Between 1979 and 2008, the number of school-age children (ages 5-17) in the United States who spoke a language other than English at home increased from 3.8 to 10.9 million, or from 9 to 21 percent of the population in this age range, according to the latest figures from the National Center on Education Statistics (NCES).
Perhaps one of the greatest examples of inequity lies in a joint investigation of the Department of Justice and the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights that revealed last October that Boston Public Schools had failed to properly identify and adequately serve thousands of ELLs since 2003 as required by the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Cover piece with links to "audio highlights from the speaker's [sic] presentations and ... specially written articles that explore the themes and issues" (¶3):
+ Robert Phillipson: Principles and policies for a multilingual Europe; + Juliane House: English as a lingua franca for Europe + John Walsh: Can minority languages survive? + Barbara Seidlhofer: Teaching English as a lingua franca for Europe + Jennifer Jenkins: Accents of English in Europe
Wheeler reports on findings that "Speaking two languages confers lifelong cognitive rewards that spread far beyond the improved ability to communicate" (¶1), and "The chief benefit of being bilingual is stronger 'executive control,' ... the chief building block of higher thought" (¶5).
Wheeler, David L. (2011). Being bilingual: beneficial workout for the brain. Chronicle of Higher Education, Research: February 20, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2011. from http://chronicle.com/article/Being-Bilingual-Beneficial/126462/
"... Jacki Lyden talks to the senior editor of the American Heritage College Dictionary, now in its fourth edition, about the list of 100 words their editors think all college students (and their parents) should know" (September 17, 2002).
"The Educational Testing Service, which administers the GRE and other standardized tests, found Web sites that prospective test takers were using to cheat. NPR's Andrea Seabrook reports that some critics of institutional testing weren't surprised by the findings" (August 8, 2002)
"... [T]hree imperatives underlie some of the most important aspects of an educated citizen's contributions to the human record. And in my experience, blogging offers a uniquely powerful way of becoming a self-aware learner in the process of making those contributions" (Campbell, 2011, para. 2).
three imperatives underlie some of the most important aspects of an educated citizen's contributions to the human record. And in my experience, blogging offers a uniquely powerful way of becoming a self-aware learner in the process of making those contributions.
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