Technology and social media are adding new words and acronyms to the English language faster than you can type “OMG” and certainly faster than dictionaries can keep up. In fact, just last month, to the delight of Scrabblers everywhere, a ...
One afternoon last fall, I watched as a group of Hispanic middle school students trained to become the best Spanish-language spellers in America. Their thick practice packet for the fourth annual National Spanish Spelling Bee began with examples of the easiest words students might expect to encounter in the bee’s...
Holyoke Public Schools started a dual language program at Metcalf this fall. The program is the brainchild of Superintendent of Schools Sergio Paez and promises to help students become both bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.
I only met Judith Kitchen once. It’s my loss. Kitchen, who died last week at 73 of cancer, was a rare spirit, both on the page and in the world. Teacher, essayist, critic, she and her husband and partner Stan Rubin ran the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., where I spent a couple of days last year visiting.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jose Torres smiles as he thinks about how his 12-year-old daughter has embraced learning the same mariachi music he plays at home during a new Chicago Public Schools program that teaches the Mexican songs, linking the family's culture...
After more than 11 years in Los Angeles public schools, Dasha Cifuentes still isn't speaking or writing English at grade level. The U.S. native, whose parents are Mexican immigrants, was raised in a Spanish-speaking household and she acknowledges that the two languages get confused in her mind.
The second annual "Share A Story" contest sponsored by The Courier-Journal celebrated four winning young authors and resulted in 12,000 donated books distributed to participants at five local libraries Saturday to promote literacy in Louisville.
The book drive that began Sept. 1 culminated in events held Saturday morning at four branches of the Louisville Free Public Library and at the Jeffersonville, Indiana library. The literacy campaign took place on "Make A Difference Day," the "largest national day of community service," according to USA WEEKEND magazine, which founded the event more than two decades ago.
Illiteracy matters in Kentucky, where an estimated 60 percent of children enter grade school lacking sufficient reading skills, Courier-Journal publisher Wes Jackson said in an interview. Jackson read to children and celebrated with two of the four contest winners and 130 children and their parents and caregivers at the Louisville Free Public Library's newly opened branch at 9725 Dixie Highway. Winning stories will be published by The Courier-Journal, he added.
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