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  • How Teachers Can Help Immigrant Students Whose Parents Work in the Restaurant Industry

    Posted May 9, 2016 in Featured Articles

    The challenges of working in the restaurant industry might seem remote to elementary education teachers — until they have immigrant students whose parents have restaurant jobs. According to the “2014 Hunger Report,” immigrant workers in the U.S. food system face low wages, irregular working hours, dangerous working conditions and, increasingly, immigration enforcement that pushes people…

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  • Mobile Grammar App Is a Good Choice for ESL Students and SAT Prep

    Posted March 14, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Grammar is the basic building block of language and is a foundation for clear and concise communication. It’s one of the first subjects teachers introduce to young learners, often as early as kindergarten. But when students reach higher grades, it’s sometimes a challenge for teachers to keep some of them engaged when grammar lessons become…

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  • Teaching Adult English Language Learners — Coping with Structure and Grammar

    Posted February 24, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Learning English often frustrates adults — even those who are working on their third or fourth language. Many rules of English are difficult to learn. While sentence construction and other grammatical structures follow patterns similar to some other languages, certain concepts like articles and prepositions must be acquired through exposure, which requires time and immersion….

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  • Defining Adult English Language Learner Literacy — Better Skills Help People Thrive

    Posted February 23, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    While it’s often assumed that children are more adept at learning new languages than adults, it’s not necessarily true. Children may be better at picking up pronunciation, but adults already have mature language skills, which makes it easier to understand the basics of sentence structure, punctuation and other constructions. Even though Americans can turn to…

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  • The Basics of Teaching K-12 English Language Learners

    Posted February 17, 2015 in Literacy Resources

    Students who are English Language Learners (ELL) have a double challenge in school: they must simultaneously learn academic subject matter and the language in which it is being taught. While English remains the official and most commonly spoken language in the United States, the number of students who enter classrooms with limited or no ability…

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  • Interactive Learning Helps Teach English as a Second Language: Scoopy TV

    Posted November 20, 2014 in Literacy Resources

    Scoopy TV is an interactive kids’ program that increases the time spent learning English in a way where kids don’t even realize they are learning. Scoopy, an animated parrot, interacts with kids on smartphones, tablets or computers. “We create educational content that is entertaining to children and speaks the technologically rich language they are accustomed…

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  • ‘Duolingo’ App Helps Students Boost Foreign Language Skills

    Posted October 22, 2014 in Literacy Resources

    For generations of middle school students, studying a foreign language has often been an educational rite of passage into high school. And for college-bound high school students, studying a foreign language is usually a prerequisite for admission to most universities. While traditional resources like foreign-language textbooks, vocabulary lists and recordings are still widely used in…

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  • Solutions for Families Struggling With Literacy

    Posted July 29, 2014 in Literacy Resources Updated November 12, 2015

    When education makes the headlines, the importance of literacy is often emphasized — along with reports of American students’ collective struggle with reading and writing. Research consistently points to the family as the starting place for students’ relationship with literacy. As such, helping students become strong writers and readers comes from supporting literacy not just…

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  • The Value of Direct Service Learning: Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Melissa Kandido

    Posted June 3, 2014 in Literacy Resources Updated May 6, 2016

    Melissa Kandido, the International Studies teacher at Omaha’s Beveridge Magnet School for Global Studies and the Arts, is one of the 2014 winners of the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award from the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. It takes only a few minutes of talking with Kandido to see why her work was rewarded. The learning…

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  • Tips for helping non-native speakers learn English

    Posted June 2, 2014 in Literacy Resources

    Instructors need to understand common differences between a student’s native language and the conventions of English grammar and usage. Nearly 10 percent of public school students participated in an ELL program in the 2010-11 school year, according to The Condition of Education 2013 report on English Language Learners, and the number continues to grow. To…

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  • ESL Teacher Finds her Rhythm with a Musical Approach

    Posted May 13, 2014 in Literacy Resources

    The child of musicians and a flutist herself, Beth Crumpler seems born to teach English. What? Well, the way she sees it, music and language have a lot to do with one another. “Language uses tone, pitch, intonation, rhythm, articulation and harmony,” she said. “It has all sorts of melodic lines to it. Music and…

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