Somali first-language support added

Imagine Learning recently introduced Somali first-language support. The new addition makes it easier for even more students to gain language and literacy fluency.

As students use Imagine Learning and become more proficient in English, the language support gradually fades, preparing students for English-only environments.

Imagine Learning now offers first-language support in 15 languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Marshallese, Tagalog, Cantonese, Hmong, and Somali.

Somali language support is just one of the many features included in the latest update, Imagine Learning version 13. Packed with new curriculum, iPad delivery, and the new Action Areas tool, version 13 provides language and literacy instruction better than ever.

Watch the v13 video.

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The difference a year makes: Christian’s story

Last year I traveled to Miami as part of the video team. We were there to visit schools and meet the great administrators, teachers, and students who were using Imagine Learning English.

During our visit to Southside Elementary School, I met a first-grader named Christian. Christian had moved to the United States from Brazil only four months previously, but he was already beginning to speak English really well. Christian loved the Imagine Learning English program, and my jaw dropped as I watched him read stories on the computer that were beyond his grade level.

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Imagine Learning is coming to a conference near you

Next week is the 45th annual TESOL convention, where educators from across the country will gather to exchange ideas and learn about innovations in the field of English teaching. This year, the convention will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Imagine Learning will be there with our brand new booth. So if you’re planning to attend any or all of the convention next week (Mar 17-19), stop by booth #108, where you can play an exciting new game and enter to win an iPod!

Here’s a little video to give you a sneak peek of our new-and-improved booth:

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Be sure to come play our “Free the Aliens” game, an interactive game based on our letter-recognition activity of the same name from Imagine Learning English. Think you’ve got what it takes?  High scorers win daily prizes like iPods.

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The Utah Compact: Immigration and education

In November 2010, several Utah government, business, religious, and civic leaders met and drafted a document meant to guide Utah’s discussion on immigration reform. This document, the Utah Compact, is a declaration of five principles that reflect the shared values of those who signed it as well as the people and organizations they represent.

At a time when immigration is such a contentious issue in this country, the Utah Compact has been heralded by many for its moderate and cooperative tone. The New York Times said, “A clearer expression of good sense and sanity than Utah’s would be hard to find.”

So what does this have to do with education?

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