Tag: september

Namer of Thrones Game of Thrones’ language creator, David J. Peterson, details his extraordinary career as Hollywood’s linguist-in-chief Building to Code Virginia “Jenny” Williams uses assessment and scaffolding to support the five stages of second-language acquisition Focus on the Student Adisack Nhouyvanisvong explains how improved assessment can increase personalized learning for all students The Home Run Experience Vinnie Jordan...

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Testing Reformed Lance Knowles explains how advances in technology and cognitive neuroscience allow us to assess and modify the quality of learning and practice Animating All Kids Gregory van Zuyen reports on the way Terry Thoren and Rudy Verbeeck are using cartoons to help teach language skills and learning habits in class Arabic for America Carine Allaf outlines the benefits and challenges of learning...

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Leveling the Playing Field Tina Walker sees the closing of the digital divide as key to overcoming the achievement gap Mutual Understanding Clorinda Donato and Pierre Escudé explain how intercomprehension is the basis for their Multilingual Romance Languages Learning Project In for the Long Haul Mary Soto, Yvonne S. Freeman, and David Freeman offer strategies to help understand and support secondary long-term English learners Grade...

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Making Dreams Come True Tim Conrad on counseling DREAM Act students Confirming Your English Identity Lisa Hagan takes the mystery out of biometric testing for international English language test takers Cutting to the Common Core: Tips From the Top Margo Gottlieb offers tips for teachers and school leaders on how to integrate the Common Core standards and English Language Learners Growing Pains Adelina...

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Measures for Measures When the consequences of test failure are school closures or firings, and schools are denied the tools to give them a chance of success, it is hardly surprising to discover widespread abuse of the testing system. The cheating scandals which began in Atlanta and spread across the country are only the most blatant examples of what happens when...

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Loading the Dice Teachers are facing unprecedented demands as they start this new academic year. Falling state tax revenues have led to education budget cuts that state legislators feel can only be eased by federal funding and compliance with Washington’s demands for testing and accountability that receipt of the money entails. However, there is little evidence to support the premise that...

The Assessing Situation September 2009 Cover The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor are affording the American people an invaluable insight into the ingrained prejudices that prevail in our society, as well as the procedural anomalies that assist in their continuance. Beneath the disturbing questioning of the validity of being a “wise Latina” and Oklahoma Senator...

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IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world language Empowering Teachers with Tools and Training Malinda Daniel examines the keys to successful implementation of computerized instructional technology in the ESL classroom Getting Students Onboard Glenda Demes da Cruz explains how to use the board to have fun while motivating language students Target Practice Gail Weinstein and Janet D. Johnson make...

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IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languages Making Your Voice Heard Lorraine D’Ambruoso contends that advocacy is the responsibility of every professional educator Back to School Statistics A selection of statistics about the nation’s schools from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences It’s How You Ask That Counts Amy H. Greene and Glennon Doyle Melton explain...

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IN THIS ISSUE: The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world languages Scrutinizing NCLB Language Magazine on the study of the efficacy of NCLB European Perpectives on Language Testing J. Ignacio Bermejo Larrea interviews the foremost European expert on language testing, Professor Charles Alderson Using the Organizing Cycle Larry Ferlazzo explains how to use the organizing cycle to improve teaching efficiency Spanish in...