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Bloom's Taxonomy and Language Learning

What website informs your teaching practice? I have made my Twitter feed and Facebook feed my PLC and follow a number of sites that do the work of curating the internet for me! My latest find? This blog post about Bloom's taxonomy and learning a new language.Language Surfer says that this might be a good graphic organizer to start a discussion about language learning.…See More
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Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's group Reading Comprehension Strategies
" In a blog on this site, I was lead to the article Selecting Vocabulary Words to Teach English Language Learners. This was a great read. It starts with 4 points or criteria to determine if you really "know" a word. "However,…"
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Reading Comprehension Strategies

Share your best strategies for supporting ELLs' in reading complex texts.See More
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Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Speaking and Listening Using Academic Language
"I clicked on the resources link above and was lead to an article Selecting Vocabulary Words to Teach English Language Learners. This was a great read. It starts with 4 points or criteria to determine if you really "know" a word.…"
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Clearinghouse for Multilingual Documents

Looking for useful classroom or school documents already translated? Check out this link to the California Department of Education for academic language translations! Starting on page 20 there is a ton of English to Spanish translation!See More
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Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Speaking and Listening Using Academic Language

Not only can speaking and listening increase our students' ability to communicate in English, speaking and listening are required academic moves in all classrooms:the Common Core has standards in the domains of speaking and listeningthe California English Language Development standards require "oral collaborative discussions," "negotiating and persuading in communicative exchanges," and "analyzing how...speakers use...language resources" to argue, explain, and more.As implementation of these…See More
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Debra Schneider posted a blog post

The Purposes of Language

Teachers in my district are in a project to create rigorous, standards-based English Language Arts (ELA) / English Language Development (ELD) curriculum units. One discussion that has come up is how we will incorporate academic vocabulary and articulate that vocabulary across grades. Teachers want to create a supportive network of commonly used academic language for students to hear, understand, and use.I found …See More
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Languages and the Way We Think

I know that the study of cognition and language can be a difficult area. It is wrong to think that any particular language allows a speaker to be "smarter" or "less intelligent" than the speakers of another language.In fact, all languages convey that which the speakers need to convey."Some 50 years ago, the renowned linguist Roman Jakobson pointed out a crucial fact about differences between languages in a pithy maxim: Languages differ essentially in what they must convey and not in what they…See More
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Bloom's Taxonomy and Language Learning

What website informs your teaching practice? I have made my Twitter feed and Facebook feed my PLC and follow a number of sites that do the work of curating the internet for me! My latest find? This blog post about Bloom's taxonomy and learning a new language.

Language Surfer says that this might be a good graphic organizer to start a discussion about language…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on December 16, 2014 at 5:00am

Clearinghouse for Multilingual Documents

Looking for useful classroom or school documents already translated? Check out this link to the California Department of Education for academic language translations! Starting on page 20 there is a ton of English to Spanish translation!

Posted by Brandy De Alba on December 9, 2014 at 5:20pm

Speaking and Listening Using Academic Language

Not only can speaking and listening increase our students' ability to communicate in English, speaking and listening are required academic moves in all classrooms:

  • the Common Core has standards in the domains of speaking and listening
  • the California English Language Development standards require "oral collaborative discussions," "negotiating and persuading in communicative exchanges," and "analyzing how...speakers use...language resources" to argue,…
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Posted by Debra Schneider on November 22, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The Purposes of Language

Teachers in my district are in a project to create rigorous, standards-based English Language Arts (ELA) / English Language Development (ELD) curriculum units. One discussion that has come up is how we will incorporate academic vocabulary and articulate that vocabulary across grades. Teachers want to create a supportive network of commonly used academic language for students to hear, understand, and use.

I found …

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Posted by Debra Schneider on November 15, 2014 at 8:00am

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ETS Recommends Changes for English-Language Proficiency Assessments

A new white paper from testmaker Educational Testing Service offers recommendations for how to improve English-language proficiency assessments that are used to how evaluate how English-learners are...

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

She Escaped Violence for a Fresh Start in Texas

Over the summer, Texas was in the spotlight for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. It's not a new phenomenon. A couple of years ago,...

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

The Latest Research on Bilingualism and the Brain

Speaking multiple languages is like exercise for your brain. That's according to a growing body of research suggesting that bilingualism can have cognitive benefits beyond the realm of language use....

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

K-12, Housing Partner to Aid Homeless Students

His four stepchildren didn't put it into words, but Bobby Gantt saw the insecurity that gripped them as they spent much of their young lives moving between temporary living situations. But, over the...

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

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