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Immigration bill would help DREAMERs, boost STEM
Education Week
K-12 education overhaul may be on the back burner in Congress these days, but immigration reform sure isn't. And there are obviously big implications in a new, widely anticipated bipartisan Senate bill for students who come to the United States as children without documentation and graduate from American high schools.
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Immersion schools get strategic about foreign language education
Fox News Latino
Language immersion schools in the U.S. have come a long way. They have grown in numbers and scope in a relatively short period of time. In 2007, there were a little more than 250 schools in the country. By 2011, they more than doubled to about 530 in 22 different languages, according a survey conducted by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota. Many programs are taught in Spanish for 90 percent of the kindergarten day. In first grade, that decreases to 80 percent of the day, and 20 percent in English. The English component continues to increase so that by fifth grade, the students are learning 50-50 English and Spanish.
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California sued for lack of services to students learning English
Los Angeles Times
The California education department has ignored its obligation to make sure that thousands of students learning English receive adequate and legally required assistance, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. State officials said they had not studied the lawsuit, but insisted they are meeting their legal obligations. The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and others, focuses on an estimated 20,000 students who are receiving no help or inadequate services as they work to learn English and keep up academically at the same time.
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Reading wordless storybooks to toddlers may expose them to richer language
Science Daily
Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that children hear more complex language from parents when they read a storybook with only pictures compared to a picture-vocabulary book. The findings appear in the latest issue of the journal First Language.
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Dual language programs prepare students for a global society
Daily Herald
Most kids get excited about pizza and cupcakes when their parents let them host birthday parties. Chase Dorn always preferred sushi and seaweed. The 15-year-old Conant High School sophomore wants to go into law and work for a Japanese company. And while she has no Japanese heritage, she speaks the language fluently, impressing natives with how accurate her accent is.
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Technology's role in language learning
eClassroom News
Although educators and policymakers emphasize skills in science, technology, engineering and math courses, today's students are competing in a global society — and foreign language skills can help students gain an edge when it comes to college acceptance and workforce success.

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International team of students explores how working memory may help us learn 2nd languages
Phys.Org
Learning a new language can be a challenge, as new vocabulary and grammatical rules can be hard for some people to grasp.

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Defining an English language learner: Can states agree?
Education Week
Who is an English language learner? Across 50 states and tens of thousands of school districts, answers to that fundamental question can be quite different.

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Appeal filed vs. decision on Arizona's English language learner programs
The Arizona Republic
A 21-year-old lawsuit over the education of Arizona students who are learning English isn't over yet. Last month's federal court decision that upheld the state's English language learner programs is being appealed. The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest filed an appeal this week in the Flores vs. Arizona lawsuit after a U.S. District Court judge ruled in March the state's English-learner programs do not violate federal civil-rights laws. That decision means those children will continue to spend four hours a day in special language classes.
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Technology's role in language learning
eClassroom News
Although educators and policymakers emphasize skills in science, technology, engineering and math courses, today's students are competing in a global society — and foreign language skills can help students gain an edge when it comes to college acceptance and workforce success. Boosting foreign language learning in schools is a global discussion, and when it comes to global competition, some experts worry that the U.S. is losing out on a key opportunity to marry technology and foreign languages.
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Decoding 'noisy' language in daily life: Study shows how people rationally interpret linguistic input
Medical Xpress
A new study by MIT researchers indicates that when we process language, we often make these kinds of mental edits. Moreover, it suggests that we seem to use specific strategies for making sense of confusing information — the "noise" interfering with the signal conveyed in language, as researchers think of it. "Even at the sentence level of language, there is a potential loss of information over a noisy channel," says Edward Gibson, a professor in MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.
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Practice grammar with technology
Tech & Learning
Grammar is the one of the most important aspects of teaching and learning a language. It is also one of the more difficult aspects to teach well and motivate students to learn.
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A closer look at ELL assessment group led by Oregon
Education Week
Thanks to the folks at the K-12 Center at Educational Testing Service, we now have the best snapshot to date of what the group of states known as ELPA 21 have planned for developing a new English-language proficiency test that will be directly connected to the language demands in the Common Core State Standards.
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