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October 2006

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Bridging the Digital Divide Two new reports have highlighted the growth of the “digital divide” between Spanish-speaking minority students and English-speaking white students in the U.S. As Diana Laurillard makes clear in her article in this issue (pages 30-33), use of the internet is becoming essential for all students, especially those learning languages, so we are once again facing...

October 2007

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Ten Years is a Long Time in Education Back in 1997 when, the first issue of American Language Review — the forerunner of Language Magazine — was published, Bill Clinton was in the White House, we knew nothing of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, bilingual education had yet to be limited in California by Proposition 227, and...

December 2008

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Rebuilding Our Edustructure Although it may seem inappropriate to look on the bright side when so many of us are hurting, the current economic crisis offers us a golden opportunity to rethink, retool, and refinance America’s greatest asset — its people. And, at the same time, recognize and capitalize on the diverse demographic that has emerged since the last New...

October 2005

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What Next? Burning Books? It is almost a month since the U.S. Department of Education chose not to release a report commissioned three years ago on the effectiveness of bilingual education (see Language Magazine, 9/05, p.10). Educators and the general public have a right to know what the taxpayer-funded research found, so that they can make better informed decisions...

January 2006

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Dual Standards When I came to California, I could not understand how anybody could be against bilingual education. As a child, I had lived in Canada where they experi­mented at my school with total French immersion classes for English-speaking children in an effort to encourage Anglophones to better understand their French-speaking neighbors. I spent my teens in the U.K....

February 2006

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Telling the “Truthiness” Last month, the American Dialect Society announced that the winner for 2005 in its 16th Annual Words of the Year vote was "truthiness," which refers to the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true. Founded in 1889, the venerable society which is...

March 2006

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Squaring the Circle Last month saw the publication of a long-awaited report on the effects of the implementation of Proposition 227 on English language learners in California (see p.13). The purpose of the five-year evaluation was to determine whether bilingual education or the “English-only” approach better served the needs of the state’s millions of English learners. The report’s overall...

April 2006

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Into the FOLD The recent infighting amongst board members and staff at the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE — see NEWS, page 10) could not have come at a worse time. Last month, an independent report on the effect of Proposition 227 on California’s English language learners concluded that the proposition "focused on the wrong issue," (see March...

The ABC of Teaching Diverse Learners

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Vicky Giouroukakis and Andrea Honigsfeld present their A-Z of culturally and linguistically responsive practices As the impending Common Core State Standards (CCSS) seem sure to entail even more assessment in most states, there are increasing demands for teachers to adequately prepare all their students to meet the new standards and achieve passing scores on high-stakes, standardized state assessments. Teachers...

Satisfying the Demand for Teachers

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Zulmaris Diaz and Lakshmi Mahadevan show how their research on the need to recruit and retain language educators in Texas applies nationwide The student population in the U.S. is rapidly changing; in 2004-2005, approximately 5.1 million or 10.5 percent of the student population were English-language learners (Pearson, 2006). The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES, 2003) revealed that 47...
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