Tag: 2011

December 2011

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Follow @langmagAssimilate and ThriveAs we continue to struggle with our economy, it’s hardly surprising that the traditional scapegoats – immigrants – are being targeted as contributors to economic decline. However, international diasporas may hold the key to recovery and their assimilation, despite the critics, is following the same pattern of every immigrant influx.U.S. exports to Spanish-speaking countries far exceed...

November 2011

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Follow @langmagUnited IndignationIt is about 75 years since the likes of Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell risked everything to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War. Over two thousand Americans joined volunteers from all over the world to form the 35,000 strong international brigades that fought alongside Spanish socialists, communists, anarchists, and libertarians to try to prevent the...

October 2011

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Real World EducationThe decade since the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 has been dominated by the continuing “war on terror” and, more recently, persistent, economic recession. There may be a relationship between these two conditions but the reasons for them are less important than the measures we can take to mitigate their negative consequences. Remarkably, educators and educational...

September 2011

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Measures for MeasuresWhen the consequences of test failure are school closures or firings, and schools are denied the tools to give them a chance of success, it is hardly surprising to discover widespread abuse of the testing system.The cheating scandals which began in Atlanta and spread across the country are only the most blatant examples of what happens when...

August 2011

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Joining the Digital DotsTraditionally every August, we publish our annual focus on technology, hoping that many readers will have a little extra time over the summer to assess the latest developments and work out where they can find the means to finance them. However, technology has now become so much a part of not only the language education process...

July 2011

Blurring Subject BordersMost of us have a tendency to compartmentalize whatever we can — slotting information, knowledge, experiences into a defined category makes it easier for us to cope with new information. However, we learn that if we over-simplify we will eventually need to reassess our classifications.In this issue, James J. Lyons argues that multilingualism should be at the...

June 2011

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Access All Areas Amid the euphoria over the slaying of bin Laden and the spread of democratic insurgencies across the Middle East and North Africa, other equally significant worldwide events have not been afforded the same media coverage. Unless you have been educated to have an international outlook, have contacts, and know where to find information, it would have...

May 2011

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From the Mouths of Hawks“As Americans we have access to a vast array of resources. Perhaps the most important first step we can take, as part of a National Strategy, is to identify which of these resources are renewable and sustainable, and which are finite and diminishing. Without doubt, our greatest resource is America’s young people, who will shape...

April 2011

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A Land of ContrastsNo matter which party is in power or what time of year it is, there is one thing that you can be sure of in America — whatever your viewpoint; there will be someone who believes the exact opposite.Recently, the state of Arizona seems to have taken on the role of counterbalancing progressive opinion in its...

March 2011

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The Communication RevolutionAs dictators topple across North Africa into the Middle East, and new uprisings coalesce on almost a daily basis, one of the most striking aspects of this new revolutionary wave is the ability of its participants to communicate not only with their compatriots or comrades but across borders with news organizations and like-minded activists via social networks,...