Tag: biliteracy

Multilingual Focus for UN Literacy Day

"about 40% of the world’s population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand" Audrey Azoulay, director-general of UNESCOThe focus of this month’s International Literacy Day was Literacy and Multilingualism, to tie...

Seal of Biliteracy Goes Global

Linda Egnatz is impassioned by the expanding reach and motivating power of the Seal of BiliteracyGlobal Community International Networking ConceptWhen someone in the language learning field asks, “What is the Seal of Biliteracy?” I might honestly respond, “It’s the...

Improving Learner Outcomes

David Bong explains the what, why, and how of measuring world language skillsThe world of language assessment is endlessly fascinating. What, why, and how we measure language skills are constantly evolving to incorporate new strategies and technologies as the field becomes increasingly aware of how language testing can improve learner outcomes. What There are three fundamental types of language tests: Achievement...

EF ‘s EPI Reveals Worldwide English Skills

Education First For the seventh year in a row, Education First (EF), has released their annual report on English proficiency. EF, an international education company that specializes in language training, educational travel, academic degree programs, and cultural exchange, states in their introduction to the rankings, “In 2017, English is as essential to international communication as it has ever been.It is...

Colorado Senate Embraces Seal of Biliteracy

On the day after Valentine's Day, Colorado’s bilingual advocates received a belated gift from their state senate. The Republican-controlled senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 17-123, the Colorado Seal of Biliteracy by a margin of 30-5. The measure now goes on to the House, controlled by Democrats, where it has bipartisan sponsorship and where it is expected to...

Toward Biliteracy: Spanish and Californian Trajectories

Couple overlooking Golden Gate Bridge in California
As Californian demands grow for biliteracy, Cynthia García Dehbozorgi and Nehemias Giménez García compare the state’s initiatives to those of SpainSurprisingly, one of the oldest bilingual-education programs in what is today the U.S. was implemented in California by the Spanish–Franciscans in the 18th-century when Spanish was the dominant language. Today, the tables have turned. English is now the language of power.Although thousands of...