LCPS World Languages and Cultures

Loudoun County Public Schools, Department of Instruction

Mission: The mission of the Loudoun County Public Schools World Languages program is to develop linguistic proficiency and cultural sensitivity in students, beginning at an early age, so that they may participate as productive citizens in a global community.

Operating as usual

wbaltv.com

10 Baltimore County schools to teach Spanish to fourth-grade students

http://www.wbaltv.com/education/10-baltimore-county-schools-to-teach-spanish-to-fourthgrade-students/25270582

wbaltv.com This fall, students at 10 Baltimore County elementary schools will begin learning Spanish as their second language.

edutopia.org

The Great World Language Debate du Jour: Grammar vs. Communication

The Great World Language Debate du Jour: Grammar vs. Communication http://edut.to/1orEc9R via @edutopia

edutopia.org I am embarrassed -- no, actually I would go as far as to say horrified -- that I spent ten years of my career teaching students about the Spanish language. I actually felt proud when they could fill

creativelanguageclass.wordpress.com

#saidnoWLteacherever

http://creativelanguageclass.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/saidnowlteacherever/

creativelanguageclass.wordpress.com Language teachers say a lot of things, but you'll probably never hear them say this...

districtadministration.com

Culture computes in Washington's Kent School District

Great work being done here.

districtadministration.com Every day, students whose families speak among 138 different languages learn together in the classrooms at Kent School District in Washington. To address the linguistic and economic challenges for the

blog.oup.com

What the bilingual brain tells us about language learning - OUPblog

http://blog.oup.com/2014/01/what-the-bilingual-brain-tells-us-about-language-learning/#sthash%2EkyZp3as2%2Exwqa89Ez%2Edpuf?utm_source=NewsBrief+1%2F16%2F14&utm_campaign=newsbrief+1%2F16%2F14&utm_medium=email

blog.oup.com By Arturo E. Hernandez One of the most common questions people ask revolves around when and how to learn a second language. One common view is that earlier is better. There is good evidence for this view. A number of studies have found that the earlier a person learns a second language, the better t...

spanishplans.org

Ditching the verb chart

http://wp.me/p1b9wZ-VE

spanishplans.org A great blog post from French teacher @CecileLaine on changing your teaching strategies from verb charts and grammar based teaching to comprehensible input which will lead to performance based asse...

npr.org

How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/30/258376009/how-language-seems-to-shape-ones-view-of-the-world?utm_content=socialflow&utm_campaign=nprfacebook&utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook

npr.org Speaking another language fluently seems to affects what you notice and how you remember events.

[01/02/14]   American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

"The Can-Do Statements make language learning transparent for everyone." NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements are online: http://www.actfl.org/news/press-releases/ncssfl-and-actfl-announce-publication-can-do-statements-progress-indicators-language-learners

01 | November | 2013 | Fluency21 – Committed Sardine Blog

8 Educational (and Fun) iOS Games for Teens fluency21.com/blog/2013/11/1…

fluency21.com China: Gadget Users ‘Forgetting How to Write’Posted by Andrew Churches on November 1, 2013 via BBC News Some people in China use electronics so much, they’re forgetting how to write, it appears. State news agency Xinhua quotes “internet addict” Zhang Lei as saying she’s grown so used to electronic...

voxy.com

What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Voxy Blog

What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn? [INFOGRAPHIC] http://voxy.com/blog/index.php/2011/03/hardest-languages-infographic/ via @voxy

voxy.com Learning a new language can be difficult, but some languages can be trickier than others. For native English speakers, the difficulty level of a new language depends on a variety of factors. So which are the most difficult to learn? And which languages would you be able to master in under a year? Vi...

blogs.edweek.org

Dual-Language Proposals Part of Boston Mayoral Campaign

GO BOSTON!!!
Dual-Language Proposals Part of Boston Mayoral Campaign http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2013/10/dual-language_proposals_part_o.html?cmp=SOC-SHR-TW via @educationweek

blogs.edweek.org Two candidates vying to be the next mayor of Boston pledge their support for expanding dual-language programs across the city.

wjla.com

Arlington parents make plea for foreign language funding

News just across the county line offers hope...
Arlington parents make plea for foreign language funding | WJLA.com: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/10/arlington-parents-make-plea-for-foreign-language-funding-95644.html#.UmbYrLue3n8.twitter via @abc7news

wjla.com Arlington parents made a plea for funding for foreign language instruction in all elementary schools during the County Board meeting Saturday morning.

washingtonpost.com

Fairfax schools chief to propose deep cuts

And so it begins...budget season is in full swing.
Fairfax schools chief to propose deep cuts...http://wapo.st/19lu9Ox via @washingtonpost

washingtonpost.com Schools could see class sizes increase, staff cuts as the district faces a projected $140 million deficit.

youtube.com

2MinuteTakeaway: Grading Malpractice

2 Minute Takeaway: Grading Malpractice http://ow.ly/oKnWS

Billie Donegan with the Center for Secondary School Redesign discusses her session exploring ways for educators to harness state-of-the-art research to bette...

youtube.com

Rick Wormeli: Redos, Retakes, and Do-Overs, Part One

http://youtu.be/TM-3PFfIfvI -Great ideas. Food for thought...

actfl.org

the language educator | American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages

actfl.org

tellproject.com

Proficiency 101 @ TELL Project

tellproject.com Proficiency? You mean I shouldn’t be basing everything on achievement? But, my students can already conjugate all their verbs and recite mindless lists of vocabulary out of context like language learning zombie-bots! Is this not sufficient to function in a target language environment? I think maybe…

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