NABE Weekly eNews
Dec. 12, 2013

National Association for Bilingual Education's 2014 Conference
The National Association for Bilingual Education is one of the premier professional organizations at the national level wholly devoted to representing both Dual Language Learners and bilingual education professionals. Over 2,000 educators are expected to attend the National Association for Bilingual Education's 43rd annual conference at the San Diego Convention Center. This annual conference is dedicated to presenting topics related to bilingual education, dual language enrichment education, English as a second language, second language acquisition, assessment and accountability, teacher training, multilingualism, multiculturalism, leadership, and research policy issues related to bilingualism and Dual Language Learners. Along with our affiliate organizations in 22 states, NABE represents a combined membership of more than 5,000 bilingual and ESL teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, university professors, students, researchers, advocates, policymakers and parents.More

43rd Annual NABE Conference — Feb. 12-15
Sailing into the 21st Century: Multiple Languages. Multiple Paths. Lifelong Advantages.

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Mark your calendar for our webinar on new English Language Proficiency Standards
Council of Chief State School Officers
Date: December 13, 2013
Time: 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. ET
Please join us for an introduction to the newly-developed 2013 English Language Proficiency Standards which correspond to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards. Hosted by the Council of Chief State School Officers, this 45-minute Webinar will provide an overview of the ELP standards to stakeholders and educators and will be followed with question and answer follow-up in the form of an FAQ response. The presenter will be Dr. Lynn Shafer Willner from WestEd who led the effort to create the new ELP standards. Please share this notice with your colleagues, districts and schools. For more information regarding the work of the ELP standards, please feel free to contact me at We look forward to hearing your feedback as we strive to assist you with the first-year implementation of the new ELP standards. More

Schurz kindergartners learn to be bilingual
Watertown Daily Times
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to read, write and speak in another language form an early age? Students at Schurz Elementary School in Wisconsin will be able to do exactly that after completing their elementary education at Schurz. The students are a part of the first kindergarten class in the dual language program at the school. More

Uses for GIS mapping technology in fields of ESL
By Beth Crumpler
Geographic information system mapping enables users to add geographic information and related information to a map on a particular selected topic in layers. Layers of data are laid over each other. As long as there is geographic data available, this mapping technology can be used to make maps for any topic or content area. GIS mapping can be used in many areas of English language learning — for program development and planning and for instructional purposes.

Survey: Have you used GIS mapping in the classroom? More

Movies enhance language learning program
Hamsa Daher, an Iraq native who grew up speaking Arabic, speaks fluent English with barely a trace of an accent. She learned English mostly from watching American television shows and movies, rather than taking classes. More

ESL teachers, academic language and the Common Core State Standards
Education Week (commentary)
Making the rigorous Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics accessible to every type of learner is a huge undertaking for educators. In a new special report called Moving Beyond the Mainstream, three of my Education Week colleagues and I try to tackle some of the most central challenges to that endeavor.More

Language gap in the US is a problem, opportunity
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
There's a joke among linguists: If you speak two languages, you're bilingual. If you speak one, you're American. The joke isn't funny, though, at a time when the number of Chinese with familiarity in English matches the entire population of the U.S., and when officials warn that America's "national language gap" is a major competitiveness handicap. More

Immigration reform needed for global competitiveness
The San Diego Union-Tribune
In California's southern border region, immigration reform is a hotly debated topic. Now that Congress is debating the issue, the crescendo is reaching new heights. Clearly, it's time to modernize our immigration system so we can effectively compete in a global economy. After all, strengthening America's competitive advantage should be an overriding concern for those who serve us in office. More

Movies enhance language learning program
Hamsa Daher, an Iraq native who grew up speaking Arabic, speaks fluent English with barely a trace of an accent. She learned English mostly from watching American television shows and movies, rather than taking classes. Daher — now chief operating officer of Mango Languages, a company that offers self-guided language-learning systems — says watching popular foreign media, like TV and movies, offers a more fun and engaging learning experience.More

English language variation in the classroom
Anne H. Charity Hudley has spent 11 years bringing her message about linguistic and cultural diversity to teachers involved in kindergarten through 12th grade. Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation and the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, she has spent the last four years refining that message and narrowing its recipients to secondary school English teachers.More

Dual-language learners make key gains in head start and public pre-K
Medical Xpress
A comprehensive review of research on young Latino and Spanish-speaking children confirms that widely available public programs are helping dual-language learners make important academic gains. According to scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, children who have lower English-language abilities than their peers benefit the most from programs like Head Start and public pre-K — but exactly how and why remain unanswered questions.More

Tech, teacher bonuses, data help transform Utah middle school
The Salt Lake Tribune
The 780 students at Northwest Middle School face myriad challenges. Ninety-two percent come from low-income homes and 87 percent are ethnic minorities. Nearly two-thirds don't speak English at home. And yet, three years after receiving a $2.3 million multiyear school-improvement grant, the west-side Salt Lake City school has risen from the bottom to the top tier of Utah junior high and middle schools in student achievement.More

US companies finding success in China's education market
Education Week
Education companies from the United States and other countries are moving aggressively to secure a piece of the market in China, where a surging private-sector economy and growing middle class are fueling a demand for services, particularly for Western-style products and school strategies. Many of the best-known opportunities for education businesses working in China have come in English-language acquisition and college preparation and recruitment. But companies are also establishing a foothold in such diverse areas as early-childhood education, curriculum, and management of schools' Web content and online professional communities.More

Tripped tongues teach speech secrets
Acoustical Society of America via Science Daily
Tongue twisters are not just fun to say; it turns out that these sound-related slip-ups can also open windows into the brain's speech-planning processes. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will report new insights gleaned from a comparison of two types of tongue twisters at the 166th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, held Dec. 2-6, in San Francisco.More