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May The Fourth Be With You, In Navajo

The anticipation for the upcoming addition to the Star Wars movie franchise makes this year's Star Wars Day particularly lively. According to the origin story on the official Star Wars website recognized by Lucasfilm, the phrase was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as UK prime minister. The Conservative party allegedly placed an...

Promote Youth Literacy with Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day is held on March 2nd, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss, and is celebrated with events and activities designed to promote year-round daily reading. Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), this annual reading motivation and awareness program invites children in all communities to revel in reading. Over 3.2 million students and education professionals...

Chillax, Play Scrabble with a Frenemy

On August 6, Merriam-Webster will release the Fifth Edition of The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary, marking the dictionary’s first major update in nearly a decade. More than 5,000 new words will be added to the dictionary making them officially playable in the game, including GEOCACHE, a word chosen by fans in the SCRABBLE Word Showdown earlier this year. Players...

Win a Trip to Study Spanish in Spain with SPanishYouTOO.com

To celebrate the launch of SPanishYouTOO.com, Tourspain and International House Spain have teamed up to offer the chance to win a 10-week Spanish language course at International House Barcelona.Following the success of AUssieYouTOO.com, SPanishYouTOO.com has been launched to assist students and budding linguists in planning their visit to Spain – from choosing the right language course to making travel...

Seeing with Spanish Eyes

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Musetta Reed and Lauren Rovin use film and TV to bring authentic content into the classroomLoMásTV LoMásTV: Spanish Immersion TV is a set of short videos (maximum of five minutes) by native speakers on a variety of topics, such as comedy or environmental issues. These videos allow Spanish students the chance to hear native speakers of the language talking about...

Interview with Clay Pell

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The nation’s new language czar speaks with Language MagazineLast month, the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education announced the appointment of a new Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education — Clay Pell, the grandson of former senator Claiborne Pell, after whom the Pell Grant program is named.Pell comes from the White House, where he served...

Dept of Ed Partners with NCFL to Encourage Family Involvement

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and the U.S. Department of Education today announced a partnership to advance family engagement in education across the country.During the yearlong partnership, the Department and NCFL will jointly develop and implement strategies to raise the awareness and understanding of effective family and community engagement in education, including how teachers and families can...

Way with Words

Way with Words Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction by Joe Barcroft TESOL International Association 123 pages ISBN 193-1185752 Joe Barcroft premises his new book, Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction, by pointing out that while the subject of grammar acquisition has been the centerpiece of second-language acquisition research, newer studies suggest that vocabulary has a central role in language acquisition. Therefore, Barcroft posits that vocabulary...

Making Learners Click with Digital Storytelling

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Nile Stanley and Brett Dillingham see the value in connecting learning literacy, language, and technology through storytelling What Is Digital Storytelling? Storytelling is the oldest form of teaching and probably the best way to learn. Recent research indicates our brains are actually “hard wired” to remember information in storytelling format (Willingham, 2004). Storytelling has received a wealth of support as an...