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December 21, 2011

California to Offer 'Seal of Biliteracy' to High School Graduates

District-level recognition of mastering at least two languages goes statewide on January 1

October 27, 2011

Proposition 227, 13 Years Later

Achievement for the nation's largest state population of English-language learners is a very mixed picture.

September 30, 2011

Florida Expands 'Opt-Out' Options for ELL Parents

Some interesting news from Florida: Last week, Florida's Board of Education voted that parents of English-language learners can opt for their child to stop receiving ELL services even if the student has not tested as proficient in English. The main concern is that this opt-out implies that the dis...

September 26, 2011

Extreme Schooling?

An exercise in "extreme schooling" mirrors the experience of countless ELLs in immersion classrooms, and is a good reminder of the anxiety, struggles, and frustration that come with attending school in a language you don't understand and a culture that's brand new - even in the best of cases.

September 19, 2011

New Website Offers Fun Alternative for Practicing a Language

Verbling, a new free website and tool for language learners around the world, is like the popular webchat phenomenon "Chatroulette," but with an educational twist.

September 09, 2011

One Opinion: New Assessments Should Keep ELLs in Mind

A commentary writer says English-language learners' needs should be considered from the get-go when drafting the new, common core assessments.

August 16, 2011

Report: 'Academic Vocabulary' Lessons Boost Reading Skills

Word Generation, a new vocabulary program for middle school students, targets academic language to boost reading comprehension, particularly among ELLs.

August 15, 2011

Gates Joins Stanford ELL Project as Details Emerge

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $1 million to a Stanford University-led effort to develop English-language-proficiency resources for the states' common-core academic standards.

June 14, 2011

Teacher: Transfer from First Language to English Isn't Automatic

A bilingual educator writing a guest blog post at Voice of San Diego says that students can benefit from instruction that lets them know what does and doesn't transfer from their first language to English.

June 03, 2011

Insight on Why Bilingual Children May Reject a Language

Peer pressure can influence children who are bilingual to reject using their home language, writes researcher Fran├žois Grosjean.

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