Tag: language

Cambridge Univ Press Offers Free ELL, Gen Ed, Academic Resources

English Language Teaching CUP has launched the “Supporting Every Teacher” campaign and, in partnership with Cambridge Assessment English, is producing large amounts of free, online content for teachers and learners. Hosted on its World of Better Learning blog, this supports teachers whose schools have been closed with daily text, audio, and video content...

How to Succeed in Distance Education

With the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, many schools are closing their doors and shifting students and faculty to on-line study with little-to-no advanced notice nor training. I know one’s first reaction might be to panic or to get upset with administrators for doing this. But remember, they are following guidelines from the Department of Education...

10 Ways to Assist Children With Language Disorders During the Coronavirus Pandemic

With social distancing, or more accurately physical distancing, a new way of life as COVID-19 cases grow by the day, people of all ages are challenged to find different ways to connect socially. However, for children with language disorders the physical distance mandated to prevent the pandemic’s...

Bengali: The Language that Sparked a Revolution

February 21 is International Mother Language Day (IMLD) and every year since 2000, UNESCO has led the world in celebrating the occasion. IMLD was first proposed by Bangladesh, a UN Member State, in 1998 and its observance was approved by the UNESCO General Conference in 1999. February 21 represents much more...

Adding Madness to Method

Nothing draws more heated arguments in the field of language instruction than methods. Between trademarks and remarks, there has been much divisive debate on which method is the right or the best method for teaching second language. This emphasis on the “right” method places unhealthy attention on...

Speech May Be Ten Times Older Than Previously Thought

Baboons communicating on beach
New research suggests that speech may not be dependent on the “descended larynx” which could mean that our ancestors were talking 20 million years ago Baboons raised in semi-liberty produce about ten vocalizations, associated with different ethological situations, that may be considered as proto-vowels, at the dawn of the emergence of speech. ©...

Congress Creates New K-12 World Languages Grant Program

On December 9, 2019, the House and Senate agreed to establish a new world language grant program as a part of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The program, called the World Language Advancement and Readiness Program, directs the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Education to create a competitive...

All You Need is Read

Dianne Henderson and Gene Kerns offer practical strategies to help all students reap the benefits of reading A new report says that nearly half of kids read for less than 15 minutes per day. No skill is more essential to students than reading. Every...

Spanish through Music & Friendship in Tijuana

Univoice Corporation, the developer of a language-learning platform that teaches languages exclusively through music, has started its first learning class in Tijuana, Mexico. This inaugural class focuses on teaching Spanish to English speakers in an immersive, collaborative, and fun environment. The free classes began in August at Espacio Migrante,...

Washington Post Launches New Spanish-Language Post Opinión

The Washington Post has launched a new Spanish-language opinions section on their website, Post Opinión. The section pulls from editors cross-border in Washington D.C. and Mexico, and claims that it will publish original columns and essays about the most relevant news and issues affecting Latin America, Spain, the United States and...