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|Dec. 13, 2012|
Cutting to the Common Core: Communicating on the same wavelength
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts articulate detailed grade-level expectations in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening to prepare all students to be college and career ready, including English learners. Major shifts include a focus on rigorous analysis of informational text, and evidence-based argumentation in formal presentation and writing. Equally emphasized is participation in academic discourse and collaboration with partners, as well as small and large groups. The prominent role of social interactional skills coincides with the initiative's aim to equip secondary school graduates for a more globally networked higher education arena, workplace and marketplace.More
Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!!
Local contact: Nilda M. Aguirre at email@example.com or (225) 209-0224
What: 42nd Annual International Bilingual Education Conference
Where: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
When: Feb. 7-9
Dear NABE members,
Mark your calendars — NABE is pleased to invite you to be a part of Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!! NABE's 42nd Annual Conference will be held at the Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Feb. 7-9. This event is to bring awareness to the magic behind Bilingual Education. It will be a week filled with educational speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, music, raffles, prizes, demonstrations, cutting edge presentations of all sorts and so much rich research, best practices in dual language and bilingual education, the new education wave on common core state standards, ESEA flexibility waivers, special interest group research and more.
Keynote speakers for this event include Dr. Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Dade County Public Schools, Dr. Kenji Hakuta, professor from Stanford University, Dr. Ofelia Garcia from the Graduate Center City University of New York and Dr. Andrew Cohen from University of Minnesota.
We are thrilled to have with us featured speakers Dr. Catherine Snow, professor from Harvard University, Dr. Laurie Olsen, director of the Sobrato Early Academic Literacy Program, Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, executive director from Californians Together, Dr. Jim Cummins from Ontario Institute of Education, Tony Miller, deputy secretary from DOE, and Okhee Lee Salwen, Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth and Lixing (Frank) Tang from NYU Steinhardt, N.Y.
Language teaching — Bilingual v immersion programs
When we think about learning a language, we generally think about language taught as an add-on — like an ESL class for non-native English speakers or a class that is separate from academic content instruction. You learn German, Spanish or French in your language class, and knowledge and skills are taught in the native language. For example, math and history are taught in English here in the U.S. or in the native language in other countries. But this approach, bilingual education, has been controversial since the 1960s and is all about effective strategies for teaching and learning language.More
Hispanic education could slide further pending fiscal cliff talks
Much was made during the presidential campaign that the economic downturn and to a large extent the nation's tax structure combined to yield unprecedented economic disparity between haves and have-nots. While the newly re-elected president battles with recalcitrant Republicans over fundamental economic issues, aka the real or imagined fiscal cliff, it might be a good idea to take a look at some of the fallout that proposed spending cuts might have on the nation's already beleaguered public school systems.More
Students are studying foreign language longer
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Even though Missouri, and many high schools, don't require it for high school graduation, the number of public school students taking foreign language classes has more than doubled the past two decades. The number of Missouri students learning Spanish, French, German and even languages like Russian, Japanese and Chinese has grown from 89,684 in the 1991-1992 school year to 192,785 last school year, according to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Today, more students than ever are electing to take foreign language, as well as world history, to better their chances at earning early college credit and beefing up high school resumes. More
ESL students teach their language to others
Once a month since September Alison Reilly's High School English language learners and Karen Maregni's fourth-grade students have come together to share both language and culture during a shared block of time. During these sessions, the high school group came into the fourth-grade classroom to practice reading and speaking in both English and Spanish. Presentations ranged from children's stories read in Spanish and translated into English, to a PowerPoint show of Costa Rica with flags, pictures and researched information. All stories were introduced with vocabulary posters explaining key words in both languages.More
For young Latino readers, an image is missing
The New York Times
Like many of his third-grade classmates, Mario Cortez-Pacheco likes reading the "Magic Tree House" series, about a brother and a sister who take adventurous trips back in time. He also loves the popular "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" graphic novels. But Mario, 8, has noticed something about these and many of the other books he encounters in his classroom: most of the main characters are white. "I see a lot of people that don't have a lot of color," he said.More
Use music, memes and other pop culture to learn a foreign language faster
Many of us have learning a foreign language on our bucket lists, and the more we immerse ourselves in a new language, the better. One easy and fun way to do that is to tap into the pop culture of native speakers: music, TV shows and common phrases. Technology entrepreneur Kumar Thangudu has a list of ten language learning hacks. He mentions quirky ethnic television shows, such as the foreign version of American Idol (where you might see renditions of songs you know done in the other language), foreign music (Lyrics Training on YouTube could be helpful), and watching TV (or movies with the subtitles on). Learning foreign memes, with their associated images, are also a fun way to remember words.More
English learners and NCLB waivers: A guide for states and districts
As 34 states move ahead with the plans that granted them U.S. Department of Education waivers from parts of the No Child Left Behind law, a team of researchers at the American Institutes for Research have been developing guides to help states and districts keep the promises they made to win the flexibility. English language learners are the focus of the first of these AIR waiver guides, which, among other things, highlights promising practices that state and local leaders may use to ensure that the particular needs of the English language learners in their schools are served well under states' waiver plans. More
Diversity tasking schools, teachers
Cleveland Daily Banner
An increasingly diverse American population is trickling into the nation's schools and creating new challenges that teachers and school officials are attempting to prepare for and meet head-on. Cleveland Board of Education members Richard Shaw and Murl Dirksen attended a leadership workshop during the recent annual Tennessee School Board Association conference. Discussion centered around what is being billed the "graying" and "browning" of America. More
State department partners with biNu to bring English language content to mobile phone users
U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces a partnership with biNu to provide increased English language content to people around the world. Under the partnership, biNu will distribute Department of State English language learning resources, such as e-books, audio content and the Trace Word Soup English language game on their free mobile phone platform. biNu is a mobile application platform used by over 4 million people worldwide that provides a smart-phone-like experience on mass-market feature phones, which account for roughly 85 percent of today's global mobile phone market.More
A guide to raising bilingual children
Parenting via CNN
Simone's mom reads, sings and talks to him in French. In fact, Melissa Da, a French-American from Baltimore, only speaks her native language to the 2 1/2-year-old. The goal? To raise him to be bilingual. The number of U.S. residents age 5 and older who speak a language other than English at home has more than doubled in the past three decades. Parents like Da and Jennifer Ghurani of Hawthorne, Calif., are a small part of the reason why. "I want Delila to know where she's from and be able to interact with her extended family," says Ghurani, who's teaching her daughter to speak Arabic.More