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English Language Learners: Shifting to an Asset-Based Paradigm

(Estudiantes del Idioma Inglés: Valorizando los Aportes Que Brindan) The 37th issue of the Annenberg Institute’s magazine, VUE (voices in urban education) focuses on the benefits that English Language Learners (ELLs) lend to the whole...

Animals May Have Brains Capable of Language

It has been widely thought that humans learn language using brain components that are specifically dedicated to this purpose. However, new evidence strongly suggests that language is in fact...

Brexit Blamed for England’s Drop in Language Learning

According to the British Council's 2018 Language Trends survey of schools in England, less than half of 16-year-olds study a language other than English, down from three fourths in 2002, and Britain’s exit from...

Conjugating Kids

The sound of small children chattering away as they learn to talk has always been considered cute  –  but not particularly sophisticated. However, research at Cornell University has shown that toddlers’ speech is far...

Ebola Crisis Sparks Language Research in Democratic Republic of Congo

Humanitarians and health care providers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are questioning what language to use when communicating with people at risk...

Asia Key to Spanish Growth

At the launch of the Instituto Cervantes’ annual report on the Spanish language, El español en el mundo 2012, Spain’s Exterior Minister (Secretary of State) José Manuel García-Margallo, and the Institute’s director, Víctor García...

Beginning Bilingual

Approaches to training dual-language preschool teachers in California For the first time, this fiscal year the California Department of Education awarded $5 million through...

The Philly Sign Language Accent

About 130 of the world's estimated 6,500 languages are mutually unintelligible forms of sign language. Sign languages can be broken up into linguistic families and are not just simple translations of existing languages. For this reason...

Teaching YouTubers

This article introduces the H5P website—an innovative, free, practical, and easy-to-use tech software that English teachers and students can use when engaged in teaching and learning English. Two events brought my focus toward employing interactive...
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Native American Linguist Wins $625,000 ‘Genius Grant’

MacArthur Foundation has announced the 2016 MacArthur Fellows, commonly known as the “genius grants,” and this year’s class includes Native American linguist Daryl Baldwin. Daryl and 22 other Fellows will receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant for...