Education

Adding Madness to Method

Carol Gaab questions the value of traditional teaching methods in the language classroom Nothing draws more heated arguments in the field of language instruction than methods. Between trademarks and remarks, there has been much divisive debate on which method is the right or the best method for teaching second language. This emphasis on the “right” method places unhealthy attention on the...

Washington Study Sheds Light on ELL Advanced Course Enrollment

Education Northwest along with the Institute of Education Sciences and Regional Educational Laboratory at Education Northwest analyzed the patterns of advanced coursework among Spanish-speaking students, other language minority students whose primary/home...

ACICS Suffers Loss of Accreditation

The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as a nationally-recognized accreditation agency. This decision will affect nearly 16,000 international students studying English language and other subjects. ACICS previously accredited around 250 institutions in the U.S., among them 130 ESL and higher education institutes that recruit international students. Problems arose...

Obama Pushes to Secure Extra $2 Billion for Poorest Schools

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The Obama administration is hurrying to approve a proposal that could mean up to $2 billion in additional funding annually for the nation's poorest children. The Department of Education is pushing through the policy, which was first proposed in September, in the hope that it be adopted before Trump’s inauguration. The proposal implements the requirement in Title 1 of the Elementary...

Trading in Futures

Is Trump's nomination of DeVos as Education Secretary a bargaining ploy? Like many of his cabinet nominations, Donald Trump’s proposal that Betsy DeVos lead the Education Department appears to be akin to asking a fox to guard the henhouse, since she is so critical of the U.S. public education system. However, the nomination may be just another negotiating ploy—lowballing—by the...

Easing Student Anxiety in an Uncertain Age

The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Mark Lazar reports on how U.S. campuses are responding to the needs and concerns of current and prospective students from the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond. To help campus leaders and admissions officers navigate these uncertain times, IIE’s Mark Lazar and a team of experts has put together a list of ten actions to encourage international students to come to the U.S. The list is not intended to be comprehensive, but it offers a platform from which to rebuild the confidence of concerned international students.

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...

Colorado Senate Embraces Seal of Biliteracy

On the day after Valentine's Day, Colorado’s bilingual advocates received a belated gift from their state senate. The Republican-controlled senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 17-123, the Colorado Seal of Biliteracy by a margin of 30-5. The measure now goes on to the House, controlled by Democrats, where it has bipartisan sponsorship and where it is expected to...

Bilinguals May Recognize Voices Better

A new study in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition shows an advantage in bilingual children when determining voices of who is talking (talker-voice information). Countless studies have proven that there are many benefits, in both cognitive and social tasks, so the new findings...

Cuba Educational Policy Reversal Condemned

President Trump has announced a new executive action restoring restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, "I am canceling the previous administration's completely one-sided deal," he announced to an appreciative crowd of Cuban dissidents in Miami. One of the major changes in the policy directive is that U.S. travelers making...