Tag: english

Celebrating the Linguistic Self

Last spring, as the pandemic raged on outside my student dorm, I found myself mentally chained to the desk where I would now have to undertake fieldwork for my master’s degree in second-language education at the University of Cambridge. Determined to craft a dissertation that would offer meaning and impact, no matter how small, I set out to brainstorm...

Innovative English Immersion

The English language program market in the U.S. has been challenged for the last several years by lower enrollments—and now, the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly taken its toll on the industry. Programs are experiencing the most dramatic decreases in English language program enrollments in their histories. In a recent survey of members, over 75% reported session enrollments of 50...

California Bill Would Redefine Dual Language Learners

A new bill in the California State Assembly could change the way educators work with and accommodate the unique needs of dual language learners (DLLs) enrolled in the state’s preschool system. California Assembly Member Luz Rivera has introduced Assembly Bill 1363, which would create...

Celebrating Multilingual Learner Identity through Personal Narrative Instruction

The social isolation and countless hours of silent, independent assignments young linguistically diverse scholars have endured during the past year of online learning have left scores in dire need of lessons that affirm their identities while advancing their academic communication skills. In hopes of engaging acolytes in dual language or English language development coursework, empathetic educators often search for...

All Englishes Matter

The exclusive or predominant use of inner-circle Englishes in English language teaching (ELT) materials creates and perpetuates myths about the ownership and legitimacy of English. It maintains the hegemonic structure that privileges inner-circle Englishes. “But teacher, he speaks with an accent!”My memories sometimes take me...

One Word

When I stood in front of a room of adult refugees with a wide range of life experience who spoke five different languages, and then tried to teach them to speak English, I was struck by how much of what I said was just noise. I saw polite, confused looks. For the first time in my teaching career, it...

Pocketalk Donates Devices to 100 ELL Teachers

Pocketalk, the global innovator in connecting conversations and removing language barriers, donated 100 new translation devices to U.S. educators teaching English language learner (ELL) students as part of its first-ever Back to School program, equipping teachers with the tools needed during the pandemic to foster inclusive learning environments. During the application process, all 100 recipients, representing 29 states and...

Controversy over USC Professor for Using Chinese Expression

A USC Professor is under fire for using a Chinese expression that sounds like an English-language slur. The professor, who was suspended, came under fire from a group of students who wrote a letter and signed it by, "Black MBA candidates c/o 2022." Professor Greg Patton of USC's Marshall School of Business was teaching a ​communications class via Zoom...

Jumpstart Launches New Online Math and English Assessments

Jumpstart Test Prep announced the launch of their new online Math and English assessments that are included with their ACT Math and English subject area purchases. Each student gets one attempt for the new online Math (80 questions) and English (60 questions) timed assessments that link students back to their weakness areas reviewed in the Jumpstart module content.  Review modules are...

A Life and Love of Languages

People have asked me why I recently joined the U.S. Department of Education as assistant deputy secretary in the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and what I hope to accomplish. It’s personal. The mission of OELA is very important to me as someone whose family did not fully understand U.S. education and someone who could have easily been...
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