US primary and secondary students are less likely to study a foreign language in school as compared to peers in Europe, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.
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A five-week immersion program is connecting families that have recently come to the U.S. from countries such as Syria with college students who have taken at least two years of college-level Arabic.
Rising fifth- and sixth-graders in a Virginia school district are learning Chinese and Russian during a free four-week program funded by a grant from the federal government.
A new law in NC will allow Cherokees without degrees or certification to teach the tribe's language and cultural history to tribal students.
This short Q&A aims to provide insight into how test development and psychometric researchers at CAL identify biased items and prevent sensitive topics from appearing on CAL’s language proficiency assessments.
The U.S. is facing a foreign-language gap, and it is growing, says Marty Abbott, executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Researchers at Northwestern University take a closer look at how language choice shapes the thinking, feelings and decision-making of people.
Some members of the Maya community in Oakland, California, are serving as interpreters for residents who speak Mam, a Mayan language indigenous to Guatemala.
Students from several Virginia high schools recently visited the Germanna Colony to learn about the site's 300-year-old colonial history while participating in a three-week German-language immersion program.
An initiative in California, Global California 2030, aims to leverage language skills to help students become multilingual.
According to a recent study, music education may help early language learners.
A stranger recently told Los Angeles Times reporter Esmeralda Bermudez to "speak English" to her 4-year-old daughter. Bermudez writes in this commentary about the choices her family has made to benefit her daughter.
CAL Commentary: The March for our Lives: Bringing Power and Authenticity to the Language and Literacy Standards
This document highlights how student activities provide real-world examples of collaboration, argumentation and other skills that demonstrate that they are not only college and career ready, but community driven.
Some are asking if it's time to consider an official language for international space travel making it easier for various countries to collaborate on future space missions.
English language learners are improving their math and reading scores on the NAEP exam faster than their peers who speak only English, according to a recent study.
Language classes at a school in Chicago have transitioned from a traditional grade-level-based approach to a proficiency-based learning model that groups students according to their abilities.
The call for nominations is open for the 2019 TIRF James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts.
Bilingual speakers can demonstrate greater emotional detachment in a second language.
Many states' plans for educating English language learners under ESSA fall short of equity and send clear signals on how they value the educational progress of the students, an analysis finds.
A North Carolina district next school year will launch bilingual programs for English language learners at two elementary schools.
Educators in Washington, DC, have developed an open-source curriculum for teaching world languages focusing on project-based learning and communicative proficiency rather than grammar.
For many years, Oakland International High in Oakland, CA, has provided a point of entry for immigrant students, and a model for educating newcomers.
Support for English learners in state preschool programs varies widely but tends to be lower than experts would recommend, new study says.
A lot of multilingual countries promote an official language, but the United States has never done so with English. In fact, the U.S. has no official language.
The recent article, Oral Language Development Among Mandarin Learners in Chinese Homestays (in Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition), focuses on a mixed-method study describing the oral Mandarin development of American students living in Chinese homestays.