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Social emotional learning and English learners
By: Erick Herrmann
Social and emotional learning, or SEL, is characterized by the teaching, practice and implementation of social skills in the classroom as well as helping students with managing emotions, making decisions that are considerate of others, and building and maintaining positive relationships. While all students can benefit from instruction in what these skills look like, English learners in particular will need support in what the skills sound like, including the words and phrases that exemplify the particular skill.
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Bilingual students need support in their native language
Education Week (commentary)
A majority of the young people in schools where I have worked speak a different language at home than they do at school. In my work in Boston, New York City, and Baltimore, I have seen school policies respond to the bilingual abilities of young people as a strength, as a deficiency, or as something to be ignored. When I was working at a middle school in Boston, I had a student named Samuel who had recently moved to the neighborhood from El Salvador. His status as an English-language learner required that he be pulled from class on a regular basis to learn English.
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Language laws repress many universities in Europe
Netherlands: The rector of Maastricht University, the second youngest university in the Netherlands, claims that universities in Europe are being choked by the laws that compel them to use their native language as the medium of instruction instead of English. Professor Luc Soete said that international conventions emphasize that it is the human right of undergraduates to be taught in their native language. This means that educational institutions can only offer courses taught in English if the same courses are offered in the country’s native language.
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Nevada Governor signs bill allowing Dreamers to get teaching licenses
Fox News Latino
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill that would make it easier for immigrants with temporary legal status to get a Nevada teaching license, saying it would help meet the needs of a "new Nevada." Among the people who flanked the Republican governor as he signed AB27 was Uriel Garcia, a 22-year-old Nevada State College student and recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program who was previously denied a license. He said he plans to re-apply as soon as possible to get started on his student teaching and move toward his goal of teaching second grade English language learners.
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In 10 years, America's classrooms are going to be much more diverse than they are now
The Huffington Post
The 2014-2015 school year represents a milestone for America's public schools. For the first time, a majority of students around the country are not white. They identify with minority groups. In future years, experts only expect this trend to accelerate. In honor of The Huffington Post's 10-year anniversary this May, we're looking at the future of American classrooms and what students in these classrooms might look like 10 years from now. In 2025, America's schools will likely be substantially more diverse than they are currently, serving more kids who come from Hispanic, Asian or mixed-race backgrounds. These shifting demographics raise a number of questions about the best ways for schools to serve students who are more diverse than ever before.
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1 in 5 schoolchildren in Sheffield, England, do not speak English as their first language
The Star
England: One in five children in schools across Sheffield, England, do not speak English as their first language, The Star revealed. Figures obtained through The Star's Your Right To Know campaign show 14,572 children in primary and secondary schools have English as an additional language — almost 20 percent of city schoolchildren. More than 120 different languages are listed as the mother tongue for children, according to Sheffield Council's latest schools census.
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College application must-knows for international high school students
U.S. News & World Report
Many U.S. university admissions professionals are familiar with the sentence, "That was a transitional year for this student." This sentiment can be compounded when working with students who are receiving their high school education within a country that is different from their country of citizenship. Each year, many universities in the U.S. receive applications from students who fall into this category and are referred to as "Third Culture Kids" or "Global Nomads." A majority of the global population of third culture students have found themselves in expatriate communities because of their parents' occupational location or family ties.
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Locals and refugees work together to bridge language gap in Buffalo, New York
For the last 15 years, Buffalo, New York, has been the new home of refugees from Sudan, Somalia, Burma, Bhutan and Iraq. While some of their younger children easily adapted to life in the United States and picked up English because they spend several hours in school each day, their elders did not have that luxury. The biggest hurdle for them is the language gap. In Buffalo alone, about 60 languages other than English are spoken. Finding a common language is the first thing that must be overcome. Han Moe, a Burmese refugee, has lived in the United States for 15 years. He was in the U.S. Naval Reserve and is fluent in English.
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Leaving the mother tongue: Why languages are so hard to learn and which are easiest
Medical Daily
Unfortunately for Americans, fluency in a second language is something only enjoyed by a select few. Either you grew up in a home where English shacked up with a mother tongue, or you found the discipline to master a new language through practice. For the rest of us, English is all we've known and all we'll ever get. That's not to say some languages aren't easier to pick up than others. Assuming we get the urge to learn more about a culture or make a pact to travel like a native, which means talking the talk, we can fold in a new way of speaking, and indeed, thinking.
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English proficiency on the rise among Latinos
Pew Research Center
A record 33.2 million Hispanics in the U.S. speak English proficiently, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. In 2013, this group made up 68 percent of all Hispanics ages 5 and older, up from 59 percent in 2000. At the same time that the share of Latinos who speak English proficiently is growing, the share that speaks Spanish at home has been declining over the last 13 years. In 2013, 73 percent of Latinos ages 5 and older said they speak Spanish at home, down from 78 percent who said the same in 2000. Despite this decline, a record 35.8 million Hispanics speak Spanish at home, a number that has continued to increase as the nation’s Hispanic population has grown.
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New read-aloud strategies transform story time
Education Week
Reading a picture book aloud from her armchair, 20 children gathered on the rug at her feet, kindergarten teacher Jamie Landahl is carrying on a practice that's been a cornerstone of early-literacy instruction for decades. But if you listen closely, you'll see that this is not the read-aloud of your childhood. Something new and very different is going on here. What's happening in Ms. Landahl's classroom at Ruby Duncan Elementary School reflects a major shift in reading instruction brought about by the Common Core State Standards. In place in more than 40 states, the standards expect children to read text carefully and be able to cite evidence from it to back up their interpretations.
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