Language Teaching

  1. IMPROVEMENTS TO AAPPL SHORTEN TEST SEGMENTS

    IMPROVEMENTS TO AAPPL SHORTEN TEST SEGMENTS
    Starting April 1, 2016, ACTFL has launched new updates to AAPPL, The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages. The changes shorten test segments by 10 minutes and impacts all three current levels that include: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. Due to these improvements, the test segments are now 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes. Each level (Novice, Intermediate, and...
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  2. World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

    World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
    The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages define the central role of world languages in the learning career of every student. The five goal areas of the Standards establish an inextricable link between communication and culture, which is applied in making connections and comparisons and in using this competence to be part of local and global communities. The World-Readiness Standards...
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  3. LTI ANNOUNCES NEW CHINESE PARTNER

    LTI ANNOUNCES NEW CHINESE PARTNER
    Earlier this month, Chinese Testing International (CTI) became LTI’s exclusive distributor for the delivery of ACTFL Assessments in the People’s Republic of China. This agreement brings forth significant opportunities for all parties, in all markets, including commercial, government and educational fields. The agreement also adds to the expanding distributor list that is a main focus of LTI in 2016 and beyond...
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  4. IIE RELEASES OPEN DOORS 2015 DATA

    IIE RELEASES OPEN DOORS 2015 DATA
    The number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities had the highest rate of growth in 35 years—10%, to a record high of 974,926 students in the 2014–15 academic year, according to the 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released last month. Enrollments in intensive English programs grew even faster—13.3% (from 43,456 students to 49,233). The...
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  5. Brain Processes Sign Language Similar to Spoken Language

    Brain Processes Sign Language Similar to Spoken Language
    American Sign Language, or even simple gestures are processed by deaf people in the part of the brain that is used for spoken language, according to a recent international research study headed up by a neuroscientist from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Aaron Newman, Associate Professor with the university’s Department of Psychology and...
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  6. Protests Spark at U.S. Colleges Over Micro-Aggressions

    Protests Spark at U.S. Colleges Over Micro-Aggressions
    In recent months there have protests at college campuses across the nation calling attention to a previously little-known term: "micro-aggressions," commonly defined as routine verbal and non-verbal slights and harassment (often based on race and gender but also including age, sexual orientation and disability) that is typically unintentional but nonetheless hurtful. Calls for colleges and universities to implement training...
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  7. Talking Toys: Helping or Hurting Young Language Learners?

    Talking Toys: Helping or Hurting Young Language Learners?
    A new and very interesting study in JAMA Pediatrics discovered that toys marketed as language promoters don’t prove to be so in most cases. In fact, the study found that these toys in fact, hindered the language learning process in young children. Professor Anna Sosa, of Northern Arizona University, led the study and provided participating families three different types...
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  8. Measuring English Proficiency in Real-World Situations

    Measuring English Proficiency in Real-World Situations
    Trust — but verify. We trust that English language learners are gaining something through their studies, but how do we verify what they actually can do with their language skills? We may believe that a job candidate has the language ability to take a certain position, but where is the proof? The answer comes through evaluation of language proficiency...
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