In this blog post Dr. José L. Medina, Director of Dual Language and Bilingual Education at CAL, shares his experience as an English learner entering school.
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An Oregon school district's dual language immersion program has expanded into high school now that its first class of students have reached ninth grade.
Ireland plans to increase the number of students who are studying two foreign languages as part of a 10-year strategy.
The brain can process language faster when there are shorter distances between words that depend on each other for meaning, according to a study.
This blog post addresses the importance of the 3 Pillars of Dual Language education.
The US State Department's Foreign Service Institute has mapped the difficulty of some languages to give an idea of how much time is needed for English language speakers to learn them.
English language learners can pick up English more quickly in dual language classrooms, according to a Rand study.
This article features the new third edition of the Guiding Principles of Dual Language Education.
Structural similarities among more than 100 written languages make them appear as though they are the same, according to a recent study.
Students attending a Denver immersion charter school learn core subjects in Spanish or Mandarin from kindergarten to second grades before starting start formal English language instruction when they reach third grade.
Schools across Hong Kong are using varied approaches to bilingual education with the common goal of helping students become fluent in two languages.
The third edition of this widely used resource reflects new knowledge, practices, and policies in the arena of dual language education and is designed to serve as an effective tool for planning, self-reflection, and continual improvement.
Students in some Washington state school districts are earning world language credits based on their performance on competency tests in their first language.
Researchers studying the amount of effort bilingual speakers use when they switch languages have found differences in brain activity when bilinguals are forced to change languages versus when they do it on their own.
This informative brief addresses frequent questions from the field about dual language education and offers recommended reading for further knowledge building.
In the wake of Hurricane Maria, some students and families in Puerto Rico may relocate to the US mainland.
A Texas school district offers several options in bilingual education that aim to support English-language-learning students, parents and educators.
A group of parents in Canada are urging the Toronto District School Board to consider expanding indigenous language instruction, so students can learn the language and culture of their heritage.
According to researchers, how languages categorize color varies widely, for example it is easier to communicate about warm colors than cool ones.
Students will be able to study Japanese and English when Georgia's first public dual language charter elementary school opens in August.
Education experts say learning a foreign language has many benefits for the youngest of students, including ease in language acquisition, opportunities to learn about other cultures and expanded career options.
Kindergartners have started learning in two languages in an Iowa school's first French and English class.
Music can encourage people to learn Gaelic, and perhaps other languages, according to a study recently published in the Modern Language Journal.
California's court system, considered the largest in the US, faces a shortage of trained courtroom interpreters to serve in a state where more than 200 languages are spoken.
In this student blog post, the author shares how her command of Mandarin Chinese improved during a summer immersion experience and offers tips on how to use immersion practices.