Is Spanglish more than a blend of 2 languages? | Texas students compete in Spanish-language bee | What to expect during language exchanges
January 16, 2020
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Is Spanglish more than a blend of 2 languages?
Is Spanglish more than a blend of 2 languages?
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Spanglish is spoken in areas in which bilingual speakers communicate in both English and Spanish languages, such as in Texas along the US-Mexico border. This article and radio segment explore the growing interest in Spanglish and examines why it is difficult to define among languages.
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas) (1/15) 
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Texas students compete in Spanish-language bee
A Texas district recently held its first Spanish-language spelling bee with 31 students in grades three through eight from more than 20 schools. Competitors were required to not only speak the language but identify punctuation and symbols used in the written Spanish words, with winners advancing to compete in a regional bee.
Star Local Media (Plano, Texas)/Rowlett Lakeshore Times (1/15) 
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Paid Summer Abroad Opportunity for Language Teachers!
CIEE – the largest study abroad nonprofit organization – is recruiting experienced teachers to lead high school students on their summer abroad experiences. Programs run between 6/14 and 8/8 in more than 50 global destinations! Learn more.
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Technology & Trends
Principals engage students via online read-alouds
Principals engage students via online read-alouds
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Elementary-school principals in Indiana are part of a growing trend of school leaders engaging with students and families through weekly book read-alouds on social media. ""Some of our kids might not have someone at home to read to them, so I think this is a good platform to provide at least one story a week," said Erica Robinson, principal of Hess Elementary School.
The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (1/16) 
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Teacher shares design for optimal learning space
Teacher shares design for optimal learning space
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Flexible seating and getting rid of her own desk allows for more student-centered instruction, writes Kathy Rogers, a middle-school teacher in Alabama. In this blog post, she describes her ideal space for optimal learning for students and how technology allowed her to redesign her classroom "beyond its physical walls."
SmartBrief/Education (1/15) 
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Effective conversations have the power to grow minds and hearts.
Next Steps with Academic Conversations by Jeff Zwiers is your practical guide for strengthening the quality and quantity of your classroom conversations allowing students to solve problems, build ideas, and understand each other and the world around them. Get started!
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Policy Watch
Census participation promoted by ad campaign in 13 languages
The US Census Bureau recently announced that its media campaign will feature an ad campaign in 13 languages to encourage households to participate in the head count. Some experts recently questioned certain aspects of the advertising campaign and the count, which is scheduled to start next week in rural Alaska and the rest of the nation in March.
The Associated Press (1/15) 
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Research Notes
Report: One high-school completion gap narrows
Report: One high-school completion gap narrows
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The high-school completion rate among black and white young adults has narrowed -- 94.8% for white students and 93.8% for black students, according to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics. Officials say they're unsure how the improvement was made to the gap that has existed since 1977.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (1/14) 
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Apply for summer research forum
Summer Research on language teaching and learning is critical to sustaining our field as well as improving it. However, time and space for research efforts are often crowded out by other responsibilities. Thus, to help support researchers in world language teaching and learning, ACTFL has partnered with the Middlebury Language Schools to develop the ACTFL/Middlebury Summer Research Forum, a retreat for a small group of scholars.

The second annual forum will be held from June 21 to 26 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. The ACTFL/Middlebury Summer Research Forum will support participants to independently and collaboratively develop, reflect on, refine, (re)write, share, and critique their research with the intent of moving an existing project to publication. Get more information or apply to attend.
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ACTFL partners with Rutgers for online multiliteracies course
"Rethinking Assessment with a Multiliteracies Approach" is a new online course offered this spring by Rutgers University, in partnership with ACTFL. The course will be led by Professor Heather Willis Allen (University of Wisconsin-Madison), creator of ACTFL Virtual Learning Module series and a co-author of "A Multiliteracies Framework for Collegiate Foreign Language Teaching." This course addresses the following questions: How might a multiliteracies orientation help to link instruction and assessment? How can a multiliteracies orientation facilitate the design of formative assessment? How does a multiliteracies orientation facilitate performance-based assessment in interpretive and presentational communication? The goals of the course are to equip participants with conceptual knowledge of the multiliteracies approach and best practices in assessment and to provide opportunities to link theory and practice by applying conceptual knowledge to creating assessment materials for classroom use. Learn more about the course.
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