Resources

Online Interactive Japanese

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Elon.io has launched a comprehensive Japanese program that includes grammar, vocabulary, and exercises for learning how to read and write the complex Japanese characters, creating an integrated learning experience that allows users to advance at their own paces. Erik Gerrits, founder of Elon.io, says, “Our courses are more thorough than any other online platform, and we help language students to...

Everyone’s Story Matters

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As a parent and veteran teacher, Katie Egan Cunningham presents a heartfelt case for returning stories to a place of primacy in today’s classroom. As a literacy consultant ,she backs her argument with logic and a deep reservoir of knowledge and experience. And while her tone is collegial and inviting, her approach is research driven and takes into account...

Boomalang Gets Students Speaking

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Who knew that sharing a coffee with a local Tico in Heredia, Costa Rica, would change the life of 26-year-old American and low-intermediate Spanish-speaker Chris? It was the first intercambio, or language exchange, for both learners, and they couldn’t help but share anxiety. Speaking with a stranger in a foreign language is naturally beyond comfort zone at first—which is exactly...

Renovating Your Writing

Carving Words Renovating Your Writing: Shaping Ideas into Clear, Concise, and Compelling Messages Richard Kallan ISBN-10: 020525439X • ISBN-13: 9780205254392 (c)2013 • Pearson, White Plains, NY Writing successfully is often a challenging task, one that many people struggle with throughout their careers and lives. In school, students are taught a specific format for writing and revising papers. Out of school, writers are faced with...

Use Data Effectively to Drive Instruction

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states and districts to provide all students, including English learners (ELs), equal access to educational opportunities. In order to fulfill the law’s requirements beginning in the 2017–2108 school year, educators need the tools and accurate data-collection systems in place to give them decision-making information. Local school districts and schools will be required to accurately...

Free Bilingual E-Books

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Moondrop Entertainment, the creator of Drawp for School educational software, and Infinity Insurance, sponsor of the award-winning Read Conmigo bilingual literacy program, are working together to provide digital versions of free Spanish and English bilingual books to elementary schools. The complete Read Conmigo library will be rolled out on the Drawp Resource Marketplace, a site for teachers to browse,...

Teaching Tools

To coincide with this month’s annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), here is a selection of some of the most relevant and innovative tech teaching tools     Achieve3000’s Access solutions (for grades 2–12) provide differentiated instruction for ELLs at every stage, from beginner to advanced. Along with a curriculum aligned to each state’s grade-level standards for...

Global English Language Teacher Award

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Pearson ELT has launched a new award to celebrate inspirational teachers. The global award will showcase teachers who have implemented innovative ways of teaching in their classrooms leading to improved learning outcomes, from the big innovations to the everyday. Teachers everywhere are adopting new digital tools, implementing new ideas, and coming up with innovative solutions that improve outcomes for their...

Read to Ace the SAT, New Test Taking Tips

Jeff McQuillan shares evidence to show that reading, not cramming, is the key to improving college entrance exams, including the SAT.  A recent article in the New York Times (Hernandez, 2017) recommended that students from low-income backgrounds prepare for the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) “like a rich kid” by spending hundreds of hours studying test prep books, visiting tutors, and taking online cram...