Monthly Archives: March 2020

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How to Succeed in Distance Education

With the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, many schools are closing their doors and shifting students and faculty to on-line study with little-to-no advanced notice nor training. I know one’s first reaction might be to panic or to get upset with administrators for doing this. But remember, they are following guidelines from the Department…

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Podcast: Tips for Online Teaching

Trine University has launched a new podcast, The Onliners, to help educators who have found themselves suddenly thrust into the world of e-learning and online education. “Do less,” is today’s theme—focus on the basics and gain a sense of peace that it will all be okay, and we are in this together. Hosted by Keirsten…

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Celebrate UN French Language Day

Today, on March 20, the United Nations celebrates French Language Day.Language Days at the United Nations were introduced in 2010 to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity.The United Nations celebrates six “Language Days” each year, dedicated to the six official languages ​​of the United Nations, namely Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.These days are an…

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Use Language to Fight COVID-19 Misinformation

“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic.” – Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization (WHO) In India, people are being told the Coronavirus only survives on surfaces for 12 hours, so a 14-hour curfew will “break the chain” and nationalist politician Yogi Adityanath said yoga could cure it. Misinformation about COVID-19…

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Bill to Boost Bilingual Access in the House

Last month, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva introduced the Supporting Young Language Learners’ Access to Bilingual Education (SYLLABLE) Act in the House of Representatives. The bill helps establish high-quality dual-language immersion programs in communities with high numbers of low-income families and supports those programs from pre-K to 5th grade. “Today, bilingualism is an asset in our…