How did a root language spread, evolve? | Teacher includes culture in language lessons | Teacher encourages travel for language learning
March 23, 2017
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How did a root language spread, evolve?
How did a root language spread, evolve?
One root language, Proto-Indo-European, is the source of about half the languages spoken in the world today, writes Philip Perry. In this article, Perry highlights theories about how PIE spread around the world and shares an audio recording of how the root language might have sounded.
Big Think (3/22) 
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Teacher includes culture in language lessons
Teacher includes culture in language lessons
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Ron Morris, a kindergarten teacher at a dual-immersion school in California, takes into consideration his students' backgrounds and cultures when teaching Spanish. He said he believes his approach helps them relate to the material.
National Public Radio (3/22) 
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Teacher encourages travel for language learning
Teacher encourages travel for language learning
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It is important for students to travel to the country of a language being studied, says Monika Emeran, a high-school language teacher on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. She has taken students to Italy, France and Greece and organized a nonprofit to promote international learning.
The Source (Virgin Islands) (3/19) 
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Speech Recognition improves students’ oral skills
TALK is a new family of pronunciation activities that are integrated with the SmartClass+ language lab platform. TALK uses an advanced speech recognition engine that enables teachers to select from up to 56 different language/localization variations. Students receive instant feedback and automatic grading of their work – instant motivation!
Technology & Trends
Teacher: Get realistic about technology
Teacher: Get realistic about technology
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Teachers don't have to be the technology "guru" for students, according to teacher Tricia Ebner. In this commentary, she shares three ways she has dealt with being overwhelmed by technology by changing her thinking about the subject.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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Policy Watch
Supreme Court unanimous in special-ed case
Supreme Court unanimous in special-education case
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A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that school districts must do more than the minimum for students with special needs. The court ruled in favor of the parents of a Colorado student with autism who said their district failed to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the federal law mandating a "free and appropriate public education" for students with disabilities.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/22),  The Associated Press (3/22) 
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Inaccurate maps replaced in Boston schools
Inaccurate maps replaced in Boston schools
Officials in Boston are replacing classroom maps in the city's schools with a version that they say more accurately represents the location and size of continents. The Gall-Peters map will replace the Mercator projection, which officials say shows Europe and Alaska as being too large and diminishes the size of South America and Africa.
National Public Radio (3/21),  The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (3/17),  The Guardian (London) (3/23) 
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Sign up for a summer oral proficiency workshop
ACTFL-sponsored OPI workshops have been scheduled at the following locations this summer: San Diego State University, Portland (Ore.) Public Schools, Glastonbury (Conn.) High School and Washington & Lee University (Lexington, Va.). These workshops introduce the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the OPI and techniques of administering and rating the OPI. Learn more.
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Apply for 2017 language scholarships
Language scholarship applications are now open! Further your language skills by applying for a scholarship in one of five languages offered: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian and Spanish. There are also scholarships available for high school, undergrad, and graduate students. The deadline is March 31. Learn more.
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