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British council imparts English training to Mumbai teachers
The Times of India
India: Mumbai's municipal corporation has tied up with the British council to train its teachers on how to impart lessons in English. Municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte in his budget speech said, "An MOU has been signed with British council for training 9,600 MCGM teachers during next five years starting from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018. Under this program every teacher is given 20 days training per year for two years. Currently training of 2,400 teaches has started."
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America's school funding problems, state by state
The Washington Post
A new report on school funding reveals how uneven and unfair public school funding is in states across the country. The report, titled "Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card," looks at funding data from 2007 through 2011, analyzing the condition of state school finance systems with a focus on the fair distribution of resources to the neediest students. It covers the period before the big 2008 recession and through the start of the recovery.
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Another requirement for teachers sparks controversy
eSchool News
A new policy brief making the education rounds this week has sparked controversy over whether or not teachers should be required to prove data proficiency as part of their licensure. Proponents say it will ensure student achievement; opponents say it's a premature move based on not-yet-there data systems. The report, "Teacher Data Literacy: It's About Time," produced by the Data Quality Campaign with support from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the National Council on Teacher Quality and the Council of Chief State School Officers, says that state and federal policies have not gone far enough to promote the skills teachers needs to be data literate.
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Advocating for English Learners: Sharing the Responsibility and the Joy

This virtual seminar takes place 26 February 2014, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET. Learn practical strategies to help build English learner advocacy skills and develop a plan and explore tools to collaborate with others to advocate for ELs. Join Diane Staehr Fenner, author of Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators and president of DSF Consulting, for this informative and eye-opening virtual seminar. Register online by 23 February.

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Is your institution preparing for NCATE/CAEP recognition? If so, don't miss TESOL's workshop Preparing Your TESOL P-12 Teacher Education Program for NCATE/CAEP National Recognition prior to the start of the 2014 International Convention and English Language Expo on 26 March 2014, in Portland, Oregon, USA. Experts present an overview of the revised TESOL/NCATE standards and advise faculty and staff on how to prepare their institution for compiling a TESOL program report. Special feature: add on a private, 1-hour consultation.

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Biliterate pride
Language Magazine
The California State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the state superintendent of public instruction in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in English and one or more other languages by high school graduation.

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US experts to train Saudis in English language teaching
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Education has invited specialists from Columbia University in the United States to train Saudi teachers on methods of teaching the English language.

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Los Angeles schools' plan for non-English speakers: Segregation or solution?
The Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles schools are moving forward with a plan to separate English language learner students from native speakers in all core elementary school classes. Protests have erupted.

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High cost of Common Core has states rethinking the national education standards
Fox News
States are learning the cost of Common Core is uncommonly high. The federally-backed standards initiative, first proposed by the nation's governors and an educators' association, seeks to impose a national standard for achievement among K-12 students. So far, 45 states plus the District of Columbia have signed on, with some implementing curriculum designed for the Common Core Standards Initiative during the current school year and the rest set to take part in the next school year. But several states are reconsidering their participation, and one big reason is the cost.
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Vouchers get fresh attention from state policymakers
Education Week
Policymakers around the country are embroiled in debates over private school vouchers, with school choice-related legislation bidding for attention in multiple statehouses, as well as in the U.S. Senate. Proposals to create programs that provide public funds for private school tuition have been introduced in Alaska, Indiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin. And in North Carolina, a lawsuit aimed at curtailing a new voucher program has been gaining support from school districts.
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Biliterate pride
Language Magazine
The California State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the state superintendent of public instruction in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in English and one or more other languages by high school graduation. On 8 October 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 815 (Brownley) creating the California State Seal of Biliteracy, making California the first state in the nation to honor high school seniors who demonstrate proficiency in multiple languages by affixing a Seal of Biliteracy onto their diplomas or transcripts.
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Bilingual textbook use requires highly competent teachers: Experts
The Times of India
India: The use of bilingual textbooks at the primary school level to be introduced as per chief minister Manohar Parrikar's new medium of instruction policy is supported by experts from the field of education. However, experts warn that it needs to be backed by highly linguistically competent teachers and require their use beyond just textbooks. Parrikar, who is also the education minister, had clarified on the use of bilingual textbooks while announcing the policy that the text in Konkani/Marathi in English medium schools alongside English is essentially only for the child's reference and not for teaching in both languages.
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Training for teachers in spoken English
The New Indian Express
India: The British Council plans to roll out a scheme to train all primary school teachers in speaking English. The scheme will be launched in association with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the Department of Public Education, members of the British Council told reporters at a meeting in Kochi. The scheme will focus on training nearly 1.3 lakh primary school teachers with the help of 640 chief trainers. The chief trainers in turn, will be provided special training by the British Council to conduct the program.
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Adjusting to US culture, social norms a struggle for some Ohio State international students
The Lantern
Lin Lu has a great sense of humor, but she might not get the punch line of your joke. Abdulrahman Alsuhaibani is outgoing, but he rarely used to talk to strangers. For some international students at Ohio State, language barriers block more social opportunities than academic ones. Alsuhaibani, a third-year in chemical engineering from Saudi Arabia, said his English instruction began at age 12 with lessons from his father. Before coming to the U.S. in 2011, his family paid for him to take extra English classes at the English Language Institute, Alsuhaibani said.
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Course search app for UK-bound language students
Journalism
United Kingdom: International students planning to take English language courses in the U.K. can, for the first time, perform searches and make contact with course providers on their phones using a native app for the iOS and Android operating systems. As on the newly updated English in Britain website, the English in Britain app offers high speed multiple criteria searches and "My EiB" functionality whereby students and their professional advisers or agents may select and manage a personal shortlist of "favorite" schools and courses.
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Study: Shy kids know the answer — They just won't say it out loud
The Atlantic
This is a good moment to be an introvert. A host of books and articles have been published in recent years extolling the virtues of being reserved, and defending inhibited personalities from the longstanding cultural belief that being outgoing and gregarious is the key to success. A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado and the University of Connecticut is the latest good news for quieter people. Researchers have long found that socially inhibited kids appear to have weaker language skills than their more outgoing peers. This new study complicates that picture slightly. After examining 408 same-sex twin pairs at the ages of 14, 20 and 24 months, the researchers found that inhibited kids didn't actually know less — they were simply less eager to express their knowledge out loud.
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How schools cope with teaching children who speak 14 different languages
The Telegraph
At Maidenhall Primary School in Luton, children speak no fewer than 14 different languages, and their families come from all over the world. Among the babel of voices which greet teachers in reception classes are Pahari, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Somali, Polish, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish and Pashto. Of the 580 children aged between five and 11 who attend the school, 98.9 percent of them do not speak English as their first tongue. The school's diversity presents a significant challenge to the school's new management, who arrived in April after an Ofsted inspection found that the school requires improvement.
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10 social media tips for reaching world language learners
Edutopia
Feeling outdated, not connected, or even totally lost in the digital age? Well, let me assure you, droning on and on about grammatical structures is a surefire way to quickly lose student interest in the world language classroom. Instead, embrace something which truly interests the millennial student: social media. Utilizing it in the classroom will give your students practical, engaging ways to communicate in the language you teach.
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