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April 2011

A Land of ContrastsNo matter which party is in power or what time of year it is, there is one thing that you can be sure of in America — whatever your viewpoint; there...
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The Big ESOL

Language Magazine in New Orleans for TESOL'Teachers are used to creating challenging games'Thousands of English as a Second Language (ESL) educators took part in Language Magazine’s latest “treasure hunt” at TESOL’s annual convention in...
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March 2011

The Communication RevolutionAs dictators topple across North Africa into the Middle East, and new uprisings coalesce on almost a daily basis, one of the most striking aspects of this new revolutionary wave is the...
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Making Learners Click with Digital Storytelling

Nile Stanley and Brett Dillingham see the value in connecting learning literacy, language, and technology through storytelling What Is Digital Storytelling? Storytelling is the oldest form of teaching and probably the best way to learn. Recent...
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February 2011

State of the Teaching ProfessionLast month, President Obama spent a substantial portion of his State of the Union address (about 1,000 of the 7,000 words) on education. It is encouraging to see that education...
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January 2011

Cautious OptimismAs we enter the New Year, we continue to be challenged economically which, in turn, aggravates social tensions. But there are signs to the optimists amongst us that suggest we are moving toward...

Conjugal Bliss

The Spanish Verb Conjugator: The Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Spanish Verbs Jeanne M. Bielejeski (2009) Roche Publishing, Little Falls, Minnesota 7.5 in. X 5 in., 360 pages, Paperback ISBN: 978-0-615-26587-2 $24.95For Spanish beginners, difficulty with verb conjugation can...

Excessive Testing Curbs Creative Teaching

Howard Karlitz, in our October 2010 issue, argued that standardized testing should be used to help teachers improve their instructionAs American schools sink deeper into an instructional morass and their ranking vis-à-vis schools in...

Keep Your Brain Young

Read, Be Bilingual, Drink CoffeeStephen Krashen says there are three things you can do to stay young mentally and you can do all three at the same timeReadOlder people who read more do better...
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July 2010

Cutting to the CoreWhen lawmakers dictate curricula, the natural reaction from educators is to reject this top down approach which seeks to homogenize the lives of children without possibly taking into account the individual...