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May 2015

All the School’s a Stage Pilar Alvarez, education director at the Young Storytellers Foundation, explains how the organization boosts literary confidence Boosting Brain Power Erin Bell documents reading improvement through the implementation of research-based programs Cutting to the...

Fact or FICTION: The PLOT thickens

Stephen Krashen argues that self-selected pleasure reading of fiction is key to complex text comprehension for first- and second-language learners I focus on one aspect of the fiction-nonfiction debate here: self-selected pleasure reading of fiction...
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Invitation to Valencia: U.S. Agents/Spanish Teachers/Professors

The Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles, along with the Valencia Tourism Board and Fedele (Spanish Federation of Associations of Schools of Spanish as a Foreign Language) are looking for 8 US agents...
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Interview with Clay Pell

The nation’s new language czar speaks with Language Magazine Last month, the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education announced the appointment of a new Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education —...
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Infants, Words, and Income

Bjorn Carey reports on research showing that two-year-old children of lower-income families may already be six months behind in language development Fifty years of research have revealed the sad truth that the children of lower-income,...
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We Are Family

Mary Catherine Thomson enthuses about the long-term success of a sister school program For a small school community rooted in Sandy Springs, Georgia, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School has a surprisingly large family, one that stretches...
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Creating a Community of Readers

Ruben Alejandro, superintendent of an economically challenged district with 30% English language learners, shares his secrets for getting students—and their parents—reading. I was born and raised in Weslaco, a city of about 35,000 that sits...
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The Home Run Book Experience

Vinnie Jordan Henkin and Stephen Krashen chronicle the Naruto Breakthrough: How the discovery of manga books was a catalyst in the English language development of a teen The concept of the home run book was...
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Malaysian DJ Spins Sabeh

Atama Katama, a Malaysian DJ who has been spinning dance music across Malaysia for the past 15 years, has recently turned his attention towards indigenous issues and language. Katama, who has been playing dance...
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All the School’s a Stage

Pilar Alvarez, education director at the Young Storytellers Foundation, explains how the organization boosts literary confidence Language Magazine: What is the history and overall goal of the Young Storytellers Foundation? Pilar Alvarez: The Young Storytellers Foundation was started...