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Creating Community through Multinationalism

Although Maryam Ghatee does not speak French and has no connection to French culture, she has sent her third-grade daughter, Mona, to a local French immersion school—the French American School of Rhode Island (FASRI)—since prekindergarten. Ghatee, 38, was born in Iran in 1983. She lived in the US from ages two to seven...

Iranians Protest Mother Tongue Marginalization

In advance of Mother Language Day, about a thousand Iranians who grew up speaking a minority language took to Twitter to express their sense of loss and frustration at the marginalization of their mother tongue. The #Manofarsi (Me and Farsi) hashtag soon went viral, with speakers of minority languages across Iran, from Azeri to Arabic, uniting in their discontent at...

Parker References Nov 2021

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Iran Reduces Kurdish Teacher’s Sentence

Zara Mohammadi, a Kurdish language teacher and linguistic advocate in Iran who was sentenced to ten years in prison for her work, has recently had her sentence reduced to five years. According to Rudaw, a Kurdish news network, Mohammadi’s sentence reduction comes as Iran faces mounting pressure from the international community over suppression of the Kurdish people in the...

Rumi in the Language Classroom Vol 5: The Pain of Professional Development

Rumi in the Language Classroom Series Vol 5 See Vol 1 hereSee Vol 2 hereSee Vol 3 hereSee Vol 4 here In the fifth part of “Rumi in the Language Classroom”, we will explore one of the Rumi's stories in the collection “Masnavi-e-Manavi” called The Lion Without Head and Tail. This is the story of a champion who wanted to tattoo...

Applying Task-Based Learning to Extended Reality

Once technology enters the classroom, it rarely leaves. These days, as online learning emerges as the next technology to find a home inside the classroom, we have an opportunity to look further into the future. This is a great time to consider the next digital horizon for education—specifically the emerging fields of augmented reality and virtual reality. Both technologies...

Tanya Davis Links and References

ReferencesTrifoni, A., Shahini, M. (2011). How does exam anxiety affect the achievement of university students? Mediterranean Journal of Social Science, 2(2), 93-100.Peyman, Somayeh; Sadighi, Firooz.The Relationship between Iranian EFL Learners’ Stress and Their Reading Comprehension. Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v15 n1 p67-90 2011Galletta, D.F., Durcikova, A., Everard, A., and Jones, B. (2005) Does Spell-Checking Software Need...

Rumi in the Language Classroom: Diversity of Knowledge & Teaching

Rumi in the Language Classroom Series Vol 1 See Vol 2 of the series here See Vol 3 of the series here Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, also known as Mawlana "our master" and more popularly as Rumi, was a 13th-century Persian poet, philosopher, theologian, and Sufi originally from, Khorasan, Iran. Originally written in Persian, Rumi's works have made a dramatic impact on...

Enabling Heritage Language Reading

“All language is a longing for home.” When Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, 1207–1273), a well-known Persian poet, wrote this in the 13th century, one could not have assumed it would also embody the experience many heritage-language learners might share during the 21st century. Global migration either voluntarily or involuntarily due to political, educational, environmental, or a variety of...

American Writers Museum Creates Online Exhibit, Includes Teacher Resources and Educational Materials

In the wake of COVID-19, the American Writers Museum is bringing its latest exhibit, My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today, to viewers online so it can be enjoyed from home during this time of social distancing. From the comfort of home, viewers can hear personal stories about topics such as identity, community, language, storytelling and what it means to be...
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