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Duncan Gives an Inch to CCSS Schools

Secretary of Education offers extension for schools using testing in evaluations. As Common Core aligned assessments are rolled out all across the nation, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan is taking heat and receiving complaints from...

English Challenge in Morocco

  After saying that “French is no longer valid” back in April, Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education, Lahcen Daoudi, is now saying that Arabic is important only because it is the language of the Quran,...

Google Goes Multilingual

New search app code switches like most people. For polyglots, it can be an arduous task to manually change the language on a smart phone keyboard depending on the task— between texting friends and family...

Canada Calls for Bilingual Tweeting

Canada's Foreign Minister under fire for favoring English on social media. Canada’s chien de garde des langues officielles, or language watchdog, Graham Fraser, is investigating the Twitter account of Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. The...

What’s Another 38 Official Languages?

Indians push to add 38 more languages to their constitution. The Indian government is facing pressure to consider 38 more official languages to be added to the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. The Eighth Schedule...

Common Core Rattling Educators, ELL Teachers Unprepared

Survey says most educators feel unprepared for CCSS, especially ELL teachers. As students return to school from the Summer break and districts scramble to prepare for the full administration of the assessments aligned with the...

There’s No Sound Like Home

New study shows that babies learn language best from speakers that sound like their caregivers. Language development in bilingual children remains a contested and enigmatic phenomenon and, oftentimes, it’s hard to distinguish myth from fact....

California ‘Failing’ English Learners

A California judge has ruled that it is the state’s obligation to ensure that school disticts provide language instruction to English language learners (ELLs), and that so far California has failed nearly 20,000 underserved...
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Education #2 Priority for U.S. Voters

Education is the second most important issue to likely U.S. voters according to the latest Reason-Rupe national poll. The economy is the number one issue influencing nearly four out of 10 likely voters (39%) in...

English Designed for Kids

English vocabulary is designed to help children learn according to research led by the UK’s Lancaster University. From obvious examples, like "woof" representing the sound of a dog to sounds with similar meanings having similar...