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Speaking Spanish

Vista Higher Learning’s Norah Lulich Jones explains how their new Senderos program gets students speaking in class First, let us take a look at what students are hoping for, what we are hoping for as...

Oklahoma Legislature Votes to Repeal Common Core Standards

Lawmakers in Oklahoma have voted to repeal Common Core Standards for English and Mathematics, despite their introduction in over 40 other states. The house voted 71-18 on Friday to reject the Common Core standards, replacing...

Germans Give $1.2 Million for English Research

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has granted a Reinhart Koselleck Project to Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik of the Department of English at the University of Freiburg. The foundation awards aid to people with outstanding...

Shooting in the Dark

The administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget seeks to cut the Education Department’s $68 billion budget by $9 billion, or 13%, while increasing defense spending by $54 billion. The two programs that would suffer the...

129 New Chinese Guest Teachers for U.S. Schools

Over a hundred new teachers from China are ready to serve in the Chinese Guest Teacher Program, a collaboration between the College Board and China’s Confucius Institute. The program places qualified visiting teachers from...

What Does Confucius Say about Academic Freedom?

As the Confucius Institute brand grows world-wide, some universities are reevaluating their relations with the Chinese government-funded culture and language centers. While controversies have arisen since the launch of the People’s Republic of China’s...

Blogger Fired for Homophone Phobia

Today’s bloggers need to get creative to attract readers and web traffic in a virtual world saturated by blogs about every imaginable topic. Some succeed on the merits of their writing alone, while others...

First U.S. Study on Foreign Language Learning in 30 Years

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the formation of the Commission on Language Learning, a national effort to examine the current state of U.S. language education, to project what the nation's...

Bilinguals More Mentally Flexible

Bilingual speakers can switch languages seamlessly, likely developing a higher level of mental flexibility than monolinguals, according to Penn State linguistic researchers. "In the past, bilinguals were looked down upon," said Judith F. Kroll, Distinguished...

What Should Trump Do for Education in the U.S.? Part I

Part I in Language Magazine's series in which we ask key figures in the world of language education what President Trump should do to improve educational outcomes in the U.S.   A Six-Step Plan Stephen Krashen 1. Focus...