Tag: education

Congress Advised of Critical Need to Boost Language Study

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) delivered its final report on the future of language education to the U.S. Congress yesterday, recommending “a national strategy to improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every region, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.” “America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century,” which was produced in response...

UN: Multilingual Education is ‘Absolutely Essential’

Learning languages is a promise of peace, innovation, and creativity, and will contribute to the achievement of global development goals, the head of the United Nations agency for culture and education said last month to mark International Mother Language Day.“There can be no authentic dialogue or effective international cooperation without respect for linguistic diversity, which opens up true understanding...

Many Languages, One World

Deadline Approaches for 2017 UN Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum ELS and the United Nations Academic Impact are sponsoring the fourth Many Languages, One World Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum. This year welcomes Northeastern University as the host of the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum and the sponsor and organizer of the Northeastern University...

ACICS Suffers Loss of Accreditation

The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as a nationally-recognized accreditation agency. This decision will affect nearly 16,000 international students studying English language and other subjects. ACICS previously accredited around 250 institutions in the U.S., among them 130 ESL and higher education institutes that recruit international students. Problems arose...

Investing in Teachers instead of Prisons

Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a stirring speech at the National Press Club that was particularly relevant for minority and English learner students"I agree with Secretary Duncan. Prison is not a solution to inequitable educational funding. All children deserve an education, not punitive incarceration, which only exacerbates divisions in our society," commented Language Magazine editor, Daniel Ward."Secretary Duncan offers a...

Feds Release English Learner Tool Kit

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) today announced the completion of the English Learner (EL) Tool Kit to support states, districts, and schools in meeting their legal obligations to English Learners (ELs) and ensuring access to quality education."Our work is motivated by the belief that all students—regardless of race, gender, income, disability, and English learner status—need...

California Supports Leaders in ELL Education

The 2014 California Language Census found that over 22% of California public school students are English language learners (ELLs) and over 43% speak a language other than English at home. The California Department of Education provides assistance for schools to achieve the following goals: (1) Ensure that English learners acquire full proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible...

Bipartisan Language Education Bill Introduced

Reps. David Price (D-NC), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Don Young (R-AK) have introduced the World Language Advancement Act (H.R. 3096), which would help state and local school districts implement innovative K-12 language programs.“In today’s global economy, K-12 foreign language and cultural knowledge have become necessary skills for government, private-sector, and non-profit employers,” said Congressman Price. “Federal...

Arizona’s Exodus of Educators

According to a 2015 report by the Arizona Department of Education thousands of teachers have left the state over the last five years, with a significant increase in the last school year. Educators say that reasons for leaving the state include low pay, a lack of classroom materials, and restrictive testing requirements that allow little time for genuine instruction....

A Two-Generation Approach for ELL Education

A recent study by the Center for American Progress suggests that a two-generation approach is the best way to help educate English Language Learners (ELLs). Numerous studies have shown that parental engagement in school yields higher levels of academic achievement. This is even more so the case for children with greater educational barriers, such as low income levels, low...