April 30, 2013
Re "Lawsuit: State fails some English learners," April 25 The article does not mention two approaches to help those acquiring English, both with substantial research support. One is bilingual education, dismantled by Proposition 227 more than a decade ago. Research has shown that students in bilingual programs outperform students in all-English programs on tests of English reading. Also, studies show that Proposition 227 did not result in improved English proficiency. Second, there is strong evidence that those who do more pleasure reading in English do better on English-language tests, and case histories reveal that those who succeeded in acquiring the English needed for school were dedicated readers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2013 |
Mandarin was my first language, but once I started school, I refused to speak it. As the only Asian kid in my class, I felt alien enough. I wasn't about to bust out in another tongue, even in the privacy of my own home. My parents were too laissez-faire to enforce a Chinese-only regimen, as my uncle did with my cousins. We soon switched to English instead of Chinese, forks instead of chopsticks. My mom made spaghetti for my brother and me, stir-fries and soups for my dad. The one time I went to Saturday Chinese school, I told my parents I hated it and I wasn't going back.
December 3, 2012 |
Looking to tap the wealth of U.S. Latinos, CNN is planning to introduce a Spanish-language programming service tailored for broadcast TV stations next year. The service, CNN Latino, is being designed as an eight-hour programming block featuring news, documentaries, talk shows and lifestyle programming. It is expected to launch in late January in Los Angeles on independent station KBEH-DT Channel 63 and eventually be carried by TV stations in other cities. CNN Latino comes 15 years after the Atlanta-based news organization launched CNN en Español, a 24-hour Spanish-language news network available in about 30 million homes in Latin America and 7 million homes in the United States.
October 16, 2012 |
Is there a musician left in the world who Tony Bennett hasn't collaborated with? At at an age when most artists are busy dictating their memoirs, the 86-year-old singer continues to flourish by partnering with younger colleagues, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, k.d. lang and whippersnappers like Elvis Costello (born 1954). Now Bennett is expanding his repetoire again by venturing into Spanish-language and bilingual pop. His third album of duets, "Viva Duets," which will be released Oct. 22, teams Bennett with A-list Latin artists such as Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony.
July 13, 2012 |
First, Stephen Colbert had a beetle named after him. Now he's got a whole language. Scientists at Northwestern University, inspired by the faux pundit's ability to neologize, created a set of nouns for “Colbertian,” which they could use to test the effects of bilingualism. The study, released online by the journal Cognitive Science, found that bilingual speakers experienced less cognitive "interference" from their native language than monolinguals did when listening to speech in the newly acquired Colbertian.
May 16, 2012 |
NEW YORK — Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications touted something that its English-language broadcast rivals cannot: Prime-time ratings at its flagship TV network, Univision, have grown 7% during the current season. Ratings gains in an era of shrinking TV audiences are uncommon as major broadcasters struggle to maintain their standing. Cable channels, social media and advances in technology — including digital video recorders — continue to nibble away at viewership, particularly among younger audiences.