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2014-01-07 23:29:42

SEG Measurement, an independent research firm, and Imagine Learning announced completion of a first phase of a study of nearly 1000 English language learners in grades 2-5 in a large California school district. Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) January 07, 2014 Students Using Imagine Learning Show Greater Gains in Reading Skills Innovative literacy software shown to be effective for English language learners and struggling readers. SEG Measurement, an independent research firm, announced the...

2013-12-18 08:33:27

OTTAWA, Ontario, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- An increasing number of online English as a Second Language (ESL) programs to teach foreign students have sprouted up around the globe in the past decade. Online instruction has made a grand entry into education with its significant benefits to teachers and students. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131218/PH34987-a) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131218/PH34987LOGO-b) An increase in student motivation, use...

2013-06-09 23:00:50

The urgency of identifying early English language learners with special needs was emphasized in an announcement today by eReflect, the developers of Ultimate Vocabulary. The team behind the vocabulary-improving software revealed how prompt diagnosis gives these students an equal opportunity to access knowledge. New York City, NY (PRWEB) June 10, 2013 eReflect and the Ultimate Vocabulary team announced today how crucial it is for the educational system to identify English language learners...

2013-05-30 23:03:39

A new strategy has been announced by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of Massachusetts that aims at helping English language learners succeed academically. Ultimate Vocabulary and parent company eReflect embraced this initiative and called for other states to follow. New York City, NY (PRWEB) May 31, 2013 In an ongoing effort to promote English vocabulary improvement, software company eReflect recently shared information about a program called RETELL, Rethinking Equity...

2012-09-26 06:27:39

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After pioneering the field of online education in the mid-nineties with the world's first Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) taught online in real time, Anaheim University has launched an Online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in TESOL. Although an online Doctorate in TESOL or Applied Linguistics is not a new degree, an accredited Doctoral degree in TESOL that is taught online is unique, and the...

2012-04-03 09:45:40

Swedish adolescents' desire to learn a foreign language besides English, which they start learning relatively early, has been declining for a long time. A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that one factor behind this trend may be that English is used as a resource when students learn French, Spanish and German. Fewer and fewer adolescents study foreign languages in English-speaking countries such as the USA and the UK. They simply do not want to, since as...

2011-05-02 10:50:00

Free webinar is led by Stanford Professor Dr. Kenji Hakuta and Teachscape Founder Mark Atkinson SAN FRANCISCO, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Kenji Hakuta, professor of education at Stanford University and a leading researcher in the areas of bilingualism and second language acquisition, and Mark Atkinson, founder and chief strategist of Teachscape, will lead a webinar on improving the academic performance of English Language Learners (ELLs) through research-based strategies....

2010-11-19 07:00:00

BOSTON, Nov. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- At the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2010 Conference, Middlebury Interactive Languages (MIL), an academic leader in world language instruction for K-12 students, unveiled MiddWorld Online, a first-of-its-kind virtual academy for world language learning. Sharing Middlebury College's world language expertise in an online delivery system, MiddWorld Online boasts an immersion methodology, utilizing the most authentic world...

2010-01-22 00:37:58

Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Memphis have released a new study on linguistic evolution that challenges the prominent hypothesis for why languages differ throughout the world. The study argues that human languages may adapt more like biological organisms than previously thought and that the more common and popular the language, the simpler its construction to facilitate its survival. Traditional thinking is that languages develop based upon random...

2008-08-30 09:00:55

By Washburn, Gay N Abstract: In many states, the rapidly increasing number of English language learners (ELLs) presents new challenges for undergraduate education programs. In addition, because areas with the most rapid growth generally have little history of educating the ELL population, there may be a corresponding lack of understanding of and empathy for ELLs. The author describes a language shock class that develops empathy for ELLs among preservice teachers, develops strategies for...