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June 14 Webcast: Diane August Reviews Findings on ELLs

Some of you have e-mailed me to say that the first time you ever posted a comment on a blog was on Learning the Language. Thank you for trying something new, so that other readers and I could learn from what you have to say.

Here's something else to try--Webcasts about research on English-language learners co-sponsored by CREATE and SchoolsMovingUp, an initiative of WestEd. (CREATE stands for the Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners.)

On June 14 at noon, Diane August, a senior research scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics, will review findings about ELLs from the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth. I'm thinking the Webcast could be an agreeable alternative to reading the 669-page volume--or at least a big help in knowing what to focus on in reading the actual study. (A 15-page executive summary is also available.)

Harvard University education professor Catherine Snow is set to give a Webcast on "all-purpose academic words" on Sept. 6, and Jana Echevarria, a professor of education from California State University-Long Beach, will offer one on the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol, a way to infuse the teaching of English into instruction about academic content, on Nov. 8. More information is here.

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