Two stories from the Chronicle of Higher Education caught our attention this week.
The first could have massive repercussions for the world of language education. The story is titled “Matching Teaching Style to Learning Style May Not Help Students“, and while educators in general dwell on the idea that teaching styles can fit learning style, it is especially apparent in foreign language education given the cognitive burden that language learning requires. But new research suggests that this well established premise may be built on faulty ground. The notion of matching styles is so deeply ingrained, however, that it isn’t likely to leave the field just yet.
The second story is little afield from A.C.E.’s general interest, but is in keeping with our mission of cross-cultural education. The Chronicle also reported last week that “Undocumented College Students Could Become Citizens Faster Under New House Proposal“. From the article:
The act would make it clear that states could charge in-state tuition to illegal immigrants and establish a path to citizenship for graduates of American high schools who were brought illegally to the United States before turning 16, and who have been in the United States for at least five years and completed at least two years of college or military service. Reintroduced earlier this year in both the Senate and the House, the “Dream Act” legislation drew support from the College Board, which rarely enters the political fray.
It’ll be very interesting to see how this legislation pans out. Stay tuned!