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November 20, 2012
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  Spotlight on Languages 
  • Did the Chinese leader apologize? Depends on your translation
    Chinese politician Xi Jinping spoke at a recent event one hour later than expected, and before his remarks, he said a Chinese phrase that literally translates to "made everybody wait a long time" in English. However, the interpreter at the event relayed his comments in English as "sorry to have kept you waiting." The difference between the two translations has sparked a debate over how to accurately breach the language barrier between different cultures. The Wall Street Journal (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • England to require foreign language instruction
    Beginning in 2014, all primary schools in England will offer at least one foreign language option for students ages 7 to 11. Potential choices include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Latin and ancient Greek. Officials hope earlier exposure to language education will result in more students learning classical languages, which can boost students' knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Better Support Students with Exceptionalities
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Students at Tufts further critical languages learning
    Tufts University students are taking advantage of a scholarship opportunity offered by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program provides grant funding to individuals learning languages of critical need, including Azerbaijani, Bengali, Hindi and 10 others. Four Tufts students used the funding last year to participate in study abroad programs. The Tufts Daily (Tufts University) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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When class time ends, language learning continues...
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  Policy Watch 
  • Bilingual education is touted in New Mexico
    Students and teachers involved with bilingual education in New Mexico see a variety of benefits from the teaching of two languages. It has the obvious benefit of helping students become proficient in two languages, but many also believe bilingual education can help Latino students close the achievement gap. Some detractors, however, say classes should focus on English. KUNM-FM (Albuquerque) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. district is reaching for common ground in ELL lawsuit
    Denver Public Schools, which have been following an improvement plan created in 1999 for the education of English language learners, have come together with the plaintiffs and the U.S. Department of Justice in a proposal to revise the existing consent decree. Changes would include provisions on teacher training and parent communication, among others. The Denver Post (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  ACTFL News 
  • Thanks for making ACTFL a huge success!
    If you were one of the nearly 7,000 attendees at ACTFL 2012 in Philadelphia this past week, you were part of an extraordinary professional development experience. We're so glad you were able to participate! And if you weren't able to make it, it isn't too early to start planning for 2013 in Orlando, Fla. Submit a proposal today. You can also access presentation handouts from ACTFL 2012 online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACTFL Announces 2013 Language Teacher of the Year
    Noah Geisel, a Spanish teacher at East High School in Denver, CO, was named the 2013 National Language Teacher of the Year at ACTFL's annual convention held in Philadelphia, Pa. The Teacher of the Year is chosen from a field of five regional winners from around the United States. Other regional finalists for this year's national award are Jill Woerner, teacher of Spanish at Pendleton Heights Middle School, Pendleton, Ind.; Leslie L. Boaz, a teacher of French and Spanish at Wheatland High School, Wheatland, Wyo.; Lucy Lee, a Chinese teacher at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J.; and Thomas Soth, a Spanish teacher at Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C. Learn more about the TOY program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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