Tag: learning

Music Educator Spreads Spanish Through Song

Sara Quintanar, an elementary school music educator, bilingual songwriter, and performance artist, has taken the international community by storm with her songs in Spanish for English-speakers to learn the language.Her work in bilingual music began when she volunteered for her daughter’s Spanish language immersion program at Franklin Magnet School in Los Angeles in 2010. With her background in Bilingual...

Drawing on Ideas for Language Learners

Mark Oronzio suggests concept-mapping strategies for language learners For more than 40 years, education researchers have advocated the use of concept mapping as an effective approach to fostering higher-order thinking skills, moving students from mere knowledge acquisition to knowledge utilization and creation (Novak and Cañas, 2008). By specifying and linking...

Age No Barrier to Bilingualism

A new study, titled “Late Bilinguals Are Sensitive to Unique Aspects of Second Language Processing: Evidence from Clitic Pronouns Word Order,” asks whether English speakers who become highly proficient at a late age in Spanish can understand grammatical constructions that are present in Spanish but not in English. The study hinges on the longstanding question of whether or...

What Does Good Blended Learning Look Like?

Stephen Noonoo shares best practices for blended learning programs that workDuring the past few years, blended learning has been hailed by schools worldwide as everything from the future of education to the conduit that will finally make true differentiated instruction a reality. And it is not all hype: the...

Skills for a Multilingual, Global Learning Community

Edynn Sato offers strategies for educators to help multilingual learners develop academic literacies and succeed across multiple academic disciplines and contextsIn our increasingly diverse and global society, many students are in classrooms receiving instruction in a language that is not their primary language and engaging in new situations with unfamiliar language and practices. Students who are culturally and linguistically diverse...

Google Translate’s Update Forecasts Language Learning Machines

Google Translate, an app that is estimated to perform about one billion translations a day, has officially added two new translation technologies. The Word Lens software, which Google acquired from Quest Visual in May of 2014, has been integrated with Google Translate to perform instantaneous visual translations, and the previously existing real-time conversation mode has been updated to provide...

Learning Languages Modifies Brain Network

According to a Sino-American study published recently in the Journal of Neurolinguistics, learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally."Learning and practicing something, for instance a second language, strengthens the brain," said Ping Li, professor of psychology, linguistics, and information sciences and technology at Pennsylvania State University. "Like physical exercise, the more you use specific...

When Language and Learning Get Tough

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John Carr offers strategies for identifying and serving the growing population of English learners with learning difficultiesIn the 2012-2013 school year, there were approximately 1,346,000 English learners (ELs) in California’s K–12 public education system (California Department of Education, 2013). It is estimated that, in general, 15% of students should qualify for special education services (Root, 2010), so it is...

Babies Learning Words on the Edge

A new study shows babies memorize first and last syllables.New research from the journal, Child Development, offers insight into how babies acquire language. The article, “Verbal Positioning Memory in 7-Month-Olds,” posits that word “edges” are the most important word parts for language acquisition.More...

MIT Study Reveals Secret to Language Learning – Don’t Try Too Hard

Proof that language learners should let it flowIn a new study, a team of neuroscientists and psychologists led by Amy Finn, a postdoc at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research, has found evidence for an important factor that contributes to adults’ language difficulties: When learning certain elements of language, adults’ more highly developed cognitive skills actually get in the...