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Museum Dedicated to Language, Planet Word, Opens in May

Planet Word-- a museum dedicated to everything language in Washington D.C.-- has announced that it is expected to open May 31 with 10 immersive galleries that will explore language in informative and entertaining ways. The museum will host a variety of exhibitions designed to inform and delight. In the large Great Hall, the museum will have 31 language ambassadors who...

5 Ways to Celebrate Afro-Latinos For Black History Month

February is Black History Month in the United States, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history, and to celebrate Language Magazine would like to feature ways to honor Afro-Latinos. 1. Music Below you'll find a playlist created by NPR sure to get you grooving including Cumbia, bachata,...

Thinking Critically

Today it is more important than ever that students know how to think critically and display traits that provide evidence of strong thinkers. These traits, which Mentoring Minds calls the “9 Traits of Critical Thinking,” appear in students who exhibit skillful thinking and deeper levels of thought. The nine traits, when explicitly taught, modeled, and practiced, can guide students...

October 2019 Inside the Issue

Putting Students First Peter Brunn offers a guide to putting social and emotional learning into practice for English language learners Vocabulary and the Mental Lexicon Heidi Brumbaugh explains how understanding the mental lexicon can provide insights into vocabulary learning Breaking Down the Wall Margo Gottlieb offers a look at the other side of language education Creating a Global Classroom Carol Behel, Alabama’s...

August 2019 Inside the Issue

Overcoming Barriers to Kindergarten Readiness for ELLs Isaac Troyo believes the key is connecting with communities and families The Synergy of Theory, Practice, and Language José Medina and Luis Javier Pentón Herrera stress the importance of teacher training specifically designed for K-8 dual language (Spanish-English) immersion programs Finding Our True North in the Edtech Revolution Mark Pemberton of Studycat recommends playing...

Exhibition Hall on a Page

To coincide with the annual ISTE EdTech conference, Language Magazine is offering readers a two-dimensional glimpse of some of the sector’s latest offerings Literacy ReadingIQ  Age of Learning recently launched ReadingIQ, an advanced digital library for children twelve and under with thousands of high-quality books, all curated by experts to advance literacy. Available on computers, tablets, and smartphones, ReadingIQ gives families and...

Crow Summer Institute

The Crow Summer Institute is occurring in Crow Agency, Montana, at the Little Big Horn College starting June 3rd through June 21st of 2019. This in-depth 3 week long institute is the leading event for teachers and language learners interested in advancing their knowledge in Crow culture and language. As the number of Crow language speakers continues to decline...

How Internet Slang Enters ASL Vernacular

As the Oxford dictionary updates its lexicon with Internet-y terms such as “lolcat” (a photograph of a cat accompanied by a humorous and typically misspelled caption) and “hawt” (an informal spelling of hot), speakers of American Sign Language (ASL) adapt to tech-lingo as well. Change in ASL happens the same way as any other language, with new trends and...

Preserving Endangered Poetry

To mark National Poetry Day, the UK’s National Poetry Library launched a project to collect and preserve poems in endangered languages. Via an international callout, members of the public are invited to submit a well-known poem in a language that is endangered or under threat according to the UNESCO map of endangered languages. These poems will be collected in both...

Children’s Rights to Read Pledge

More than 1,000 individuals and organizations, representing over 50 countries; 30 organizations; 20 schools, districts, and universities; and 175,000 students, have pledged support to the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) Children’s Rights to Read initiative. The global movement focuses on making sure that every child has access to the education, opportunities, and resources needed to read. Supporters have pledged to...
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