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The Art of Teaching

“Our students aren’t creative,” claimed one of the language teachers in the professional development workshop. The other participating teachers nodded in agreement. “How do you know?” asked the workshop facilitator. The teacher hesitated. “Well,” she...

Educating Young Haitian Refugees

Children under 18 years old make up almost half of Haiti's population of 9 million. As many as 8,000 schools that served 1.8 million children have been destroyed or damaged in the Port-au-Prince area...

What Is the Future of Literacy Education?

According to National Center for Education figures, about 30 million adult Americans are functionally illiterate (https://nces.ed.gov/naal/). Clearly, there is room for improvement when it comes to literacy education, and for educators tasked with teaching...
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Stories Bring It Home

Kate Nguyen and Nile Stanley research resilience in language learners and its relationship to storytelling International students who study a second language abroad may experience more adjustment problems than their domestic peers (Narra-Tumma & Claudius,...
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From the Mouths of Babes

Angelika Putintseva wants to know how many languages a child can learn simultaneously How many languages can a child learn simultaneously? WorldSpeak Language School in Los Angeles, California, has very young students learning three,...
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July 2012

Cutting to the Common Core Lori Helman shares her thoughts on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the teaching of English Language Learners (ELLs) Accelerating Academic Vocabulary Yu Ren Dong reveals strategies for teaching academic vocabulary...
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Harnessing the Power of a Teacher’s Pen

Kelly Boswell argues that teachers should share their creative writing processes to benefit their students I recently asked a group of teachers to reflect on their own experiences as student writers. I asked them to...

Duncan Recognizes Need for Multilingualism

U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and Libia S. Gil, assistant deputy secretary of the Office of English Language Acquisition in the Department of Education, wrote an OpEd for Los Angeles' Daily News last...

A Life and Love of Languages

People have asked me why I recently joined the U.S. Department of Education as assistant deputy secretary in the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and what I hope to accomplish. It’s personal. The...

Why French?

Kathy Stein-Smith explains why demand is growing for French the world over. There is one skill that is being learned around the world, with enrollments growing by 50% in Asia and Africa, while in the...
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