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Colombia, Tierra Querida

In my experience, Colombia is among the most misunderstood Spanish-speaking countries. Until the wonderful recent Disney film Encanto, most of what we have heard...

Content, Language, and Culture Learning Targets

Lesson planning is a political act. Schools in...

Be the Advocate for the Silent

English learners tend to become another silent statistic....

How to Pass High School Mandarin

Larry grew up in the US. His parents were from Cantonese-speaking areas, and both are highly educated and very competent in English. Larry is...

Literacy

The Case for Acquired Phonics

Researchers in second language acquisition have hypothesized that there are two very different ways of gaining knowledge of language: acquisition and learning. Learning results...

Telling Our Own Tales

“When we use story to help students tell their own narratives, literacy roadblocks and anxieties dissolve for even the most hesitant of learners and...

2030 NAEP Writing Assessment Recommendations

To support multilingual learners of English (MLEs), The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), TESOL International Association, and WIDA have made the following recommendations for...

A Revised Composing Process

Remember during a test when you were staring at the ceiling in elementary school, and the teacher asked you if the answer was on...

World Language News

Joint conference on ELs to be held in DC

On May 8–9, 2023, the National Research and Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners at WestEd and the Center for the...

UK: Ministers put £15M towards tackling the decline of foreign language learning

Ministers in England have awarded an almost £15m contract to University College London, to help tackle a systemic decline in the number of pupils...

Illiteracy Costs U.S. $300.8 Billion a Year

A new report estimates that illiteracy costs the U.S. approximately $300.8 billion per year. According to the "Economic Cost and Social Impact of Illiteracy" report,...

BRIEF: English Learner Funding Equity and Adequacy in K–12 Education

Introduction In a rural part of northwest Alabama sits Russellville City, a community that has experienced tremendous demographic changes in recent years. These changes are...

Resources

Tools for Teaching Transfer between Spanish and English

Sound–Spelling Transfer Kits are now being used in...

Reading Strategies 2.0

Seesaw Adds Spanish

Languages

Canada: Filipino language courses introduced to B.C. schools

In Vancouver B.C., public school students at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary will soon have access to Filipino language courses, after the city’s school board...

A Breakthrough Moment for Irish-Language Filmmaking

As the announcement of the 2023 Oscar nominations approached, the creators of Irish-language film An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) celebrated a “breakthrough” moment...

How to Pass High School Mandarin

Larry grew up in the US. His parents were from Cantonese-speaking areas, and both are highly educated and very competent in English. Larry is...

New Arabic Publishing Strategy Announced

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Culture and Youth has launched a new strategy to overhaul its literature and publishing industry. Noura Al Kaabi,...

Professional Development

Content, Language, and Culture Learning Targets

Lesson planning is a political act. Schools in...

Language Adapts, Students Adapt—Why Not Language Tests?

Imagine you are trying to build strength. You go to the gym every day, lift weights, and then come home to rest and recover....

The Key to Reducing Teacher Burnout

Teachers play an incredibly important role: educating the young people who will one day shape our world. Yet 90% of educators say burnout is...

Collaborative Planning: Never Having to Go It Alone

This experience gave me the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues I don’t usually get the opportunity to work with, and we were able to...

SLU and BloomBoard Collaborate to Help Paraprofessionals Get Certified

Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Education and BloomBoard have partnered to develop collaborative strategies with school districts and educational leaders to enhance the...
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