Tag: languagelearning

Getting Real with Translation & Interpreting

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Caitilin Walsh suggests 11 resources to bring Translation and Interpreting to life in your online classroom In an educational landscape so dominated by talk of STEM—purportedly to prepare our students for technologically-influenced jobs—world language teachers are under constant pressure to defend their departments. This sits in stark contrast to the widening “global talent gap,” a term coined in a report from...

Connecting the Dots

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Whatever the outcome of this month’s U.S. election and however bad the second wave of COVID-19 hits this winter, our world will continue to become more interconnected and more interdependent. Despite the closing of borders and the imposition of travel restrictions, the pandemic has proven how permeable national borders are to not only disease and disinformation but also cures...

Multinational Call to Invest in Language Education

“Clear and precise communication is more crucial than ever before to the health and security of every nation.” For the first time in their histories, five international academies have joined together to ask for increased investment in language education, an unprecedented collaboration at a time of global uncertainty. The Importance of Languages in Global Context: An International Call to Action is...

Early Literacy Especially Important for ELLs

A new study from Oregon State University (OSU) shows that English learners are more likely to become proficient English speakers if they enter kindergarten with a strong initial grasp of academic language literacy, either in their primary language or in English. The study, published recently in the journal Educational Policy, is part of an emerging body of research examining the role that...

Act for a Multilingual America

Leaders from Business, Government, Academia, and the Arts Call for Improved Access to Language Education In support of its recent report, America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has released a call-to-action signed by 37 individuals and over 150...

Global California 2030

California's Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today launched Global California 2030, which is a call to action "to vastly expand the teaching and learning of world languages and the number of students proficient in more than one language over the next 12 years." In recognition of their tireless efforts to expand multilingualism in California, Jan Gustafson Corea, CEO of...

FY 2018 LRC Program Competition

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office at the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Title VI Language Resource Centers (LRC) Program. The LRC Program provides grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs) or consortia of IHEs for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources for...

Early Language Key to School Success

Kim Echart of the University of Washington News reports on a new study which shows that early use of words and grammar determine overall student success A new study indicates that children’s language skills in kindergarten predict their performance in other areas, including math and reading, throughout school. Not only does a child’s use of vocabulary and grammar predict...

Reports of OELA’s Demise Hopefully Exaggerated

Advocacy groups are denouncing a proposed merging of the federal Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) into the Office for Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Education Department officials have said that the restructuring plan would enable the Department of Education to merge English-learner support with services provided to other disadvantaged student groups. Director of the OELA José Viana explained the...

Babies Like the Sound of their Own Voices

Although infants do appreciate the coos of their parents, they seem to prefer to hear sounds from other babies, according to a new Canadian study. Even at the pre-babbling stage—before they can form sounds resembling syllables like “ba ba ba” —infants recognize vowel-like sounds, but they tend to dwell on these sounds when from the mouths of babes. In an...
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