English Language http://iowapublicradio.org en "Grand Slam" Language Session: Baseball Terminology with Patricia O'Connor http://iowapublicradio.org/post/grand-slam-language-session-baseball-terminology-patricia-oconnor <p>Beanball, bender, bleeder, brushback, bull pen… baseball has a language all its own. Today on Talk of Iowa, English language expert Patricia O’Conner "plays ball." Host Charity Nebbe talks to O'Connor about baseball lingo and, of course, she answers your language questions.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:48:08 +0000 Charity Nebbe 39174 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Grand Slam" Language Session: Baseball Terminology with Patricia O'Connor Learning English in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/learning-english-iowa <p>Iowa schools are becoming more diverse, and English Language Learning services are in greater need. &nbsp;Districts are trying to adapt, and the Iowa legislature has&nbsp;some ideas for addressing the issue. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:13:31 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 37018 at http://iowapublicradio.org Learning English in Iowa Schools Adapt to Rapidly Diversifying State http://iowapublicradio.org/post/schools-adapt-rapidly-diversifying-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At Meredith Middle School on Des Moines’ northwest side there are more than 30 ways students say hello. The number of languages can change week to week. This school year the Des Moines school district will&nbsp;receive&nbsp;more than 6 million dollars from federal and state funds for ELL services, and will also spend&nbsp;more than a million dollars of its own money.&nbsp;Next year the district plans to have more than 6,000 ELL students.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Clay Masters 36983 at http://iowapublicradio.org Schools Adapt to Rapidly Diversifying State