Richard de Meij

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Condemnation of Charter Schools Exposes a Rift Over Black Students

With charter schools educating as many as half the students in some American cities, they have been championed as a lifeline for poor black children stuck in failing traditional public schools.<p>But now the nation’s oldest and newest black civil rights organizations are calling for a moratorium on …

Charter schools

You May Not Know as Many Words as You Think You Do

(Newser) – You don't have to be a lexicographer to have a pretty ample lexicon—but your word knowledge still may not be as ample as you think. At …

Linguistics

Chinese, Arabic to Be Part of 38 Bilingual Programs Available for NYC Schools

Language changes are coming to New York City schools.<p>Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced on Monday that 38 new bilingual programs will be …

Learning and leading in multiple languages: NYC expands bilingual programs (commentary)

By Carmen Farina, NYC Schools ChancellorLike many New Yorkers, I grew up speaking Spanish at home (and a bit of Galician!) and English at school. My …

Education

How English gave birth to surprising new languages

English has morphed into several other languages all over the world. James Harbeck looks at the origins and possible future of these strange descendants.<p>Languages are ever changing, mixing and mutating, and sometimes they give birth to new ones. Sanskrit gave birth to Hindi and others; Latin is …

Linguistics

Foreign language influences in English

While many words enter English as slang, not all do. Some words are adopted from other languages; some are mixtures of existing words (portmanteau …

10 Myths And Misconceptions About World Languages

General Knowledge<p>April 29, 2015<p>Many people spend years learning foreign languages, a process that is difficult but ultimately rewarding. Yet, there …

The Benefits of Teaching in Two Languages

Bilingual education facilitates connections beyond the confines of a classroom.<p><i>Lea este artículo en español.</i><p>From New York to Utah, U.S. schools have seen a steady rise in bilingual education. Dual-language immersion programs first appeared in the U.S. in the 1960s to serve Spanish-speaking students …

Education

The New Bilingualism

The number of dual-language programs in American high schools is on the rise.<p>Graduates in white and purple robes exited the auditorium, their newly turned tassels bouncing as they sang and danced to a recording of the popular Latin salsa tune, “Vivir Mi Vida.”<p>They had just graduated from the …

Education

German language in the United States

Over 50 million Americans claim German ancestry, which makes them the largest single ethnic group in the United States. Around 1.38 million people in …

Here's what it really means to 'speak American'

If you’re in America, you speak American, so says former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Palin appeared on CNN …

Sarah Palin

University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows TV noise can stop toddlers learning new words

Children learn more words in a quieter environment where people speak fluently and highlight important information, University of Wisconsin-Madison …

The Book That Will Change How You See Language Learning (+ Clever Notes & Action Plan FREE)

One, dos, drei: Why speaking more than one language is good for the brain

Speaking more than one language has many more benefits than just being able to communicate with people the world over. Here is why teaching children to speak more than one language is a brilliant idea.<p>Meeting Catherina might just make you green with envy. At the tender age of 11, Catherina can …

The Brain

The Wisconsin Town That Didn't Learn English for Five Generations

<i>19th-century map courtesy of Deb Gunther</i><p>In 1837 an Irishman from New York named John Hustis bought a plot of land 50 miles north of Madison, …

Cool

Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more emphatic gesticulations and they occasionally break off into loud guffaws. They are discussing a woman, that much is clear, but the details are lost on …

The Brain

Blind adults’ gestures resemble those of other native speakers

“Adult speakers who are blind from birth also gesture when they talk, and these gestures resemble the gestures of sighted adults speaking the same …

Language

When Dutch Was Spoken On The Roads Of Flatbush

It is hard to imagine the lengthy period of time when Flatbush was a village, surrounded by woods and farms, linked to the larger settlement of …

Netherlands

A Global Perspective: Bringing the World Into Classrooms

First Person<p>—Image by Flickr user ricardo. Under Creative Commons.<p>Printer-Friendly<p>Email Article<p>Reprints<p>Comments<p>The need for students to be able to …

How The Brain Processes A Foreign Language

Most of us have tried to learn a foreign language, whether it's Spanish, French, or Italian, as a means of honing our analytical skills, listening …

How English sounds to non-English speakers

Is Perfect Bilingualism Attainable?

Multicultural | Educator | Advocate<p>This post is hosted on the Huffington Post's Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.<p>Raising children to speak two languages is no easy feat. Parents often …

Linguistics

For Children with Autism, Multiple Languages May Be a Boon

Oscar, 6, sits at the family dinner table and endures the loneliest hour of his day. The room bustles with activity: Oscar’s sister passes plates and …

Autism

Google Released A New Educational Tool to Wirelessly Share Computer Screens in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 17, 2016 <br>Google Cast for Education is a new Chrome app from Google to help teachers and students wirelessly share their computer screens from …

Google

The Learning Curve: Bilingual Programs Can Outperform English-Only Classrooms

By Mario Koran | 13 mins ago<p><i>The Learning Curve is a weekly column that answers questions about schools using plain language. Have a question about</i> …

Learning

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Girl (11) who's singing national anthems of 80 countries in 41 languages is performing in Ireland - her 76th country - tomorrow

Capri Everitt (11) from Canada along with her mum Kerrie, dad Tom and brother Bowen is travelling to 80 countries and singing in 41 different …

News (Ireland)