Tag: diversity

Americans Support Public Education in Diverse Schools

Despite influential campaigns to undermine  confidence in public schools, most Americans have faith in their local schools, according to the latest edition of the annual Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the defining public opinion survey on American public education for the past 49 years. The new poll finds that the proportion...

Speaking of the Ice Age

University of Virginia linguistic anthropologist Mark A. Sicoli and colleagues are applying the latest technology to an ancient mystery: how and when early humans inhabited the New World. New research, which uses “big data” techniques to analyze more than 100 linguistic features, suggests complex patterns of contact and migration among the early peoples who first settled the Americas. The diversity of...

Dual-language Programs Improve Reading Skills

According to a recent study, the first of its kind and scale, students enrolled in dual-language immersions programs, in which students are taught in both English and a second language, outperform their single-language peers by almost a full grade-level in terms of English reading skills. The study followed almost 30,000 students in Portland Public Schools, including those in dual-language immersion...

Africa’s Linguistic Diversity

The African continent is home to one third of the world's 6,000 languages, but less than one seventh of the world's population. Europe, which has the reputation for bilingualism due to its many close countries, has only about 300 languages. A study of 100 residents of a city in Western Uganda showed that the average speaker there spoke 4.37...

A Call For Diversity in Mobile App Languages

The mobile app market reached over 1.3 million available applications in July of 2014 and continues to be a booming business medium. Still greatly expanding, the Japanese app market surpassed the United States as the biggest in the world last October, beginning a trend of mobile application globalization. More...

Managing Diversity

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Anne Scatchell argues that administrators need specific training to successfully manage culturally diverse classrooms “I know that I don’t have a background in working with English language learners, but aren’t you using far too many videos in your class?” said the district level administrator. “You need to make sure that you are teaching the curriculum ‘as is.’ We can’t have...

Celebrate Spain’s Cultural Diversity

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There’s never been a better time to take that much-anticipated study trip to Spain The economy is on the rebound, so there’s optimism but prices are still relatively low. And a positive aspect of the recession is that it has led the people of the country back to the roots of their culture. Spain announced last month that it has retaken...

Spanish Diversity

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South America offers an array of immersion destinations to befit a continent of the future The common language to more than 20 countries (in the Americas, Spain, and Asia), spoken by more than 400 million people, second only to Mandarin in its number of native speakers — with an additional 60 million speakers as a second language and 20 million...

Spanish Diversity

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South America offers an array of immersion destinations to befit a continent of the future The common language to more than 20 countries (in the Americas, Spain, and Asia), spoken by more than 400 million people, second only to Mandarin in its number of native speakers — with an additional 60 million speakers as a second language and 20 million...