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June 4, 2015
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Lessons learned from a 20-year-old immersion program
Schools in Indiana now have access to more resources to launch language-immersion programs under a bill signed into law last month. This article highlights one district where immersion has been offered for 20 years and expands on how the district implements the model in elementary, middle and high school. Chalkbeat (6/1)
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Accents may not affect language processing, study finds
Listening to accented words may not impede the listener's language processing, according to a recent study. The researchers involved in the study are conducting experiments to learn more about how hearing loss, accents and noise can affect access to services such as health care. New Hampshire Public Radio (5/19)
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Corporate & Government Spotlight
United Nations organization proposes global-education benchmarks
A new UNESCO report seeks to establish indicators to measure global education progress. The focus on progress is a shift from previous measures that focused on access, participation and completion in primary education and gender equality. (5/26)
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Bilinguals have advantage in Ontario job market, data show
Bilingual job candidates in Ontario, Canada, may have an advantage over those who speak only one language because job listings requiring bilingualism receive fewer applications, according to a study by Workopolis. More companies will seek candidates who speak English and Mandarin or French and Arabic, says Tara Talbot, vice-president of HR at Workpolis. Vancouver 24 hrs (British Columbia) (5/24)
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Training & Technology
Get people to answer your requests by using a sticky note
To convince someone to follow through on a task, try attaching a sticky note with a personal message to your request, Kevin Hogan writes. Researchers found that even a blank sticky note attached to a survey increased response rates, while one with a handwritten message more than doubled response rates. "The real magic, it seems, is not the sticky note itself, but the sense of connection, meaning, and identity that the sticky note represents," Hogan writes. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (5/26)
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How does language mold users' online experiences?
This article explores how language shapes users' digital experiences, including what data are available and how groups are represented. According to this article, the English language, once dominant on the Web, now shares the digital space with other widely spoken languages, such as Chinese, French, German and Spanish. The Guardian (London) (5/28)
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Rosetta Stone News
Meeting the Adult ESOL Challenge
Today’s educators want to provide adult ESL classes that engage beginner and intermediate learners to help them succeed. Watch the Meeting the Adult ESOL Challenge recorded webinar to learn how Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., uses technology to supplement classroom instruction, increase adult ESL participation, and help improve CASAS scores.
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-- Elie Wiesel,
writer and political activist
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