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May 18, 2012
I'm writing in the hope that the News-Press can be of some assistance to voters in the current election. I'm not a lawyer, but until retirement I made a living as a newspaperman. I therefore believe I am reasonably qualified to understand the king's English. But the Official Sample Ballot for the upcoming election contains something that has me baffled. The proposed Ordinance of Measure H concerning taxes to be imposed on hotel and motel occupants contains the following under the heading Interpretation of language: “B.
NEWS
By Liana Aghajanian and By Liana Aghajanian | April 17, 2013
On a Saturday morning in a brightly lit classroom at the Burbank Adult School, a group of students are practicing their language skills. Except it's not English they're learning. It's not even Spanish. It's Armenian. Though its Western counterpart has been on an UNESCO endangered language list for a few years, there seems to be a demand for Armenian-language skills in Southern California, a mecca for the Armenian diaspora that has settled more steadily in the area over four decades.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 8, 2014
As Glendale school officials continue to review a plan to offer the district's popular dual-language immersion classes through the 12th grade , they announced this week which high schools would offer the foreign-language courses. At the elementary level, the dual-immersion program has students spend at least half the instructional day speaking and learning in a language other than English. At the high-school level, students would continue studying their chosen language with an intensive class every day. According to the proposal, Hoover High School would offer German, French, Italian and Armenian classes and would offer a Spanish class for students currently enrolled at Franklin and Edison elementary schools.
NEWS
June 14, 2005
Darleene Barrientos Like most other classes at Glendale High School, students sit with books and notebooks open, with pencils and pens in hand, as Kenneth Gamon begins class. But as soon as Gamon speaks, the class becomes distinctly unique -- the lesson is almost entirely in Japanese. Gamon teaches the sole Japanese language class in the district at Glendale High School. This is the program's first year and the class has progressed to the point where the class is mostly taught in Japanese, with just a sprinkling of English.
NEWS
By CARL W. RAGGIO | March 27, 2007
What if the sample ballot regarding Glendale's upcoming election was in English only? Would it make a difference on April 3rd? What if the turnout was the usual 20%? Would there be any kind of a change? And what if the ratio of absentee ballots cast was to be the same as the ballots cast at the precincts, would there be more votes to be counted? When I received my sample ballot some weeks ago and saw the size and scope of the ballot it became apparent to me that attempting to include much of the world in a local election has been taken too far. We are a city of more than 200,000 people.
NEWS
By Michael J. Arvizu | June 1, 2010
L a Cañada-based Gift of Language founder and program director Farah Hussein speaks three languages. She hopes her daughters, Alysa, 6, and Iman, 4, follow in her footsteps and become more than bilingual. Hussein began looking for enrichment classes three years ago. Unfortunately, most of the places she found that offered foreign language classes for kids were either too far away or held classes at inconvenient times. So Hussein decided to found her own program. "At that point, the clock was ticking because it's very important to expose children to a different language at a very young age," said Hussein.
NEWS
September 7, 2012
The gem of the News-Press is June Casagrande's essays on language and writing. But her contribution on kids ruining language and the casual interpretation using faulty logic (" OMG! Kids are ruining language ," Aug.24) should be “must-reading” at Glendale high schools. I simply love this. June can now spoon-feed reasoning into the minds of her followers with that delicate touch of her lovely prose. She also manages to promote “Freakonomics,” a book that should also be required reading during a high school senior's economics course.
NEWS
April 24, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), lead sponsor of the Armenian genocide resolution in Congress, delivered his remarks in Armenian on the House floor Wednesday as he honored the 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred in 1915 at the hands of Ottoman Turks. His remarks come the same day that President Obama once again did not use the word “genocide” in his annual statement about the tragic event. According to his office, in his Armenian address, Schiff said: “I speak to you from the floor of the House of Representatives in the language of your grandparents and your great-grandparents - the language they used to speak of their hopes, their dreams, their lives and their loves in the years before 1915...I speak to you in the language of sons who watched their fathers murdered.” On the 98th anniversary of the genocide, Schiff pointed out that not only were Armenians murdered, Armenian women were raped by the thousands.
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By ANI AMIRKHANIAN | February 4, 2006
My cousin's 5-year-old son is being raised by parents who speak two different Armenian dialects. His father speaks the western dialect, and his mother, my cousin, speaks the eastern. The boy is conditioned to hearing and speaking both tongues and can differentiate and transition between the two during a conversation. The western and eastern dialects differ in vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and orthography. Although his speech is developing more and more, he is not as articulate as other 5-year-old children who speak only one Armenian dialect.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
Now that Zareh Sinanyan has won the election to the Glendale City Council, he offers a heartless apology that rings as hollow as his initial denial. Sinanyan's history of hate consisted of more than five years of dangerously ignorant and threatening online language toward women, homosexuals and Muslims. He can't make this go away just because the story refuses to die. Vincent Frias Montrose
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
It took a single church trip to the Dominican Republic when she was 16 to spawn a lifelong commitment to volunteerism for Molly Roach. Now 24, she's gone back every year with the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church to an impoverished community where she teaches English to the children of Haitian immigrants at a local school. Roach says she typically spends at least a month in Kilometer 6, a neighborhood of about a 1,000 people, though she also lived there for a while after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2011.
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NEWS
March 14, 2014
Having found success with its nascent language-immersion programs at elementary school campuses , Glendale Unified School District has now established a solid set of pathways that will allow the youngsters flourishing in a second language to take it with them throughout their middle and high school careers. For those unfamiliar with dual-immersion, students enrolled in these elementary school programs spend half the day speaking and learning in a language that is not native to them.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 13, 2014
With a formal vote this week, the Glendale school board established the paths that students in dual-language immersion classes will take through high school . Of all the high schools, Hoover High will be home to the most languages. The school will be home to French, German, Italian, Spanish and Korean dual-language programs. Hoover will also host an Armenian dual language program and the district's Armenian heritage program where students study that country's culture and literature.
NEWS
By June Casagrande | February 21, 2014
Regular readers of this column know that I spend a lot of time talking about grammar wrongs that aren't - the countless mythical language no-nos that get passed down from generation to generation of people who never bother to look them up. Broken-record metaphors apply: I replay ad nauseam the same scratchy refrain: “People think it's an error to [insert grammar myth here], but it's not.” So, for a change of pace, I thought I'd talk about a popular usage that some people call wrong and (here's the twist)
NEWS
February 14, 2014
I think it's great that Glendale Unified School District will be adding dual-language programs to our high school, however I do have some questions about how the schools and the neighborhoods around them will be affected. What is the current enrollment at the high schools versus the projected enrollment when the dual-language programs are in full swing? Will we have overcrowding and additional traffic issues like we have had at the elementary schools? Will more temporary classroom bungalows need to be added?
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 8, 2014
As Glendale school officials continue to review a plan to offer the district's popular dual-language immersion classes through the 12th grade , they announced this week which high schools would offer the foreign-language courses. At the elementary level, the dual-immersion program has students spend at least half the instructional day speaking and learning in a language other than English. At the high-school level, students would continue studying their chosen language with an intensive class every day. According to the proposal, Hoover High School would offer German, French, Italian and Armenian classes and would offer a Spanish class for students currently enrolled at Franklin and Edison elementary schools.
NEWS
By Camila Castellanos | December 28, 2013
A Glendale Unified School District plan to increase enrollment at La Crescenta-area elementary schools to allow for the expansion of dual-language immersion programs has ignited an intense debate among foothill neighbors regarding potential changes to their communities. The GUSD plan would nearly double enrollment over a seven-year period at Dunsmore and Valley View elementary schools. Dunsmore will incorporate the expansion of the Japanese dual-language program currently held at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 7, 2013
The primary language of about 58% of Glendale Unified students is one other than English, according to data released by the school district this week. Of the roughly 60 primary languages that Glendale students speak besides English, the top three were Armenian, Spanish and Korean. According to data collected this past spring, 23% or 5,921 of Glendale's 26,089 students, are English-language learners, or students who are not proficient in English according to test scores and assessments.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 3, 2013
[Note: This article was corrected. See details below. ] The Japanese dual-language immersion program at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary will be downsized rather than moved to another school, the Glendale Unified school board decided Tuesday. The vote ended months of discussion among Glendale school officials, parents and residents over the future of that dual-language program, as well as the Korean program at Monte Vista Elementary, which will be expanded. Much of the discussion centered on how the two schools would accommodate the programs that increased both schools' populations and added to neighborhood traffic congestion.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 19, 2013
Glendale school officials this week proposed plans for addressing dual-language immersion issues at Monte Vista Elementary and Verdugo Woodlands Elementary, where the programs are projected to expand beyond the current capacity of the two schools. The popularity of Monte Vista's Korean program drove officials to determine how they would expand it to the fifth and sixth grades. This week, Supt. Dick Sheehan recommended that the district keep the program at the school, but add two new bungalows to the seven-acre campus.
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