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What English Learners Need

<i>Written by Susana Dutro and Raquel Mendia Núñez</i><p>English learners deserve student-centered instruction grounded in strong pedagogy and robust language …

Language Learning

How Wilkie Collins found sensation in ordinary life

In 1871, Thomas Hardy approvingly described “the sensation novel” as a “long and intricately inwrought chain of circumstance” that involved “murder, blackmail, illegitimacy, impersonation, eavesdropping, multiple secrets, a suggestion of bigamy, amateur and professional detectives”. Give or take a …

Literature

An Introduction to German Literature In 10 Writers

As is the case in the realms of fine art and film, Germany’s literary legacy is an expansive one. From philosophy to fiction to verse poetry, Germans …

Literature

Neat Teacher-Created Anchor Charts/Posters About Our “ELL Teacher’s Toolbox” Book

The Katy Independent School District in Texas brought teachers together today to study our book, <i>The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox</i>.<p>Here are some neat anchor …

Teaching

How to Get Paid to Hang Out With 55 Cats on a Beautiful Greek Island

If hanging out with a bunch of cats on an island in the Aegean Sea sounds like your idea of paradise, look no further than this very real dream job …

Aegean Sea

Dress Up Your Classroom Walls With Our Free Reading Posters

If teaching kids to love reading and books is one of your favorite parts of the job, you’re going to love our new printable reading posters. This set …

Posters

Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

Whether or not octopuses should be viewed as charming or terrifying very much depends on your personal perspective. But it’s hard to deny their intelligence.<p>Octopuses can squirt water at an annoyingly bright bulb until it short-circuits. They can tell humans apart (even those who are wearing the …

The Roku Channel Is Now Free on the Web

Roku hardware is no longer required to access the movies, TV shows, and live news streams offered for free on The Roku Channel. Simply load it up on …

TV shows

Only 20% of US kids study a language in school—compared to 92% in Europe

Kids in the US take classes in English, which works out pretty well for them. The dominant global language right now happens to be their default. Perhaps that’s one reason why only 20% of US students in kindergarten through 12th grade learn a foreign language, according to new Pew Research Center …

Language Learning

Serial chiller: Wilkie Collins, master of the cliffhanger

Wilkie Collins wrote The Moonstone at a time of personal trauma and physical agony. But his professional life was going much better: with four bestsellers published in a decade, Collins was one of the best-paid writers working at the time. When The Moonstone came out in 1868, he netted a tidy £750 …

Literature

There’s Nothing Wrong With Black English

Accepting it as an alternative form of the language, and not a degraded one, requires being open to artists employing it in their work, even if they didn't grow up speaking it.<p><i>The Nation</i> recently published a poem in which a homeless narrator speaks a complex, nuanced variety of English with a long …

Linguistics

The Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books

Reuniting stumped readers with the books from the edges of their memories.<p>The carpet was khaki, the lights yellow, the walls a dishwater beige. The …

Books

The Surprising Pattern Behind the Names of Colors Around the World

People in South Korea, where I live, often ask if I don't find the Korean language awfully hard. I reply by asking them what they imagine the most …

Language Learning

How evil happens

Why some people choose to do evil remains a puzzle, but are we starting to understand how this behaviour is triggered?<i>By Noga Arikha</i>Read at Aeon

Psychology

What is in a name? Can a German really ever call their child Adolf?

Is it acceptable to call a child Adolf? Or has the name been permanently tainted by its association with Hitler? That’s the question a new German film set to open in cinemas this autumn explores.<p><i>Der Vorname</i>, or The First Name is set at dinner party of old friends that starts to go wrong when one of …

World History

How Languages Used Online Compare To Real Life [Infographic]

Language barriers have always proven a major hurdle for global connectivity. Surfing the web on the latest smartphone or tablet is pretty meaningless if all the content shows up in a language you cannot understand. Technological solutions have emerged in the form of translation software and apps …

Top 10

ACLU sues N.J. schools that prevent immigrant children from enrolling

The ACLU of New Jersey is suing a dozen school districts in the state, saying they have discriminatory policies that prevent immigrant children from …

New Jersey

Sensational archaeological find is likely Germany's oldest library

Archeologists in Cologne are sure they have found what looks like the foundations of the oldest verifiable library in Germany. It was built by the …

Libraries

Hunting for fossils in the quirks of language

WHEN stone tools were recently found in China, they were interpreted as proof that the exodus of humans from Africa took place hundreds of thousands …

Linguistics

Empowering Kids In An Anxious World

Rates of anxiety and depression among teens in the U.S. have been rising for years. According to one study, nearly one in three adolescents (ages 13-18) now meets the criteria for an anxiety disorder, and in the latest results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk …

Parenting

Amazon’s Curious Case of the $2,630.52 Used Paperback

SAN FRANCISCO — Many booksellers on Amazon strive to sell their wares as cheaply as possible. That, after all, is usually how you make a sale in a competitive marketplace.<p>Other merchants favor a counterintuitive approach: Mark the price up to the moon.<p>“Zowie,” the romance author Deborah …

Books

You Can Virtually Excavate Artifacts From A Riverbed In Amsterdam With This Website

During the decade-long construction of a metro line through a riverbed in the city of Amsterdam, archaeologists found around 700,000 artifacts dating from 2005 all the way back to 3000 BC. Nearly 12,000 of these have been photographed and innovatively presented on a new website called <i>Below the</i> …

Australian entrepreneur offers cash reward to solve geoglyph mystery

<b>(CNN) —</b> On a desert plateau 36 miles from the tiny South Australian town of Marree lies one of the country's greatest unsolved modern mysteries.<p>Lines run through the barren earth, carved one foot deep and over 115 feet wide. Stretching over 2.6 miles, the lines join together to form an image of an …

Why Do Most Languages Have So Few Words for Smells?

And why do these two hunter-gatherer groups have so many?<p>Describe a banana. It's yellow, perhaps with some green edges. When peeled, it has a smooth, soft, mushy texture. It tastes sweet, maybe a little creamy.<p>And it smells like... well, it smells like a banana.<p>Every sense has its own “lexical …

Linguistics

'It's like a black and white thing': How some elite charter schools exclude minorities

<i>This story about school segregation was produced by the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, and the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, a newsroom for independent journalists, in partnership with NBC Nightly News</i> …

How Reading Aloud Helps Reach Reluctant ELL (And All) ReadersASCD Inservice

<i>By</i> <i>Barbara Gottschalk</i><p>Countless research studies have told us that reading aloud to students is effective. Why, then, do teachers feel like it is “one …

Cheat Sheet: Moving up to Intermediate Japanese with a New Verb Ending

A common joke in the foreign community in Japan is that you know that you have achieved the jump from beginner to beginner-intermediate Japanese …

Prize-Winning ‘Shoplifters’: Japan’s PM Hates This Movie Because It’s Just Too True

The warm-hearted story of a loose-knit ‘family’ struggling to survive is based on field research into Japanese poverty, and inspired by an abused …

The reasons why women’s voices are deeper today

We’re not talking Barry White here but some fascinating research reveals how women’s voices are becoming deeper in some countries.<p>If you listen to radio programmes from the 1940s and 1950s you’ll notice some striking differences between the way that people spoke then and how we express ourselves …

Institute of Education Sciences to Offer Up to $4M for Research Into Educational Tools

Policy<p>Institute of Education Sciences to Offer Up to $4M for Research Into Educational Tools<p>Jun 13, 2018<p><b>UNCLE SAM NEEDS YOUR HELP (AND WILL PAY):</b> The …