Literacy/ESL

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Study Links Toddler’s Screen Time to Slower Speech Development

In recent years, young children and toddlers have been increasingly exposed to handheld devices. It’s become commonplace to see babies playing games on tablets, smartphones, and other technological devices, rather than with wooden blocks...

Summer Literacy Resources

Language Magazine explores different methods and resources for students to keep up with their studies over the summer in fun ways.   Start With a Book To ward off the learning loss that many children experience over...

Nevada Imposes Literacy by Third Grade

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed the Read by Three Act (SB 391) designed to improve early literacy and student achievement. The law includes early identification and parental notification of reading deficiencies, intensive reading...

Comparing Child Languages

Clifton Pye suggests a comprehensive approach to crosslinguistic research At the dawn of the modern linguistic era, Noam Chomsky stated that the central problem for linguistic theory “is essentially the problem of constructing a theory of language...

U.S. Judge Denies Right to Literacy

In Detroit last month, U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III asserted that, despite its importance, the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a fundamental right to literacy. The plaintiffs (students and families), who accuse Michigan Governor Rick...

Celebrating National Library Week 2019

We are halfway through this year’s National Library week, and celebrations continue to take place in and about libraries across the country. National Library Week is an...

Call to Increase Federal School Library Funding

In a move supported by Language Magazine, a coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations, and media groups has called on the U.S. Congress to support dedicated school library funding in the reauthorization...

English Learners Succeeding in Math and STEM

The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) has released its third data story (“Academic Performance and Outcomes for English Learners,” www2.ed.gov/datastory/el-outcomes/index.html) about...

Adult Literacy XPRIZE Down to Five Finalists

XPRIZE—the global leader in designing and operating world-changing incentive competitions—and its sponsors, have awarded $100K to each of the five finalist teams in the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, presented by the Dollar...
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Review: Creating Enthusiastic Writers

Paula Bourque’s enthusiasm for experience her subject is undeniable. She is a K–8 literacy coach in Augusta, Maine, and has worked for 28 years in education. Her book Close Writing: Developing Purposeful Writers in...