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English Designed for Kids

English vocabulary is designed to help children learn according to research led by the UK’s Lancaster University. From obvious examples, like "woof" representing the sound of a dog to sounds with similar meanings having similar structures (for example, the "sl" sound at the beginning of a word often has negative properties as in "slime, slur, slum, slug"), English is full...

California Adopts First English Framework Based on Common Core

Today, the California State Board of Education adopted the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools (Framework). This is the first time in the nation that a state has adopted dual guidelines in one publication for both English language arts and English language development. More

English Is Golden

California is more than a state — it’s a state of mind: dynamic, free-thinking, innovative, ecological, and liberal are just some of the adjectives that start to describe the most populous and diverse state in the Union. From the dry Mojave Desert and its iconic Joshua trees, to the Sequoia National Forest filled with the largest living things in...

Dyslexia and the English Learner Dilemma

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Kelli Sandman-Hurley recommends using the mother tongue to diagnose dyslexia The American educational system has a difficult time understanding dyslexia and an even harder time identifying children with dyslexia in order to provide the correct intervention for students who are native English speakers. When a school has the added challenge of identifying struggling English language learners (ELLs), the...

Pearson Pays $700 million for Brazilian English Schools

With its $721 million acquisition of Brazil’s Grupo Multi, Pearson has become the market leader in English language education amongst adults in Brazil. Grupo Multi provides English-language training through a variety of language school chains, most notably Wizard, Microlins, Skill and Yazigi. Grupo Multi serves over 800,000 students across 2,600 franchized schools for children, adolescents, and adults. Pearson’s investment in...

U.S. Education Department ‘Failing English Learners’

U.S. students who speak a language other than English at home and are still learning English have received scant support from the federal Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan. That is the take-away of the report "Opportunity Lost: The Promise of Equal and Effective Education for Emerging Bilingual Students in the Obama Administration" published this month by the...

Former English Learner Takes Reins at NYC Schools

New York’s new Mayor, Bill de Blasio, lost no time in announcing his appointment of Carmen Fariña as Schools Chancellor before he even took office. In naming Fariña to lead the nation’s largest school system, de Blasio “emphasized his commitment to working with parents as partners in education, establishing truly universal pre-kindergarten for four-year-olds and after-school programs for middle...

California Invites Public Comment on English Framework

Californians are being invited to comment on their state’s first framework based on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts. The English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (ELA/ELD Framework) will provide guidance for implementing the new Common Core State Standards and California's new English Language Development Standards. According to the...

English Language Learners: Shifting to an Asset-Based Paradigm

(Estudiantes del Idioma Inglés: Valorizando los Aportes Que Brindan) The 37th issue of the Annenberg Institute’s magazine, VUE (voices in urban education) focuses on the benefits that English Language Learners (ELLs) lend to the whole school populations and experience. Guest editor Rosann Tung, director of Research & Policy at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR), explains the...

Native American English Learners Request for Information (RFI)

The U.S. Department of Education has now re-opened its request for information (RFI) on Native American English learners. The purpose of the RFI is to gather information pertaining to the identification and placement of Native American students who are English learners in language instruction educational programs. This RFI was developed to help State educational agencies, local educational agencies, schools,...