Tag: students

Help Your Students Slide Up, Not Down, Over the Summer

During the summer months, young children lose literacy gains made during the school year, a phenomenon known as “summer slide.” The most important thing teachers can do to reverse this trend is to help families adopt family literacy routines and promote opportunities for families to talk, read, and...

Let Learning Emerge

Complexity theory (CT) deals with complex, dynamic, and nonlinear systems. When I first encountered CT some 20 years ago, it was not in the context of language. However, I couldn’t think of many things that were more complex, dynamic, and nonlinear than language (Larsen-Freeman, 1997). And it soon...

The ESL Makeover

Danny Brassell gets over himself to make learning fun for all agesWhen I first began teaching elementary school, my principal asked me if I knew any Spanish. After I replied, “Un poquito (a little),” he said, “Good. You’re our new bilingual coordinator!”

Speaking Spanish

First, let us take a look at what students are hoping for, what we are hoping for as teachers, and why speaking in class might not happen as spontaneously as we might have hoped.Students, even those who have not necessarily signed up for a world language class because...

Breaking Barriers in Communication while Illustrating our Humanity

Michelle Zimmerman explores how artificial intelligence (AI) can facilitate communication and storytelling, and, thus, learningLEILA: Why isn’t it talking? CUB: Is it a good robot or a bad robot?The children inched toward the robot and proceeded to inspect its wires, screws, arms, the wall...

A Pedagogy of Translanguaging

Laura Hamman, Emeline Beck, and Aubrey Donaldson have developed a framework for designing and integrating more flexible language pedagogies into the bilingual classroom  One day at recess, a distraught five-year-old approached me and proclaimed angrily, “Fulanito me tagó.” Confused, I attempted to understand her meaning: “¿Te tocó?” (“He touched you?”) She shook her head. “¿Te atacó?” (“He attacked you?”). No...

Animating All Students

Gregory van Zuyen reports on the way Terry Thoren and Rudy Verbeeck are using cartoons to help teach language skills and learning habits in classOne of the many challenges facing educators at this time of year is getting students back into the right behavioral mode for learning. It’s natural for students to slip out of “school habits” during the...

Multilingual Students Succeeding in the U.S.

A new study finds that scores from students who speak a language other than English at home have improved dramatically over the last 15 years Students who speak a language other than English at home have improved in reading and math much more substantially since 2003 than previously reported, according...

Transitioning Adult ESL Students to College

Lijun Shen demonstrates strategies to address the different needs of college-bound adult English learnersMany adult learners who study English as a Second Language (ESL) stay in adult literacy programs for years without moving on to college programs. Transitioning these ESL learners from the non-credit ESL program to the credit-bearing college academic and vocational/technical programs is a challenge that many...

Elevating Investment in Youngest of California

du Alejandra Campoverdi advocates investing in pre-K initiatives, including dual-language programs, for California ’s most at-risk children One of the most challenging yet rewarding jobs in life is raising a child. My mother faced this responsibility alone, raising me as a single parent just a few years after immigrating to the U.S. from Mexico.Luckily, she had the support of my grandmother,...