News and Announcements
Minnesota Department of Education:
World Languages Quality
A special session for Chinese Language Teachers
Assessing What Counts:
Incorporating Assessment into Your Units
Using group discussion, examples, and hands-on activities, renowned
workshop leader Donna Clementi will guide Chinese language teachers
through the process of designing their own standards-based performance
task. Each task integrates the interpersonal, interpretive, and
presentational modes of the Communication Standard.
Then using Backwards Design as a tool, participants will look at
implications for instruction in a standards-based classroom and
design scoring guides and rubrics for their performance task. Teachers
love this approach to assessment because the tasks can be used right
away in their classes and students respond positively to the interactive
nature of the task.
Key Workshop Topics
- Matching Purpose to Assessment Types
- Meeting the National Standards
- Checklists, Rubrics and Scales
- Exploring Backwards Design and What it Means for Your Curriculum
- Creating Templates for Developing Assessments
- Developing Your Own Integrated Assessment Unit
Workshop Leader: Donna Clementi
is now the Director of Education and Research for Concordia Language
Villages, after spending 33 years teaching French in the Appleton
Area School District. She was a member of the ACTFL Performance
Assessment Unit Pilot Project and was on the Wisconsin Guide to
Curriculum Planning team.
AN EXTRA BONUS! Teachers will be encouraged to submit their
own integrated assessment unit for inclusion in the Virtual
Assessment Center on the CARLA website AND will be eligible
to earn a $150 stipend!
Two Sessions Offered:
Friday, June 8, 2007 • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 9, 2007 • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center, Minnesota Room
300 So. Oak Street
Registration Information: This workshop is
free, though you must be pre-registered. Registration forms
can be found on the CARLA website at: http://www.carla.umn.edu/conferences/.
— submitted by Ursula Lentz, MDE World
Language Quality Teaching Network Coordinator
Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages
and Cultures (MCTLC)
MCTLC is in full swing this spring! Read the Minnesota
New Visions article in the recent newsletter for an update on our
advocacy work with the Minnesota Legislature. If you are not
an MCTLC member, please consider becoming a part of the only professional
organization in Minnesota that advocates and serves all languages
and all program models at every level of instruction. MCTLC
membership dues are needed to support the advocacy work that benefits
us all. Download a membership form at http://www.mctlc.org.
MCTLC is accepting nominations for several professional awards
that are presented during the Fall Conference. Nomination deadlines
are June 1. Check the MCTLC
website for criteria and nomination procedures. Keep an eye
out for the Spring issue of the Minnesota Language Review for complete
details and forms.
Fall Conference Proposals Due May 15
The Board and committees are busy preparing for our annual fall
conference. Mark your calendars October 18-19, 2007 to attend “Bond
with World Languages in ‘007: License to thrill!”
There will be three organizing strands to the program:
- Bond languages and cultures: Teaching knowledge and skills
for global literacy
- Bond languages and content: Making connections to other
- Bond languages and communities: Learning and using languages
beyond the classroom
Proposals are now being accepted and the deadline is May 15. Download
the form at http://www.mctlc.org
and go to the fall conference page. We are looking for a variety
of sessions from all languages and all levels. We especially encourage
proposals from K-8, Less Commonly Taught Languages and Immersion
Teachers, groups that have been underrepresented in past conferences.
Every session room now has free wireless Internet!
Share your ideas or encourage a colleague to present a session.
MCTLC Back-to-School Retreat and Workshop
Linguafolios: Helping Students Take Responsibility for Their
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Concordia Russian Language Village, Bemidji, MN
Mark your calendar now and plan to kick-off your school year with
inspiration from birch trees and collegial networking. Spend the
night at Concordia’s newest Language Village without chaperoning
students! Learn how to guide student reflection and engage them
in setting their own goals for language learning. Read more about
the Linguafolio national initiative at: http://www.ncssfl.org/links/index.php?linguafolio.
Presenter: Donna Clementi, Director of Education
and Research, Concordia Language Villages
Watch the Summer MLR and MCTLC
website for registration information.
— submitted by Ursula Lentz, MDE World
Language Quality Teaching Network Coordinator
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
Starting A Chinese Language Program:
A Seminar For K-12 Administrators
Monday, June 4, 2007
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union, U of M
This program is designed for administrators who have an interest
in offering Mandarin Chinese in their schools. Participants
will have the opportunity to explore basic program design, including
learning outcomes, evaluating teacher qualifications and basic licensure
issues. The workshop features experts from the Asia Society, the
University of Minnesota and the MN Department of Education.
Presenters: Dr. Shuhan Wang, Executive
Director for Chinese Language Initiatives for the Asia Society,
Ms. Margaret Wong, Ralph and Peggy Burnet Family Breck Faculty Chair,
The Breck School, Ms. Ursula Lentz, Coordinator, Minnesota
Language Proficiency Assessments at CARLA; and Coordinator,
Quality Teaching Network, Academic Standards and Professional Development
for the Minnesota Department of Education, Dr. Tara Fortune
is an Immersion Teaching Specialist and Coordinator of the Immersion
Research and Professional Development Project at the University
of Minnesota Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
(CARLA), Dr. Diane J. Tedick is an Associate Professor in Second
Languages and Cultures Education in the Department of Curriculum
and Instruction at the University of Minnesota and Mr. John
Melick, Interim Director of Educator Licensing, Minnesota Department
Cost: $75. Registration includes lunch, a
copy of Creating a Chinese Language Program in Your School, Asia
Society, and a copy of the Chinese Language Program: Curriculum
Development Project, Minnesota Department of Education
This program is sponsored by the China Center
at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with CARLA and the
MN Department of Education.
For more information see: http://www.chinacenter.umn.edu/
Early Bird Registration for CARLA summer institutes ends on May
Register now for the CARLA summer institutes. These internationally-known
institutes are highly interactive and include discussion, theory-building,
hands-on activities, and plenty of networking opportunities. Join
the over 2,000 language educators who have come from all over the
world for some of the best professional development opportunities
anywhere. Several of the institutes have already filled, so don't
The cost of each of the CARLA summer institutes is $300 if registration
is received by May 31, 2007 and $350 after that date. More information
and registration forms are available on the CARLA website at: http://www.carla.umn.edu/institutes.
The summer institutes were developed and are
supported, in part, by the U.S. Department of Education's Title
VI Language Resource Center program and by the University of Minnesota's
College of Education and Human Development and College of Liberal
— Submitted by Karin Larson, CARLA Coordinator
Minnesota New Visions in Action (MnNVIA)
Legislative Update on World Languages
The news from MnNVIA is tied to the Minnesota Legislature this
Legislative K-12 Omnibus Bill, which will determine the funding
schools for the next two years and will set many policy directions,
is now being
worked on by the K-12 Education Conference Committee. At this moment
do not have their target amount of spending money determined. The
committee is not meeting formally until they have that amount set;
however it must be determined within the next week so the committee
and legislature can finish their work by May 20. We will know the
outcome of our work in a couple weeks.
What is in this bill for world languages? The bills
change as they make
their way through the legislative process. Currently, the House
version provides for a full time world languages coordinator within
Department of Education plus funding for 5 model world languages
fiscal years 2008 and 2009, for a total of $500,000. The model programs
for various languages and aimed at the elementary level. The five
must include one for Mandarin Chinese and one for indigenous Native
American languages. The Senate bill (SF 2095) provides $500,000
Mandarin Chinese language programs for 2008 and 2009 and nothing
conference committee must decide which version they will take, or
they want to take either one.
We, MnNVIA in partnership with MCTLC, are encouraging people to
legislators on this conference committee, asking them to include
languages in the final bill and support the House language here.
More information plus the text of the bills can be found at: http://www.leg.state.mn.us.
Looking toward the future, MnNVIA wants to re-identify the needs
profession and how it will respond to them. If you want to be part
conversation and planning, please contact Anita Ratwik at email@example.com.
— submitted by Anita Ratwik, MN New Visions
Minnesota Advocates for Immersion Network (MAIN)
MAIN Receives Non-Profit Status
The Minnesota Advocates for Immersion Network (MAIN) is now a registered
Minnesota non-profit corporation. With the adoption of new bylaws,
will now focus its support of immersion programs on four fronts:
- Communication, Culture and Community
- Language Immersion Advocacy
- Personnel, Program Design and Development
- Teaching & Learning
For additional information on the work of these four MAIN committees
if you're interested in joining MAIN, please contact Isabelle Punchard
2nd Annual Immersion Celebration!
MAIN member schools have once again joined forces to bring immersion
students from Minnesota's immersion programs together for the 2nd
Annual Immersion Celebration! Planning group members have chosen
"Immersion Anniversaries" as this year's theme. The celebration
will take place on the morning of Thursday, May 10th, 2007, and
be held in the auditorium of St. Louis Park Sr. High School. Last
year's immersion event included K-12 performances of music, song,
theater and dance in Spanish and French. We look forward to this
year's gathering and the participation of Minnesota's newest immersion
school languages, German and Mandarin Chinese!
Hopkins School District Sponsors International Spanish Language
The Minnesota Department of Education recently approved the International
Spanish Language Academy (ISLA), a K-6 Spanish immersion elementary
charter school following the International Baccalaureate Primary
Years Programme (IBPYP). Located within the boundaries of the Hopkins
school district, ISLA will be opening in the fall of 2007 to students
in grades K-4. ISLA will add a grade each year until a K-6 configuration
is achieved. In an effort to accommodate families, ISLA will offer
grades 3 and 4 this first year. Children in these grade levels will
receive a FLES Spanish experience. All students beginning with a
full immersion experience will have full immersion through sixth
grade. As a charter school, enrollment is open to students from
any district in Minnesota.
The school mission is to empower the whole child by nurturing
the development of personal growth, strong character, academic excellence,
and global vision. The combination of Spanish immersion and the
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme will allow us
to achieve this mission. The IB website, (http://www.ibo.org/pyp/)
describes the principles that form the foundation of a PYP curriculum.
In the fall of 2004, a group of parents and educators began researching
the charter school movement and the process for becoming a charter
school in Minnesota. Aware of the large and growing demand for immersion
education, the ISLA Board chose the west metro area as a location,
in an effort to address this demand.
For more information contact Karen Terhaar, Board Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (763) 537-3922.
— Submitted by Tara Fortune, Immersion Projects
Institute for Global Studies Programs for Teachers
Chinese Classroom Strategies:
Effective Chinese Language Instruction
July 23 – 24, 2007
Teachers of Chinese language are invited to attend this seminar
to learn new teaching techniques and share their own curricular
tools with their peers. The two-day seminar will allow teachers
to observe beginning and intermediate Chinese language courses at
the University of Minnesota, followed by a “best practices”
session, and an introduction to useful internet resources for Chinese
language instruction led by Zhen Zou, Associate Education Specialist
in Chinese language and Ling Wang, Lecturer in Chinese language.
Presenters: Zhen Zou and Ling Wang, University
Registration Fee: $35
For more information see: http://igs.cla.umn.edu/outreach/profdev.html
To register go to: http://igs.cla.umn.edu/outreach
K-12 Teacher Summer Institutes offered by IGS
One-week Teacher Summer Institutes challenge teachers to combine
experience in applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills
to international issues with the knowledge and materials needed
to engage their students. To prepare our students for global citizenship
in the 21st Century, the Institute for Global Studies and the European
Studies Consortium are working to strengthen international studies
in K-16 education. The Teacher Summer Institutes combine lectures
by University of Minnesota faculty and guest speakers, small group
discussions, course readings, and teaching resources to explore
international issues and learn strategies for integrating global
topics into existing curriculum. The Summer Institutes are funded
by a Title VI grant from US Department of Education.
Human Rights, Genocide, and the Holocaust
June 18 – 22, 2007
Improvisations, Masks, Movement and Gesture: Exploring the Practices
of European Theatre Masters
June 25 – 29, 2007
Transitional Justice: Seeking Truth and Accountability for Systematic
Human Rights Violations
July 9 – 13, 2007
Teaching Ethnic Studies
July 30 – August 3, 2007
Teaching Asia through Film
July 30 – August 3, 2007
For more information see: http://igs.cla.umn.edu/outreach/teacher.html
Online ESL Technology Course at Hamline
June 04 - July 16, 2007
Integrating Computer-Assisted Language Learning into the ESL/EFL
Develop an understanding of how to effectively integrate computer
activities such as websites, software, blogs, and podcasts into
the communicative ESL classroom. Spend each week reading and analyzing
best practices, and viewing sample lessons. Create lessons and projects
with user-friendly educational technology. This course is geared
toward all ESL/EFL educators, higher ed, K-12, and adult educators.
Instructors: Nima Salehi and
For more information see: http://www.hamline.edu/gseonline
or call 651-523-2600 for more information.
Step-by-Step TPR & Storytelling Teacher Training
June 20-21, 2007
St. Paul location
This two-day workshop for World Language and ELL teachers features
how to teach culture-based stories and nonfiction culture lessons
while staying in the target language. Teachers learn how students
can understand new language and learn content at the same time by
participating in a Swedish lesson. Learn the rationale and steps
for creating similar lessons. Enrollment is limited. Early registration
(Special Events link) or call (612) 201-2788.
Minnesota Humanities Commission Programs
American Crossings: The Social, Cultural and Political Implications
of 20th & 21st Century Latino Immigration
Monday and Tuesday, June 25-26, 2007 (Rescheduled
from March due to snow)
Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Humanities Education Center, 987 Ivy Ave E., St. Paul
This seminar will examine the impact of Latino immigration on U.S.
society. We will use an interdisciplinary approach to examine historical,
social, and cultural consequences of this phenomenon on “our”
sense of self. Recent demographic trends have been the cause of
alarm for some parts of the country that were once relatively homogenous
or whose regional identity primarily conceived of race in a Black-White
Paradigm. We will look at “push-pull’ social and economic
factors, as well as U.S. foreign policies that have contributed
to this demographic shift. Through a blend of social science and
humanities texts, including film, we will gain a deeper understanding
of how mass immigration changes not just the host society, but the
identity of the home country and immigrants who relocate to the
United States, often at great peril to their lives. Presenters will
discuss how Latino immigrants from Mexico, Ecuador, the Caribbean,
and Central America have changed, contributed to, and challenged
the nation, the Midwest, and Minnesota as workers, as Spanish speakers,
This seminar will be led by Dr. Louis Mendoza,
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Chicano
Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. This seminar is cosponsored
by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese-MN
and the Minnesota Council for the Teaching of Languages and Cultures.
Fee: $135. Fees include materials, continental
breakfasts, lunches and Monday overnight lodging. Because of limited
availability, lodging is reserved for those traveling from outside
the Twin Cities metro area. Register now at https://secure.minnesotahumanities.org/secure/tiregister.phtml.
Graduate Credit: One semester credit from
Hamline University is available for an additional fee of $106. Participants
should register for credit at the seminar and payment must be made
separately from the general seminar registration fees.
Minnesota ABE: Building Bridges for Student Success
Literacy Minnesota and the Minnesota Community Education Association
are now seeking presentation proposals for the 2007 ABE Statewide
Summer Institute, Minnesota ABE: Building Bridges for Student Success,
which will be held on August 8-10 at St. John’s University
in Collegeville, MN. Presentations will focus on the following broad
areas: ABE Program Management and Coordination, Promising Practices
in Curriculum and Instruction, Accountability, and Community Education.
We strongly encourage new and experienced ABE staff to consider
sharing their ideas and expertise with their colleagues at this
For more information see: http://www.literacyminnesota.org/Summer_Institute.html
Improving Practice, Improving Learner Progress
May 21-22, 2007
This workshop for ESL teachers of adults is sponsored by the Minnesota
Department of Education and Hamline University. For more information
Department of Education's
Focus on Foreign Languages
July 26-27, 2007
San Diego State University
San Diego State University and the US Department of Education's
Title VI office join the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative to offer
a free, two-day workshop on the University's campus. Foreign Language
teachers in grades K-12 are invited to come and learn from some
of the nation’s best teachers as they share strategies for
raising student achievement in the classroom. Teachers may be able
to earn professional development credit through their district or
state for participating.
For more information see: https://www.t2tweb.us/Workshops/EventInfo.asp?EventID=68
STARTALK Opportunities for Students and Teachers of Arabic and
STARTALK is one of the projects of the National Security
Language Initiative, a multi-agency effort to expand foreign language
education - particularly in under-taught critical languages -- by
funding new and existing programs throughout students' learning
careers, kindergarten through university; and to provide incentives
and rewards for foreign language learning and use in the work force.
(See the Interagency Language Roundtable homepage: http://www.govtilr.org/).
For information about the Initiative, see http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/competitiveness/nsli/nsli.pdf.
In the summer of 2007, the STARTALK project will provide funding
for programs to offer Arabic and Chinese language study for high
school students AND professional development opportunities for teachers
of Arabic and Chinese.
Over 400 students and teachers will enroll in STARTALK Arabic programs
this summer. See the programs available: http://www.nflc.org/projects/current_projects/startalk/Arabic.php
Over 1350 students and teachers will enroll in STARTALK Chinese
programs this summer. See the programs available: http://www.nflc.org/projects/current_projects/startalk/chinese.php
STARTALK opportunity in Minnesota
Concordia Language Villages has STARTALK scholarship money available
for teachers who are currently teaching or who are planning to teach
Arabic or Chinese. Teacher seminars are two-week graduate courses
in second language and immersion methodologies.
Scholarships are also available for high school-aged (rising freshman
through rising seniors) students who wish to study either of these
languages. Students may select a two- or four-week residential
Both programs take place in northern Minnesota in the Bemidji area.
No previous language experience is necessary for high school students.
Concordia Language Villages has a proven track record in language
and culture immersion education for over 50 years.
For more information see: http://www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org/educators/teacher_seminar.asp
or call 218-299-3735.
Dual U (Dual Language Instruction) Training of Trainers
June 20-22, 2007
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Participate in a comprehensive, three day training of trainers
for staff developers in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico led by Else
Hamayan, Fred Genesee, and Nancy Cloud, the authors of Dual Language
Instruction: A Handbook for Enriched Education. This training is
based on Dual U's eight module curriculum designed to assist elementary
and secondary teachers and administrators in developing, implementing,
and assessing dual language programs.
Download a registration form at http://www.thecenterweb.org/irc/pdf/dualu-sum07.pdf.
Registration deadline is June 1, 2007.
Goldman Sachs Foundation Youth Prize
Five Prizes of $10,000 Each to Be Awarded to High School Students
Asia Society and The Goldman Sachs Foundation are pleased to announce
the 2007 Goldman Sachs Foundation Youth Prize for Excellence in
International Education. The 2007 competition asks students to select
a problem or challenge that affects their local community as well
as a community outside the United States; to create an in-depth
written, audio, video, or animated feature that compares and contrasts
how these two communities have addressed the issue; and to explain
why these approaches reflect the different cultural backgrounds
of those involved, and what lessons the different communities could
learn from each other. Five winners will be selected and will receive
up to $10,000 each.
For more information see: http://askasia.org/students/gsfprizes.html
The deadline for applications is June 11, 2007.
— For Your Information
All English primary schools to teach foreign languages by 2010
The government in England announced in March that every child
in England will start learning a modern foreign language in primary
school from the age of seven. From 2010, it will be a compulsory
part of the national curriculum for children from the age of seven
to 14 to study a modern foreign language, as the government attempts
"to put languages at the heart of learning," said the
education secretary, Alan Johnson.
The recommendation to put modern foreign languages on the primary
school timetable was made by Lord Dearing today in his final report
which followed his comprehensive review of school languages policy.
Modern languages were dropped as a compulsory subject for 14 to
16-year-olds in 2002, despite protests from teachers and other organizations
with an interest in promoting language.
Results of this years' General Certificate of Secondary Education
(GCSE) reflected a fall in the number of teenagers choosing to study
a modern language. The number of candidates studying French fell
by 13.2% compared with last year, while those teenagers opting for
German fell by 14.2%. There was also a small fall in students choosing
Of the new policy Education Secretary Johnson said: "We are
about to embark on a renaissance in languages in schools and beyond."
He said: "I want languages to be at the heart of learning.
The earlier you start learning a language the better. Making language
study compulsory from seven to 14 will give pupils seven years to
build their knowledge, confidence and experience."
Lord Dearing said: "We learnt from pupils during the
consultation that one menu does not fit all. We want to see pupils,
whatever their backgrounds, achieve at levels appropriate to them
- recognising their achievements and providing greater choice."
Note: The excerpt above is based on an article written
by Debbie Andalo, published in the Education Guardian on 3/12/2007.
Census Data on Foreign-Born People by State
The Migration Policy Institute has released a new research tool
that provides information on the foreign born workforce in each
of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The tool provides
detailed information on the top occupations and industries of native-born
and foreign-born people; growth in foreign-born workers between
2000 and 2005; workers' English-proficiency levels and languages
they speak at home; and the percentage of the state workforce that
is foreign born compared to other states.
Some of the facts about foreign-born people in Minnesota include:
The foreign-born population of Minnesota changed by 25.8 percent
between 2000 and 2005.
Between 2000 and 2005, the foreign-born population in Minnesota
changed from 251,718 to 316,716, representing a change of 25.8 percent.
In comparison, the foreign-born population changed from 109,212
to 251,718 between 1990 and 2000, a difference of 130.5 percent.
Of the total foreign-born population in Minnesota, 38.7 percent
entered during the 1990s, and 28.0 percent entered in 2000 or later.
Of the foreign-born population resident in Minnesota in 2005, 13.9
percent entered the country prior to 1980, 19.4 percent between
1980 and 1989, 38.7 percent between 1990 and 1999, and 28.0 percent
in 2000 or later. Nationally, 24.1 percent of the foreign-born population
entered the country before 1980, 22.2 percent during the 1980s,
31.5 percent during the 1990s, and 22.2 percent in 2000 or later.
The largest share of the foreign-born population in Minnesota
were from Asia.
Of the total foreign-born population in Minnesota in 2005, 15.7
percent were from Africa, 39.2 percent from Asia, 13.9 percent from
Europe, 27.4 percent from Latin America (South America, Central
America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), 3.4 percent from Northern America
(Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon), and 0.3
percent from Oceania.
The top three countries of birth of the foreign born in Minnesota
were Mexico, Laos, and India.
Of the total foreign-born population in Minnesota in 2005, 18.1
percent were born in Mexico, 7.5 percent in Laos, and 5.6 percent
At the national level, the top three countries of birth were
Mexico (30.7 percent), China (4.9 percent), and the Philippines
In Minnesota, 40.2 percent of the foreign-born were citizens
The 2005 American Community Survey reported that 127,243, or 40.2
percent, of the foreign-born population in Minnesota were citizens,
compared to 94,092, or 37.4 percent, in 2000. This represents a
change of 35.2 percent in the size of the foreign-born citizen population
between 2000 and 2005.
The foreign-born LEP population age 5 and older in Minnesota
increased by 24.9 percent between 2000 and 2005.
Between 2000 and 2005, the number of foreign-born persons age 5
and older in Minnesota who were LEP increased from 113,036 to 141,138,
representing a change of 24.9 percent. In comparison, the size of
the foreign-born LEP population grew from 40,358 to 113,036 between
1990 and 2000, a difference of 180.1 percent.
In 2005, 30.2 percent of foreign-born persons in Minnesota had
a college degree, while 28.9 percent never completed high school.
In 2005, 30.2 percent of Minnesota's foreign-born population age
25 and older had a bachelor's or higher degree, while 28.9 percent
lacked a high school diploma. In comparison, 30.7 percent of native-born
persons above the age of 25 had a bachelor's or higher degree in
2005, and 7.5 percent lacked a high school diploma. In 2000, 29.9
percent of the foreign born in Minnesota had a bachelor's or higher
degree, and 30.3 percent had less than a high school diploma. In
1990, 28.9 percent had a college degree and 30.1 percent lacked
a high school diploma.
The following shows Minnesota's rankings
in several categories. All rankings include the 50 states and the
District of Columbia and are ranked highest to lowest.
Size of the foreign-born, limited English
proficient (LEP) population, 2005:
20 out of 51
Percent of foreign-born persons who are
30 out of 51
Numeric change in the foreign-born LEP population,
2000 to 2005:
22 out of 51
Percent change in the foreign-born LEP population,
2000 to 2005:
33 out of 51
Share of the foreign-born population with
a bachelor’s or higher degree:
21 out of 51
Share of the foreign-born population with
less than a high school diploma:
20 out of 51
For more facts and data on foreign-born people in the U.S. and
Minnesota see: http://www.migrationinformation.org/Datahub/acscensus.cfm
Resources for Teachers
Peace Corps World Wise Schools
Spotlight on Foreign Languages
One of the main components of Peace Corps service is learning
another language. Peace Corps Volunteers learn local languages such
as Paraguay's Guaraní and widely used languages such as Mandarin
Chinese. To prepare them for this challenge, the Peace Corps has
prepared foreign language podcasts for its trainees. World Wise
Schools is making these available to you so you can learn like a
Peace Corps Volunteer.
These audios provide a window to the world for your students. Each
audio is approximately 20 minutes long. Subscribe and listen to
language lessons from around the world. Click on a language lesson
in order to listen to the lesson in your default media player. Or
you can subscribe to the lessons as podcasts. Learn more about podcasts.
Currently, we offer:
- Mandarin Chinese
- Jordanian Arabic
- Malian French
- Kazakh Russian
Find out more at: http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/multimedia/language/index.cfm
Forum on ASIA in the Curriculum
This discussion board was created by a group of undergraduate and
secondary school educators who teach about Asia. It includes discussions
on teaching methods and tips, study tours and exchanges, and more.
The Forum on Asia in the Curriculum is jointly supported by: the
ASIANetwork; the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association
for Asian Studies (AAS); the National Consortium for Teaching about
Asia (NCTA); the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP); the Council
of Conferences (COC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS);
the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools
(CLASS) and the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT).
Join the discussion and check out the resources
New Book on Content-Based Language Instruction
Learning and Teaching Languages Through Content
A counterbalanced approach
This new book by Roy Lyster at McGill University presents an updated
perspective on integrating language and content in ways that engage
second language learners with language across the curriculum. A
range of instructional practices observed in immersion and content-based
classrooms is highlighted to set the stage for justifying a counterbalanced
approach that integrates both content-based and form-focused instructional
options as complementary ways of intervening to develop a learner’s
interlanguage system. A counterbalanced approach is outlined as
an array of opportunities for learners to process language through
content by means of comprehension, awareness, and production mechanisms,
and to negotiate language through content by means of
interactional strategies involving teacher scaffolding and feedback.
For more information or to order see: http://
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an internet-based
digital library of education research and information sponsored
by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department
of Education. Its re-designed website has a more powerful search
engine, faster-loading pages, and an updated home page design including
up-front links to ERIC features and information. A great place to
look for research information and resources on any educational topic.