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September 2006

IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languages Scrutinizing NCLB Language Magazine on the study of the efficacy of NCLB European Perpectives on Language Testing J. Ignacio Bermejo Larrea interviews the foremost European expert on language testing, Professor Charles Alderson Using the Organizing Cycle Larry Ferlazzo explains how to use the organizing cycle to improve teaching efficiency Spanish in...

April 2009

Two educational bills were re-introduced to Congress last month — The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and The Educational Opportunity and Equity Commission Act (see News p.10) — which deserve the support of our representatives.

Every year, American high schools grant diplomas to 65,000 immigrant students who were brought to this country at a young age. Many of these youth have attended U.S. schools for most of their lives, but their immigration status bars them from opportunities that make a college education affordable, including in-state tuition rates, loans and grants, most private scholarships, and the ability to work legally. Despite their long-term residence in the U.S., these students are unable to further their educational accomplishments or fully contribute to the only country they know and call home.

Under the provisions of the DREAM Act, undocumented young people could be eligible for a conditional path to citizenship in exchange for a mandatory two year commitment in higher education or the military. Undocumented young people must also demonstrate good moral character to be eligible for and stay in conditional residency. At the end of the long process, the young person can have the chance to become an American citizen.

May 2009

One of the few benefits of recession is that it begs us to question the policies that have led us to such a situation. Much has been said about economic decisions, lax regulation, and corporate greed but there has been less discussion about the societal structure which has fomented such economic turmoil. At the heart of our society is a sytem which fails to adequately prepare vast numbers of children to succeed in the Information Age.

A new study by the consulting firm McKinsey entitled “The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools” (available at www.mckinsey.com) estimates that if we had closed the racial achievement gap and black and Latino student performance had caught up with that of white students by 1998, U.S. GDP last year would have been between $310 and $525 billion higher. If the gap between low-income students and the rest had been narrowed, U.S. GDP in 2008 would have been $400 to $670 billion higher.

November 2007

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IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languages Harvesting Help Lori Langer de Ramírez shares her school district’s way of inspiring students to not only love languages but also teach them Providing a Direction for Learning Kathleen Flynn, Jane Hill, and Cynthia Bjork explain how mainstream teachers can incorporate language objectives into content area lessons to help...

September 2007

IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languages Making Your Voice Heard Lorraine D’Ambruoso contends that advocacy is the responsibility of every professional educator Back to School Statistics A selection of statistics about the nation’s schools from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences It’s How You Ask That Counts Amy H. Greene and Glennon Doyle Melton explain...

October 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world language Enabling Education Anna Uhl Chamot explains how teaching learning strategies can be the catalyst for lifelong learning Bilingual Comprehension Deborah Chitester presents her personal views on common confusions in bilingualism Development Zone Mohammed Arroub illuminates the benefits of engaging students in collaborative learning processes English in the Emerald Isle Christine...

July 2006

IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languages It's Not Just French! Constance Dziombak argues that the benefits of language learning go way beyond simple acquisition of language Creating Global Citizens Michael Lenaghan, Myra Medina, and Ginny Peterson Tennant present an alternative program vision building linguistic and cultural bridges over increasingly troubled international waters Shaking Up the ESL...

March 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: Links to PDF documents online. For more, please click here to subscribe. The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world language Language Learning on the Eightfold Path Carole Poppleton believes that the application of Buddhist principles to the teaching of ESL and other languages can empower students Speaking Defensively Christine Tsai visits America’s most critical language institute Responding to Intervention...

February 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: Links to PDF documents online. For more, please click here to subscribe. The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world language The White Stuff Stephen Krashen questions neuroscientific support for a meaningless theory of reading French Immersion à la Canadienne Kate Sommers-Dawes explores Québec’s destinations for French language learners French Fluency Daniel Ward recommends France’s Rhône-Alpes region for French immersion English...

September 2010

Loading the Dice Teachers are facing unprecedented demands as they start this new academic year. Falling state tax revenues have led to education budget cuts that state legislators feel can only be eased by federal funding and compliance with Washington’s demands for testing and accountability that receipt of the money entails. However, there is little evidence to support the premise that...