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Learning a Second Language: First-Rate Exercise for the Brain - Bioscience Technology

Learning a Second Language: First-Rate Exercise for the Brain - Bioscience Technology | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
The brain is so exquisitely sensitive to language that it only takes six weeks of learning Chinese for the neurons of English speakers to rewire. And those whose brains are fully bilingual are more facile at learning generally.
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Multilinguals Have Multiple Personalities

Multilinguals Have Multiple Personalities | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
Flipping from one language to another can reveal a whole new you.
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5 smart ways students can use Google Scholar

5 smart ways students can use Google Scholar | English Language Learners | Scoop.it

Get through your final papers with this guide to using Google Scholar.


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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, December 3, 2014 8:18 AM
I wish I had known about this when I was in grad school! This looks like a great researching tool, even for non-students. --techcommgeekmom
Tony Park's curator insight, December 3, 2014 5:48 PM

Some good ideas for students and researchers.

#businessgardener

Terri Rice's curator insight, December 4, 2014 1:22 PM

I use Google Scholar daily. It is a tremendous savior when time crunch is approaching and you realize you forgot to cite a few articles properly. I will pay for this tool even after grad school is complete (are we ever really done?). Fabulous article from mashable.com and Danielle, of course. she passes on the best stuff, right?

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9 Tips to Support English-Language Learners

9 Tips to Support English-Language Learners | English Language Learners | Scoop.it

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Journal profile | CLELE JOURNAL – children´s literature in english language education


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Do All Languages Derive from a Single Common Ancestor?

Do All Languages Derive from a Single Common Ancestor? | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
The Tower of Babel story is a fanciful attempt to account for a very real question: what was the first language and why are there now so many of them?

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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, August 23, 2014 11:54 PM

Includes a short youtube, How to Languages Change and Evolve.

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Education Connections


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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, July 21, 2014 9:23 PM

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When a Language Dies » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

When a Language Dies » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
When a Language Dies

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Journal profile | CLELE JOURNAL – children´s literature in english language education


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Journal profile | CLELE JOURNAL – children´s literature in english language education


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Pizza served with Mexican slang causes stir in U.S. border states

Pizza served with Mexican slang causes stir in U.S. border states | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
DALLAS (Reuters) - Even before the first pie is delivered, a jalapeño-heavy pizza with a Mexican slang name has produced chuckles among Spanish speakers in U.S. border states and an advertising ban by

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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, March 22, 2014 10:29 PM

The politics of language.

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A Community Collaborates to Focus on Literacy for English Language Learners

A Community Collaborates to Focus on Literacy for English Language Learners | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
C.P. Squires Elementary School harnesses parents, businesspeople, and retirees for academic and financial support and to staff after-school programs.

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This helps to develop positive self-esteem in culturally and linguistically diverse children. These activity Festival of Light: St. Lucia's Day in Sweden According to folk tradition, December 13th follows the longest night of the year ...

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More Students Ditch Traditional Classroom for Language Immersion - KAALtv.com

More Students Ditch Traditional Classroom for Language Immersion - KAALtv.com | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
The first-grade class taught by Patricia Cespedes-Schueller in Minnetonka looks like any other classroom: you have to listen to find the difference.
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Six ways to help your young children learn another language

Six ways to help your young children learn another language | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
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So Why Learn English: A personal view from Brazil | LinkedIn

So Why Learn English: A personal view from Brazil | LinkedIn | English Language Learners | Scoop.it

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, December 4, 2014 1:46 PM

I liked reading this article because I have a fascination with English being considered a dominant international language, especially in the business world. The company where I consult is one of those companies based in a non-English speaking country, but its official language is English. At first, I thought it was due to the strong American presence on the Internet, but I'm finding that it's not necessarily so. It's also not due to the emergence of former British Commonwealth (or current Commonwealth) countries. There is a huge percentage of the world that speaks English as a second language--why? Why isn't there more Chinese or Russian or Spanish or Arabic or French (or maybe there is, and I'm oblivious to it)? 

 

Take a look at this, and check out this perspective. Then tell me what you think. Is this individual correct that this is becoming more commonplace? Why do you think that is? I'm definitely curious to hear your view. 

--techcommgeekmom

Karine Allouche's curator insight, December 8, 2014 8:41 PM

The impact of  having English as a competency, is both  having massive personal and business impact.

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Visual Language Lab • The website of Neil Cohn

Visual language Lab: Researching the structure and cognition of the visual language of comics

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Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics

Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger David Cutler shares his conversation with Josh Elder, creator of Reading With Pictures, about using comics as a strategy for engaging students to construct meaning while interacting with the pictures and text.

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U.S. Hispanic and Asian populations growing, but for different reasons

U.S. Hispanic and Asian populations growing, but for different reasons | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
Both Hispanics and Asians been among the fastest-growing racial/ethnic groups in recent years, but since 2010, number of Asians have increased at a faster rate.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 27, 2014 10:15 AM

It is often noted that the cultural composition of the United States is undergoing a shift, referred to by some as the "Browning of America."  The story of Asian and Hispanic growth in the United States are occurring simultaneously, which makes many assume that they are growing for the same reasons.  The data clearly shows that this is not the case.  


Tags: migration, USA, ethnicity.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 6:55 PM

APHG-U2

Giselle Figueroa's curator insight, September 26, 2014 9:46 PM

A very interesting fact, because I thought that Hispanic race had grown rather than Asian race in the last few years but I see that not. Another thing that caught my attention was that the Hispanic  population has  growth due to the Hispanic  birth here in U.S and not because they immigrate to U.S. But in the case of the growth of the Asian population, is because they immigrate. I didn't know that, now I am more  informed.

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Children at the Border

Children at the Border | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
The number of children crossing the U.S. border alone has doubled since last year. Answers to key questions on the crisis.

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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, July 17, 2014 2:03 PM

Infographic and other details about the children who cross the border alone.

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Welcoming Immigrants: Why Empathy Is Smart Economics For Cities

Welcoming Immigrants: Why Empathy Is Smart Economics For Cities | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
Why should a local government care about welcoming immigrants and becoming an actively empathetic institution?


Creating an environment that is friendly toward immigrants is both a matter of human decency and smart economics.  A welcoming city is more likely to thrive, thus illustrating the “empathy imperative”—the critical importance of empathy within communities today. A person who is welcoming to another resident shows active empathy—the kind that involves concrete steps on behalf of the “welcomer” to help make the resident’s journey smoother.


In this way, the empathy imperative is a powerful economic driver that also makes a city a more vibrant, inclusive, and pleasant place to live.

 

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President Obama pays tribute to Maya Angelou - Telegraph

President Obama pays tribute to Maya Angelou - Telegraph | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
Maya Angelou, the celebrated American poet and novelist, has died aged 86 at her home in North Carolina

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23 iPad enabled alternatives to the Book Report Presentation

23 iPad enabled alternatives to the Book Report Presentation | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
Tweet Tweet   In January I was one of the Apple Distinguished Educators who got to talk at the Apple Leadership Summit. Below you can see my presentation. For more information check http://ipa...

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How To Use Direct Messages on Instagram

How To Use Direct Messages on Instagram | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
A few months ago, direct messages on Instagram became accessible to all users. We break down this feature and show you how it can be used for your business.

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David Blundell's curator insight, March 6, 2014 2:07 PM

Great post on how to use Instagrams new private messaging service for social media marketing . . .

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4 Steps to Making Rigorous Discussion a Routine

4 Steps to Making Rigorous Discussion a Routine | English Language Learners | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Petra Claflin, Digital Media Manager for YES Prep Public Schools, shares four ways that she's introduced her students to and engaged them in academically rigorous discussion as a regular classroom activity.

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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, January 25, 2014 3:16 PM

What does this article have to do with ELLS?

ELLs need to practice speaking, and they need to practice using academic vocabulary.  Here are strategies to help focus rigours discussion in your classroom.