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Simple Speech May Slow Autistic Children

A new study, published in Cognition, suggests that because parents speak to their autistic children using fewer words and less complex sentences than do parents of typical children, the development of autistic children’s language skills may be inhibited. Were this to be proven, it would call into question the common recommendation that parents speak in simple sentences to autistic...

Webinar: Educating in the “Present Tense”

Two of Language Magazine's favorite contributors, Amanda Seewald and Linda Egnatz are presenting a webinar for world language educators tomorrow (Oct 11) @ 7pm (EST). Sponsored by Vista Higher Learning, the presenters will explain how to engage and empower students in the current generation who are “now-focused”. With a focus on interculturality and fluency, the webinar will re-imagine unit design...

Report Challenges California’s System to Identify English Learner Needs

Study of local plans identifies key improvements to fix the system Californians Together is releasing a new report today entitled Masking the Focus on English Learners which questions the efficacy of California’s accountability system in identifying the needs of English Learners accurately. The report claims that by combining data from two English Learner subgroups (current and reclassified), the system fails...

#IAmMore

Voyager Sopris Learning has partnered with WeAreTeachersto launch a social movement designed to embolden educators and students to effect change and to believe in the power of literacy. Called “#IAmMore,” the movement gives educators and students a voice, allows them to illustrate what makes them “more,” and to share their untapped potential.A component of the movement is a contest...

Report Claims Most US Teachers Not Trained to Create Readers

According to a report by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a Washington-based think tank funded by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, which received funding from the Bush administration to support No Child Left Behind, many states fail to maintain the necessary requirements regarding elementary and special education teachers’ knowledge of reading instruction. The NCTQ has been...

‘They’ Create Controversy in Australia

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An initiative to encourage the use of non-gender-specific language by the government of Victoria, Australia’s second most-populous state, has caused public outcry and been labeled as “ugly, authoritarian language control,” according to The Australian.As part of the promotion of “They Day,” by Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services on the first Wednesday of every month, government employees are...

U.S. Judge Denies Right to Literacy

In Detroit last month, U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III asserted that, despite its importance, the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a fundamental right to literacy.The plaintiffs (students and families), who accuse Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials of depriving Detroit children of their right to literacy said they would appeal the ruling to the U.S. 6th Circuit...

National Spanish Spelling Bee Champion Crowned

On Saturday, in San Antonio, Texas, Maria del Sol Nuñez-Peña spelled anaerobiosis (life without oxygen) to win her second consecutive National Spanish Spelling Bee title.Nuñez-Peña, a 14-year-old, incoming ninth-grader from Chaparral, New Mexico, defeated 42 other contestants from eleven states, including Massachusetts, Florida, and Wisconsin, in the national competition’s eighth year.“I feel very happy and proud of myself,” Maria...

Senate Bill Counts Coding for Language Requirement

At the end of last month, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Coding Opportunities and Development for Equitable Students (CODES) Act, a new competitive grant program for local education agencies (LEAs) that would be housed within the National Activities Fund (NAF) at the U.S. Department of Education. The proposal has the stated goal of "boosting...

Children of Immigrants Better Off in North America

According to a new comparison by the OECD, "entrenched disadvantage is less common among the children of immigrants in North America" than in Austria, France, Germany, and the Netherlands."Children of immigrant parents in North America have labour earnings that are either indistinguishable (U.S.) or higher (Canada) than those of the children of natives," according to "Catching Up? Country Studies...