Tag: july

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Telling Stories Stephen Krashen on what to do and what not to do when reading aloud Powering Pedagogy Margaret Don offers solutions to the problems arising from using PowerPoint in the language classroom Portuguese from Cape to Cape Brazil may be the Portuguese powerhouse, but the language is still alive and well in Africa Portuguese Immersion Talk about tough decisions: Brazil or Portugal? Spanish as...

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Cutting to the Common Core: The Positive Side of the Digital Divide Judith Zorfass and Tracy Gray recommend using digital text to differentiate reading instruction Lure of the Sur: A Study Abroad Extravaganza Kristal Bivona finds there’s no time like the present to immerse oneself in Latin America Spanish Steps Britta Schneider explains what salsa dancing has to do with language learning...

Recognizing U.S. Spanish Armando Guerrero recommends decisive action to stop the exclusion of the American Spanish vernacular in the classroom Cutting to the Common Core: Decoding Complex Text Rebecca Blum-Martínez offers a strategy to help English learners cope with the more complex language requirements of the Common Core Teaching to the Letter of the Law Arlene Ortiz and Shirley Woika examine the legal...

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Cutting to the Common Core Lori Helman shares her thoughts on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the teaching of English Language Learners (ELLs) Accelerating Academic Vocabulary Yu Ren Dong reveals strategies for teaching academic vocabulary to ELLs in the Common Core era Stressful Speech Viviane Gontijo studies the effect of lowering anxiety levels on oral language production How is Cosmo Acquiring English? Stephen Krashen...

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Blurring Subject Borders Most of us have a tendency to compartmentalize whatever we can — slotting information, knowledge, experiences into a defined category makes it easier for us to cope with new information. However, we learn that if we over-simplify we will eventually need to reassess our classifications. In this issue, James J. Lyons argues that multilingualism should be at the...

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Cutting to the Core When lawmakers dictate curricula, the natural reaction from educators is to reject this top down approach which seeks to homogenize the lives of children without possibly taking into account the individual gifts and foibles that teachers recognize as indicators of learning style. When a nationwide blueprint for educational standards is unveiled, reaction within the states of...

Searching for the Silver Bullet Everyone seems to have the solution to improving public education and closing the achievement gap. More rigorous standards and even more testing are touted by some as the keys to success, while others seek salvation in technology, results-based teacher pay structures, universal preschool, or charter schools. Like most things in life, there is not a...

IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world language English Language Learners as an Asset Ted Appel and Larry Ferlazzo describe their school’s strategies for maximizing the potential of English learners for the benefit of all students Study Abroad for Teacher Evolution Joan A. Rhodes and Tammy M. Milby show how the experience of study abroad can help...

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IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languages Language Teaching 101 Christine Lanphere, Language Teacher of the Year, explains how getting the best from students can be as simple as ABCD Spain: A Quilt of Many Cultures Comprised of a patchwork of ancient kingdoms, every region offers its own unique flavor of Spanish culture asLilah Davies...

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IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languages It's Not Just French! Constance Dziombak argues that the benefits of language learning go way beyond simple acquisition of language Creating Global Citizens Michael Lenaghan, Myra Medina, and Ginny Peterson Tennant present an alternative program vision building linguistic and cultural bridges over increasingly troubled international waters Shaking Up the ESL...