Why teacher training should include languages | Some Colo. schools draft standards for seal of biliteracy | Calif. district considers adding Arabic, Vietnamese
March 19, 2015
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Do bilinguals have the best of both worlds?
Individuals who speak more than one language may be better able to recognize multiple perspectives and shift between perspectives, according to a recent study. Researchers say the findings may indicate that languages affect how people interpret events. ScienceMag.org (3/17)
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Why teacher training should include languages
Language skills are important when serving today's diverse student populations, according to Emily Liebtag of VIF International Education and Caitlin Haugen, executive director of Global Teacher Education. In this blog post, they highlight model programs and policies that could help ensure educators receive language training. Education Week (tiered subscription model)/Global Learning blog (3/17)
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Some Colo. schools draft standards for seal of biliteracy
Three Colorado school districts are working to add a biliteracy seal to their diplomas to recognize the skills of students who study a second language or English language learners who have earned proficiency. The change could take effect next year. The Denver Post (3/14)
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Corporate & Government Spotlight
Museums increase multilingual programs
Individuals who speak languages other than English and those learning English may find more opportunities at local museums, as more institutions launch language and cultural programs. Some feature bilingual programs for nearby residents, and others have focused on Mandarin and Korean celebrations. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/16)
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Ordinance aims to serve Chicago residents' language needs
Chicago residents with limited English proficiency would be guaranteed "meaningful access" to city programs, services and resources under a recently proposed language ordinance. The proposal focuses on Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, Hindi and Arabic. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (3/17)
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Training & Technology
Ask questions to get conversations flowing
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Leaders can't find out what they really need to know unless they ask, writes Mary Jo Asmus. "[Y]ou'll find that if you ask a few good starting questions and listen, you -- and they -- will learn, grow, and develop the kind of relationships that actually help to get things done," Asmus writes. Aspire-CS.com (3/16)
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Webinar: Accelerate English Language Learner Success -- Using Blended Learning To Complement Classroom Instruction
In this webinar -- presented by Isabel Monterrosa, program director for English Language Foundations program at Berks Technical Institute -- we will focus on instructional design elements for leveraging technology to build speaking confidence for English language learners (ELLs) inside and outside the classroom. We will cover three main instructional design elements: blended learning, development of reading and writing skills and improved oral communication skills. Join us on Friday, April 10 at 3 p.m. ET to learn how you can create a dynamic, blended learning environment for your own ELL students. Register today.
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