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Second-grade language immersion students at a Minnesota school are learning Spanish through a pen-pal exchange with university students in the state.
Educators, parents and policymakers can help improve math achievement among Latino students who lag behind peers by about three months, according to a report from the Child Trends Hispanic Institute.
Educators in an Arkansas school district credit supplemental English language classes with helping English language learners acquire the language skills necessary for proficiency.
Officials in two California school districts are working with researchers at California State University, San Bernardino, to test the Teaching English Learners Early Mathematics project.
San Diego educators are working to remove language barriers so students who haven't mastered English can still advance in math.
The ability to speak the dominant language of a country is strongly tied to national identity, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
An Arizona middle school's seventh-graders, who recently sent care packages to newly arrived refugee students from Sudan, Syria and Congo but who now live in their state, recently received thank you letters.
Students at a dual language school in Washington have launched a bilingual school newspaper through an after-school club.
Some students at an elementary school in Canada are participating in a pen-pal exchange with peers in France.
A newcomer's program for recently immigrated English language learners is being credited for helping to decrease drop-out rates in a New York state school district.
One California school district has hired many new noncredentialed bilingual instructional assistants to help with the influx of refugees coming into the area from places such as Syria and Afghanistan.
Educators in some Illinois schools are encouraging students to make more practical use of the language they are learning to help them achieve proficiency.
Researchers have found that people who learn a second language later in life are more likely to engage in synesthesia - or sensory or cognitive experiences that are automatically triggered by another - than people who are natively bilingual.
Some rural North Dakota school districts struggle to provide services to their small, fluctuating populations of English language learners.
Spanish II students at an Iowa high school have been creating medical guides to ease the language barrier between Spanish-speaking patients and English-speaking health care providers.