Both expensive and free technology is available to help students practice using a new language.


Some California school districts are providing a "seal of biliteracy" on high school diplomas for graduates who show proficiency in two languages.


The Center for Applied Linguistics has published a database that includes descriptions of more than 60 secondary newcomer programs for English-language learners


Experts at a recent forum discussed how to assess ELLs under new tests that will be funded by stimulus money.


William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well, has given a speech to international students about how to write well in a second language, which has in turn been published in the American Scholar.


New York state education officials have decided that English-language learners officially fall into the category of students who are "at risk of academic failure," paving the way for a new charter school in New York City to give preference to such students in admissions.


Two of the blog posts selected by the most readers in 2009 here at Learning the Language give information about strategies to use in the classroom with English-language learners.


Materials are available only in English at 16 percent of school libraries in this country, according to respondents to a 2009 survey conducted by the American Association of School Librarians.


Ragina D. Shearer, a middle school teacher in Denton, Texas, says that reading aloud to English-learners helps them acquire vocabulary and feel the rhythm of English.


Valeria Silva, a native of Chile, has taken her post as superintendent of St. Paul schools.


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