Tag: bilingual

Global California 2030

California's Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today launched Global California 2030, which is a call to action "to vastly expand the teaching and learning of world languages and the number of students proficient in more than one language over the next 12 years."In recognition of their tireless efforts to expand multilingualism in California, Jan Gustafson Corea, CEO of...

Bridging the Gap

Tom Beeman suggests strategies to maintain continuity between secondary and post-secondary Spanish education that may help to boost college language enrollments in all languages The term education gap often refers to socioeconomic factors such as race, income, or gender, and perhaps even issues such as equity and access to...

Music & Language Lead to Efficient Brain

A new study reveals that bilinguals and trained musicians utilize fewer resources in their brains while doing tasks involving memory. This means that it’s easier for them to do so. As their brains use less effort to perform tasks, researchers infer that their musical and bilingual brains may protect them from the onset of cognitive decline later in life.The...

Reports of OELA’s Demise Hopefully Exaggerated

Advocacy groups are denouncing a proposed merging of the federal Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) into the Office for Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Education Department officials have said that the restructuring plan would enable the Department of Education to merge English-learner support with services provided to other disadvantaged student groups.Director of the OELA José Viana explained the...

You’re Never Too Old to Become Fluent in a Foreign Language

from www.shutterstock.com Monika Schmid, University of EssexA new study on second language learning has recently taken the British media by storm. A range of headlines – from the BBC to the Daily Mail and The Guardian – all trumpeted the depressing message that it’s impossible to become fluent in a foreign language after around age ten. All of these reports...

Spanish Fades with Generations

Although U.S. Latinos believe it’s important for future generations of Hispanics to speak Spanish and the vast majority speak the language to their children, less Latino parents ensure their children speak Spanish as they become second- and third-generation, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.Overall, 85% of Latino...

Latvia Drops Russian High Schools

Last month, the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) passed amendments to its education laws according to which ethnic-minority schools will have to transition to Latvian-only secondary education in the 2019/2020 academic year. In passing the amendments, lawmakers rejected a petition calling for the preservation of bilingual education signed by over 10,000 Latvian citizens.When education and science minister Kārlis Šadurskis proposed the...

Advancing English Learner Equity in Math

Report Shows Promising Practices in California and Offers Key Recommendations A new report from The Education Trust—West finds promising practices around the state that are increasing math supports for English learners (ELs) and boosting achievement rates for this group which had remained low. Second in a series exploring English...

TESOL Unveils its Six Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

TESOL International Association has released a “set of universal guidelines drawn from decades of research in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory.” The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners are “targets for teaching excellence” designed to support any English language instruction program. "TESOL embarked on this project because we recognized the need for a practical, guiding set...

Celebrate Mother Language Day!

On International Mother Language Day 2018, celebrated on 21 February every year, UNESCO reiterates its commitment to linguistic diversity and invites its Member States to celebrate the day in as many languages as possible as a reminder that linguistic diversity and multilingualism are essential for sustainable development.This year UNESCO also commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of...