Weekend Recap: Word of the Year, How Infants Process Language & Assessing ELLs

Welcome to today’s edition of “Weekend Recap,” a series in which we update you on the most relevant news in the world of language and linguistics. Over the weekend, we kept our eye on three stories of interest.

‘App’ Voted Word of the Year

After much debate among American Dialect Society members, the tech slang “app” beat out runner-up “nom” as the 2010 Word of the Year.

When It Comes To Language Learning, Babies Are Quite Grown Up

Research carried out at the University of California, San Diego suggests that babies just over a year old process words with the same brain structures – and as quickly – as adults.

Feds To Launch Grant Competition To Pay for English-Language Proficiency Tests for ELLs

The U.S. Department of Education has a new priority: to encourage the development of English language proficiency assessments that are aligned with the national Common Core Standards. In this notice appearing in the Federal Register, the federal government proposes that it will give grants to consortia of states to create these assessments.

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