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August 2014

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Retool for Fall
A selection of the latest technological products for language educators

Bright Learners, Big City
Kristal Bivona returns from China full of its promise

We are Family
Mary Catherine Thomson enthuses about the long-term success of a sister school program

Cutting to the Common Core: My Student’s Can’t Read So How WIll They Write?
Hillary Wolfe recommends building strategic scaffolds to assist adolescent writing

Tools for Achieving Oral Fluency
Marsha Appling-Nunez finds help for the multilevel ELL classroom

Operation Accent
Justyna Kozyra-Bober asks if later learners are on an impossible mission to sound like natives

Last Writes
Richard Lederer’s tribute to a fallen furry friend

Reviews Jobshop Source and more.

July 31st, 2014 | Leave your comments

Cutting to the Common Core: The Positive Side of the Digital Divide

Judith Zorfass and Tracy Gray recommend using digital text to differentiate reading instruction

Why Use Digital Text?
Imagine this challenge: Mr. Reed’s class of 30 students includes a mix of learners with diverse abilities and needs. Some students are reading at grade level; those reading above grade level want to be challenged; the struggling readers need help with vocabulary and comprehension; and the English language learners have trouble connecting their first language and knowledge to the new concepts presented in the class. In addition, four students have identified learning disabilities. How can one, dedicated teacher differentiate and personalize instruction in ways that help every student to succeed?

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July 22nd, 2014 | Leave your comments

The Community Speaks

Chi Anunwa is impressed by innovative, student-led bilingual education programs in rural Mexico

The state of Durango, Mexico, is a study in breathtaking contrasts. On the journey to the county of Mezquital in the southern tip of the state, dramatic desert landscapes give way to the lush, green peaks of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range, which nestle a tiny, chilly village named Los Charcos. As one heads farther southwest in the direction of the Pacific Ocean, the climate becomes warmer and more tropical. In this area lies the village of Huazamota.

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July 16th, 2014 | Leave your comments

July 2014

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Cutting to the Common Core: The Positive Side of the Digital Divide
Judith Zorfass and Tracy Gray recommend using digital text to differentiate reading instruction

Lure of the Sur: A Study Abroad Extravaganza
Kristal Bivona finds there’s no time like the present to immerse oneself in Latin America

Spanish Steps
Britta Schneider explains what salsa dancing has to do with language learning in a globalized world

The Community Speaks
Chi Anunwa is impressed by innovative, student-led bilingual education programs in rural Mexico

Last Writes Richard Lederer marvels at Shakespeare’s knack of providing perfect titles posthumously

Reviews Jobshop Source and more.

July 4th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Repaving the Campaign Trail

Kathleen Stein-Smith proposes a campaign for world language education in the U.S. based on social and political engagement, using best practices and modern strategies

America needs a campaign for world languages based on social and political engagement, inspired by best practices in language education around the world and informed by current theory in change management, innovation, strategy, and social marketing.

An increase in language skills among Americans is important for a variety of reasons, ranging from self-improvement and education for global citizenship to our national and economic security.

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June 23rd, 2014 | Leave your comments

French 3.0: The Next Generation

Report predicts the rise of French by 2050

Since Language Magazine’s last report on the ongoing, public debate over the importance of French (“French on the Menu,” March 2014), the prediction that French may be the world’s most-spoken language by 2050 (based on research by Natixis, an investment bank) has spurred media reports across the world challenging the suggestion.

The prediction that French will be spoken by 750 million people by 2050 is based on the fact that French-speaking populations are growing faster than English- and Mandarin-speaking ones.

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June 20th, 2014 | 2 Comments

June 2014

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Cutting to the Common Core: The Key to English Standards
John Carr argues that the Collaborative Discussions element is the most important of all standards

Curing the Summertime Blues
Donna Lasinski examines why the summer slide particularly affects English learners

Repaving the Campaign Trail
Kathleen Stein-Smith proposes a campaign for world language education in the U.S. based on social and political engagement, using best practices and modern strategies

French 3.0: The Next Generation
Demographic patterns suggest that French may be the most-spoken language by tomorrow’s youth

June 2nd, 2014 | Leave your comments

From Language Skills to Teaching Prowess

Montserrat Villar González offers a personal view on developing as a language teacher

There are many paths to becoming a teacher of a second or foreign language: for some, it’s the natural progression from studying a language; others start by giving informal individual, private, or group classes or helping friends study their own language. Having lived in a country where demand for your language is high doesn’t count as concrete training, but it may make you realize that teaching is a skill worth developing. In the moment in which, in a constant and conscious way, someone starts to work in this field (not as mere fun or to help friends), this person becomes a language teacher and, in many cases, will become a professional who will develop their career throughout their life. To read the full story, click here.

June 1st, 2014 | Leave your comments

Making Multilingual Movies

Nile Stanley and John Ronghua Ouyang encourage teachers to use the new literacies to inspire the next generation of multilingual filmmakers

Most prospective teachers and the pupils they will teach have been surrounded by constantly evolving information and communications technology (ICT) — computers, email, social networks, smartphones, and digital cameras — since preschool. The internet is this generation’s defining context for literacy and learning and requires new skills, strategies, and dispositions (Castek et al., 2007). Paradoxically, teacher candidates have lived a digitally saturated life, but many have not had the preparation in the new literacies of how to integrate ICTs in their multilingual classrooms. To read the full story, click here.

May 12th, 2014 | 1 Comment

May 2014

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International Education Revamped
As governments invest in student exchange and communications redefine immersion, will global study become the norm?

English is Golden
Diverse and dynamic California offers a wealth of English immersion opportunities

Making Multilingual Movies
Nile Stanley and John Ronghua Ouyang encourage new teachers to use the new literacies to inspire the next generation of multilingual filmmakers

Spanish Teen Choice
Christophe Chabaudie offers ten factors to take into account when choosing a Spanish immersion destination for teens

From Language Skills to Teaching Prowess
Montserrat Villar González offers a personal view on developing as a language teacher

Last Writes
Richard Lederer reveals the religious foundations of common English terms

May 5th, 2014 | 1 Comment

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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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