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Podcasting into the Future

Do you listen to podcasts? With over 800,000 podcasts available as of December 2019, addressing just about any topic imaginable regardless of how narrow...

‘No Barrier’ to Chinese Becoming ‘Global Language’

Australian author and professor Dr. Jeffrey Gil, of Flinders University in Adelaide, claims there is “no barrier” stopping Chinese becoming a “global language” like...

Enabling Heritage Language Reading

“All language is a longing for home.” When Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, 1207–1273), a well-known Persian poet, wrote this in the 13th century,...

The Science of Reading

Does reading really matter that much now that we’re in the digital age? Yes! In fact, in the digital age, when we encounter so...

From Monolingualism to Multilingualism: Breaking Down the Wall One Essential Shift...

DAN ALPERT: What are the most important academic, cognitive, and cultural benefits of multilingualism? IVANNIA SOTO: There are so many benefits associated with multilingualism. Cognitively,...

Making It Add Up for All

A fifth-grade teacher tells her class that a person mowed their entire lawn. She gives them the length and width of the hypothetical backyard...

The Power of Prior Knowledge

According to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading?grade=4), approximately a third of students across grade levels demonstrated reading proficiency. The...

Chimpanzee Lip-Smacks help Trace Evolution of Language

Chimpanzees produce lip-smacks at a speech-like rhythm of open-close mouth cycles, suggesting that speech-rhythm was built upon existing primate signal systems In the paper ‘Chimpanzee...

Feds Lay Out Rules for English Learners during Closures

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a factsheet clarifying states’ responsibilities to English learners (ELs) and their parents during the extended school closures: Annual...

Lorena McElwain to Run Federal English Language Office

Lorena Orozco McElwain has been appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Prior...
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