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Editorial board formed for NABE Journal
of Research and Practice

National Association for Bilingual Education    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The NABE Journal of Research and Practice has been established by a founding Editorial Board, headed by Dr. Virginia Gonzalez (Professor, Literacy Studies & Language Studies Program, School of Education, University of Cincinnati) and Dr. Josefina Villamil-Tinajero (Dean and Professor, College of Education, University of Texas at El Paso) as editors-in-chief of the NJRP, and in direct charge of the Position Papers and Reflections section. A carefully selected group of scholars with proven research and publication records is now been actively recruited to serve as Expert Reviewers, to conduct a critical and constructive peer review process of submitted manuscripts. More

National Association for Bilingual Education announces membership drive
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Membership drives are one of the most efficient ways for the National Association for Bilingual Education to raise support for our association and reinvigorate our educational community to become active participants. The NABE is promoting an incentive that will allow two members to join for the price of one in the following areas: individual membership; college university/student membership; paraprofessional membership; parent membership; discounted membership for state affiliate members. The NABE is still offering Lifetime Membership at a reduced price through the dates indicated on the application. Please submit the two applications together for processing and to receive the incentive of two-for-one. More

President signs legislation to curb student loan interest rates
The White House Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
President Barack Obama signed legislation that accomplishes two important goals – keeping thousands of construction workers on the job rebuilding America's infrastructure and preventing interest rates on federal student loans from doubling. The president addressed an audience of students and construction workers from the East Room of the White House. More

Alarms sounded as federal education cuts loom
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A pair of new reports raises dire warnings about the impact on school districts and federal education programs from the sweeping, across-the-board spending cuts set to hit all federal agencies in early January if Congress doesn't act to head them off. The reports, from the American Association of School Administrators and the National Education Association, take a close look at the threat posed by what's known as sequestration, the automatic budget cuts that loom as a result of the deal last August to raise the federal debt ceiling. More

Bilingualism: Stephen Colbert's 'truthiness' inspires a language
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First, Stephen Colbert had a beetle named after him. Now he's got a whole language. Scientists at Northwestern University, created a set of nouns for "Colbertian," which they could use to test the effects of bilingualism. The study, released online by the journal Cognitive Science, found that bilingual speakers experienced less cognitive "interference" from their native language than monolinguals did when listening to speech in the newly acquired Colbertian. The results show that bilinguals may have a leg up on monolinguals when they're picking up a new language. More

Brighton head teacher gears up as others prepare for a break
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While most teachers will be looking forward to their summer holidays, Carolina Gopal is stepping up a gear for six incredibly busy weeks. She is the head teacher of the Brighton and Hove Bilingual Primary School in the U.K., which plans to open in September. Her job list for the summer includes recruiting the rest of her staff, overseeing building work and ordering all the equipment needed for the city's first free school. More

Computer helps Asian students with English
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British university researchers say a computer program can help Asian students deal with sometimes difficult-to-understand regional English accents. The researchers' Spoken English Discrimination training program can train Chinese speakers in how to detect differences in speech sounds in adverse conditions, such as accented speech or in situations in which there are a number of sounds in the background. More

Can the International Baccalaureate improve English education?
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The European Survey of Language Competences found that English pupils are among the worst in Europe at foreign languages. "For England, an international trading nation, to lie at the bottom of a league of language competence is economically and socially dangerous," said the Schools Minister, Nick Gibb. Reports that Education Secretary Michael Gove is considering a return to an O-level-type exam in an attempt to raise standards, the establishment of single boards to avoid grade inflation in core subjects and the setting up of a review of A-level syllabuses in English, science and math by leading universities reinforce the sense of unease at the present state of English education. More

Education department to study ELLs with disabilities
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Challenges related to identifying English language learners who have disabilities and providing appropriate services for them are about to become the subject of a Department of Education "exploratory" study. The education department has selected six school districts to focus on as case studies in an effort to understand how educators figure out which ELLs need special education services and how they go about delivering those services to them. Using surveys and interviews, researchers will gather information from each of the districts and use their findings to plan a nationally representative study of ELLs with disabilities. More

Parents file civil rights complaints against DPS
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More than 35 complaints have been filed with the Department of Education against Detroit Public Schools, accusing the district of a range of failures, from not meeting the educational needs of bilingual students to pulling effective principals out of buildings. More

Spanish-speaking students focus of Las Cruces school program
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The Las Cruces, N.M., school district is taking steps to help students become college and career-ready with the implementation of a new dual-language program at multiple schools. In 2010, LCPS formed the English Language Learner Task Force with the goal of developing recommendations for how to better meet the needs of English language learners, which data shows are a large group of students who struggle academically, said Roberto Lozano, the LCPS assistant director of instruction for English Language Acquisition, Bilingual and Migrant Education Programs. More

Ukrainian students develop gloves that translate sign language into speech
TechCrunch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is no dearth of impressive student projects here at the finals of Microsoft's Imagine Cup in Sydney, but one of the six finalists that caught my attention was a project called EnableTalk by the Ukrainian team QuadSquad. There are currently about 40 million deaf, mute and deaf-mute people and many of them use sign language to communicate, but there are very few people who actually understand sign language. Using gloves fitted with flex sensors, touch sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers the EnableTalk team has built a system that can translate sign language into text and then into spoken words using a text-to-speech engine. The whole system then connects to a smartphone over Bluetooth. More

Why English is no longer enough
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the number of Hispanics in the U.S. climbs — now having surpassed the 50 million mark — the economy is undergoing seismic shifts. Gone are the days when English-only companies could employ an English-only workforce and reach an English-only consumer base. In today's economy, savvy companies are going bilingual to attract a broader workforce, reach more consumers, and achieve greater growth potential. More

Accelerating academic vocabulary
Language Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Research has shown that a lack of academic vocabulary prevents English Language Learners from achieving academic success. On average, native English speaking students have learned about 12,000 words by high school, while secondary ELLs often have to begin their academic vocabulary from scratch. In a limited time, they need to acquire a large number of words in order to pass the state assessments and meet graduation requirements. In addition, academic vocabulary learning on the secondary level focuses more on an in-depth understanding of figurative language using inference, literary, critical and interpretative skills, all of which pose extra challenge for those students who are still learning basic communication skills and grappling with the literal meaning of words. More


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