Literacy/ESL

Mainstreaming ESL

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Common Core State Standards are putting more pressure on all teachers to help English learners achieve literacy proficiency, so here are resources designed to lighten the load Blake eLearning Reading Eggs & Reading Eggspress Grades Pre-K-6 Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress make learning to read an enjoyable, rewarding, and exciting experience for pre-K- through sixth-grade students. Edmentum ESL ReadingSmart Grades 4-High school ESL ReadingSmart is a...

Winning the Masters

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Statistical trends point to increased demand for well-qualified ESL teachers so David Newman suggests now’s the time to choose the right program Over the last decade, the percentage of public school students in the United States who were English language learners (ELLs) increased from 8% to 10% in 2009-10 (the latest figures available). What’s more — education departments across the...

U.S. 4th Grade Reading Among Best in World

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U.S. 4th Grade Reading Among Best in World Maybe our schools are better than we are being led to believe! Results of the 2011 PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) show that the only countries with better 4th Grade reading levels are Russia, Finland, and Singapore. This is a remarkable success for U.S. public education, especially when you take...

World Teachers’ Day

"Take a stand for teachers!" is the 2012 motto for World Teachers' Day. Celebrations are being organized around the world. UNESCO calls on everyone to consider undertaking a special celebration for World Teachers' Day. Contact us at the address indicated to tell us what you are planning. "Teachers… ultimately determine our collective ability to innovate, to    invent, to find solutions...

A Day in the Life of a Learner

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Ivannia Soto reveals how shadowing learners enables educators to monitor their use of academic language Academic language has been broadly defined as the language of school, the language of textbooks, and the language of testing. More specifically, scholars such as Krashen and Brown (2007), define academic language development in two parts: (1) Academic language, characterized by complex syntax, academic vocabulary,...

Donating Your Textual Body to Science

Linguists, sociologists, anthropologists, and psychologists want you to donate your text messages to science. The text4science project, also known as sms4science, aims to build a large corpus of text messages in different languages and dialects to examine the way in which text messaging is changing language and the way we learn to read and write. The project is...

Timing of Reclassification Key to ELL Dropout Rate

The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California, Los Angeles has released a new report comparing student enrollment history, achievement gaps, and persistence in school of English Language Learning (ELL) students to non-ELL students. The results show large achievement and socioeconomic gaps. A major question that arose is the difficulty of knowing when to exit an ELL...

The Bogus Argument to Increase Testing

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Stephen Krashen argues that assessment alone cannot improve achievement Few people are aware of the astonishing amount of testing the U.S. Department of Education is planning for our children. The Department of Education will require, as before, tests in reading and math near the end of school year but also supports testing several times during the year (interim testing). In...

Reach Out and Read (Aloud)

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Stephen Krashen with an inexpensive, simple approach to closing the equity gap in literacy “Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read’s evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children.” (reachoutandread.org). Reach Out and Read (henceforth ROR) is a simple and inexpensive program. While...

Multilingual Matters

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Maria Maldonado reminds us why language education is still so important in this age of automated communication The Royal Academy of the Spanish Language which is one of the authorities regulating and preserving the changes that occur in the Spanish language, in the 22nd edition of its dictionary (2001), defines language as “System of verbal and, almost always, written communication...