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University of Texas race plan appears headed back to US Supreme Court
A major test of the use of race in college admissions appears headed back to the U.S. Supreme Court after a full federal appeals court refused to reconsider a panel decision that upheld a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin. The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, in New Orleans, voted 10-5 against rehearing the Texas case.
Faculty research: Schools struggle to adapt to English language learner needs
Penn State News
A College of Education faculty member presented a research report that explores the relationship between school-district infrastructure in new-immigrant destinations and the marginalization of English language learners in those districts. Megan Hopkins, assistant professor of education, and her colleague, Rebecca Lowenhaupt of Boston College, reported that in many schools, the teaching of English as a second language and the teaching of academic subjects are separated and disconnected, which can cause ELLs to fall behind academically.
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Gwinnett County Public Schools, located in metro Atlanta, is the largest
school system in Georgia with 173,000 students and growing. GCPS is a
school system of choice for people moving to the Atlanta area and a
two-time winner of the Broad Prize of Urban Education (2010 & 2014).
Drilling down: Audio-lingual method can help
By: Eva Sullivan
This fall, my high school ESOL classes have been particularly challenging. My newcomer students are struggling to adapt to their new cultural and language environment, and my advanced students are struggling to master new curriculum materials that align with Common Core. That leaves me in the middle, stressed about how to deliver the best instruction, given the enormous time constraints imposed by my school schedule. The bell rings every 50 minutes, and I've got a new class coming in. How can I cover the curriculum and allow sufficient time to practice a skill?
Dual-language classes, New York's new bilingual focus
The Journal News
The third-grade class at Washington Irving Intermediate School was separated with a divider, as two teachers went over an identical math problem on either side of it. On one side was Nanesha Nunez, marker in hand at the electronic board, explaining in Spanish to 17 students how to dissect a word problem; on the other side was Deborah Rose, the same example on her electronic board, explaining the same procedures to another 16 students in English.
Parents lie on survey to identify English learners
The Associated Press via ABC News
Nieves Garcia came from Mexico at age 6 and spent most of her elementary school years in California classified as an "English learner" even after she had picked up the language. Now a 32-year-old mother, she didn't want her daughter labeled the same way and subjected to additional testing. And so she lied. When Garcia signed up her daughter for kindergarten, she answered a standard four-question survey by saying her family spoke only English at home, even though her husband doesn't speak the language.
Bilingual benefits: How learning another language keeps your mind sharp, no matter your age
Speaking more than one language won't just help you snag a date, it might also make you smarter. According to a recent study from Northwestern University, speaking more than one language constantly exercises the brain and makes it more prepared to take on other brain-challenging tasks. Recent figures estimate that only about 18 percent of Americans can fluently speak two or more languages, but if you're in the overwhelming majority of those who don't know a second tongue, don't be discouraged. Picking up a second language isn't nearly as difficult as you might think.
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How storytelling inspires children to learn English
Storytelling has tremendous benefits for classroom learning, as I discussed in my post Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters. This time, I want to further explore those benefits, in particular how storytelling inspires children to learn English. The motivation for this comes from my recent experience of teaching in an international school in China that has a 97 percent cohort of students learning English as an additional language.
Report: Parents are lining up and camping out for French immersion programs Across The Unites States of America
Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon
From Finland, down to Australia and New Zealand, and to our neighbors in the USA, the international demand for multilingual education is booming. The "red hot" demand for language immersion programs is particularly evident across many U.S. communities; many parents are being forced to line up and camp out to secure a coveted spot. A report by Canadian Parents for French British Columbia and Yukon highlights the phenomenal growth of language immersion programs across the USA over the past 30 years, with a particular interest in the strong and growing demand for French immersion education.
Bilingual cognitive advantage: Where do we stand?
Like all other walks of life, academia is not immune to fashions. In the study of bilingualism, one such trend has been the study of "the bilingual cognitive advantage", the theory that experience of using two languages — and selecting one, while inhibiting the other — affects brain structure and strengthens "executive control" akin to other experiences, such as musical training, navigation, and even juggling. This strengthening has been linked to a variety of findings: the superiority of bilingual children and adults in performance on tasks requiring cognitive control, resistance of bilingual brains to cognitive decline and the delayed onset of dementia.
Why bilingual education should be mandatory
The Huffington Post
This generation of K-12 students is growing up in a society that is increasingly bilingual. While foreign language requirements have long been a core requirement for high school graduation — second language classes at an earlier age would improve overall fluency for most students. It's time to introduce second-language concepts to the youngest of K-12 students.
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