Tag: multilingual

U.S. Guide to Exemplary Language Programs Wins $500K Grant

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to support the efforts of the America’s Languages Working Group in building the Guide to Exemplary Programs and Practices in U.S. Language Education—a means of expanding equitable access to language education in the U.S. The American Councils for International Education, one of the constituent organizations of the Working Group,...

Celebrating Multilingual Learner Identity through Personal Narrative Instruction

The social isolation and countless hours of silent, independent assignments young linguistically diverse scholars have endured during the past year of online learning have left scores in dire need of lessons that affirm their identities while advancing their academic communication skills. In hopes of engaging acolytes in dual language or English language development coursework, empathetic educators often search for...

From Silence to Conversation: Breaking Down the Wall One Essential Shift at a Time

Dan: What is one of the most common barriers to facilitating the shift from silence to oracy for multilingual learners, and how can we work to overcome it? Tonya: This shift is about changing habits, collectively, so that every student has opportunities to engage in peer conversations in every lesson, every day. This shift is imperative to ensure multilingual multicultural...

Recognizing Multilingual Speech Patterns

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More than 20% of children in the U.S. are bilingual, a number that continues to rise year over year (Kids Count Data Center, 2018). According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), there is a common misconception that being bilingual contributes to speech or language delays in children. However, it is important to note this is a difference, not a...

Education Begins with Language

At the Council of Europe’s initiative, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on September 26 with the European Commission. This year, many of the celebrations moved online, including an online conference streamed live in English and interpreted into French, German, and Italian. A new European Commission report, Education Begins with Language, was also officially launched,...

The Multilingual Paradigm in California

The idea of asset-based and responsive education coined in the ELA/ELD road map is a key element in well-designed and effectively implemented dual-immersion programs. It is widely understood that the language/s spoken, developed at home, and/or acquired and learned at school have a long-standing influence in the building of social and individual identities. The cultural implications attached to this process...

COVID Translation Initiative Takes Off

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Translators without Borders (TWB) has joined the Translation Initiative for COVID-19 (TICO-19). TICO-19 is focused on using language technology to make COVID-19 information available in as many languages as possible. TICO-19 includes translators, technologists, and researchers from TWB, Amazon, Appen, Carnegie Mellon University, Facebook, Google, John Hopkins University, Microsoft, and Translated, who are working together to develop efficient and...

A Life and Love of Languages

People have asked me why I recently joined the U.S. Department of Education as assistant deputy secretary in the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and what I hope to accomplish. It’s personal. The mission of OELA is very important to me as someone whose family did not fully understand U.S. education and someone who could have easily been...

Principles for Teaching Multilingual Learners Online

Since many schools are moving to online instruction, WIDA reached out to educators in its International School Consortium to identify some of the unique opportunities and challenges for multilingual learners in online environments. WIDA has framed these insights from international educators around the 2019 WIDA Guiding Principles of Language Development. Read about the 10 principles here

Testing Benefits

If you are an educator, chances are that you have had or will have a student who is learning English as an additional language. Some of these multilingual students are eligible for language support services if their English proficiency limits their access to learning academic content. Districts typically have specific policies for identifying these students. Once these students are...
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