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Advocacy in Action

Language advocates lobby Congress for language education and industry priorities

By Keely Lake



On February 15-16, the Joint National Committee for Languages – National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS), the authority on language policy in Washington, DC, hosted its annual conference, Language Advocacy Day. Unique in the field, the event affords the opportunity for those in the language learning and language access sectors to advocate collectively to federal policymakers for better policies and regulations. Every year, JNCL-NCLIS convenes over one hundred advocates from the language professions–educators, researchers, administrators, translators and interpreters, and more–in Washington to meet with Congress and request legislation and funding in support of language education and industry priorities. Read more.

Small town schools chief bridges cultures through language learning

SOURCE: EdWeek Update

Reading, writing, rolled R’s, and Han characters: In Bellefonte, Pa., students from kindergarten on up get a dose of Mandarin or Spanish, alongside the traditional subjects.  It’s part of Superintendent Michelle Saylor’s vision for using foreign-language learning as a lever to getting students and teachers alike to think about what global citizenship really means and the district’s role in promoting it. Education Week

Oregon third-graders speak Spanish on field trip

SOURCE: ACTFL SmartBrief

Third-grader Amy Ibarra was on a wildlife scavenger hunt when she spotted the frog.  “Un rana! Un rana!” she yelled, using the Spanish word for frog. The cry taken up by her partner Liana Schaefer. The pair’s fellow Garfield Elementary School students gathered around and they watched the frog until it hopped back to cover near a stream.  The moment came Thursday during a field trip offered for the school by the Institute for Applied Ecology, the Marys River Watershed Council and the Greenbelt Land Trust at the trust’s Bald Hill Farm property. Although the organizations have annually taken local elementary schools to the property for outdoor learning field trips, Thursday’s outing was the first time the group brought in volunteers who could offer lessons in Spanish. Corvallis Gazette-Times (Ore.)

Students bond through bilingual storytelling

SOURCE: CSCTFL

Once a month, students from the Starr’s Mill’s Spanish Honor Society go to the Peachtree City Library to participate in Bilingual Storytime. Spanish III and AP Spanish teacher Madeline Rodriguez started this activity last September.  During Bilingual Storytime, high school students participate in a variety of activities with children from ages four through eight, such as reading books in Spanish, making crafts, enjoying food, and watching shows or movies in Spanish.  The Prowler News (Fayetteville, Ga.)

Five ways to keep our students from losing their language skills over the summer

SOURCE: CASLS InterCom

In this post, we will explore strategies to keep our World Language students from losing their skills over the summer. As you read this post, please keep in mind that it is inevitable that students will require some review when they return to school the following year. These strategies that we are about to discuss are simply to help our students to retain as much as possible.​ Teaching in the Target Language Blog

 

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Four Myths about Struggling Students and Immersion Programs

SOURCE: CASLS InterCom

Instructional support for add.a.lingua partner programs comes in a wide variety of forms but there’s one topic that comes up All. The. Time.  Teachers, administrators, point people and parents reach out to our team to ask the following question: What about students who struggle in immersion education? There’s certainly room in the field for more research on students who struggle in immersion programs, but existing research combined with our collective decades of experience as practitioners lead us to some clear answers to this question. To unpack those answers, we’ll explore four far-too-common myths about struggling students in immersion programs. add.a.linuga Blog

Opinion: Middle schools should continue immersion

SOURCE: ACTFL SmartBrief
 
Language-immersion programs should serve students at least through the eighth grade to ensure young learners maintain fluency and enjoy the benefits of language learning, writes Camilla Modesitt, development director at Denver Language School in Colorado. In this blog post, she explains why language learning takes on a different purpose during the middle-school years. Education Week's Global Learning Blog
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