Students learn Chinese, Russian in free program | Polyglots share insights on language learning | Why Arabic sounds different depending on location
July 19, 2018
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Students learn Chinese, Russian in free program
Students learn Chinese, Russian in free program
Rising fifth- and sixth-graders in a Virginia school district are learning Chinese and Russian during a free four-week program funded by a grant from the federal government. The students, who are chosen to attend by lottery because of heavy interest, speak the languages full time in an immersion model and participate in cultural enrichment activities and field trips.
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (7/18) 
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Polyglots share insights on language learning
Steve Kaufmann of Canada, who speaks 16 languages, and Shannon Kennedy of California, who speaks nine languages, recently shared during a radio interview how they became interested in becoming multilingual. They also discussed how they keep up with speaking so many tongues and why language learning should be enjoyable and meaningful.
WBUR-FM (Boston) (7/17) 
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Need a more accurate assessment of communicative competence?
HMH Integrated Performance Assessments cover the three ACTFL modes of communication and help students set personal proficiency goals to keep them motivated and focused. Sample this resource free for 120 days in our Spanish program ¬°Avancemos! or in our French program Bien dit!
Technology & Trends
ACLU questions facial recognition in schools
ACLU questions facial recognition in schools
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The American Civil Liberties Union is speaking out against some schools' plans to use facial recognition technology as part of their video surveillance systems. The ACLU has stated its concerns about privacy and hacking, including the potential that someone's facial image could be used to track their movements retroactively.
T.H.E. Journal (7/17) 
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Educator: Teachers can lead change in schools
Educator: Teachers can lead change in schools
Some schools are promoting a culture of leadership, in part, by engaging teachers, teacher Tiffany Osborne writes. In this blog post, she shares examples of this approach, including the Teacher Advisory group started to drive improvement in the middle school in which she is associate principal.
Center for Teaching Quality (7/16) 
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Policy Watch
N.C. law supports language efforts of Cherokee tribe
North Carolina lawmakers recently passed legislation that enables Cherokee Nation members who do not hold degrees or certification in education to teach the tribe's language and culture to native students because of dying fluency. The law also will allow Cherokee language courses to count toward college-entrance requirements.
WFAE-FM (Charlotte, N.C.) (7/18) 
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Global Competence
Teachers' PD focuses on global conflicts
Middle- and high-school teachers recently attended a US Institute of Peace training focused on helping them address global conflicts in the classroom. Ezra Shearer, a peace teacher at Sentinel High School in Missoula, Mont., suggests it's important for students to see how international strategies can be applied locally.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (7/13) 
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Mentor applications due Sunday, July 22
Help the next generation of teachers succeed. Applications to be a mentor are due July 22. You must have more than five years of teaching experience (traditional program) or more than three years of experience (distance learning program) to participate as a mentor in the Mentoring Program. Learn more and apply.
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New VLM: Creating Formative and Summative Assessments
Join 2012 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Yo Azama and take a deep dive into the theory and practical application of assessments to guide your students' language learning. Helpful resources and thought-provoking discussion questions interspersed throughout each module make this virtual learning module a must-watch for new and veteran educators alike.
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