Motivating Learners With Badges



Watch a video and read more info in More Ideas for Badges in Professional Learning at

Read more about this:  What are they, why to use them, and how to motivate others with them.

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Research on Language Speech Production



,,,neuroscientists have now identified a predictive textlike brain mechanism that helps us to anticipate what is coming next when we hear someone speaking. The findings, publishedthis week in PLoS Biology, advance our understanding of how the brain processes speech. They also provide clues about how language evolved, and could even lead to new ways of diagnosing a variety of neurological conditions more accurately.

Read more in The Brain Has Its Own “Autofill” Function for Speech at

to learn about this interesting mechanism.  I would like to know how it works for non-native speakers.

English Writing and Speaking Cheat Sheet


From English Fluency



Important Report: Report of the National Literacy Panel for Language Minority Children and Youth


Excellent data, research-based:

Another Great Resource Place for ESL teachers: CAL


Center for applied Linguistics

Great Resource for Professional News, Research, Data, and Practices


Find them all in one place at NCLA: National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) at Find there, among many other things, the Newcomer Toolkit

The Latest Data Updates on USA Immigrant Populations, April 2017


Great data on important ESL/immigrant groups.  Example: Mexicans are NOT the largest population of unauthorized immigrants.  Find the publication at

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