is a Happy Language
research shows that English is strongly biased toward being
positive. Peter Dodds, an applied mathematician at the University
of Vermont, gathered billions of words from four sources:
twenty years of the New York Times, the Google Books
Project (with millions of titles going back to 1520), Twitter
and a half-century of music lyrics. The big surprise
is that in each of these four sources its the same,
says Dodds. We looked at the top 5,000 words in each,
in terms of frequency, and in all of those words you see
a preponderance of happier words.
primary objectives of the Center
for Applied Linguistics are to improve the teaching
of English as a second or foreign language, to promote
the teaching of the less commonly taught languages,
and to conduct research that will enhance the educational
CAL website provides a series of "CALdigests,"
free short reports that synthesize current research andhighlight
topics of interest covering a variety of subjects. One of
the newest digests looks at using singable books as a simple,
cost-effective way to combine the benefits of reading childrens
literature aloud and singing. Singable books, picture books
that use a song as the text, are inherently interactive
and appealing to children. The digest includes a list of
recommended books and activities for students in grades
pre-K - 12.
2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization
supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Its mission is to
improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and
to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the entire nation.
The Center does not advocate for or take positions on policy
issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan
"fact tank" in Washington, DC, that provides information on
the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
Hispanic Center recently published When Labels Dont
Fit: Hispanics and their Views of Identity. The report
was based on a new nationwide survey that found most Hispanics
dont embrace the term Hispanic. And even
fewer prefer the term Latino.
Pew Hispanic Center
Hispanic Center Facebook page
Center for Immigration Studies is an independent,
non-partisan, non-profit research organization founded in
1985. It is the nation's only think tank devoted exclusively
to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic,
fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States.
It is the Center's mission to expand the base of public knowledge
and understanding of the need for an immigration policy that
gives first concern to the broad national interest. The Center
is animated by a pro-immigrant, low-immigration vision which
seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted.
LANGUAGE LEARNING & TECHNOLOGY
An online refereed journal
that seeks to disseminate research to foreign and second language
educators, Language Learning
& Technology focuses on language learning first
and considers technology a tool to be used wisely and effectively.
CMMR is an organized research unit at the University of Southern
California, facilitating the research collaboration, dissemination
and professional development activities of faculty, students,
and others across the School of Education, university community
and outside organizations.
CMMR web site provides dozens of links to current
research on topics of interest to ESL educators.