Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Teacher Resources for Black History Month

Looking Back to Move Forward Ayanna Cooper shares teacher resources for Black History Month Black History Week began as a week-long celebration to acknowledge achievements of Black Americans and other people of African descent 91 years ago. During the 1960s, this celebration grew into a month-long dedication to not only honor notable Black Americans but also to…

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U.S. Language Capacity ‘Diminishing,’ Despite Need

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) has released a report that suggests a “diminishing share” of U.S. residents speak languages other than English, a trend which the academy believes “could have important consequences for business, international affairs, and intellectual exchange.” The academy’s report, The State of Languages in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait,…

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Danish Government Calls For Language Testing

Local Government Denmark (Kommunernes Landsforening-KL) has called for mandatory language testing of all three-year-olds entering their first year of schooling in order to combat social inequality. Danish researchers documented that there is a learning discrepancy of danish children entering elementary school of up to two years difference in language and social skills. “We must invest…

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Redefining Inclusive Education

Frances Stetson offers guidance to improve the educational experience for all at-risk students Providing at-risk students and students with special needs with an inclusive learning environment—one in which students receive equitable opportunities for effective educational services—is a moral imperative. However, despite all of the effort districts and schools have put into implementing inclusive practices and…

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Messaging App for Language Learners

“Tandem” is a relatively new language-learning app where language learners can chat with each other in order to improve their language skills. Users can have conversations with native speakers of languages including Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, French, English, German, Chinese and Japanese. The app links users who want to learn a target language with users…

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Babies Retain Birth Language

A new study has found that languages learned very early in life are subconsciously retained even when there is no conscious memory of the early experience remaining. The study, conducted by Radboud University, Western Sydney University, and Hanyang University was published in Royal Society Open Science and provides the first evidence that residual knowledge of…

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Washington Study Sheds Light on ELL Advanced Course Enrollment

Education Northwest along with the Institute of Education Sciences and Regional Educational Laboratory at Education Northwest analyzed the patterns of advanced coursework among Spanish-speaking students, other language minority students whose primary/home language is a language other than Spanish, and English-only speakers. The study found distinct differences between the groups. Spanish-speaking students were found to enroll…

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The Weeknd Donates $50,000 for Ancient Language

image courtesy of the artistThe University of Toronto is continuing its courses on Ge’ez thanks in part to a $50,000 donation from the Grammy award-winning musician The Weeknd. Ge’ez is an ancient South Semitic language that originated in the northern region of Ethiopia, and remains as the main language used in certain church communities and…