Monthly Archives: January 2018

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Updated Federal Data on English Learners

The U.S. Department of Education launched a new interactive web page dedicated to data on English Learner students (ELs). The site uses colorful maps, bar graphs, and charts to provide a clearer understanding of America’s diverse ELs population in a “data story” format  based on data from the Common Core of Data (CCD). The data…

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Taiwan to Offer Mother-Tongue K–12 Education

Raohe Street Night Market in Taipei – Taiwan.Taiwan’s government has approved a national language-development bill to protect linguistic diversity, which requires national language courses throughout preschool, elementary, and high school education. At the moment, mother-tongue education is only mandatory in elementary schools, while it is an elective course for high school students.The bill also requires…

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Making Hindi Official at the UN

Over half a billion people speak HindiThe Indian government is prepared to spend up to four billion rupees ($63 million) to make Hindi one of the official languages of the UN, according to the country’s external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj.Speaking in the Lok Sabha (India’s lower house of parliament) last month, Swaraj said that the…

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Bilingualism May Counteract Autism

According to a new study published in Child Development, bilingual children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are better at switching from one task to another than their monolingual peers. “This is a novel and surprising finding,” says Prof. Aparna Nadig, the senior author of the paper, from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at…

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Babies’ Babbling Builds Better Brains

It’s long been known that babies modify their sounds to become more speech-like in response to feedback from their caregivers, and that they learn things have names by caregivers naming objects. But a news study, published in Developmental Science examines how specific types of babbling elicit particular parental behavior. To answer this, the research team—Rachel…

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Social Climbing

If you type “Facebook educational usage” into Google, it will show millions of relevant sites in just .278 seconds. With the popularity of Facebook and other social networking sites, such as Twitter and Renren (China), there is an assumption that such sites are useful in classrooms and outside of classrooms. It is not surprising that…