International student missing from suburb

October 14, 2008

CHICAGO, IL–A 20-year-old international student from Vietnam remains missing Monday after she disappeared early last week from west suburban River Forest. Police believe the woman was not abducted, and foul play is not suspected, River Forest Deputy Chief Dan Dhooghe. “There were no signs of struggle,” Dhooghe said. full story


Measure 58 Supporter Speaks From Experience

October 14, 2008

PORTLAND, OR– A national proponent of English-only initatives is in Oregon this week to rally support for a similar measure here. Rob Manning reports. Rosalie Porter has spent years teaching and studying English as a Second Language, and she is an immigrant herself. That background lent credibility to English-immersion initiatives in California and Massachusetts. full story


Chattanooga: Challenged by language barriers

October 14, 2008

CHATTANOOGA, TN–Translator Paula Maldonado speaks English and Spanish, but she’s often asked to take a stab at Arabic or Somali. Her colleagues at East Side Elementary School know that anyone who calls the school with an accent is forwarded to Ms. Maldonado’s phone. “So, I’m like, OK, ‘Hola?’” she said, chuckling. “Sometimes I just try talking really slow.” full story


Teacher Helps Latino Children Learn English

October 14, 2008

AURORA, MO–It’s a challenge many Spanish-speaking students face inside the classroom, but a local educator is making lesson plans easier to understand, one word at a time. Elvira Escalera is helping many area students learn English. Escalera works as a translator for the aurora school district, a position she has held for ten years. “I have no children so I feel like they are my children full story


(Critical) history of ICT in education – and where we are heading?

October 14, 2008

UNESCO BANGKOKThe use of computers in education is much more a series of failure than success stories. I agree with Erik Duval that in general, on a large scale, the impact of technology on the way people learn has been minimal. In open distant learning and military training (simulations) there are examples of success, but these models do not fit very well into the school and university full story


Can video games encourage reading?

October 14, 2008

THE GUARDIAN–The New York Times has reported how authors, teachers, librarians and publishers are embracing video games in order to attract young readers. The Rings of Orbis game, for example, is intricately tied to PJ Haarsma’s series of science-fiction novels, which players have to read in order to navigate the game. Now the debate has begun about whether games are legitimate full story