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July 2016

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July 2016 -- Inside the Issue Competing Culturally The Building cultural competence is the core mission of this publication and a recurring theme of this column, so it’s hardly surprising that we welcome the recent Kurashiki Declaration (June 2016, p19) by the education ministers of the world’s most powerful economies that skills in this area should be an integral part of...

July 2015

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

July 2014

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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...

July 2013

Recognizing U.S. Spanish Armando Guerrero recommends decisive action to stop the exclusion of the American Spanish vernacular in the classroomCutting 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 CoreTeaching to the Letter of the Law Arlene Ortiz and Shirley Woika examine the legal...

July 2012

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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 eraStressful Speech Viviane Gontijo studies the effect of lowering anxiety levels on oral language productionHow is Cosmo Acquiring English? Stephen Krashen...

July 2011

Blurring Subject BordersMost 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...

July 2008

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A Trilingual AmericaBarack Obama’s recent suggestion that “everybody should be bilingual...or trilingual” has been met with a barrage of criticism from conservative commentators claiming that he is criticizing Americans who speak only English instead of speakers of other languages who should be learning English.For example, a Denver-based talk show host on a major station, was appalled by the...

July 2010

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Cutting to the CoreWhen 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...

July 2009

Searching for the Silver BulletEveryone 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...

July 2008

IN THIS ISSUE:The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languageEnglish 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 studentsStudy Abroad for Teacher Evolution Joan A. Rhodes and Tammy M. Milby show how the experience of study abroad can help...