Richard de Meij

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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)

Why to Consider Game-Based Online Learning

One of my favorite aspects in my role as a student services director is seeing things click for students, and at ASU Online at Arizona State …

Teaching

Bilingual People Are Like Brain 'Bodybuilders'

People who speak two languages may have brains that are more efficient at language processing and other tasks, new research suggests.<p>Scientists have …

Life Sciences

The Bilingual Baby Brain - Does It Matter?

by Smart Coos<p>It’s a no-brainer – being multilingual in today’s world gives you a leg up in many ways. It opens up entire worlds that are closed off …

Babies

How Do We Know When Technology Helps—or Hurts—the Classroom? Educators at ISTE Weigh In

“We dropped over $10,000 last year on a math product, but I’m not sure if it’s really helped our students learn.”<p>Sound familiar?<p>Over the past few …

Teaching

Racially diverse 'new majority' set to reshape US public schools

America’s public schools are a snapshot of a changing America: Since 2014, for the first time in the country’s history, a majority of those in public …

Schools

Civil rights icon James Meredith: ‘We are in a dark age of American public education’

In 2014, civil rights icon James Meredith launched the “American Child’s Education Bill of Rights,” a 12-point declaration of education obligations that he says the United States owes every child. (You can read that declaration here.) He said that the country was spending too much money on …

United States

To really integrate schools, focus on wealth, not race

<i>Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week, we’re talking about school desegregation. Need a primer? Catch up here.</i><p><i>Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, is author of</i> <i>“</i><i>All Together Now: Creating Middle Class</i> …

Education

Black students in US nearly four times as likely to be suspended as white students

Black students are nearly four times as likely to be suspended as white students, according to new federal data.<p>The sweeping bi-annual survey of more than 50 million students by the US Department of Education found that suspensions overall have dramatically decreased by nearly 20% between the …

Students

Languages: centuries of colonialism have made us lazy

With the EU referendum only a month away, Europe is the hottest topic for debate in media and social circles.<p>Don’t worry though, I am not about to start pontificating and debating the whys and wherefores of being in or out. Instead, I’m going to focus on one key issue that has been lost in the …

Language

Career Benefits Of Learning A Foreign Language

We stay in a fast-paced, hyper-connected world, and things are not going to change anytime soon. So, you need to be different or have some special …

Employment

Are Your Students Doing Enough Pair and Group Work? Here Are 4 Fantastic Activities for the Language Classroom

<b>Thirty students. One teacher. Sixty minutes.</b><p>Yikes. It’s a daunting task, but don’t be intimated. Instead use those numbers to your advantage!<p>Whether …

Teaching

How to make a good teacher

What matters in schools is teachers. Fortunately, teaching can be taught<p>FORGET smart uniforms and small classes. The secret to stellar grades and …

Teaching

Speaking Dialects Trains The Brain In The Same Way As Bilingualism

There has been a lot of research to back up the idea that people who use two or more languages everyday experience significant advantages. The brain …

The Brain

Useful Language Learning Techniques - Conversation Exchange

Is "One Word a Day" a Strategy For Learning Languages?

Why There's No 'Right' Way To Speak English

Jenny Suomela grew up in Sweden, but began learning English in school as a young child. She currently lives in the United States, and is married to a …

Linguistics

The Internet’s Naughtiest Slang Dictionary

Jonathon Green is about to launch an extensive online slang dictionary, documenting the most clever and bawdy euphemisms in the English language.<p>“Clatterdevengeance” is Jonathon Green’s favorite slang word, and he is in a position to have one.<p>Green, known on Twitter as Mister Slang, is the world’s …

Vocabulary

Talk of Spanish as an Official ‘Second Language’ Has Jamaicans Asking, What About Patois?

Some Patois phrases being proudly displayed on a bus in Jamaica. Photo by Jason Gullifer, used under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license.What is Jamaica’s true …

Language

Learning A Foreign Language Isn’t All About Discipline And Dedication — Genetics Play A Role As Well

A new study has identified genetic factors that play a role in how easy it is for an individual to learn a second language.

The Best Way to Teach Languages with Sights, Sounds, Smells and Other Sensations

You smell a flower or hear a song, and all the memories come flooding back.<p>You remember everything as if it happened just yesterday.<p>Do you want your …

Education

Teachers Still Struggling to Use Tech to Transform Instruction, Survey Finds

Published Online: June 6, 2016<p>Published in Print: June 9, 2016, as <b>Exclusive Survey Yields Teachers' Tech Views</b><p>Many teachers see themselves as risk …

Professional Development