Here’s how engaging lessons motivate English learners

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The children at my school, Manzanita Community School in Oakland, California, face the multiple challenges of poverty and learning English. More than 75 percent of our students receive…

Dartmouth foreign language classes embrace Twitter

Foreign language professor Tania Convertini is thrilled to catch her Dartmouth College students complaining about homework or upcoming tests. She’s not eavesdropping—she’s reading their tweets, written in Italian…

Technology’s role in foreign language learning

Although educators and policy makers emphasize skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, today's students are competing in a global society--and foreign language skills can help…

Virtual worlds among latest trends in language education

A new way of teaching and learning foreign languages has emerged: using virtual worlds, such as Second Life, to increase student engagement and confidence as they build new…

Six ed-tech resources for ELL/ESL instruction

From award-winning software, to a teacher-created program that needs peer input, our readers offered some useful ways in which technology can help English-language learners and those for whom…

Software uses auditory methods to boost language acquisition

Computer programs are playing a more active role in language acquisition, and many include features that let English as a Second Language (ESL) students and those learning a…