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Alaska Home to Rare Russian Dialect

Linguists to compile dictionary from septuagenarian speakers by 2014. A Russian settlement in Alaska that became isolated from the Russian Empire when the U.S. bought the Alaska Territory in 1867 still speaks a rare Russian...

Spanish with a Mayan Touch

Language Magazine explores tempting immersion Spanish programs in the diverse landscapes of Mexico and Guatemala MEXICO Lengua & Cultura Spanish School Lengua & Cultura is a Spanish School in Mexico City that offers a full immersion program....

Improving Learner Outcomes

David Bong explains the what, why, and how of measuring world language skills The world of language assessment is endlessly fascinating. What, why, and how we measure language skills are constantly evolving to incorporate new...
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Native American Linguist Wins $625,000 ‘Genius Grant’

MacArthur Foundation has announced the 2016 MacArthur Fellows, commonly known as the “genius grants,” and this year’s class includes Native American linguist Daryl Baldwin. Daryl and 22 other Fellows will receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant for...
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May 2010

Reading in Any Language The theme of the International Association’s 2010 conference “Reading in Many Languages”seems perfectly timed to coincide with a new report (see News, p10) which finds that bilingual education works as well...
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‘The Single Greatest Educational Effort in Human History’

Judy Heflin charts the success of Mao’s Chinese literacy program Although China boasts a history of over 5,000 years, the modern nation-state we know today is only about 65 years old. Communist Party chairman Mao...
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Tools for Achieving Oral Fluency

Marsha Appling-Nunez finds help for the multilevel ELL classroom Many new English language learner (ELL) instructors first begin teaching with the idea that their students will be terrified to speak English. Like many other teachers,...
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Testing Benefits

Mariana Castro shows what language proficiency assessments have to offer educators of English learners If you are an educator, chances are that you have had or will have a student who is learning English as...
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Blending to Test

Julie Damron and Jennifer Quinlan assess student outcomes in the blended classroom Located in Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University (BYU) is a private institution with one of the nation’s largest language teaching programs—70% of students...
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June 2012

Speaking to le Monde Richard Shryock argues that French is the most practical language to learn Strategic Mentoring Betty Achinstein, Susan O’Hara, Robert Pritchard, and Jeff Zwiers explore how specific training of mentors for new teachers improves...