Learning new words can be a challenge for any preschooler, but kids who take naps may have an advantage when it comes to developing language skills, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed 39 youngsters who were all 3 years old and found those who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the.. read more →

Homework can be a controversial topic in education circles. Some — including parents and educators — strongly believe homework is an important part of a student’s education, and should be assigned to students on a nightly basis. Others believe homework does not provide a benefit for many of the students they serve, and that school.. read more →

The Fairbanks Native Association has been granted an award from the U-S Department of Education to start an Indigenous Language classroom project within its Head Start Program. The goal of the project is to have a classroom setting where three to five year olds will be able to speak the Koyukon Athabaskan Language. FNA will be hiring.. read more →

Victor Mair wrote on Language Log last month about a test in what appears to have been a third-year class in Chinese at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School, in New York. What made it news in China (see in particular this story in the South China Morning Post) was that the test involved giving synonyms for a number.. read more →

“Where would we be without words?” That’s the question the founder of Planet Word, a language museum planned to open in the District’s historic Franklin School in 2019, asks on the project’s website. It’s a good question, and the museum devoted to answering it will make a welcome addition to downtown D.C. As it turns out, the Franklin.. read more →

A group of Voorhies Elementary School third-graders huddled together on a carpet as their teacher, Julissa Moreno, called them to the whiteboard for a math lesson. “Doscientos paginas veces seis fotos en cada pagina. Cuantos?” Moreno asked, as she tapped the board with her marker. The question in English: There are 200 pages times six.. read more →

This fall 50 Spokane kindergarten students will learn in Spanish and English. Spokane Public Schools will add two Spanish language immersion kindergarten classes in the Libby Center, where students will be instructed in Spanish half of the time. “We’re trying to prepare our students to be global citizens and be competitive in the workforce,” said.. read more →

A surge of refugees to the Sacramento area has transformed San Juan Unified into the local epicenter for students from Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iraq and Syria. As a result, the district has hired non-credentialed bilingual instructional assistants who speak Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto and Ukrainian to help newcomers understand classroom lessons. In the last school year,.. read more →

The Shawnee Mission School District has teamed up with Kansas State University for a program that helps students learn English in addition to their native language. Darren Dennis, the director of curriculum and assessment for the district, says there’s a growing number of English Language Learner (ELL) students. “There is a substantial population here and.. read more →

Multilingual paraprofessionals—an untapped talent pool that could help address the nation’s shortage of bilingual K-12 educators—face bureaucratic, financial, and linguistic barriers that make it tough to earn teaching credentials, a new report concludes. According to the study from New America’s Dual Language Learners National Work Group, more than 30 states and the Districut of Colubmia.. read more →