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October WAFLT eVoice: Bilingual Education, Immigrant Experiences, and More!

High Tech/Low Tech

Right Tech/No Tech

By Lauren Rosen



As we approach conference season with WAFLT and ACTFL just around the corner, many of us are getting excited for the new ideas, the networking, the recharge to our batteries. In addition to teaching language classes, for the past 25 years I have spent many hours in classrooms observing others and working one on one as well as in workshops and teaching classes on technology integration. The common questions that I have heard, believe it or not, really haven’t changed. Read more

32 Essential Questions for the World Language Class

SOURCE: CASLS InterCom

In this post, we will consider some essential questions that we can incorporate into our instruction in the World Language class. As we develop essential questions, we want to develop questions that can drive a lesson. We want these questions to be open-ended and encourage higher-order thinking. We want these questions to lead to discussions or debates. These questions will have more than one right answer and resurface over time. One of the things that I love about essential questions is that they can open a can of worms. I find that they can produce some of the most insightful and meaningful discussions. They require students to think deeply and consider more than just what is on the surface. Teaching in the Target Language Blog

Opinion: Bilingual Education Prepares Children for a Multicultural World

SOURCE: Education Dive: K12

Our world is more multilingual and multicultural than ever before. Studies show that the earlier a child is exposed to a second language, the greater the likelihood he or she will gain proficiency. Recent studies also show that students in bilingual education programs outperform their peers in attention and reading. In one study covering six states and 37 districts, the researchers found that, compared with students in English-only classrooms or in one-way immersion, dual-language students have higher test scores and also seem to be happier in school. Attendance is better, behavioral problems are fewer, and parent involvement is higher.  Education Dive

Book Club Seeks to Help Students Become Biliterate

SOURCE: ACTFL SmartBrief

Our school’s book club for heritage Spanish speakers—students who learned that language at home but whose dominant language is English—was born out of necessity: We faced the magnificent problem of having students who knew too much.  The student rosters for our middle school Spanish classes made this very clear. Although the majority of the students were monolingual English speakers, there were also students whose mother tongue was Spanish. Because the latter group possessed vocabulary and linguistic skills exceeding those of both their peers and indeed their teachers, it was evident that they deserved far more than what they would learn in an introductory class.​ Edutopia

Sharing Immigrant Experiences in the Classroom

SOURCE: Edutopia News

Today, the foreign-born population of the United States is the highest it has been in more than a century. Nearly a quarter of the U.S. population does not speak English at home. Meanwhile, the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States, long thought to be around 11 million, may be as high as 22 million.  Immigration remains one of the most contentious issues facing America. Social studies teachers, therefore, need to bring the conversation about immigration to our students. One way we can do this is to bring immigrants and new Americans into our classrooms, be it as guest speakers or through the use of testimonials, books, or videos.  Edutopia

 

November 1-3, 2018
WAFLT Annual Conference
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February 23, 2019
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Maine to Recognize Students for Bilingualism

SOURCE: ACTFL SmartBrief
 
Students across Maine can now be recognized for being proficient in multiple languages as part of a new initiative from the state’s Department of Education.  The agency announced Monday that beginning in May, it will offer a new award, called the Seal of Biliteracy, that will be featured on student transcripts. To earn the seal, students will need to show proficiency in English and another language. The department says students can show that in a variety of ways, including attaining high scores on tests like Advanced Placement exams.  Education Commissioner Robert Hasson says he hopes the new certification will help incentivize students to take more world language classes — as well as allow students from other countries to demonstrate their abilities. Maine Public Broadcasting Network
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