In a good set-up pun, we groan at the absurdity of the situation while admiring the ingenuity with which the tale reaches its foreordained conclusion.

Now it’s time to be a groan-up while admiring the following narratives as they lead up to the Christmas punch lines:

Rudolph, a dedicated Russian communist and important rocket scientist, was about to launch a large satellite. His wife, a fellow scientist at the base, urged Rudolph to postpone the launch because, she asserted, a hard rain was about to fall. Their collegial disagreement soon escalated into a furious argument that Rudolph closed by shouting, “Rudolph, the Red, knows rain, dear!”

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December 17th, 2014 | Leave your comments

Making the Most of Playtime

Stuck for a last-minute gift? Consider these educational toys and games

ChineseCUBES: Where Characters Are Center Stage
Students and teachers will tell you that there’s a ceiling many learners face at some point while learning Chinese — learning the beautiful yet difficult and elusive written language, Chinese characters or hanzi. For many, learning to speak is good enough. Chinese characters are morphemes independent of phonetic change, and so learning the written characters is almost an entirely separate and tedious task that hasn’t gotten any easier over the past several centuries. ChineseCUBES is trying to change this…

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December 15th, 2014 | Leave your comments

December 2014

December 2014 Cover

Preparing Children on the Range
Claudia Miner examines the challenges of getting early education to minority children in the most rural environments

Mutual Benefit
Heather Tyler explains how the service learning model works for all participants

Music to All Ears
Donna Stoering explains how cross-cultural music offers an excellent teaching tool for K-12 students of languages, literacy, diversity

2015 Year Planner Calendar of events for language-related workshops, conferences, special dates and grant deadlines worldwide

2015 Study Abroad Planner Calendar of events for language travel and immersion studies

Making the Most of Playtime
Stuck for a last-minute gift? Consider these educational toys and games

Last Writes Richard Lederer gives us a pun-per-minute twist on the holiday classics

Reviews Jobshop Source and more.

December 2nd, 2014 | Leave your comments

The Play’s the Thing

Lori Langer de Ramirez recommends using suspension of disbelief and simulations as means of connecting to global communities

The communities standard — Why it’s worth the bother
Nothing gets a student more excited (or engaged) than being able to express herself or read a sign in situ in the target language. We can all remember that moment when we first communicated something to a native speaker in French, or Mandarin, or Hindi — and we were understood! It is exhilarating, but it is the kind of interaction that can be hard to replicate in the language classroom.

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November 22nd, 2014 | Leave your comments

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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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