Did Homo erectus invent language? | Ky. teachers help students explore world cultures | Neb. library offers bilingual story time
February 20, 2018
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Did Homo erectus invent language?
Did Homo erectus invent language?
Homo erectus, first seen in Africa nearly 2 million years ago, invented language to communicate with others, according to Bentley University professor Daniel Everett, who shared his thesis at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Texas. Everett says Homo erectus used language for hunting, boat-building and travel by sailing, a theory that has received mixed reactions from peers.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/20),  The Guardian (London) (2/19) 
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Ky. teachers help students explore world cultures
Preschoolers and kindergartners at a Kentucky school recently explored world cultures during an event designed to increase students' knowledge. Teachers each chose a country and introduced the young learners to its customs, foods and languages.
The News Enterprise (Hardin County, Ky.) (2/18) 
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Getting ready for AP® world language exams?
The College Board now requires that all student oral free-responses be digitally recorded in MP3 format using a web-based platform. SANS' instructional technology tools can help you prep your students, administer exams, digitally record responses & upload them for scoring. Let us show you how easy it can be.
Technology & Trends
Researchers link VR, health risks
Researchers link VR, health risks
Virtual-reality tools could be affecting students' health, according to an ongoing study by Children and Virtual Reality. Researchers discovered some risks to students' health, including issues related to students' vision and balance.
EdSurge (2/16) 
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Tips for giving authentic feedback
Tips for giving authentic feedback
Opening a conversation with "Can I give you some feedback," may not be the best way to begin a performance conversation, suggests Jennifer Abrams, an international education and communications consultant. She offers three tips for initiating feedback conversations that can help break down barriers in communication.
eSchool News (free registration) (2/19) 
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Policy Watch
Education Dept. may undergo restructuring
Education Dept. may undergo restructuring
DeVos (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a plan for reorganizing the Department of Education. The plan includes the consolidation of the offices of postsecondary and career and technical education and the elimination of the undersecretary position.
Inside Higher Ed (2/19),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/16) 
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Global Competence
Ways language teachers can develop global lessons
Shifting to a global-focused curriculum can start with small changes that can affect students' learning in meaningful ways, writes Danielle Chaussee, a Spanish-language teacher at a Wisconsin high school. In this blog post, she shares five tips for promoting global education initiatives in the classroom.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/15) 
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New VLM and live event: Engaging All Language Learners
Language educators are challenged on a daily basis to meet the needs of all learners, which vary based on students' readiness levels, interests and learning preferences. By the end of Engaging All Language Learners, you will enhance your background knowledge around differentiated instruction, learn how to implement key strategies for responding to the needs of all students, and better reflect on your practice. Join VLM creator Leslie Grahn for a live discussion, held on Feb. 26, and receive a code to get 20% off Engaging All Language Learners.
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Enhance your language skills this summer (ACTFL member exclusive)
Looking to advance your language skills or just need a refresher? Available exclusively for ACTFL members, the 2018 summer language scholarships are now accepting applications. Scholarships are available for Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish language courses, both online and around the world. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by March 31.
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