Tag: language

K-pop Inspires Korean Learners

For the first time ever, the No 1 album in the U.S. features lyrics sung mostly in Korean. Love Yourself: Tear by K-pop group BTS clinched the No 1 spot last month, surprising many industry analysts.Priscilla Kim, director of the Korean Cultural Center in New York, which offers language courses, told The Guardian that, among younger students, K-pop has...

EdTech for English Learners

U.S. Department of Education data show that English learners in grades K–12 in U.S. public schools in the 2015–16 school year numbered over five million students—about 10 percent of all enrolled students—and that roughly three-fourths of public school districts included students who are English learners. Many teachers, including those in small and rural districts, have one or more English...

Germans Give $1.2 Million for English Research

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has granted a Reinhart Koselleck Project to Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik of the Department of English at the University of Freiburg. The foundation awards aid to people with outstanding reputations in research. The program’s aim is to support scholars pursuing exceptionally innovative projects or those that involve a high level of positive risk. Fludernik’s...

Helpful Resources for Preservice and In-Service Teachers and Academics

Routledge’s books for K–12 world language teachers include The World Language Teacher’s Guide to Active Learning, 2nd Edition: Strategies and Activities for Increasing Student Engagement, by Deborah Blaz (9781138049574; $34.95), as well as Differentiated Instruction, 2nd Edition: A Guide for World Language Teachers, by Deborah Blaz (9781138906181; $35.95). These books provide a plethora of practical strategies that are easy...

Transitioning to Standards-Based Classrooms

In A Teacher’s Guide to Standards-Based Learning, published by Marzano Research, authors Tammy Heflebower, Jan K. Hoegh, Philip B. Warrick, and Jeff Flygare detail a sequential approach for implementing standards-based learning in K–12 classrooms. Using their decades of experience in schools, along with up-to-date research, the authors explain the theories and ideas behind standards-based learning—a method of connecting curriculum, instruction,...

Prereading: Priming the Pump

Have you ever read a book and laughed out loud? Has a book or other text ever made you cry, get angry, or feel scared? If you are reading Language Magazine, the odds are high that your answer is “yes!” While strong readers feel a wide range of emotions directly related to the type of text they are reading,...

Have Fun Learning

If kids are having fun while learning a language, it is much more likely they will enjoy it and want to keep learning. One language-learning startup that takes this to heart is Linguacious, an award-winning company started in 2017 by two multicultural and multilingual parents raising their kids trilingually, using the OPOL method (one parent, one language). The father,...

Austria Links Welfare to German

The amount of the minimum income protection in Austria is now to be made dependent on the German language skills, among other factors, according to reports from Vienna.In each of the nine Austrian states, there is currently a different minimum income scheme. Now the Austrian government has decided to create a nationwide legal regulation, the general aim of which...

Making S-PACE for Grammar

Manuela Gonzalez-Bueno introduces a new model to teach second-language grammarThe complexities of teaching and learning a foreign language have been greatly explored over the last decades. By acknowledging that, in addition to grammatical competence, pragmatic, sociolinguistic, and discourse competences play relevant roles in communication, we have made authentic, real-life communication our main goal for teaching and learning a foreign...

Coding Bills Threaten Language Requirement

The U.S. House and Senate have both introduced bills that encourage the replacement of math, science, and foreign language courses with computer coding in high schools.In June, U.S. senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-Louisiana), and Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) introduced the Coding Opportunities and Development for Equitable Students (CODES) Act, a new competitive grant program for local education agencies (LEAs) that...