Many educators around the world find themselves in growing schools or programs with more and more students needing placement into appropriate classes. Many schools use tests that are intended for other purposes–e.g., the Secondary Level English Proficiency (SLEP) Test, the…

The “failure” of the whole language approach to literacy development has been widely reported. I attempt here to give a clear definition of whole language, discuss some of the research, and provide some information about the impact of whole language…

The orientation of a people or government toward language learning and teaching has always been subject to social, economic and political needs. As China strengthens its economy and accelerates its steps to join the world family, English, with its unique…

Within education there is much controversy surrounding distance learning. This is related primarily to how well it works for our students and to the uncertainty surrounding the future of such courses. For ESL/EFL teachers, however, distance learning can be the…

In recent years, some Iowa companies have been experiencing a distressing shortage of qualified job applicants. As a result, these companies have explored new ways of marketing themselves as desirable employers to non-traditional workers. It was this premise that led…

“It can’t be done. Don’t try it,” warned experts in American universities. “Take that radio program off the air,” American embassies overseas urged Washington, “It’s insulting and demeaning.” Foreign listeners disagreed. Today, Voice of America’s Special English program is arguably…

“The Diviners,” a play by Jim Leonard Jr. and directed by Hal Landon Jr. received an enthusiastic response from the mostly young audience for its performance on the LBCC mainstage on Saturday, Feb. 18. “The Diviners” deals with the subject…

Four in the fourth was all that the Vikings softball team needed to secure its victory over L.A. Harbor on Thursday, Feb. 23 at LAC. Trailing 1-0 in the fourth inning, the Vikes’ first batter was hit by the pitch,…

The Be the Change Catholic Club and about 50 participants celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass on Feb. 22. Sister Su Fern Khoo played and sang the entrance song with the choir welcoming the Rev. Brian Doran from St. Anthony Parish Church…

Michael Medina, an LBCC student, expresses that depression is a solitary state of being an orphan to life. Medina, 21, a philosophy major was taken hostage to the mental dejection. He illustrates depression as a room with a locked door…

President Obama delivered his fourth State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Although education only took up 6 ½ minutes of the address, with 3 ½ minutes focused on colleges, Obama’s speech on Friday at the University of…

Laura, 22, a student at LBCC had fallen victim to Anorexia Nervosa. Laura personally believed that it was a combination of genetics, her type of personality, and childhood. She grew up in a very chaotic household. Her father had a…

Award-winning author Aimee Bender will visit LBCC on Friday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. to read and sign her latest novel “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.” The Baughn Center for Literary Arts will host the event in P104. The…

Anti-terrorist security management, supply-chain logistics and hybrid car engine diagnostic sound like subjects for experts outside of LBCC ground, but that was before, now these courses are here and tuition-free. The Office of Economic and Resource Development, in coordination with…