Research shows that early language learning results in better pronunciation and higher levels of proficiency, as well as cognitive benefits associated with being bilingual. However, the majority of foreign language programs in the United States don’t start until middle school or even high school.
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A growing number of families are enrolling their children in immersion schools, where half to all the curriculum is taught in a language other than English. Primary reasons include exposure to diversity that comes with language immersion and fluency in another language gives students the benefit to compete in the global marketplace.
It's so important for schools to be welcoming to all students, particularly immigrants and English-language learners, experts said at the Building Welcoming School Communities event held in Washington, DC.
On September 18, 2014, USCCB's Children's Services, together with Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), will offer an overview of the humanitarian crisis regarding the current influx of children migrating to the United States, as well as some of the reasons behind their flight from their home countries.
This year, newcomer school programs may be more critical than ever as thousands of unaccompanied minors will enroll in U.S. schools.
The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is engaged in a campaign to educate and inform members of the U.S. Congress about the benefits of Native American language revitalization.
There are two bills currently pending in both houses of Congress which seek to enhance efforts to revitalize Native American languages. The Center for Applied Linguistics encourages you to visit the LSA website to learn more about steps you can take to help raise awareness within Congress about the importance of Native American language revitalization.
Schools across the USA are bracing for as many as 50,000 immigrant children who would start school this fall, most of them unaccompanied by their families.
Second-generation, Asian-American families and interracial families are seeking resources to preserve their language and heritage for their children.
Forty-four percent of recent immigrants said that they speak English "very well," while 13 percent said they speak no English at all, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.
As a record number of undocumented children from Central America flows across the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or guardian, federal officials are scrambling to provide basic services to these youth.
Article by Libia S. Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition
This year the nation will commemorate two historic actions taken to protect equal rights: the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act.
We are left with an important question: Has the promise of Brown and the Civil Rights Act been fulfilled?
Five separate assessment groups are asking school districts and students to test drive an array of new exams designed to measure students' command of the common-core standards.
Immigrant families often struggle to take advantage of early-childhood education opportunities, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute finds.
WASHINGTON -- You know a native New Yorker when you hear one, but what about someone who grew up in D.C.?
In the last few years, dual immersion programs have taken off across the country, said Julie Sugarman, senior research associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Several hundred programs were created during the 1990s, many of them in Spanish, and more recently the model has expanded to more languages, she said.
Written by CAL staff members Francesca Di Silvio, Anne Donovan, and Margaret Malone, this paper explores how the language development of students of Spanish, Mandarin, and Russian related to student and host family perspectives on the homestay experience.
Millions of American crowded televisions sets to watch the Super Bowl, an annual sporting event so synonymous with American culture that Le Monde, a French newspaper, dubbed it "the other 4th of July." During the game, Coca Cola ran this minute-long spot featuring a variety of people singing "America the Beautiful" in a variety of languages.
CAL has revamped the CAL Store website to enhance online security and our order management and fulfillment services through a new partnership with an ecommerce management company. We are committed to making this change as easy and seamless as possible for our customers. We have developed a web page that provides more details.
This paper by CAL foreign language education consultant Nancy Rhodes, based on interviews with leaders in the field of early language education, identifies important lessons about the successes and challenges of elementary school language teaching learned over three decades, from 1980 to 2010.
The American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) has awarded Dr. Terrence Wiley, President and CEO of CAL, the 2014 Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award for his contributions to the field of applied linguistics and to AAAL. Congratulations to Dr. Wiley!
This article addresses the development of enhanced cognitive skills in immersion education. Published in Psychology Today as part of an online blog series Life as a Bilingual: The reality of living with two (or more) languages by Dr. Francois Grosjean. This article will be especially helpful for immersion parents and school administrators who regularly promote the benefits of early language learning in an immersion school setting.
CAL is continuing to expand its successful series of professional development institutes focusing on key issues for educators. CAL institutes provide research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools to help you develop effective classroom activities, including meeting the demands of the Common Core State Standards.
Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice
This timely and comprehensive publication provides a state-of-the-art overview of major issues related to heritage, community, and Native American languages in the United States, providing a foundational perspective on how these languages are learned and used in a variety of contexts and outlining the importance of drawing on these languages as valuable national resources.