Salma Hayek grew up in Mexico with her Lebanese father and Mexican/Spanish mother. Salma was five years old when she saw the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and decided she wanted to become an actress.

For many instructors, the fall is the beginning of a new school year. There is much excitement and anxiety that comes with this time of year from both the instructors and learners.

Have you heard the term "additive bilingualism" before? Even if it's not familiar, chances are you can figure out the meaning. In additive bilingual programs, students are encouraged to build their literacy in two (or theoretically more) languages.

As a child, Hamdi Ulukaya lived on a dairy farm and helped with the family cheese and yogurt business. Hamdi was worried about his human rights as a Kurdish person in Turkey, so at age 22, he moved to the United States to attend college.

Mawi Asgedom

Mawi Asgedom made waves at the Grant Park TEDx Talk, where he declared his vision: to change the conversation on immigration in the U.S. and the world. He shared his personal story and the experiences of many immigrants who have contributed to America.

During the academic school year, we work intensively with our students to teach them all the core subjects. Students take tests, and we move on to the next goal. Educators are moving at a record pace, trying to prepare their students for whatever the next objective might be, while also meeting deadlines for reports cards and other administrative duties.

The Associated Press published an article late last week that recounts one student's story about the challenges and successes one student faced as she worked her way through high school toward college.

In my experience teaching English Language Learners, I have been in the traditional setting of teaching as the lone wolf in a class of thirty and also on the flipside of co-teaching with my fellow teachers, or even mentoring new teachers in the classroom. While there are pros and cons to both sides, I find that the benefits of working in community with other teachers outweigh the drawbacks.

We all know that it can be hard to pronounce the names of students in any classroom. Yet, in an ELL classroom, the correct pronunciation of a name can help students feel welcomed and respected in your classroom.

Educators have a lot on their plate, no matter what the age they teach or institution they are a part of. Much is demanded of them, especially when it comes to achieving results and goals which don't always feel realistic.


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