English Language Learners become Historians for California’s National History Day

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Sunday: Students to be honored by Pearson for top history projects, use of academic English in the age of tweets and texts.


In the age of tweets and texts, when even native English speakers can struggle to compose more than 140 characters at a time, English language learners in California schools are pushing past “TTYL” and succeeding with their new language.

Pearson will recognize the efforts of California’s English language learners at the state’s History Day competition Sunday, April 29. Submitted projects cover topics ranging from cold war politics to John and Abigail Adams to the Tiananmen Square massacre. This year’s National History Day theme is Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.

On Sunday, April 29, at 9:00 a.m., Pearson will honor three middle school students and three high school students at the Riverside Convention Center, located at 3443 Orange St., 92501.

“These students are working doubly hard, learning a new language while also mastering the substance of their school courses,” said Pearson Vice President Vicky Bush. “We want to recognize the incredible academic talent of these young Californians.”

Pearson’s Longman Cornerstone and Longman Keystone, designed for students in grades K-12, prepare students for success with standards-based social studies, with all activities specifically designed for students in the early stages of English language acquisition, while building solid knowledge of World and American history.

The National History Day organization drew from Pearson’s Longman Dictionary of American English for students’ official definitions of this year’s topics – revolution, reaction, and reform.

Longman Learner Dictionaries help English learners not only learn to use individual words but to understand phrases, their relationships, and their nuances. Longman Learner Dictionaries use easy-to-understand definitions, hundreds of supporting photos and illustrations and real-life examples taken from books, magazines, newspapers, and recordings to help English language learners master not only English, but academic subject matter.

In addition to Longman, Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange allows teachers to select from interactive classroom materials including etexts, videos, news-of-the-day postings, animations and podcasts about important social science topics. California schools can supplement or replace aging textbooks in the classroom to best meet their students’ needs with online instructional materials from Online Learning Exchange Social Science, which is aligned with state History-Social Science curriculum standards.

Pearson’s digital and print learning programs are built on decades of expertise and research in effective teaching and learning and are aligned with the new Common Core standards.

About Pearson
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has as its mission to work side-by-side with states, districts, teachers, students and parents to ensure that every child is prepared for college and career (NYSE: PSO). http://www.pearsonschool.com.

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