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International Year of Indigenous Languages Website is Launched

The International Day of the World's Indigenous People's is well-timed for UNESCO to launch a special website (link is external) dedicated to the International Year of...

A Statistically Significant Success Story

Kate Kinsella and Theresa Hancock offer a compelling story about a successful program that put hundreds of adolescent English learners on the pathway to success   According to an assessment by the Institute of Education Sciences,...

Making S-PACE for Grammar

Manuela Gonzalez-Bueno introduces a new model to teach second-language grammar The complexities of teaching and learning a foreign language have been greatly explored over the last decades. By acknowledging that, in addition to grammatical competence,...

Decoding Versus Cognitive Ability

Terrie L. Noland believes we need to understand the automaticity of executing lower-level reading processes in order to master higher-level comprehension Automaticity is necessary in everything we do to enable us to move to higher-order thinking skills and perform tasks...

Digital DIY

Kristal Bivona shows how creating their own digital workbooks can enthuse students of all levels and all languages  Teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) spoiled me—the shelves of books at English schools, the textbook...

Finding Inspiration in Diversity

    Chris Cartwright offers examples showing how improved intercultural competence can motivate language learning “You really cannot teach a language; it has to be learned. Fostering the student’s motivation is not only important, it’s essential,” states...

L’Alliance Française

Kathy Stein-Smith salutes the resurgence of French in the U.S. The enduring relationship between the Americans and the French—“Every man has two countries, his own and France.” (Sentiment attributed to Thomas Jefferson) French Is in the...

Cultivating a Personal Style

Juliet Falce-Robinson insists on individual style in a skills-based approach to language teaching   The goal of a successful language program is to foment and foster the development of linguistic and cultural proficiency, and thus awareness,...

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 instruction is one of the most effective ways to teach children...

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 for teachers to address the needs of English learner (EL)...