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Teachers who are bombarded with short-lived projects and underused technology are in danger of losing their enthusiasm for new initiatives—Stacy Hurst and Laura Axtell explain how to kick off the new school year with buy-in from everyone   For many educators, the beginning of the school year is the best of times and the worst of times. It’s exciting to prepare...

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Bilingual rapper GüeroLoco takes us on his passionate journey to promote language learning and allow students to reap the benefits Welcome to the journey! iBienvenidos al viaje! I’m really excited to get this school year started and to get back out on the road again. For the past three years, I’ve traveled all over the U.S. and Mexico to perform and...

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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 an additional language. Some of these multilingual students are eligible for language support services if their English proficiency limits their access to learning academic content....

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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 in the Rio Grande Valley about eight miles north of the Texas/Mexico border. I have worked as an educator in Weslaco Independent School District since 1977...

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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 speak a second language and .32% of students take world language courses. Over 55 languages are regularly taught on campus, with over 40 more available...

Dr. Wayne E. Wright, Purdue University professor and author of Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners (2015, Caslon Publishing), addresses how the new ESSA is different, and discusses its implications for English Language Learners. https://www.youtube.com/embed/p05nPGSBsSY  

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The Institute of Education Sciences has granted more than $100 million for education research across a wide array of subjects and topics. Over one-fourth of the 57 grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funded through IES’ National Center for Education Research (NCER) were for projects that concentrated on language and literacy acquisition, including: Education Technology Uno, Dos, Tres, Listos! Monitoring Kindergarten...

As demands grow for biliteracy in California, Cynthia García Dehbozorgi and Nehemias Giménez García compare the state’s initiatives to those of Spain Surprisingly, one of the oldest bilingual-education programs in what is today the U.S. was implemented in California by the Spanish–Franciscans in the 18th-century when Spanish was the dominant language. Today, the tables have turned. English is now the language of power. Although...

The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has officially been released, an earlier draft of which was criticized for not providing critical protections for minority students and English-language learners (ELLs). The new proposal is called the Every Student Succeeds Acts (ESSA) and, if it passes both chambers of Congress in the next couple weeks, is expected to be...

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Erwin Tschirner explains the rationale behind an important new study to determine proficiency-level expectations for advanced learners in listening and reading Last year, the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) decided to embark on a major study to determine realistic proficiency-level expectations for listening and reading in college foreign language programs. While much is known about realistic...