Tag: 2015

December 2015

 DECEMBER2016 Year Planner Conferences, workshops, observances and grant deadlinesOpen Doors Report More students than ever are U.S.-bound to learnNail Polish and Baseball Bats Diana Kennedy suggests “googling for content” to inspire students to readGrowing Global Educators Deborah Ellis engages students in rigorous learning by harnessing their enthusiasmToward Biliteracy: Spanish and Californian Trajectories As demands grow for biliteracy in California, Cynthia García Dehbozorgi and Nehemias Giménez García compare the state’s initiatives...

November 2015

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Fact or FICTION: The PLOT thickens Stephen Krashen argues that self-selected pleasure reading of fiction is key to complex text comprehension for first- and second-language learnersSkills for a Multilingual, Global Learning Community Edynn Sato offers educators strategies to help multilingual learners develop academic literaciesTransforming Teaching A Harvard white paper analyzes teaching problems and suggests a ‘system’ to build teachers’...

October 2015

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B.O.O.S.T. Your Instruction! Anne Paonessa finds ways to make the most of class contact timeSisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves Kristal Bivona on how increased access to communications technology has created new ways schools can use to develop international partnershipsTime to Listen Monica Brady-Myerov suggests scaffolding listening in the English learner classroomMeaningful Professional Growth Amanda Seewald offers a...

September 2015

Namer of Thrones Game of Thrones’ language creator, David J. Peterson, details his extraordinary career as Hollywood’s linguist-in-chiefBuilding to Code Virginia “Jenny” Williams uses assessment and scaffolding to support the five stages of second-language acquisitionFocus on the Student Adisack Nhouyvanisvong explains how improved assessment can increase personalized learning for all studentsThe Home Run Experience Vinnie Jordan...

August 2015

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Making Words Dance Kwame Alexander and Chris Colderley explain why we need to read and write more poetry in (and outside of) the classroomPrecision Rotation Lance Knowles applies real-world knowledge to the implementation of the Flipped ClassroomClearing Virtual Hurdles Sylvaine Montaudouin tackles the challenges of developing content and teaching onlineComposition Tools These innovative programs can help build...

July 2015

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Telling Stories Stephen Krashen on what to do and what not to do when reading aloudPowering Pedagogy Margaret Don offers solutions to the problems arising from using PowerPoint in the language classroomPortuguese from Cape to Cape Brazil may be the Portuguese powerhouse, but the language is still alive and well in AfricaPortuguese Immersion Talk about tough decisions: Brazil or Portugal?Spanish as...

June 2015

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Profile: Mohamed Abdel-Kader The U.S. Department of Education's language boss shares his motivation and goalsWords + Pictures Lina Sun sees the value of using graphic novels to help develop multiliteraciesFrench à la mode Gaétan Mathieu sees bilingualism as the key to the future of French in the U.S.Destination France Where and why to learn French in FranceQuebec Beckons From language to La Citadelle, explore...

May 2015

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All the School’s a Stage Pilar Alvarez, education director at the Young Storytellers Foundation, explains how the organization boosts literary confidenceBoosting Brain Power Erin Bell documents reading improvement through the implementation of research-based programsCutting to the Common Core: Mathematically Speaking Judit Moschkovich offers teachers recommendations for supporting English learners in mathematics classroomsFormulae for Math Success A selection of products designed...

April 2015

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Cutting to the Common Core Constructive Conversations Constance Dziombak finds that quality academic conversations help ELLs to clarify and express their argumentsAudio Dissection Seventeen-year-old Akshay Swaminathan shares his technique to improve world-language comprehensionHarnessing the Power of a Teacher’s Pen Kelly Boswell argues that teachers should share their creative writing processes to benefit their studentsUsing Hands-On Manipulatives Jennifer Nash recommends the tactile...

March 2015

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Cutting to the Common Core Fostering Academic Interaction Kate Kinsella offers an action plan to encourage second language learners to participate in constructive classroom discussionStories Bring It Home Kate Nguyen and Nile Stanley research resilience in language learners and its relationship to storytellingLudic Learning Ted Martin explains why we need games in the classroom and offers some suggestionsThe Cradle...