How do students benefit from language diversity? | Chinese-language teachers in demand in US | Tlicho people of Canada gather to save their language
May 22, 2018
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How do students benefit from language diversity?
How do students benefit from language diversity?
Primary and secondary students in the UK collectively speak more than 360 languages, but they often are discouraged from using them in class, writes Clare Cunningham, a senior lecturer at York St John University. In this commentary, she highlights the research she conducted about educators' attitudes toward multilingualism and notes benefits of students using their home languages at school.
The Conversation (UK) (5/21) 
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Chinese-language teachers in demand in US
More schools in the US are recruiting for Chinese-language teachers from China amid growth in the number of Chinese-language programs. Recruitment was a topic during the recent US National Chinese Language Conference.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (5/21) 
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Make the Most of Open-Source Content
HMH Activities for French and Spanish Open-Source Content provide teaching suggestions and editable activity masters to help students research and comprehend the unscripted language they encounter online. Sample this resource today.
Technology & Trends
Teacher: 5 VR, AR teaching strategies
Teacher: 5 VR, AR teaching strategies
Virtual reality and augmented reality offer more than entertainment and can be useful teaching tools, educator Jaime Donally asserts. In this blog post, she offers five tips to help teachers use the technology, such as setting learning goals and using age-appropriate tools.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (5/17) 
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Policy Watch
Early-education programs lag on bilingual supports
Most US children who speak a language other than English at home begin to lag in their studies by fourth grade. Early-education researchers report that 25 state programs don't provide enough support to English-language learners, but Kansas, Maine and Texas have state preschool programs that provide at least eight of the nine recommended supports for bilingual children.
The Hechinger Report (5/22) 
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US school safety commission may meet
The school safety commission led by US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may meet this week following a deadly shooting at a Texas high school on Friday. The commission last met in March and has been criticized for lack of transparency.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (5/21) 
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Research Notes
Technique teaches students to ask questions
Technique teaches students to ask questions
Educators in some classrooms are adopting the Question Formulation Technique, which empowers students to ask better questions and gather different information. High-school science teacher Regina Donour adopted QFT to teach lessons under the Next Generation Science Standards and says the method helps engage students.
KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (5/21) 
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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. Learn more.
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Nominate programs for Global Engagement Initiative recognition
The ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative recognizes outstanding community-engaged learning experiences within the world languages curriculum at all levels of instruction. Do you know of a program that allows students to use their target language to participate in a global community? Nominate it for recognition by May 28.
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