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1. Can animal characters enrich language learning?

ACTFL SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Animal metaphors and characters have played a role in language development throughout history, asserts Debra Hawhee, a professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. Hawhee highlights how such images have been used in literature, guidebooks and manuals. PhysOrg.com (04/13)


2. Teacher training programs focus on global competence

ACTFL SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Some teacher preparation programs are expanding their offerings to include lessons on meeting the needs of students from other cultures. Educators who complete one such program at Columbia University in New York earn a global competence certificate. District Administration magazine online (04/13)


3. Researchers embark on international study of language learning

ACTFL SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Researchers have announced an international project that will observe how children in different parts of the world learn native languages. Children of three indigenous tribes in Canada -- the Dene, East Cree and Inuktitut -- will be observed. Other languages include Chintang, Indonesian, Japanese, Russian, Sesotho, Turkish and Yucatec Maya. CTV.ca (Canada) (04/12)


4. Utah hosts inaugural Spanish spelling competition

ACTFL SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Utah recently held its first Spanish language spelling bee for elementary and junior high school students. Participating students received vocabulary words last summer to help them prepare. Schools could bring up to three students to the event. Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah) (04/16)


5. Students translate German obituaries from 1800s

ACTFL SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Belleville News-Democrat (Ill.) (04/09)


6. Students study Chinese culture through interdisciplinary projects

ACTFL SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (04/09)


7. Study: Genetics plays role in child's motivation to learn

ACTFL SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Researchers analyzed more than 13,000 identical twins ages 9 to 15 and found that a child's learning motivation was influenced by genetics and the environment, with each factor accounting for up to 50% of a child's motivation behavior. The findings were published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. HealthDay News (04/13)


8. Language immersion helps boost test scores in Ariz. district

ACTFL SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

District Administration magazine online (04/13)


9. How immigrant students enhance learning experiences

ACTFL SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Atlantic online, The (04/13)


10. U.K. exam board to add contemporary topics to language exams

ACTFL SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Officials with the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA exam board in the U.K. have announced plans to make more contemporary General Certificate of Secondary Education language exams in French, German or Spanish. New topics on the exams will include rap music and music festivals. "We want to focus on areas that are interesting for [teenagers] rather than have them describe their bedrooms,​" said Katherine Smith, who is leading the reforms​. Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (04/13)




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