Many educators have questions about integrating the Common Core State Standards into content area curricula for English learners. This new brief, designed for practitioners, provides information and answers based on CAL’s practical experience and academic expertise on language learning and English learners.
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CAL is saddened by the passing of our valued colleague and friend, Mike Grover, founder of Multilingual Matters. His vision and commitment to language learning and equity were unequalled and he will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
CAL staff members Dorry M. Kenyon and David MacGregor are among the recipients of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) Best Article Award. This award is given annually for an article that makes a significant contribution to the field of language testing. The winning article, “Issues in Vertical Scaling of a K-12 English Language Proficiency Test,” also includes authors Dongyang Li, who was an intern at CAL when he contributed to this article, and H. Gary Cook. It appeared in the July 2011 issue of the journal Language Testing (Vol. 28, No. 3).
The Mountain School is looking for a new Latin teacher for next year. Every semester, 40 or so high school juniors from around the country trek to Vershire for a term in the woods. And of every new crop of students, five or six want to take Latin.
As the conversation about bilingualism spreads throughout the country, more and more parents are looking for resources when it comes to raising their children to be multilingual.
According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, thousands of schools across America have decreased their foreign language offerings in the last decade. In the midst of this decline, however, there appears to be a race by schools to offer instruction in Chinese.
Susan Wang couldn’t speak English when she arrived in California from Taiwan, aged 16. Now 49, she heads a school offering US children a similar experience, plunging them into a Chinese world.
Kindergartners in Milford Catholic Elementary School will not simply learn Spanish next fall, they will be immersed in it. The regional school was chosen as one of 12 schools in the country to incorporate Spanish as part of the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools.
In the not so distant future, speaking a foreign language may be yet another thing elementary school children can do with ease. Take for instance Utah and Delaware, where state money is being used to implement foreign language immersion programs.
In this article prepared for the Colorín Colorado! website, Jennifer Himmel, Center for Applied Linguistics, provides an overview of how to use language objectives in content-area instruction for English learners.