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June 2015
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Become a NNELL State Representative

As a national organization, NNELL operates through a network of state representatives. You could help NNELL to continue with its mission by becoming a representative of your state. As a State Representative, you will serve as an advocate for early language learning, heighten public awareness of foreign languages in elementary and middle school education, serve as state representative for NNELL to your state language association and ensure that foreign languages in grades K-8 are recognized as a priority matter in your state. If you are interested in being more involved with NNELL and its advocacy efforts, please read the description for this position or contact NNELL's National Networking Coordinator, Marcela Summerville (

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NNELL Members Presenting at ACTFL!

Are you presenting at the 2015 in San Diego? As a network, we encourage our members to connect and collaborate. Therefore, this year we would like to create a directory of the NNELL members who will be presenting at the ACTFL Convention and Expo. We are looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!

Please submit your session title and the name of the presenters here: ACTFL 2015.


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NNELL is Seeking a Journal Editor

Join the NNELL team! NNELL is seeking someone to fill the position of Journal Editor of Learning Languages. Check out this excellent opportunity to contribute to the field of early language learning.

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Calendar of Events
For more events, check out the new Calendar page! NNELL, in the spirit of networking and collaboration, would like to assist other organizations in their promotion of activities of interest to early language educators. If there is a professional development opportunity in your area, please submit it to your Regional Representative. We will get it on our calendar as soon as we can.

Please note: the appearance of an event on this page does not imply an endorsement of the event.

Regional Representative Meeting

As part of our strategic planning in July, we will hold a meeting with the regional representatives during the Summer Institute. Time and date: TBA. If you can not make it to the Summer Institute, we will do our best to have you attend virtually. We are excited to share new ideas and shifts in the regions that will provide our members and representatives more opportunities to network!

Join Us This Summer

NNELL Summer Institute
July 10-12, 2015
Glastonbury, CT

The 2015 NNELL Summer Institute will be held July 10-12 in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The cost for members is $200 including meals and space is limited, so register today! For more information, including a tentative schedule and list of speakers, please visit our Summer Institute page.

Valuing Languages

A recent article from the Huffington Post presents an argument for the protection of linguistic diversity in the face of a trend toward linguistic homogeneity. The author stresses that the loss of knowledge funds of the cultural, spiritual, and social, practices of peoples, whose languages are threatened with extinction, threatens vast human knowledge that has been assembled over millennia.

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"Starting kids at an early age gives them an edge"

Teaching Mandarin to toddlers? A New York immersion program does just that---find out how current brain research helps inform the curriculum of in this innovative school.

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Children exposed to multiple languages may be
better natural communicators

A new study conducted by psychologists at the University of Chicago found that young children who hear more than one language spoken at home become better communicators. This study is the first to reveal that children do not have to be bilingual themselves; it is the mere exposure to more than one language that is key for building effective social communication skills. One of the researchers claimed that, "Our discovery has important policy implications, for instance it suggests previously unrealized advantages for bilingual education."


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Señora Speedy

This blogspot, from the NNELL’s KY representative, shares positive aspects as well as challenges of teaching language on a cart. Tips for teaching a variety of curricular topics such as colors, emotions, animals and even cooking cultural foods are also presented in the blog.


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Greetings and Self Introduction

Learn how to introduce yourself in Chinese


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  Thank you to JNCL-NCLIS and NNELL members Janine Erickson, Tammy Dann, Kristel Saxton, Heather Hendry, PhD., Alice Charkes, Zhihong Li, Sally Hood, PhD., Kennedy Schultz, PhD., and Robert Raymond, PhD., for their contributions to this publication. 

If you would like to share an interesting article, app, or teaching tool with the NNELL community in our next eNNELL News edition, please contact Dorie Perugini

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