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Growing Bilingual Teacher Shortage in California

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A new report released by Californians Together shows that many school districts across the state are currently facing a growing bilingual teacher shortage, and that in the near term, there is a pool of at least 7,000 bilingual teachers who are well positioned to begin to address this shortage, and need to be supported with professional development.As more families...

Senate Considers Reclassification for ELL’s

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The senate is considering updating the criteria for reclassification for English Language Learners (ELL’s) in the state of California with Senate bill 463. When ELL’s are deemed proficient in English, they are moved from being ELL’s to being Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) students. These students move into English...

Mother Language Dictates Reading Strategy

Research Offers Insight to the Way ELLs Learn to Read

Parallel Learning Lines

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Languages Develop Simultaneously  But Independently in Young BilingualsA new study of Spanish-English bilingual children by researchers at Florida Atlantic University published in the journal Developmental Science finds that when children learn two languages from birth each language proceeds on its own independent course, at a rate that reflects the quality of the children’s exposure to each language. Spanish is Vulnerable to Being...

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...

“The Emergence of Culture Out of Anarchy”: Self-Organization in the English Language

The English language has progressed over time without a handbook or guidance, so one would think that the structure within the language would be nonexistent. A new study, however, proves otherwise. The study, by Kristian Berg of the University of Oldenburg and Mark Aronoff...

Poly Aims to Share ALL the World’s Languages

Poly began after a successful Kickstarter campaign last year as an open source, modern software built to share and learn languages in text and video. The project was created by Wikitongues founders and directors Daniel Bogre Udell and Frederico Andrade, who aimed to document and teach every language in the world. Wikitongues began in 2012 when Daniel Bogre Udell...

Taking the Holistic Approach

Margarita Calderón and Shawn Slakk believe that the whole school is responsible for the success of English learnersEnglish learners (ELs) are no longer solely the responsibility of the ESL teacher. The entire school’s staff of educators—counselors, secretaries, and of course administrators included—should embrace the success of ELs along with all their peers. Leadership teams are deliberately deciding to focus...

Books and Events Celebrate International Women’s Day

Nonprofit organization, Worldreader has announced that they have reached over 2.5 million women and girls with life-changing books since 2010. Worldreader works with over 4,500 girls at 25 schools across Tanzania that read e-readers through their partnership with Camfed. They also have given books to the Kibera School for Girls, a primary school in Kenya, a library of 12,500...

Language Teacher vs. Acquisition Facilitator

Carol Gaab focuses on the learners in front of her, not on a method, a curriculum, or a planFill in the blank with the correct form of the word. Select the correct tense of the verb for the following statements. Which subject pronoun is correct?If this is reminiscent of your language study experiences, you are not alone. Over the past century,...