Features

Implementing a Strong Phonics Program

Lynn Hobratschk, Amy Jones, and Lisa Toole share their best practices for choosing curriculum, training educators, and maintaining focus According to some recent research, phonics...

Approval of SEAL

Sobrato Philanthropies, funded through the real estate successes of the Sobrato family in Silicon Valley, has developed an innovative pre-K to third-grade capacity-building program...

A Pedagogy of Translanguaging

Laura Hamman, Emeline Beck, and Aubrey Donaldson have developed a framework for designing and integrating more flexible language pedagogies into the bilingual classroom  One day...

Unintended Consequences

Katie Nielson asks if online collaboration may sabotage language learningFacing decreased enrollment and increasing student demand for a return on investment, higher education is...

Literacy

Effective English Language Teachers

Patricia Hanson shares practical tips for classroom success I recently observed a colleague teaching ratios in a middle school math class with several English learners...

Dual Language Italian Style

Ross Nelhams explores the benefits and challenges of teaching a class of Italian first graders in English, and asks what we can learn from...

Informing Instruction for English Learners

A fresh start. A clean slate. The beginning of a new school year can be brimming with possibilities and excitement around the growth potential that...

Early Literacy Especially Important for ELLs

A new study from Oregon State University (OSU) shows that English learners are more likely to become proficient English speakers if they enter kindergarten with...

World Language News

Pictograms to Replace French on Quebec Roadsigns

Quebec’s French-only roadsigns will be replaced by pictograms, making it easier for non-French speakers to navigate the road in Canada’s province. English text on...

Government of Canada announces support for the preservation of Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan

Indigenous languages are a core part of both Canada's cultural identity and Indigenous identity. The Government of Canada is committed to reversing the decline of Indigenous languages by...

Standardized Testing Detriment to Minority Children

Over the last year or so, the movement against high-stakes standardized testing has subsided, maybe due to educational activists focusing their attention on more...

2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages IY2019

The United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) to help preserve indigenous languages and safeguard the rights of those...

Resources

Scientific Explorations of Inquiry

Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers in Middle School: Using Nonfiction to Promote Science Literacy couples the Common Core Standards of middle school science with the...

Building Strong Readers

Spanish Resources

Languages

Spanish ‘More Important than Ever’

According to the latest estimations of Spain’s Instituto Cervantes, there are now more than 577 million Spanish speakers (7.6% of the global population) in...

Russian, Ruslan Ustinov, Crosses Chinese Bridge First

Russian student Ruslan Ustinov won the 17th Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students last month in Changsha, in central China’s...

Language hurdles plague two Koreas after years of division

North and South Korea speak the same language based on the Hangeul alphabet, but after decades of division, only about 70 percent of words...

Korean, Japanese classes coming to Montgomery County schools, APSU

With the arrival of Hankook and LG in Clarksville, and the growing importance of Nissan and Bridgestone in Nashville, there's a growing need for...

Professional Development

Spanish Resources

Some free online resources for Spanish teachers Teachers’ blogs: Miscositas www.miscositas.com Lori Langer de Ramirez offers a plethora of resources for Spanish teachers: Thematic curriculum units with...

Assessment for Project-Based Learning

Defined Learning has launched its latest extension to Defined STEM, the new Portfolio Assessment Manager, which is designed to help teachers grade project-based assignments...

Libros In Español

Libros In Español is a new online bookstore for Spanish-Language titles in the U.S. to connect authors and readers. Its mission is to bring...

Focus on Student Centered Learning

In Future-Focused Learning: Ten Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice, published by Solution Tree, author Lee Watanabe-Crockett details how educators can shift instruction to focus...

RULES on the Run

Learning, remembering, and using the stress and intonation patterns of North American English can be complicated and cumbersome. The interference of using one’s native-language...