Language Stories

An educator's guide to the summer slide [Infographic]

Posted by Language Stars on Jan 8, 2018 8:38:16 PM

As an educator, you've likely observed the summer slide. That blank look on  student faces in September when they should easily be able to recall curriculum from earlier in the year can quickly give you grey hairs.

The summer slide or summer learning loss is defined as the academic attrition a student experiences over the summer.  Whether you're a principal, administrator or teacher, this epidemic impacts you in numerous ways. Explore our infographic  for an overview of the summer slide and discover two easy solutions to help your students stay on track as they build fluency in a world language.

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Topics: infographic, foreign language, Educator

Creative ways to improve your child's literacy

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 6, 2017 7:41:34 PM

When striving to instill a lifelong love of learning in youngsters, reading should be at the core of your efforts. Reading opens doors, inspires the imagination and provides opportunities throughout life.

Unfortunately, an estimated 93 million U.S. adults read at or below the basic level needed to contribute successfully to society, according to Your child's literacy is a critical skill to start nurturing early so your young learner develops into a healthy and happy adult. That means as a parent or educator, you can give your kids a step up on their future simply by opening a book. 

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Topics: parenting, Educator

Bringing immersive foreign language learning to the classroom

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 5, 2017 5:25:34 PM

Wish you could whisk your students away for an immersive foreign language trip where they experience the culture and language firsthand? Language immersion in a foreign country is a wonderful way to support language development, but you don't necessarily have to leave the classroom to experience the benefits.

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Topics: foreign language, Educator

How teachers and parents can build a creative learning environment

Posted by Language Stars on Nov 18, 2017 11:17:00 AM

Whether you're a parent teaching your kids at home or a teacher trying to educate a classroom of 20 children, there are bound to be stumbling blocks throughout the educational journey. It's not uncommon to experience misunderstood lessons, failed connections and frustrating times when progress seems stagnant. Taking a new proactive approach to education can be the critical turning point.

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Topics: parenting, Educator

Why learn a foreign language? Studies help educators make their case

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 28, 2017 6:00:13 PM


The majority of teachers understand the importance of learning a foreign language. However, in many schools foreign language instruction doesn't exist, barely exists or is threatened with cuts due to financial constraints.

This bleak outlook is heartbreaking to educators who want to grow diverse and well-rounded students. Advocating for foreign language instruction can be difficult, but knowing some facts about why it's so important to youth can help you win your argument.

Whether you're an educator facing a skeptical administration, budget cuts from the school board or just trying to convince critical parents, here are some studies that prove the benefits of learning a foreign language can't be ignored.

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Topics: foreign language, Educator

First-day-of-school activities guaranteed to make students smile

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 3, 2017 5:27:00 PM

The first day of school inspires a spectrum of emotions for students. There's excitement, joy, anxiety, wonder and so much more. Considering kids feel big emotions, smart teachers know how to put students at ease and set the stage for fun.

The first day of school is all about getting settled and getting to know each other better. Kids need time to adjust to a new environment and bond with their new classmates. Teachers want to kick off the year with a positive experience, so many plan special first-day activities to get everyone ramped up and ready to learn.

Here are five awesome back-to-school activities guaranteed to make students smile: 

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Topics: Educator