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August 17, 2017
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Can a workout boost language-learning ability?
Can a workout boost language-learning ability?
Researchers have been studying how physical exercise affects the ability of adults to learn a new language. Two groups of college-age Chinese men and women learning English were examined -- one group used exercise bikes as part of the research and the other group used rote-learning techniques for the study.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/16) 
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Spanish-language magnet replaces Ohio elementary school
A former Ohio elementary school will open this fall as a Spanish-language magnet school. About 100 prekindergarten through third-grade students are enrolled in the new school, which will add grades in the coming years to the sixth grade.
WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) (8/16) 
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Resources for heritage learners in ¡Avancemos! ©2018
With the NEW HMH Spanish Resources for Heritage Learners HMH honors heritage students' language legacy to ensure growth for college and career readiness. Read more about the resource HERE and then request a SAMPLE.
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Technology & Trends
Can Minecraft improve students' SEL?
Can Minecraft improve students' SEL?
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Playing Minecraft may help boost students' social and emotional skills, according to a report from Getting Smart, which partnered with Microsoft for the survey. Data show 86.6% of respondents said playing Minecraft had a positive effect on students' communication skills.
T.H.E. Journal (8/14) 
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Survey: Teachers mostly white, female in US
Survey: Teachers mostly white, female in US
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About 77% of the estimated 3.8 million teachers in the US are female, according to results of the National Teacher and Principal Survey administered by the US Department of Education. While about 80% of teachers are white, data show the teaching force is becoming slightly more diverse, with 9% identified as Hispanic, about 7% African-American and 2% Asian.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/15) 
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Global Competence
Report: US enrollment up among Chinese students
The number of high-school students from China studying in the US rose by 48% between 2013 and 2016, according to a report from the Institute of International Education. Rajika Bhandari, director of the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research & Impact, says students from China are beginning to study in the US at younger ages.
NBC News (8/14) 
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Research Notes
Realistic characters may boost early learning
Realistic characters may boost early learning
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Realistic portrayals of humans and animals in stories may offer more learning opportunities than those with anthropomorphic animals or fictional humans, according to a study of 4- to 6-year-olds. Researchers found that books depicting realistic characters led to more sharing among children.
National Public Radio (8/14) 
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ACTFL News
Order new Bill VanPatten book from the ACTFL bookstore
"While We're on the Topic: BVP on Language, Acquisition, and Classroom Practice" by Bill VanPatten is available for order now.
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Convention program now available online
You can now browse the full convention program for the 2017 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo from Nov. 17 to 19. Use the "search" feature to filter and find specific sessions, or select "view all" to browse the entire program. Don't forget to create your personal itinerary!
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