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Access and Equity through Clear Communication

Unclear, overly complex, or specialized language use can impede communication in a variety of societal contexts. It can limit accessibility to critically important government programs through cumbersome, confusing applications for public benefits. It can hinder the public’s comprehension of healthcare communications and legally binding agreements. Within public school systems, dense or difficult to parse language can prevent stakeholders, including...

The Yoga of Collaboration

Why Collaboration? As schools around the world increase in neurodiversity as well as cultural and linguistic diversity, many educators are turning to professional collaboration as a powerful tool not only to improve student learning but also to fuel teacher growth. Evidence is clear that specialists and general education teachers working together provide access to learning for all students and...

The Role of Equity in the Assessment of English Learners

Black & white photo of Syrian girl showing one eye, closing mouth.
Teresa Krastel argues for administering tests for ELs in their home languages Imagine you and a traveling companion are visiting the Netherlands to see fine art. You tour a beautiful museum, but your guide speaks only in Dutch and all of her materials are in Dutch. Fluent in Dutch, your traveling companion has the opportunity to read about specific works,...

Languages, Plants, and People

K. David Harrison on Environmental Linguistics This is the first of an ongoing series of articles that Language Magazine will be publishing to call attention to the importance of connections between language and environment A walk in the forest Two decades ago, I walked through the Siberian taiga with Marta Kongarayeva (born 1930), a lifelong huntress and forager, and one of the last...

Game Giveaway for Teachers!

In honor of World Teachers’ Day, Goliath Games is giving away free prize packs of games. 5 winners will receive a 14-game prize pack – 7 games for their home and 7 for their child’s classroom. The giveaway ends on 10/31. Descriptions of the games are below: Sequence Letters, JAX Games (For 2-4 players, ages 4-7) https://www.jaxgames.com/sequence-letters-3/ Players sound out the letter on...

Children of Immigrants Better Off in North America

According to a new comparison by the OECD, "entrenched disadvantage is less common among the children of immigrants in North America" than in Austria, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. "Children of immigrant parents in North America have labour earnings that are either indistinguishable (U.S.) or higher (Canada) than those of the children of natives," according to "Catching Up? Country Studies...

Fulfilling the Technological Promise

Language Magazine asks luminaries in the EdTech landscape what to expect and what we can hope for in 2018 I am hoping that school district leaders increasingly focus on making the most of the amazing technology that has emerged to instruct and improve student outcomes. I am also looking to see a positive spillover effect in 2018 from current conversations on...

Good Readers Read More

A new study of more than 11,000 7-year-old twins found that how well children read determines how much they read, not vice versa. Furthermore, the authors of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry study...

EF ‘s EPI Reveals Worldwide English Skills

Education First For the seventh year in a row, Education First (EF), has released their annual report on English proficiency. EF, an international education company that specializes in language training, educational travel, academic degree programs, and cultural exchange, states in their introduction to the rankings, “In 2017, English is as essential to international communication as it has ever been. It is...

Dutch Courage? Alcohol May Actually Help Improve Foreign-Language Skills

It’s a popular belief that alcohol helps improve speaking skills for a foreign language, but the belief can be easily passed off as a perceived improvement instead of an actual improvement. A new study has confirmed, however, that acute alcohol consumption may have beneficial effects on the pronunciation of a foreign language. Many studies have been conducted that prove the...
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