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Tool for Communicating with Parents in Their Home Languages - via Big Deal Media

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Language Fuel | Home

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We provide training and support for English Language Teachers, and self-directed language learners. Explore our site to learn how we can serve you!

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Some interesting courses and resources here. Check it out.

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EAL HUB - EAL resources for teachers

EAL HUB - EAL resources for teachers | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
A vast hub of EAL resources, ideas and support for teachers working with EAL/ELL/ESOL learners worldwide! EAL CPD and training. Encouraging inclusive education for all - Everyone A Learner.

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A great time saver for EFL, ESL and EAL teachers. A one year subscription works out at about $2 a month.

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Schools chancellor, mayor announce addition of 47 dual language

Schools chancellor, mayor announce addition of 47 dual language | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that for the 2019-2020 school year, the littlest New Yorkers will be able to learn in four new languages.

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$1M grant will train dual-language educators | Camarillo Acorn

$1M grant will train dual-language educators | Camarillo Acorn | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Cal State Channel Islands has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the California Department of Education to help train educators working with young students...

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This map of second languages shows how multicultural most countries really are

This map of second languages shows how multicultural most countries really are | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
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Why schools should embrace Kinyarwanda as the language of instruction

Why schools should embrace  Kinyarwanda as the language of instruction | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Stanley Baldwin, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister in 1924, while addressing the congress that same year, emphasised that the preservation of the individuality of the mother tongue is essential to every type of race and if the differences are smoothed out then the great gift is lost out. “Uniformity of languages is a bad thing,” he said.

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5 practical steps to scaffold lessons for English learners

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Article from "Helping ELL/ESL students succeed at https://www.edweb.net/.5b6ddea4/
 
     "VIPKid is a global education technology company that connects children with the world’s best teachers for real-time online English immersion learning. VIPKid’s mission is to inspire and empower every child for the future. VIPKid believes that education is not one-size-fits-all, rather all students are unique and the world is within their reach when connected with great teachers capable of personalizing learning and sparking curiosity."
 

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Hopes for the Digital Revival of #MinorityLanguages

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Is the internet driving out minority languages?
‘The internet is an extremely important way of supporting the revitalisation of minority languages. New technology makes it possible for speakers of minority languages who live in diaspora, or live scattered over a vast geographical area, to communicate regardless limitations of space or time.
‘But one problem is that many minority languages have not been standardised, so the algorithms don’t even recognise the materials that have been written in a particular language and are available online - simply because people write it in different ways.
‘Then of course there are no interfaces (such as web browsers) available in many minority languages. There are languages like Basque where there are interfaces, online dictionaries, translation programmes and so on – and then there are languages such as Karelian which does not have basically anything yet.’


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200+ Common English Idioms and Phrases with Their Meaning

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Learn commonly used idioms in daily English conversations
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TESOL International Convention, Mar 12-15, 2019

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The TESOL 2019 International Convention & English Language Expo will be held 12-15 March in Atlanta, Georgia. Registration opens 17 September.
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Family Toolkit | NCELA

Family Toolkit | NCELA | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
This toolkit is a free, online resource with answers to questions families may have about public schools and education services in the United States. The English Learner Family Toolkit was created to help families choose education services that meet their child’s needs. Educators, elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and other school staff can also share the toolkit as a resource for ELs and their families.
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WriteBetter – Learning tool to improve English writing skills

WriteBetter – Learning tool to improve English writing skills | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
WriteBetter is a learning tool for written English that leverages the Data-Driven Learning (DDL) approach. DDL refers to an approach to learning foreign languages in which students discover patterns or rules of language use autonomously by exploring a large amount of sentences written by native speakers.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 10, 1:16 AM

This is a great free tool to help your students improve their own writing.

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Perfect pronunciations exercises | Learner's Dictionary

Perfect pronunciations exercises | Learner's Dictionary | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
75 different practice exercises in 15 pronunciation lessons
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Schools are teaching kids in Korean, Arabic, French as dual immersion programs expand beyond Spanish –

Schools are teaching kids in Korean, Arabic, French as dual immersion programs expand beyond Spanish – | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Southern California, “one of the most linguistically diverse areas in the United States,” is seeing a growth in dual-language immersion programs.

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North Grade Elementary Dual Language Program (English)

There are great advantages to not only being bilingual, but also learning lessons in more than one language. North Grade Elementary School is one of the dist...

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ESOL Courses - Free English Lessons Online

ESOL Courses - free TEFL teaching resources and online English language lessons for students of English as a foreign language and young learners. Practise your English skills using our free listening activities, video quizzes, reading exercises and games.
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Korea develops voice-recognizing translator for 9 languages

Korea develops voice-recognizing translator for 9 languages | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
South Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute has developed voice recognition-based translation technology for nine languages, the institute announced on April 18.  A user first chooses one of nine languages: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Arabic. When a phrase is spoken in Korean, text appears in both Korean and the chosen language.    A

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Facebook to launch Inuktut edition in 2019

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Facebook to launch Inuktut edition in 2019
Inuktut speakers now helping with translations in new app


Facebook will be available in the Inuit language by 2019, the social media company announced on July 9, on Nunavut Day.
Facebook will be available in the Inuit language by 2019, the social media company announced on July 9, on Nunavut Day.

And Inuktut speakers can now help with the translation of words from English into Inuktut, using the Translate Facebook app, to suggest translations for words such as “friend.”

Once someone has suggested a translation, others can vote for “up” or against “down” it. A news release from Facebook Canada says that when “a translation has been voted up enough, it becomes the official proposed translation for that string.”

These are stepping stones to the planned launch of Facebook in Inuktut in 2019, provided Facebook receives enough feedback from Inuktut speakers.

Facebook built the Translate Facebook app in 2007 to allow users to translate the interface into their languages, says the news release. The result is that Facebook is now available in more than 100 languages and, according to the social-media giant, is used by over one billion people in languages other than English.

The availability of the translation app in Inuktut is due to a partnership among Facebook Canada, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated and Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, the Inuit language authority.

“Facebook’s recognition of their role in the promotion and use of Inuktut is very much welcomed, particularly in Nunavut where it is the public majority language. This is refreshing because Inuit in Nunavut use Facebook to connect,” said Aluki Kotierk, president of NTI, in the news release.

“Providing an interface and allowing communications in our language is one of the ways we can encourage our people to use our language in all areas including the very widely used social media,” said Mary Thompson, chairperson of the IUT.

David Joanasie, Nunavut’s minister for languages, underlined the need to help unilingual Inuit elders remain connected with their children and grandchildren in other communities. An Inuktut version of Facebook “will help strengthen and normalize the use of Inuktut on social media by all Nunavummiut,” he said.


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NB: With reference to a 2016 census, the Inuktut population is 35,200, according to Ethnologue  (https://www.ethnologue.com/language/ike) ... What lessons for other minority community languages? 

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Looking for science resources in French? - Check out "Parlons Science"

Looking for science resources in French? - Check out "Parlons Science" | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it

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Federal legislation introduced Tuesday hopes to strengthen supports for Indigenous languages

Federal legislation introduced Tuesday hopes to strengthen supports for Indigenous languages | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
The federal government has introduced a new piece of legislation aimed at strengthening Indigenous languages. Bill C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages, was given first reading Tuesday. It recognizes the rights of Indigenous peoples and the importance of language as a part of culture. It would also enable the Minister of Canadian Heritage to enter …

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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL by @LarryFerlazzo

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL by @LarryFerlazzo | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Five 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. You might also be…

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Hopes of preserving Cherokee language rest with children

Hopes of preserving Cherokee language rest with children | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
In this Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 photo, Rainy Brake leads an early childhood development class at New Kituwah Academy in Cherokee, N.C. Although not a native speaker or enrolled member of the tribe, Brake is helping to ensure that the Cherokee language remains a living one. With fewer than 300 native Cherokee speakers remaining in North Carolina, tribe members hope to preserve their language and culture through this small school where their children are immersed in their people’s native tongue.

CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Tafoya grew up hearing Cherokee all around him — his mother, a grandmother and grandfather, aunts and an uncle all spoke the language that now is teetering on the edge of extinction.
Yet his mother purposely didn't teach him.
"She told us she had a hard time in school transitioning from Cherokee to English," Tafoya said. "She didn't want us to have the same problem so she never really taught us when we were younger."
Now the 37-year-old wants something different for his 6-year-old son, Moke, and his 2-year-old daughter, Marijane. Both are enrolled at New Kituwah Academy, a Cherokee language immersion school.

The language is "probably only the last real thing about being Cherokee that we have left," he said. "I mean, we have our different arts and stuff. But I think our language really defines us as it does any people."
With fewer than 300 native Cherokee speakers remaining in North Carolina, the clock is ticking to preserve not just the language, but a culture too. For the Eastern Band of Cherokee, hopes lie first with six fifth-graders who have attended New Kituwah (pronounced gi-DOO-wah) since they were babies.
"That's a big thing to hold on the shoulders of kids, that they're carrying the language," said Kylie Crowe Shuler, principal of the private school operated by the tribe. "And I don't want to beat that on them. I want them to enjoy it. And I think that they do."
The school, which opened in 2004, has about 90 students, with 55 in elementary and 35 in early childhood. Kituwah is a powerful word for the Cherokee and the name that they call themselves. The word can have different meanings, including mother town or the center. The area called Kituwah is located about 10 miles west of Cherokee.
From their earliest years, students learn only in Cherokee. Only in the higher grades is English introduced, mostly as a bow to parents concerned about what happens after their children leave the school.
The fifth-graders, members of the first class to attend New Kituwah, seem to grasp what's at stake.
"We're trying to keep a culture going," Haley Smith, 11, said in a recent interview.
Bo Taylor, 45, directs the Museum of the Cherokee Indian; he learned the language as an adult. One of the fifth graders is his 10-year-old daughter Abigail.
"I cannot emphasize enough this first class," he said. "These first kids, these parents that were willing to risk their child's futures and gamble with the belief that Cherokee was important, that's amazing because they were guinea pigs."
Next year, the fifth-graders will get to continue that schooling, thanks to a decision by the tribal council to fund New Kituwah Academy for grades 6-12. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredited New Kituwah in January.
Cherokee had no writing system until the early 1800s, when the renowned Sequoyah wrote a syllabary to put its sounds on paper. While English has one symbol for every letter, Cherokee has one symbol for each of its 80-plus syllables. Unlike many other languages, which focus on nouns and adjectives, Cherokee focuses on verbs. One verb can reveal how many people are talking, what they're doing and how near they are.
The near demise of the language came largely thanks to the U.S. government. Most Cherokee were forced to make a brutal march from the Southeast to Oklahoma in the 1830s. A few stayed behind, keeping a desperate grip on their way of life.
Then, beginning in the late 1800s, officials set up boarding schools to eradicate the American Indian languages. Teachers punished students for speaking their native tongues.
Without New Kituwah or something like it, "the Cherokee language will for sure die," said Walt Wolfram, director of the North Carolina Language and Life Project at N.C. State University. "Lots of people remain skeptical about whether languages can be revived. But the (other) option is certain death. In that sense, Kituwah Academy is the only antidote for what will be inevitable."
New Kituwah is one part of the Eastern Band's effort to preserve the language, said Annette Clapsaddle, director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, which has given almost $2 million to the school. Other initiatives include Cherokee language programs at public schools and a Cherokee studies program at Western Carolina University, she said.
Throughout the U.S., Native American tribes in recent years have launched efforts to preserve their languages.
The Cherokee nation in Oklahoma opened the Cherokee Immersion Charter School in 2002, said Julie Hubbard, a spokeswoman for Cherokees there. Students start at age 3 and go through eighth grade, when they can transfer to a public school or to Sequoyah High School, where the Cherokee immersion students study together, she said.
New Kituwah has had problems finding teachers fluent in Cherokee. Most native speakers are in their 60s and 70s and struggle with health issues, school administrators said.
Tafoya said he worries that his children may fall behind in some subjects, but the benefits of New Kituwah outweigh any downsides.
His 2-year-old, Marijane, is picking up some Cherokee words, Tafoya said. When Tafoya picks her up at school, she'll ask "Gah-ZUH a-GAH-shgaa?" meaning where is Rain, which is Moke's Cherokee name. And she knows a favorite word of 2-year-olds in two languages: "No." In Cherokee, that's "Ha-DEE."
Taylor said he believes the immersion school was the right choice for his girls. "Cherokee, it goes to the core of who we are," he said. While some American Indian cultures are in jeopardy, New Kituwah offers hope, he said.
"We're singing our songs again," he said. "We're telling our stories. And the one thing that we have is hope."
Even though she forgets words sometimes, Haley is certain that she and the other fifth-graders will never abandon the Cherokee language.
"A lot of people ask us, what if we forget our language," she said. "And all you can tell them is it's a part of life. You can't just forget that."
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Online:
About New Kituwah Academy:
http://nc-cherokee.com/education/hom/youth-adult-education-services/kituwah-preservation-education/
Cherokee Preservation Foundation: http://cherokeepreservation.org/
Link to documentary titled "First Language" about effort to preserve Cherokee language: https://news.ncsu.edu/2014/11/first-language/
Cherokee immersion school in Oklahoma:
http://www.cherokee.org/News/Stories/20140514CherokeeImmersionCharterSchoolgraduatesmorespeakers.aspx
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48th Annual NABE Conference, Mar 6-9, 2019

48th Annual NABE Conference, Mar 6-9, 2019 | Bilingually Enriched Learners | Scoop.it
Pre-Conference Institutes: Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 Conference: March 7th - 9th, 2019 Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida
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