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July 2016

Spanish Focus:

America’s Lingua Franca? Could Spanish become the language of choice throughout the Americas?

Learning with Purpose Kristal Bivona looks at teaching specialized Spanish programs.

Study Travel Costa Rica & Guatemala

Why French? Kathy Stein-Smith explains why demand is growing for French the world over.

A Whole Lot of Axolotls Paula Cuello & Lori Langer de Ramirez explore environmental studies in the Spanish classroom.

A Literacy Autobiography Yew Hock Yeo, Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chow, and Stephen Krashen share a tale worth reading.

Teaching Sin Fronteras How a Spanish teacher’s quest to help his students led to the creation of an international publishing company.

June 30th, 2016 | Leave your comments

What is the World’s Most Efficient Language?

Not all languages are created equally when it comes to wordiness. 

Depending on what language is being spoken, a certain amount of words are needed to get a certain point across. Sure, any speaker can add flowery language to make a basic sentence into something more complicated. However, there is a baseline minimum in each language to express the same meaning, just some languages are wordier than others. continue reading

June 30th, 2016 | Leave your comments

White House Support for Dual Language Programs

A new Federal policy statement from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education offers guidance on better supporting the country’s youngest dual-language learners (DLLs) in early childhood programs.

The White House has announced a new Federal policy statement from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education on better supporting the country’s youngest dual-language learners (DLLs) in early childhood programs. The Obama Administration was joined by public and private sector organizations that also announced new commitments to support DLLs. continue reading

June 7th, 2016 | Leave your comments

June 2016

Digital Native or Not? Özge Karaoğlu asks if all the children we teach really are digital natives.

How Will ESSA Affect Your Bottomline? Paula Love shares her insights on what the new legislation will mean to language and literacy educators in terms of funding, accountability, and professional development.

Answering CALL Abstracts from a report by David Scott and Shane Beadle of ICF International for the European Commission indicate the most effective uses of computer-assisted language learning, offering suggestions for wider EdTech use

Sticking to the Script Phoenicia L. Grant and Joanne L. Newby stress the importance of evaluating foreign transcripts in placing newcomer students

PISA Menu Adds Global Competency International education chiefs recommend adding global skills, including languages, to comparative assessments of educational achievement

Lifeline for Internet Access New rules may help bridge the U.S. Digital Divide

June 1st, 2016 | Leave your comments

June is Immigrant Heritage Month

Hi-res IHM 2016 logoLanguage Magazine is proud to pledge its support of the third-annual Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative to partner community organizations, elected officials, corporations, artists, and thought leaders to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants.

“Language is key to the great immigrant experiment that is America. The nation is bound together by its acceptance and celebration of different cultures. Promoting and sharing the diverse skills, views, and languages of its immigrants are key to solidifying America’s unique and enviable role as a mirror of the world.” claims Daniel Ward, editor of Language Magazine. continue reading

June 1st, 2016 | Leave your comments

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PISA Menu to Include Global Competency

International education chiefs recommend adding global skills, including languages, to comparative assessments of educational achievement

In Kurashiki, Japan, last month, the G7 Education Ministers Meeting brought together representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, U.S., EU, UNESCO, and the OECD to discuss the future of education in the world’s most powerful and affluent nations. They agreed that an assessment of global competence would provide a metric to measure progress in this area and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is currently working on a new test to be included in the 2018 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Students from about 80 countries including the U.S. take the tests to measure the success of national education systems. continue reading

May 30th, 2016 | 2 Comments

Can Resting Brain Predict Language Learning Ability?

 A new study in the journal Brain and Language explores the rate at which adults learn a new language through a novel approach: studying resting-state brain activity of study participants. The study, organized by scientists at the University of Washington (UW), is the first to predict subsequent language-learning rates based on patterns of the brain in its resting-state.

We’ve found that a characteristic of a person’s brain at rest predicted 60% of the variability in their ability to learn a second language in adulthood,” lead author, Chantel Prat, a faculty researcher at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences and a UW associate professor of psychology, told UW Today. continue reading

May 11th, 2016 | 2 Comments

May 2016

 

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English is Great Politics and a new campaign make Britain an exciting choice for English immersion.

Top Tips for Students Going to the U.S. The Institute for International Education’s new book offers insight to students, educators, advisors, and parents.

Reading as Exploration for All Deborah L. Wolter offers ways to identify and address educational gaps in reading among linguistically diverse students.

Touring With Class (In Mind) Kristal Bivona sets her mind on turning tourism into professional development.

Keeping it on the Level Elizabeth Brooke offers advice on best practices for the diverse classroom.

English on the Mark Pamela Sharpe advises on how best to prepare for the TOEFL iBT

Boosting American Exchange Rates 100k Strong in America encourages students to pursue studies in Latin America

 

May 2nd, 2016 | Leave your comments

April 2016

LangMag April 16 CoverCampaigning for the Right2Read Margery Mayer & Francie Alexander from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt explain to editor Daniel Ward how we might resolve the U.S. literacy crisis

Libraries Transform Lives Rebecca Constantino recounts the story of how funding an inner-city school’s library changed the whole dynamic of a family

A Star Talks Laura Murray explains to Mary Thrond how her fascination with Chinese culture and history led to a lifetime of achievement and adventure, including the creation of the STARTALK program

Breaking Down Silos, Joining Forces  Claudia Rinaldi and Caroline E. Parker call for an end to the compartmentalization of educational approaches

California Gold Kristal Bivona summarizes the English Language Arts programs recently adopted by the state with the largest English learner population

Celebrate French in Canada Learning French in Canada has never been more affordable, and the quality has never been better

April 4th, 2016 | Leave your comments

March 2016

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Attentive Listening Kate Kinsella offers strategies to support English learners in becoming focused and proactive learners

Redefining Proficiency Sara Davila explains why granular measurement is challenging established ways of thinking

Playing With Content A pan-European team offers the prospect of content-and-language-integrated learning inspired by drama pedagogy

Pushing the Multilingual Envelope Kathy Stein-Smith updates us on the campaign for world language learning in the U.S.

The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Online Language Arts Teacher Kathleen Webber shares the secrets to delivering successful online English programs for high school students

Spanish in Paradise Kristal Bivona gets carried away by the natural beauty and friendliness of Costa Rica

Last Writes Richard Lederer delights in words starting with Z

Reviews Jobshop Source and more.

March 2nd, 2016 | 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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