Monthly Archives: August 2019

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New Media Literacy Resources Available Online

The California Department of Education (CDE) has created an online media literacy resource page for educators. The page provides access to free K–12 resources, instructional materials, lesson plans, and curriculum curated by a variety of recognized experts in the area of media literacy. “These resources will assist educators in the classroom as they teach students…

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Japan Takes Responsibility for Language

Japan’s parliament, the Diet, has responded to the steady growth of foreign residents by passing a law making the government responsible for Japanese-language education. The legislation is seen as a step in the right direction to help municipalities take action to teach the language to foreign residents. New resident visas were introduced in April to…

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Meaningful Professional Growth

Amanda Seewald offers a spoonful of thoughts from a teacher coach The most creative people I know are educators of some sort. As educators, we are trained to be flexible, attentive, driven, motivated, and always ready… for anything. But why did we all become teachers and enter into the field of education? I am sure…

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Kashmiri Challenged

The serenity of Kashmir’s Dal Lake belies the ongoing conflict. The Indian government’s decision to revoke the autonomy of the territory of Jammu and Kashmir may also have implications for the status of the Kashmiri language. According to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, “The Legislative Assembly may by law adopt any one or more…

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Experts Not Hopeful on Vietnam’s English Targets

Education experts are expressed concern that the targets set for Vietnam’s foreign language proficiency are set to fail at a recent meeting on English teaching at colleges and universities held by the education ministry, Vietnamnet reports. The goals were set in the 2008-2020 national project, Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages in the National Education System….

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Educating English Learners with Disabilities

California Department of Education (CDE) has released the much-anticipated “California Practitioners’ Guide for Educating English Learners with Disabilities.” The guide will help with identifying, assessing, supporting, and reclassifying English learners with disabilities. “This resource will benefit the teachers and other professionals involved in the education of more than 220,000 identified English learner students with disabilities,”…

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$2.5 Million Grant for University LCTL Programs

Michigan State University has been awarded a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support further development in the research and teaching of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs), with an emphasis on Indigenous languages.  This is the second Mellon grant received by the LCTL Partnership, led by the Center for Language…

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Is the Internet Making Us Dumber? Lol, no.

Facebook posts and text messages are far from being bastions of grammar. People’s communication online has an informal quality that is often at odds with established linguistic rules, but Montreal-based linguist Gretchen McCulloch says that it’s not really that big of a problem. McCulloch’s new book, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language explores…