Education

What Does Good Blended Learning Look Like?

Stephen Noonoo shares best practices for blended learning programs that work During the past few years, blended learning has been hailed by schools worldwide as everything from the future of education to the conduit that will finally make true differentiated instruction a reality. And it is not all hype: the best blended-learning programs truly can move away from the lecture-based...

Taking Teaching to New Heights

Denise Murray examines the future of the TESOL profession in preparation for next month’s international summit What are the megatrends (political, economic, social, intercultural, legal, and digital) that are impacting English and English language education? How can we overcome the native speaker as the standard and address the changing realities of English language use around the world? How can practice shape...

Taking the Holistic Approach

Margarita Calderón and Shawn Slakk believe that the whole school is responsible for the success of English learners English learners (ELs) are no longer solely the responsibility of the ESL teacher. The entire school’s staff of educators—counselors, secretaries, and of course administrators included—should embrace the success of ELs along with all their peers. Leadership teams are deliberately deciding to focus...

Language Teacher vs. Acquisition Facilitator

Carol Gaab focuses on the learners in front of her, not on a method, a curriculum, or a plan Fill in the blank with the correct form of the word. Select the correct tense of the verb for the following statements. Which subject pronoun is correct? If this is reminiscent of your language study experiences, you are not alone. Over the past century,...

UN: Multilingual Education is ‘Absolutely Essential’

Learning languages is a promise of peace, innovation, and creativity, and will contribute to the achievement of global development goals, the head of the United Nations agency for culture and education said last month to mark International Mother Language Day. “There can be no authentic dialogue or effective international cooperation without respect for linguistic diversity, which opens up true understanding...

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...

Community Service

Jason Stricker explains how the Supporting Teacher Effectiveness Project helps create professional learning communities that work Research suggests that one of the main factors influencing student achievement results is the effectiveness of teachers. Research also shows that developing great teachers can be complex and expensive. According to the New Teacher Project’s 2015 Mirage report, districts can spend upwards of $18,000...

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...

Dual Language Could ‘Save’ LA Schools

According to speakers at last month’s meeting of Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD’s) Early Childhood Education and Parent Engagement Committee, early dual-language programs may prove to be the best way to ensure a quality education for the District with the largest English learner population in the nation. “This is a great benefit to LAUSD, it is your future,” said...

U.S. Language Capacity ‘Diminishing,’ Despite Need

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The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) has released a report that suggests a “diminishing share” of U.S. residents speak languages other than English, a trend which the academy believes “could have important consequences for business, international affairs, and intellectual exchange.” The academy’s report, The State of Languages in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait, summarizes the nation’s current language...