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November 2010

Devolve and Evolve So often when we talk about learning, we refer only to students in educational institutions even though we know that it is an ongoing process which hopefully continues for every single day of our lives. When it comes to educational methodologies, however, most of our policymakers seem to have such entrenched, preconceived opinions that they seem unable...

Arresting Fossilization

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Susanne Gardner offers solutions to the case of an incarcerated adult second language learner whose progress has halted Language fossilization is a broad term used to describe many forms of arrested progress in second language (L2) acquisition. This arrested progress can occur in one or more specific features of the target language, and many teachers and researchers consider fossilization an unavoidable...

Opening Spanish Eyes

Courtney St.Onge on how Advanced Placement Spanish courses are opening up opportunities for Latino students As a young child speaking Spanish at home, María Catalina Catalán did not yet see the possibilities of a dual-language life. In the U.S. she was beginning to pick up words and phrases in English, but her imagination — the stories she conjured up while...

Charting Success

Richard Farias explains how his school starts with 40 percent English Language Learners and ends up with 95 percent college entrants Last month, the Center for American Progress held a presentation of its new report, Meeting the Needs of Latinos and English Language Learners, (see page 11) which featured key panelists from charter schools that have been succeeding with...

Keep Your Brain Young

Read, Be Bilingual, Drink Coffee Stephen Krashen says there are three things you can do to stay young mentally and you can do all three at the same time Read Older people who read more do better on tests of mental ability. In fact they do a lot better. The standard test used to detect dementia is the MMSE, a short test...

October 2010

Willing and Ready to Learn So often when we talk about learning, we refer only to students in educational institutions even though we know that it is an ongoing process which hopefully continues for every single day of our lives. When it comes to educational methodologies, however, most of our policymakers seem to have such entrenched, preconceived opinions that they...

September 2010

Loading the Dice Teachers are facing unprecedented demands as they start this new academic year. Falling state tax revenues have led to education budget cuts that state legislators feel can only be eased by federal funding and compliance with Washington’s demands for testing and accountability that receipt of the money entails. However, there is little evidence to support the premise that...

Pura Vida Española

Kate Sommers-Dawes marvels at Costa Rica as a Spanish immersion destination Visit Costa Rica’s official tourism site and read its official slogan; “No Artificial Ingredients,” — a mantra of which you will not need reminding from the first moment you step foot in one of the country’s myriad waterfalls or stumble upon one of its one hundred plus species of brightly...

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Audience Our readership is comprised of those who must stay informed on advancements in the language education arena. This includes language teachers, administrators, ESL and literacy educators, bilingual educators, teacher trainers, and program coordinators. We have a very wide readership in the United States and around the world from kindergarten through university levels to adult education and corporate training....

May 2010

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Reading in Any Language The theme of the International Association’s 2010 conference “Reading in Many Languages”seems perfectly timed to coincide with a new report (see News, p10) which finds that bilingual education works as well as English immersion in the pursuit of English literacy.    There is a wealth of evidence supporting the premise that acquiring literacy in one language accelerates the...