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LingoRank.com- Improve your English

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400 selected talks to improve your English listening and vocabulary skills, while learning about interesting topics. From basic to advanced level.

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Language Diversity and English Proficiency in the United States

Language Diversity and English Proficiency in the United States | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Although the number of U.S. residents who speak a language other than English has grown in recent decades, the share of those who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) has fallen: 40 percent in 2015, compared to 44 percent in 1980—even as immigration rose rapidly. This article examines growing linguistic diversity in the country and sketches a profile of the LEP population, including size, location, and socioeconomic characteristics.
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The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
CARLA is one of the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages.
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Still not disruptive Web-based language learning

Still not disruptive Web-based language learning | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Christmas 1997. I remember it well, chiefly as I spent most of the holiday developing a business plan for a bright idea I’d had: to use the Internet to teach people who, for whatever reason, would never make it into one of our language schools. The plan must have had some merit as it persuaded…
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7 examples of great technology for English learners

7 examples of great technology for English learners | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Teaching and learning has changed in many ways over the past two decades. The use of technology to encourage and explore learning is not a new thing and there is now a lot of technology available to second language learners.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 19, 3:09 AM

Some useful examples.

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In this article you find 7 online tools which can help you to improve your English level. The first online tool is second life which offers learners the chance to connect and collaborate with classmates and teachers out of class. The second is Minecraft which is a commercial game that can motivate the students to learn through the game. The third is the digital art in which learners could draw, paint or manipulate a photograph and then describe to family, friends or classmates what they did and what their image means to them. If you want to know more about this, just give click on it.
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Bureau of Indian Education Joins WIDA Consortium on English-Learners

Bureau of Indian Education Joins WIDA Consortium on English-Learners | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Staff writer Corey Mitchell covers English-language learners, bilingual education and civil rights issues for Education Week. Join him as he explores the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding ELLs in U.S. schools.
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As California Debates Prop 58, Multilingual Education Thrives in San Francisco - New America Media

As California Debates Prop 58, Multilingual Education Thrives in San Francisco - New America Media | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism. Founded in 1996 by Pacific News Service, New America Media promotes ethnic media by strengthening the editorial and economic viability of this increasingly influential segment of America's communications industry.

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Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners? | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 28, 6:34 AM

I suspect that the teachers have a better idea of what their learners want and need than the researchers do.

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elearn Magazine: English Language Acquisition and the Internet: Access and choice in the digital age

elearn Magazine: English Language Acquisition and the Internet: Access and choice in the digital age | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
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In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking

In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
We have gotten it wrong, really wrong, in the language classroom. Historically, the teacher stood at the front of the classroom spouting details of grammar. Students sat at desks placed in straight rows directed toward the teacher and madly took notes. They later filled out worksheets and tried to memorize the content presented by the all-knowing educator. And this is still often the scenario today.

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Student talk:  the most underused and understood literacy skill that provides one of the quickest and most salient language acquisition methods.  Earlier research conducted by the Juniper Gardens Children's Project in conjunction with the KU Scheifelbusch Institute of Life Span Studies and the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools revealed that oral language responding during a typical classroom day totaled only 7%. The students were engaged in Academic Talk only 5% of the day and 2% of the time in Social Talk. 
 
“The students spent 76% of the day neither initiating nor responding to language (verbal or written), 21% responding to language initiated by the teacher or the material, and only 45% initiating any verbal or written language. The highest coded student activity was passive attention (i.e., Attending: looking at the teacher or material) at 38% and the most used language for instruction was English at 58%. Although students spent the highest percentage of the day in academic activities (i.e., Math 20%, Reading 18%, and Language 16%), their academic engagement time totaled only 44%.”
 
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 14, 5:38 AM

I feel like this is a bit of a "Der!" moment. But does this really still happen in the language classroom?

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In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking
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Programs and Services for High School English Learners in Public School Districts: 2015–16

Find information about and locate all publications and data products on education information from the National Center for Education Statistics--NCES--. In most cases you may also browse the content of publications or download data files.
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College Board to Offer More Accommodations for Students With Disabilities, ELLs

College Board to Offer More Accommodations for Students With Disabilities, ELLs | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
The College Board will make it easier for students with disabilities to request test accommodations, after the Department of Justice began looking into the lack of support for students with disabilities.
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Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say - The Hechinger Report

Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say - The Hechinger Report | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In Ivonne Kendrick’s classroom at Houston Elementary School, 3-year-olds sit cross-legged in a circle, listening to their teacher sing about the fall season. “Llega el otoño tras el verano,” they repeat after her in Spanish. One month into the school’s new dual-language program, their accents are unmistakably American. But they know how …
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Labor unrest in Cameroon after clashes over language discrimination

Labor unrest in Cameroon after clashes over language discrimination | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
In Cameroon, unrest in minority English-speaking regions over discrimination by majority French speakers is still simmering after violent clashes with police claimed at least four lives.

 

English-speakers have been protesting since Monday (11/21/2016) against what they see as their "second-class citizen status" and attempts to marginalize them in the west African nation. Eight of Cameroon's ten regions are largely Francophone, but two regions, North West and South West Cameroon are English-speaking. English-speaking teachers complain that French-speaking counterparts are being increasingly deployed in English schools, despite differences in the curricula and teaching systems.

 

Tags: language, Cameroon, Africa, culture.


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Online Language Learning Research Network: Past Events

Online Language Learning Research Network: Past Events | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it

Around 230 academics and practitioners logged into the first online conference organised by the Online Language Learning Research Network (OLLReN), a partnership initiative from Cambridge University Press and Laureate International Universities, with support from IATEFL’s Learning Technologies SIG. Twelve presentations were given by researchers who have been investigating the use of online technology for language learning.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 16, 1:51 AM

You can find recordings and download presentations from each of the sessions here including my own one - 'Learning a language online - How we can ensure quality?'

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Online language learning providers

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The number of companies offering online language learning is going through something akin to an algal bloom. To borrow another metaphor, this time from the animal kingdom, perhaps it's time to try to sort the sheep from the goats. Broadly speaking online providers offer either language learning materials designed for self-study, a tutorial service of some…

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 24, 5:24 AM

The diagram sums it up.

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Pluralism on the Prairie

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This report looks at recent reforms in Minnesota that aim to support its dual language learner population.
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Book review: François Grosjean and Ping Li (Eds.), The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism

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Native English speakers are the world’s worst communicators

Native English speakers are the world’s worst communicators | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
When trying to communicate in English with a group of people with varying levels of fluency, it’s important to be receptive and adaptable, tuning your ears into a whole range of different ways of using English, Jenkins says.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 1, 6:11 AM

Some very good advice here.

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IGS poll finds voters prioritize learning English as well as speaking multiple languages

IGS poll finds voters prioritize learning English as well as speaking multiple languages | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
A new poll shows a plurality of California voters prefers an educational program where English learner students transition to English, and another large portion prefers immediate English immersion.
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Two years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.
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Registration

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The premier organization and national conference for the support of maintenance and developmental bilingual education 
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