These days, when many classrooms have English-language learners, content-area teachers need to be aware of how to teach about language, says a thoughtful article published in the Middle School Journal.

Simon Cho is a Korean-born speedskater who lived in this country illegally as a child but is now a U.S. citizen and representing the United States in the upcoming winter Olympics.

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.

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