This article addresses the development of enhanced cognitive skills in immersion education. Published in Psychology Today as part of an online blog series Life as a Bilingual: The reality of living with two (or more) languages by Dr. Francois Grosjean. This article will be especially helpful for immersion parents and school administrators who regularly promote the benefits of early language learning in an immersion school setting.
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CAL is continuing to expand its successful series of professional development institutes focusing on key issues for educators. CAL institutes provide research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools to help you develop effective classroom activities, including meeting the demands of the Common Core State Standards.
Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice
This timely and comprehensive publication provides a state-of-the-art overview of major issues related to heritage, community, and Native American languages in the United States, providing a foundational perspective on how these languages are learned and used in a variety of contexts and outlining the importance of drawing on these languages as valuable national resources.
U.S. Department of Education Announces Highest-Rated Applications for Investing in Innovation 2013 Competition
The U.S. Department of Education today announced results for the fourth round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition, including the Center for Applied Linguistics.
Many educators have questions about integrating the Common Core State Standards into content area curricula for English learners. This new brief, designed for practitioners, provides information and answers based on CAL’s practical experience and academic expertise on language learning and English learners.
CAL is saddened by the passing of our valued colleague and friend, Mike Grover, founder of Multilingual Matters. His vision and commitment to language learning and equity were unequalled and he will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
CAL staff members Dorry M. Kenyon and David MacGregor are among the recipients of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) Best Article Award. This award is given annually for an article that makes a significant contribution to the field of language testing. The winning article, “Issues in Vertical Scaling of a K-12 English Language Proficiency Test,” also includes authors Dongyang Li, who was an intern at CAL when he contributed to this article, and H. Gary Cook. It appeared in the July 2011 issue of the journal Language Testing (Vol. 28, No. 3).
The Mountain School is looking for a new Latin teacher for next year. Every semester, 40 or so high school juniors from around the country trek to Vershire for a term in the woods. And of every new crop of students, five or six want to take Latin.
As the conversation about bilingualism spreads throughout the country, more and more parents are looking for resources when it comes to raising their children to be multilingual.
According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, thousands of schools across America have decreased their foreign language offerings in the last decade. In the midst of this decline, however, there appears to be a race by schools to offer instruction in Chinese.