Category Archives: Foreign Language Education

Evaluating Foreign Language Teachers in DCPS… hay problemas.

One thing I don’t often hear in the debate about teacher evaluation is how evaluations should be differentiated depending on the level or content area of each teacher.   People argue about the validity of value-added test data and who should … Continue reading

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Cutting Funding for Foreign Language Education

Thomas Friedman wrote a fantastic, spot-on column last week about what the Chinese embassy in Washington might send in a WikiLeaks-style cable to Beijing. My favorite part is this: “But the Americans are oblivious. They travel abroad so rarely that … Continue reading

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Why don’t more of us speak a foreign language?

How many of you out there speak another language that you learned in school? Nope, there aren’t too many of us. It’s truly shameful.  A Gallup poll (http://www.gallup.com/poll/1825/about-one-four-americans-can-hold-conversation-second-language.aspx) actually surprised me; apparently, about a quarter of Americans can carry out … Continue reading

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