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High Tech/Low Tech: Ideas for Every Classroom

There’s an App for That!…Or Not…

By Lauren Rosen

So you are used to seeing High Tech Low Tech articles that discuss options for improving your students language learning experience. These options are presented in various ways requiring different amounts of technology or none at all. The outcomes are intended to be the same regardless of whether you are integrating technology or not. The idea is to stretch your approach within the confines of your own environment; to engage your students in ways that may be new to you and offer more variety with respect to input and output for your students. Read more.

International Schools Yield Positive Results


The international-schools model is growing, with six such schools opening in Washington, D.C., since 2012. Data show English-language learners who attend these schools outperform ELL peers in traditional schools, but the model has drawn criticism from some. The Atlantic

Language Diversity Grows in Canada


Census data in Canada show that more people -- about 7.6 million total -- are speaking languages besides French and English. According to 2016 Census data released by Statistics Canada, the use of French at home in both Quebec and across Canada has fallen since 2011 and fewer Canadians reported French as their first language.​ The Toronto Star

Raising a Truly Bilingual Child

SOURCE: Foreign Language Teaching Forum (FLTEACH)

True bilingualism is a relatively rare and a beautiful thing, and by “true,” I mean speaking two languages with the proficiency of a native — something most of us will only dream of as we struggle with learning languages in school and beyond. Highly competent bilingualism is probably more common in other countries, since many children growing up in the United States aren’t exposed to other languages. New York Times

Community Works to Retain Euskara Language


The origins of Euskara, an ancient language spoken today by 35% of Spain's Basque population in northern Spain, are a mystery, experts say. This article highlights the language's history and a recent campaign to promote use of a language that has returned from being banned by dictator Francisco Franco. BBC


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Apps to Help Launch a Great School Year


There are several tools that can help students get a running start on the school year, writes Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. In this blog post, Chandler shares several tools, including Bloomz and Planboard. MiddleWeb

Cultural Competency is Not a "Soft " Skill

SOURCE: Education Week Teacher Update

Educators are very familiar with "soft skills," or those that are peripheral to the core curriculum—nice additions if you have the time. Associating "soft" with a skill often means it is often difficult to assess, and consequently, we believe it becomes less worthy of the effort. After all, we usually find ways to explicitly teach and measure skills we think are critical.​ Education Week Teacher
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