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Source Reviewed:

http://www.newhorizons.org

Audience:

Teachers interested in ESL education

Topic:

Language Learning and Related Issues

Description:

New Horizons for Learning
http://www.newhorizons.org/


I highly recommend that all new and experienced teachers visit New Horizons for Learning. New Horizons for Learning is an on-line resource for individuals and organizations in the teaching field. I found this resource to be very user-friendly. It is a source of abundant information on the education of young people. It features both practical and theoretical information, and it deals with current issues in the education system. The on-line resource includes contributions from highly reputable names in the field of education, along with the contributions of everyday classroom teachers who share their incredible wealth of knowledge and experience. Despite it’s predominantly American focus, I feel that the New Horizons for Learning website is a useful resource for anyone involved in education, and particularly useful for those of us who are interested in ESL education.

The mandate of New Horizons for Learning is to give visibility to effective teaching and learning practices and to explore and help implement ideas that have not yet reached the mainstream. New Horizons for Learning also helps to support new educational organizations and projects through funding, networking, and advocacy initiatives. It’s website houses on-line journals, books and other written material on issues in education. It also serves to connect people in the education field through forums and invitations to write and respond to practitioners, researchers, and policymakers in the field. New Horizons for Learning also hosts conferences and workshops to bring together teachers, school administrators, professors and students in education, policy makers, parents, and others interested in learning.

Whether you are a teacher, school administrator, professor, student, consultant, or parent, you will find useful and up to date information in the following seven categories.

• Teaching and Learning Strategies offers a synthesis of the most effective ways to facilitate and enhance teaching and learning.
• Perspectives on the Future includes insightful discussions on the future and how we are preparing students to face the future.
• Transforming Education includes descriptions of successful projects and methods that are transforming schools and other educational institutions.
• News from the Neurosciences includes current information about the development and function of the human brain applied to learning
• Special Needs/Inclusion is a comprehensive collection of information and resources on this topic for parents, teachers, and students.
• Lifelong Learning is about learning in childhood and parenting, adolescence, higher education, the adult years, the workplace, and the senior years.
• Student Voices offers students' views about learning and ways to help them to use their voices constructively and effectively.
• New Horizons for Learning's Quarterly Journal focused on current issues in education.

As far as ESL education, I found that this website has an excellent collection of resources that can be accessed on-line to service those individuals with an interest in this area of education. You will find such information under the section labeled Special Needs, as ESL students are considered a cohort of the student population that has special needs. This section consists of a series of articles written by individuals with interesting insights about ESL education. Here is a list of articles featured under the section on ESL education.

Effective Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners in Mainstream Classrooms Susan Wallace

An Introduction to Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
Manka M. Varghese

Second Language Literacies: Trying Out the "Tools" of the Trade Brian Morgan

Conferring with Young Second-Language Writers: Keys to Success Antony Smith

Making Connections: Maximizing the Impact of Classroom Volunteers on the Literacy of English Language Learners Kelley Archer

"No Child Left Behind:" Implications for Special Education Students and Students with Limited English Proficiency Mark E. Jewell

Motheread/Fatheread: A Family Literacy Program of Humanities Washington Lydia Bassett

Leading Beyond Compliance: Integrated Comprehensive Services© for All Learners Elise M. Frattura and Colleen A. Capper

Advancement of Science Knowledge In Language Learning ( ASKILL ) John Shaffer and V. A. Lindley-Brunn

Structuring for Students' Success Patricia Hunter

My Experience Using the Multiple Intelligences Nelly Ribot

Class Size: Does It Really Matter? Robert J. Rios

Seven Characteristics of Highly Effective Adult Learning Programs Dorothy D. Billington, Ph.D.

Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners: An Educator’s Guide Judith Lessow-Hurley


Strengths:

Strengths:

The website has interactive features and it houses current and relevant information on education.

Weaknesses:

Weaknesses:

Predominantly an American focus.

Comments:

I highly recommend that all new and experienced teachers visit New Horizons for Learning.

Your Recommendations:

None

Submitted by: Erika Carlson

 

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