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Rich language lessons early on are vital for kids learning English
KQED
Veronica Luque is taking time to sit down at the kitchen table with her son, Angel. He's a real cutie-pie, this round-faced, 10-year-old. His mom wants to know what every parent wants to know after school: How'd it go? "¿Qué pasó hoy en tu paseo de la escuela?" she asks in Spanish. What happened on your field trip? Angel looks up at her eagerly, trying to respond. But he keeps slipping into English, which his mom doesn't understand very well. And she corrects his Spanish grammar along the way. He slumps, frustrated.
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Words + pictures
Langauge Magazine
Students can develop language competence and social skills engaging with literary texts of all forms and genres: novels, poetry, drama, films, picture books, comics and graphic novels. Today, literacy is no longer restricted to the canonical fictional texts but involves visual art forms as well. The New London Group (1996) developed the concept of multiliteracies focusing on different modes of representation. They noted that the visual mode of representation is powerful and closely related to language. Multiliteracies also create a different kind of pedagogy in which "language and other modes of meaning are dynamic representational resources, constantly being remade by their users as they work to achieve their various cultural purposes."
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In strategy to help English learners, New York expands dual language programs
Education Week
As the New York City district forges ahead to add or expand dual-language programs at 40 schools this coming fall, education leaders here continue to grapple with issues that have hobbled their ability to provide required services to an ever-increasing number of English language learners. The number of dual language programs is not just on the rise in New York City, but is also multiplying around the country as school districts and states aim to prepare multilingual students who can compete for jobs in the global economy. In New York City, most of the new and expanded programs will be in Spanish, but the initiative will also include instruction in Mandarin, French, Haitian Creole, Hebrew and Japanese, depending on the school site.
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TESOL call for research proposals
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Education Department to Congress: We need to hire more employees
Education Week
School's (almost) out for summer, and the rest of the K-12 world may be heading into the summer vacation season. But the U.S. Department of Education has a ton on its plate, from reviewing NCLB waiver-renewal applications and teacher equity plans to investigating civil rights violations to gearing up for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act.
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Avoiding the dead end of never learning English
KQED
Jose Daniel Luque likes to play the wise guy in his family. "I'm the cool one in this house," says the eighth-grader. "I'm like my sister, we follow the trends. But I'm not a hippie. And my little brothers are very annoying." Jose Daniel was born in San Jose. He learned Spanish from his parents, who are Mexican immigrants. He says he speaks the best English in the house. "Because English is where my homeland is!" he says. "If I speak Spanish right now, I speak in a totally different tone. Watch, I'll demonstrate. Hola, hello. See?"
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Cambridge to help students improve their English skills
The Hindu
India: Telangana State government is collaborating with Cambridge English Language Assessment to improve English language learning, speaking, reading and writing of students in various government schools and higher educational institutions. The aim is to improve communication and "employability" skills of the youngsters when they go hunting for jobs in the market.
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In California schools, thousands of English language learners getting stuck
KQED
Veronica and Daniel Luque began their romance in the fields of Sinaloa, Mexico. Veronica spotted this good-looking guy who was working with her at a produce processing center. "He seemed like he had big dreams and a lot of goals for himself. I really liked that," says Mrs. Luque in Spanish. After marrying, the couple had a baby girl named Lidia, whose arrival got them thinking about the future. They knew their home state in Mexico was known for two things: agriculture and drugs. Neither parent had made it through high school. So it really didn't take long to decide to try and bring Lidia to the United States.
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The power of schwa: Surging demand for English language spurs new crop of teachers
The Wall Street Journal (commentary)
You gotta have schwa. Actually, if you're a native English speaker, you’ve already been using plenty of schwa, because you naturally understand the nuances of the English language that non-native speakers struggle with during the thousands, if not millions, of class hours they put in yearly to acquire basic English fluency. You didn't know that, did you? That little question I just posed is classified as a part of speech called a "question tag," which latches onto the end of a declarative sentence to transform it into a question. That's clear, isn't it?
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Don't leave English language learners 'in the cold'
Education Week
With everything that our colleagues have to deal with, it's understandable that some would try to avoid yet another challenge. I'm lucky to work at a school where there is an institutional commitment to support English language learners (see The Positive Impact Of English Language Learners At An Urban School). Many others, however, are not as fortunate. Today, educators Sonia Nieto, Alicia López, Diane Staehr Fenner, Sydney Snyder, Katie Brown, Judie Haynes, and Virginia Rojas share their suggestions on how we can encourage our colleagues to face this challenge "face-on."
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Ways to encourage support for English language learners
Education Week
How do other ELL teachers, or maybe Special Education teachers (who also have students who need modifications in classes), work with their colleagues and their principal to ensure the legal obligation that ELL students are getting appropriate material without being a overbearing pest? In Part One, educators Sonia Nieto, Alicia López, Diane Staehr Fenner, Sydney Snyder, Katie Brown, Judie Haynes, and Virginia Rojas shared their suggestions on how we can encourage our colleagues to face this challenge "face-on." You can also listen to two short BAM! Radio shows I did on this topic. In the first, Sonia and Alicia share ideas on how teachers can support other teachers; while, in the second, Diane, Sydney and special guest Jennifer Connors discuss how administrators can best provide support to teachers in the classroom.
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