How UK schools can support linguistic diversity | Study aims to improve ELLs' math, English ability | Singapore institute to train early-childhood teachers
 
23 August 2017
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How UK schools can support linguistic diversity
How UK schools can support linguistic diversity
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Schools in the UK should do more to nurture and celebrate linguistic diversity, write Elizabeth Bailey and Emma Marsden of the University of York. In this commentary, they assert that English often takes the priority, even though as many as 300 languages are spoken in British schools.
The Conversation (U.K.) (21 Aug.) 
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Study aims to improve ELLs' math, English ability
Study aims to improve ELLs' math, English ability
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Researchers at the University of New Mexico will follow a group of Spanish-speaking second- and third-grade students in two states to explore strategies to close the achievement gap in math and English. Researchers hope to discover how the language systems affect students' cognitive abilities and processes.
KRQE-TV (Albuquerque, N.M.) (21 Aug.) 
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Professional Development
Singapore institute to train early-childhood teachers
Prospective preschool educators in Singapore will be trained in a new National Institute of Early Childhood Development -- a complement to a similar institute for educators of students in later grades. The institute seeks to serve a growing demand for preschool educators.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (21 Aug.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Turkey to phase in "values-based curriculum"
Officials in Turkey have announced plans to phase in a "values-based curriculum," which will eliminate lessons about evolutionary biology, a change that has drawn some criticism. Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz said the subject should be taught at the university level.
National Public Radio (20 Aug.) 
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Technology
How AI, VR could shape learning
How AI, VR could shape learning
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Artificial intelligence and virtual reality one day will be as accessible as smartphones and desktop computers, predicts Sebastien Turbot, curator and director of global programs at the Qatar Foundation's World Innovation Summit for Education. In this commentary, he discusses the future of immersive learning.
Forbes (22 Aug.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Can a workout boost language learning ability?
Researchers studying how physical exercise affects adult language learning have found that working out can enhance the ability to retain the words learned. Two groups of college-age Chinese men and women learning English were observed, and the group that rode exercise bikes while learning words performed better on vocabulary tests than students who used rote learning techniques, according to the study in PLOS ONE.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (16 Aug.) 
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