French teacher honored as Del. Teacher of the Year | 10 myths that could be keeping students from studying abroad | Spain sees growing demand for Chinese lessons
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November 5, 2013
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Fla. district recruits Spanish teachers for dual language program
Fifteen teachers from Spain joined the Palm Beach County School District in Florida this year in an effort to enhance dual language learning opportunities for students. Schools participating in the Visiting Teachers Program offer instruction in English half of the day and in Spanish the rest of the day. The program also helps keep English speakers and English language learners in the same classroom. "They're learning from each other," program planner Sandra Medrano-Arroyo said. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (11/4)
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French teacher honored as Del. Teacher of the Year
Lea Wainwright, a high school French teacher, recently accepted Delaware's Teacher of the Year award. Discussing global issues in French and raising international awareness often are on Wainwright's class syllabus in addition to learning the language, according to this article, which also highlights her efforts to use technology such as Skype to connect students with French peers. The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (tiered subscription model) (10/30)
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For language programs that include students with IEP plans or with schedules that include multi-level classes, technology can help teachers differentiate what students are working on in a seamless, time-effective way. Jim Buoye, District Supervisor of World Languages, NVRHS, NJ discusses how his networked labs meet these needs. Watch the video.
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Spain sees growing demand for Chinese lessons
A growing number of schools and language centers in Spain are offering Chinese language lessons to young learners. The push for such programs comes as China's role in the global economy expands. Some Spanish parents and educators also see speaking Chinese as a path to future job prospects. "Chinese seems to me an essential language in today's world, and the best way to learn it is from an early age," parent Sara Vergara said. The Japan Times/Agence France-Presse/Jiji Press (Japan) (11/3)
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Jobs for language interpreters, translators expected to grow by 25K
Foreign language fluency will become even more coveted in the job market of the future, according to U.S Department of Labor statistics. The agency estimates jobs for interpreters and translators will increase by 25,000 this decade. Such job opportunities range from working for corporations to school districts to government organizations. CNNMoney (10/30)
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Wyo. parents, educators ask for deeper commitment to immersion
The Natrona County School Board in Casper, Wyo., will consider a request from parents and school officials to make a long term commitment to a pilot Chinese dual language program in place in one of the district's elementary schools. Parents and educators also have asked the board to consider a Spanish immersion program. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (10/31)
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Mich. weighs retention for third grade students based on reading scores
Lawmakers in Michigan are debating legislation that would require retention for third grade students who do not pass the reading portion of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program exam. The proposal -- by state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township -- has drawn criticism because, among other concerns, it does not allow accommodations for students with disabilities or English language learners. If approved, more than 36,000 students would repeat the third grade because they did not score as reading proficient on the exam. (Michigan) (free registration) (11/4)
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ACTFL Badges will be unveiled at ACTFL 2013 convention
ACTFL Badges, a digital badge program, will be launched at ACTFL 2013: November 22-24 in Orlando, Fla. The first digital badge is the Convention Networker, awarded to attendees who engage and share their interests with the ACTFL community and their wider networks leading up to, during, and after the convention. Similar to physical badges that various organizations use to showcase achievements and accomplishments, digital badges have a comparable purpose. Learn more and sign up today.
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