What’s the Secret? Jennifer Helfand verses on the ‘musts’ of language learning
Crucial Connections Diane Barone encourages parents and teachers to work together to support English Learners’ literacy acquisition
Honing Heritage Learners Maria M. Carreira describes the challenges of teaching mixed classes
Working for Every Student’s Right to Read Donell Pons, an educator and ‘reluctant expert,’ shares her personal mission to help students with dyslexia and other reading challenges.
Transformational Texts Sally Allen advocates the reading of literature to cultivate empathy and communication
The Value of Test Scores Beth Marshall believes that awareness of global citizenry is the true goal of language education
October 3rd, 2016 | 1 Comment
In a study that challenges a fundamental concept in linguistics, an analysis of nearly two-thirds of the world’s languages shows that humans tend to use the same sounds for common objects and ideas, no matter what language they’re speaking.
The independence between sound and meaning is believed to be a crucial property of language: across languages, sequences of different sounds are used to express similar concepts (e.g., Russian “ptitsa,” Swahili “ndege,” and Japanese “tori” all mean “bird”). However, a careful statistical examination of words from nearly two-thirds of the world’s languages has revealed that unrelated languages very often use (or avoid) the same sounds for specific referents. continue reading
September 13th, 2016 | 2 Comments
On September 20, President Obama will host a Leader’s Summit on Refugees on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. With 20 million refugees around the world, a comprehensive, collective international effort to strengthen refugee protection and assistance is more critical than ever. Community leaders, educators, and employers will play a crucial part in any such plan, as they are key to the successful integration of refugees both young and old into their new communities. Without this basic support, these new arrivals will flounder in their new societies, be hard pressed to succeed, and create a backlash. continue reading
September 8th, 2016 | Leave your commentsTags: WithRefugees
In Our September Issue:
Stressing Classy Communication Margo Gottlieb and Gisela Ernst-Slavit know that academic language is important for all students and essential for English language learners
Testing Benefits Mariana Castro shows what language proficiency assessments have to offer educators of English Learners
Helping Students Find their Voices Adrienne Almeida examines the unique challenges that ELL students face and the impact these challenges have on their social-emotional and academic health
Curing Initiative Fatigue Stacy Hurst and Laura Axtell explain how to kick off the new school year with buy-in from everyone
On the Road to Multilingualism Bilingual rapper GüeroLoco takes us on his passionate journey to
promote language learning and allow students to reap the benefits
Citizens of the World Beth Marshall believes that awareness of global citizenry is the true goal of language education
September 7th, 2016 | 1 Comment
Artist Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and throughout her life thought that sound was only for able-hearing people. When she began making art that visually represents ASL through themes of music, everything changed. In some pieces, she visually represents the movements made in sign that mean a certain thing, like the sign for ‘all day’ which looks like the outline of a hemisphere.
Watch Kim talk about ASL, the power of interpreters, and her interaction with sound and language as a Deaf person below.
August 31st, 2016 | Leave your comments
African culture and language has had a massive influence over Latin American, South American, Caribbean, and other Spanish-speaking countries not only culturally (from Samba to carnivals), but also linguistically. Language Magazine rounded up ten Spanish words that come from African roots.
Marimba–a cognate that refers to a beating in the southern cone of South America.
Mucama–used for maid or servant in Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil.
Guineo–used in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic for different types of bananas
Congo–used in Latin America for a term for a black man/woman, presumably stemming from the country Congo.
Ñame–a Spanish word for yam.
cachimbo/a–used for pipe in Latin America, a term for a poor man/woman in the Caribbean, and solider in the Andes.
Merengue–used to refer to the music and dance, along with meaning mess in the southern cone, and wimp in South America.
Mandinga–used for devil, evil spirit, and goblin in Latin America, black in the Caribbean, and effiminate in the south cone of South America.
Mondongo–Spanish word that means guts, and is often used as a word for tripe.
Chévere–used as a term or phrase for fantastic or great in Latin America.
Original reference from “A History of Afro-Hispanic Language” by John M. Lipski of Pennsylvania State University published by Cambridge University.
August 30th, 2016 | Leave your comments
A bumper crop of resources to help make the new academic year a success
August 23rd, 2016 | Leave your commentsTags: GoOpen
New Brunswick and Québec are celebrating 400 years of Francophone history by signing a joint declaration on the Canadian Francophonie, as a testimony to their deep attachment to the French language and to their desire to continue to advance and promote French in Canada. continue reading
August 22nd, 2016 | 1 Comment
Preschool skills are transferred from one language to the other
New research from the University of Missouri shows that Spanish-speaking preschoolers experience significant improvements in their English skills when they have a good grasp of Spanish letters and numbers. In another study, the researcher found that behavior traits play a role in English learning. These findings suggest that early education programs that connect children’s word and math skills in Spanish to those in English can increase school readiness for Spanish-speaking children. continue reading