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Culture is not usually at the heart of EFL teachers' concerns. This talk aims at showing how your coursebook can serve as the perfect springboard to dive into cultural issues, an essential and integral aspect of language.
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Editor's Note: This blog was co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski. Portions of this post are excerpted from their book, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activi
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...
During the SuperBowl, the Coca-Cola Company aired a commercial to promote their brand as every other mega corporation who has a few million dollars to blow on a 30 to 60 seconds of television airtime....
Twitter went crazy with comments over coke's commercial.
The demographics are changing.
The nuanced practices necessary for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students cannot be fully assessed by distant observers using a standard rubric. Nor are credential candidates' attributes such as kindness, ...
Use this tool to explore the demographic shifts that will change the makeup of American colleges, from the national level down to the more than 3,000 counties.
When you’re talking about learning a language in the U.S., you’re generally talking about ESL which refers to “English as a second language” or the study or use of English by speakers with different native languages.
María Postigo María Postigo is a native speaker from Spain. She teaches Spanish III/Honors & IV and is the Spanish Club Advisor at Canal Winchester HS. She is on the OFLA Secondary Language Learning Committee.
If someone asked you for an Arabic word that’s used in English, what would come to mind? Hummus? Tahini? Maybe falafel? Well, you’re right that these are all words that came into the English language from Arabic.
What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? Answer the questions to see your personal dialect map.
This accent quiz is entertaining to share with family members, especially if you've moved a few times. One of my children landed on an "Overland Park, Kansas" accent given we lived there during his formative years. It was a melting pot with people in the early 90s moving to OP from all over the country. I was raised in Akron, Ohio but my accent appears to be most like the people in Phoenix, Arizona where I now reside. This is my second stop in Phoenix-- another highly transient area. The map shows other areas that have influenced my word choice--Cleveland, Ohio and the heartland. I have the least in common with New Yorkers and those from Boston. Have fun!
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 ...
Bilingual Education Produces a More Diverse Mind and Society Truth-Out A recent incident in Hempstead Texas made news when a middle school principal ordered Mexican-American students not to speak Spanish or else face punishment.
Today’s question for the Q: Skills for Success authors: When should L1 be used in class? Nigel Caplan responds. Do you have a question about teaching English to adults that you’d like to ask our Q ...
C.P. Squires Elementary School harnesses parents, businesspeople, and retirees for academic and financial support and to staff after-school programs.
WASHINGTON — Giancarlo Tello paid $14,000 more than other New Jersey high school graduates to attend Rutgers University, the state's flagship public college
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.
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.
The U.S. population will soar to 438 million by 2050 and the Hispanic population will triple, according to projections released Monday by the Pew Research Center.
"I wanted to leave," a Vanderbilt student said. How mentoring programs help him and other first-generation students stay in school.
View full lesson on TED-ED: What do Game of Thrones' Dothraki, Avatar's Na'vi, Star Trek's Klingon and LOTR's Elvish have in common? They are all fantasy constructed languages, or conlangs. Conlangs have all the delicious complexities of real languages: a high volume of words, grammar rules, and room for messiness and evolution. John McWhorter explains why these invented languages captivate fans long past the rolling credits.
This TED ED video lesson brings up some important questions to ponder for cultural geography (and uses some popular fantasy/science fiction examples to do it). For languages that are spoken by actual populations, they often 'borrow' vocabulary from other languages, making some ask the question, can loan words damage language integrity?
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I saw this picture on a Power Point slide in my Psych class. It was a classic case of lost in translation—a small faux pas with a hilarious result. The English translation, of course, was meant to be “Rum Raisin.” So—why the mix-up?
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, took a close look at today’s uptalk, popularized during the 1980s as Valley Girl Speak.
Having read the two chapters of How Languages are Learned, and discussed in class some of the aspects of Second Language Acquisition, I am going to talk about the differences and similarities I can see between the ...
At Cal-Wood, we often serve schools with linguistically and culturally diverse students. To meet the learning needs of these classes, our instructors use innovative educational techniques such as Sheltering, to teach science, ...