The best age to start learning a second language can vary significantly, depending on how the language is being learned.
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There are about 5 million English language learners in US schools - or about 1 of every 10 students - and educating them is one of the biggest challenges in US public education today.
Educators at a San Francisco school are teaching English language learners through an approach that involves having students work in groups with speakers of different first languages.
Center for Applied Linguistics Reaffirms its Mission of Promoting Access, Equity, and Mutual Understanding
CAL Board of Trustees issues statement reaffirming mission of promoting access, equity, and mutual understanding for linguistically and culturally diverse people around the world.
On World Mother Language Day, this article addresses four key effects of language loss and the importance of preserving linguistic diversity.
Second-grade language immersion students at a Minnesota school are learning Spanish through a pen-pal exchange with university students in the state.
CAL is pleased to announce its partnership with Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt (HMH) to provide products and services designed to support English language learners.
The TIRF 2017 Doctoral Dissertation Grants Competition is now open and accepting applications from qualified doctoral candidates for proposals related to a range of topics in English language education.
Educators, parents and policymakers can help improve math achievement among Latino students who lag behind peers by about three months, according to a report from the Child Trends Hispanic Institute.
Educators in an Arkansas school district credit supplemental English language classes with helping English language learners acquire the language skills necessary for proficiency.
Officials in two California school districts are working with researchers at California State University, San Bernardino, to test the Teaching English Learners Early Mathematics project.
San Diego educators are working to remove language barriers so students who haven't mastered English can still advance in math.
The ability to speak the dominant language of a country is strongly tied to national identity, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
An Arizona middle school's seventh-graders, who recently sent care packages to newly arrived refugee students from Sudan, Syria and Congo but who now live in their state, recently received thank you letters.
Students at a dual language school in Washington have launched a bilingual school newspaper through an after-school club.
Some students at an elementary school in Canada are participating in a pen-pal exchange with peers in France.
A newcomer's program for recently immigrated English language learners is being credited for helping to decrease drop-out rates in a New York state school district.
One California school district has hired many new noncredentialed bilingual instructional assistants to help with the influx of refugees coming into the area from places such as Syria and Afghanistan.
Educators in some Illinois schools are encouraging students to make more practical use of the language they are learning to help them achieve proficiency.
Registration is now open for the 2017 CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education) Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.
CAL and the AELRC at Georgetown University are currently conducting a study that looks at the perceptions and needs of teachers who have taught heritage language learners.
Researchers have found that people who learn a second language later in life are more likely to engage in synesthesia - or sensory or cognitive experiences that are automatically triggered by another - than people who are natively bilingual.
Some rural North Dakota school districts struggle to provide services to their small, fluctuating populations of English language learners.
Registration is now open for the 2017 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Seattle, Washington.
Spanish II students at an Iowa high school have been creating medical guides to ease the language barrier between Spanish-speaking patients and English-speaking health care providers.