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CLASSRoad is pleased to offer another of our popular summer online STARTALK courses, STARTALK Principles for Meaningful Online Learning. We welcome experienced Arabic, Chinese and Persian language teachers who are ready to engage together in an exciting collaborative online learning experience to ap …


We found this article from teacher Ben Johnson, writing for Edutopia, on the use of figurative languages in adages to be an engaging and exciting approach in all classes for building deeper thinking and cultural awareness. This is a great warm up activity! From Spanish teacher Ben Johnson and Edutop …


We’ll be presenting at NHLRC’s 10th International Conference on Language Teacher Education, UCLA Covel Commons, February 2-4, 2017. The conference, Language Teacher Education for a World on the Move: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Student Populations, will focus on 21st century migration and globaliza …


A new report from American Academy of Arts and Sciences makes a data-based case for building U.S. capacity for foreign languages. Language education is dwindling at every level, from K-12 to postsecondary, and a diminishing share of U.S. residents speak languages other than English, according to a n …


There are two versions of the writer Lauren Collins. There is the English-speaking Lauren, who, presumably, is the Lauren primarily responsible for writing her (wonderful) new memoir, When in French. And then there is the French-speaking Lauren, the one tasked with navigating a marriage and a life i …


CLASSRoad will be at the STARTALK 10th Anniversary Fall Conference on October 14th and 15th, 2016, in Atlanta. The Fall Conference provides an opportunity for STARTALK grantees to reflect on 2016 programs, attend sessions developed for teaching critical languages, learn about resources that will enr …


Extending upon last year’s successful program, CLASSRoad’s 2016 fully online STARTALK Teacher Program will provide an opportunity for intermediate and master Arabic, Chinese and Persian language teachers to focus on the TELL Learning Tools LT1 (a-c) criteria, building their ability to identify, desi …


The CLASSRoad LangCred team recently provided an online course, LangCred: Discovering Pathways to Japanese Language Credentialing, to individuals interested in learning more about pathways to credentialing for teaching Japanese language and culture. Underwritten by a grant from the Japan Foundation, …


On July 30, 2015, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the formation of the Commission on Language Learning, a national effort to examine the current state of U.S. language education, to project what the nation’s education needs will be in the future, and to offer recommendations for …


June 14 – July 17, 2015 (Fully Online) Five-week fully online advanced program for Arabic and Chinese teachers. You will learn how to plan effective language learning experiences in synchronous blended/online environments using P6 a-b-c Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) planning cri …


Native speakers of any language will judge the “difficulty” of another language by how much it differs from their own. For example, the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the U.S. Department of State lists five categories of increasing time taken for native English speakers to acquire “General Profe …


Thousands of primary school pupils in the United Kingdom have been learning about the region’s pearling industry, the oil boom and the culture of coffee in the Arabian Gulf thanks to the efforts of a British couple. Clive Holes, a dialectologist, and his wife, Deidre, have translated examples of the …


Religion is a powerful force that organizes our view of the world. It helps shape our behaviors, morals, and values. It contributes to our personal and collective identities. Differences in religious beliefs and values effect how we construe and relate to the “other”. Larger geo-sociopolitical reali …


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The MLA regards the learning of languages other than English as vital to an understanding of the world; such learning serves as a portal to the literatures, cultures, historical perspectives, and human experiences that constitute the human record. Pragmatically, we believe in the value of becoming p …


The Telegraph All children are to be taught a foreign language from the age of seven, the U.K. Government will announce this week. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, will say that subjects such as French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin or Greek will be made a compulsory part of the primary sch …


I have been asked several times at my university in Oman to do a brief “cultural introduction” to native speakers of English from North America and Europe who have come to improve their Arabic. I start by mentioning that there is a large difference between learning how to speak a language and learni …


Marhaba and hello. In March, I visited the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Communications at the American University in Dubai, where I sit on the advisory board with prominent regional business leaders. After some students presented reports to us in fluent English, I was surprised to hear my fellow bo …


Study of Arabic is the single most important driver of study abroad in the Arab world, and the rapid increase in the number of students in Arabic language courses over the past decade has driven a significant increase in study abroad numbers as well. Historically, from World War II until the 1990s, …


Created by UCLA’s Center for World Languages to give high school heritage learners a head start before taking UCLA summer language courses. You can create a free account and use these tutorials.


eLearning advantages and disadvantages are important to consider when making instructional and learning decisions. Many organizations and institutions provide different forms of training and instruction to their employees or learners. Typically they provide needed training by sending people to schoo …