Tag: language

Conversations with Experts in Multilingualism

Aida Walqui, the director of WestEd's Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) initiative will lead a dozen conversations over six weeks with renowned linguists and experts from around the world that will highlight scholarly perspectives on the education of English Learners across a wide variety of settings. The hour-long discussions, starting Tuesday, July 14,...

Eureka!

Hands down, reading is one of the most powerful tools for facilitating acquisition of vocabulary—whether it is vocabulary from a first, second, or third language. Most educators acknowledge the power of reading to enhance one’s first (already-established) language (i.e., expand vocabulary, develop writing skills, and improve spelling), but many overlook the power...

Dyslexic Learners Inform Instruction

After 25 years as a classroom teacher of Spanish, German, and English, I decided to make reaching dyslexic students in the world language classroom the focus of my efforts. I found that two mistakes were being perpetuated: special education students and specifically dyslexic students were not being permitted access to world language...

The Challenge of Teaching Poetry

As Franklin Roosevelt famously stated in his 1932 inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” These ringing words probably also apply to the teaching of poetry. For a whole host of reasons, many people—not only teachers but general readers as well—feel intimidated by poetry. For teachers, a...

Comic Relief

Comic strips or books are very useful to help the learning of French, whether they are used in class with a teacher or read at home. This type of literature is very motivating and helps students understand and learn authentic French, based on direct speech via dialogues between fictional characters.

Bringing a Dying Language Back to Life

It is unlikely that many of his grade-school classmates would have predicted that Sunn m’Cheaux would grow up to be a Harvard instructor. “I remember being humiliated in elementary school, because I sounded different from the other kids. I was a Gullah-speaking kid in an English-speaking class. I was...

Congress Urged to Enact Antiracist Education Policies

Group of multi-ethnic five little kids children African American, asian and Caucasian happiness together with friend to draw colour pencil to full colour of picture in living room or class room
In light of recent demands for racial justice, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, UnidosUS, and the National Women’s Law Center along with hundreds of other civil rights and education organizations, have written to Congress to again urge decision makers to enact antiracist education policies. Such steps are needed...

Jul. 6 is the deadline for HACU Scholarship Program applications

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is accepting applications for its scholarship program until 11:59 p.m. CST on July 6. Applications are open for the following scholarships: The Kia Motors America, Inc. STEAM Scholarship Must be currently enrolled full-time as a...

Early Learning Programs Stretched by Pandemic

Early Edge California and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) released their research brief, California’s Early Learning and Care Providers: Essential Workers Who Need Support, which shares results from seven focus groups* conducted with Early Learning providers across the state about their needs and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research shows...

Teaching in the Atolls with no Virus Count

Welcome to CMI.  Our in-class classes never stopped. Things are the same. We waited and waited, then the virus never came. Walking around here, living life, nothing is different from before. I live in what usually seems like an alternate reality anyway—a piece of linguini in...
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