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TESOL International Association and the U.S. Department of State join efforts to aid English language teaching worldwide
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TESOL International Association and the U.S. Department of State announce a joint effort to connect teachers and resources in the United States with English language teaching needs and opportunities outside the United States. The goal of the partnership is to utilize each institution's vast networks, expertise and international resources to respond to the global demand for English language teaching and learning. To read the full press release, please visit TESOL's website.

TESOL Convention Update: Advance Program, Justification Toolkit, and Itinerary Planner Available Online
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The interactive Advance Program contains all the information you will need for the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, March 28-31 in Philadelphia. You will find detailed information on registration and housing, Pre- and Post-convention Institutes, ticketed events including Breakfast and Tea with TESOL's Best, keynote speakers, academic sessions, invited speakers and much more.

Do you need to explain to your principal or your supervisor why you need to attend the TESOL convention? TESOL can help you with that. Developed for the 2012 convention, the Justification Toolkit will help you explain the importance of professional development and the TESOL convention, which is the premier professional development event for English language teachers and researchers. In addition to facts about the convention, it contains an expense worksheet and a sample letter to give to your supervisor.

Rather than referring back to the Program Book over and over during the convention, why not use the online session planner? You can search the planner by interest section, presenter, day, keyword and many other options. After you have found the sessions that are most relevant to your needs, add your selected sessions to your personal itinerary, print it out and carry it with you.

And while you are planning your time at the convention, be sure to set aside plenty of time to visit the exhibit hall. With more than 120 exhibitors, including publishers, software providers, degree programs and TESOL's Job MarketPlace, the English Language Expo has become one of the highlights of the convention. New exhibitors are added weekly, so check back often.

Don't forget: To get the best rate, register before Feb. 1. For more information, visit the TESOL convention website.

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TESOL K-12 Day focuses on engaging ELLs in the mainstream
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TESOL's 2012 K-12 Day provides interactive, practice-oriented sessions that will help you engage more effectively with students at all levels. Sessions explore differentiated instruction, academic language and literacy development, best practices, leadership and advocacy, and hot topics highlighting challenges and successes. Keynote speakers include Kate Kinsella and James Crawford. For more information, visit the K-12 Day website or download the brochure.

House minority lawmakers want subgroup targets in ESEA bill
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House lawmakers representing districts with high concentrations of Asian, African-American and Hispanic students have said they'd like to see a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act include performance targets for different subgroups of students. The group's concerns are nothing new — it has said in the past that its members were worried about a potential retreat from subgroup accountability. More

Rare bipartisan accord on No Child Left Behind revamp
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Despite the controversy surrounding who should determine how to turn around low-performing public schools and how teachers should be held to account for achievement standards, Senate committee leaders have reached rare accord on ways to improve legislation that for years has been a political mine field. "No bill has everything everybody wants. I understand that," said Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, referring to the education legislation he co-authored with the committee's ranking member, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. More

Candidates seek to limit federal role in education
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When it comes to education, the Republican field of presidential candidates has a unified stance: Get the federal government out of schools. How they'd do that varies. Take the Education Department. Reps. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul along with Texas Gov. Rick Perry want to shut it down altogether, while Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich want to shrink it. Offering student loans? Herman Cain says the department should get out of that business. And then there's the Bush-era education accountability law, No Child Left Behind. Perry calls it a "direct assault on federalism," while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has long expressed animosity toward the law. More

Teachers, facing low salaries, opt to moonlight
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Second jobs are not a new phenomenon for teachers, who have historically been paid less than other professionals. In 1981, about 11 percent of teachers were moonlighting; the number has risen to about 1 in 5 today. They are bartenders, waitresses, tutors, school bus drivers and even lawnmowers. Now, with the severe cuts many school districts have made, teachers who hadn't considered juggling a second job before are searching the want ads. The number of public school teachers who reported holding a second job outside school increased slightly from 2003-2004 to 2007-2008. While there is no national data for more recent years, reports from individual states and districts indicate the number may have climbed further since the start of the recession. More

Teacher pay study asks the wrong question, ignores facts, insults teachers
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As millions of Americans search for work, and millions more scrape by to make ends meet, researchers affiliated with two Washington think tanks — the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation — have recently announced a "finding" that defies common-sense: America's teachers are overpaid by more than 50 percent. More

On the rise in Alabama
The New York Times (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Alabama's ruling class has dug in against the storm it caused with the nation's most oppressive immigration law. Some of the law's provisions have been blocked in federal court; others won't take effect until next year. But many Alabamans aren't waiting for things to get worse or for the uncertain possibility of judicial relief or legislative retreat. They are moving to protect themselves, and summoning the tactics of a civil rights struggle now half a century old. More

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Nigerian state employs Britons to teach English language
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Nigeria: Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso of Nigeria's Kano State has urged the management of the Local Education Partnerships, a British Council funded education project, to employ teachers from Britain to teach English language in Kano schools. More

Phuket, Thailand, schools relax rules for hiring English teachers
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Thailand: The Phuket Primary Education Area Office has relaxed the requirements for foreigners to be hired as English language teachers at government schools in Phuket,Thailand. More

South Korean parents told: Pre-school English 'harmful'
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South Korea: Parents in South Korea who put their pre-school children into English language classes are wasting their money and could be slowing their educational development. This is the message that an education pressure group, World Without Worries About Private Education, is trying to get across in a society where pressure to attain exam success has created a boom in private tuition and growing numbers of English language classes for kindergarten children. More

Often excluded, more special-needs students taking NAEP
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Following a push to make "the nation's report card" better reflect the academic performance of all children in America's schools, most states boosted the numbers of students with disabilities and English language learners who participated in the 2011 reading and math tests that are part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. But many states still have far to go to reach the inclusion targets set for them last year by federal policymakers. More

Mastering English in Kuching
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Malaysia: Cheaper tuition fees, proximity to their home country and the high teaching standard are the reasons a growing community of Korean students are learning to master English at the English Language Academy in Kuching. More

Book project helps adult ESL students hone English skills
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Hundreds of Brownsville Independent School District adult ESL students have been busy sharpening their English skills this fall by compiling project books about their cultural roots. More

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Business English teaching is slow to turn professional
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United Kingdom:The debate surrounding professionalization of the ELT industry has recently been reignited on the business English teaching community's discussion forums. The questions that are firing online exchanges are: Should there be more accredited qualifications for business English teachers? and would the community benefit from a professional association to raise standards and enable teachers to command higher and fairer rates of pay? With low barriers to entry, no professional governing body and few recognized international qualifications, it is debatable whether business English teaching can call itself a profession. More

Abused students can return to school and thrive with educator help
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A new study from the University of Missouri shows that children who are abused can return to school and do well academically if teachers can help them control their emotions, pay attention to detail and stay motivated. The study compared the duration of abuse with math and reading scores in 702 children, ages 6 to 10. The results indicate that the length and type of abuse had the most effect on the children's academic achievement, but that students who were successful in daily management skills had the most achievement. More

Study: Publicly naming educators tied to performance scores hinders reform
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In a departure from recent efforts to publicly name teachers tied to the performance — and projected performance — of their students, a new report says the practice actually undermines efforts to improve public schools. The study by the Center for American Progress notes that linking teachers' names to value-added estimates subjects educators to a number of consequences, like parents pressuring principals to reassign their children. The CAP also warns that value-added estimates should never be the only factor in making decisions about teachers. More

Awareness: Word of the Year?

Loreto Salas, a TEFL teacher, believes that students need a continual “awareness” of their strengths and weaknesses. Vote for the 2011 Word of the Year. More

Few minority teachers in classrooms, gap attributed to bias and low graduation rates
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Minority students will likely outnumber white students in the next decade or two, but the failure of the national teacher demographic to keep up with that trend is hurting minority students who tend to benefit from teachers with similar backgrounds. Minority students make up more than 40 percent of the national public school population, while only 17 percent of the country's teachers are minorities, according to a report released this week by the Center for American Progress. More

Testing the world's English    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Language testing affects the lives of millions of people every year. The Cambridge English qualifications, produced by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and taken by more than 3.3 million people worldwide annually, are a passport to countless opportunities. A successful test result could open the door to jobs, further education and even countries. More

What teachers can learn from English-language learners
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Lesli Maxwell writes, "I am blogging from the Education Trust conference this afternoon in Arlington, Va., where one of the few presentations focused on English language learners featured student voices. Dr. Betty Smallwood from the Center on Applied Linguistics presented a fascinating video of students from Arlington County, Va., talking about what teachers can do better to teach them English. The video is part of a professional development program developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics. Students were asked to explain what makes learning English easier, what makes it harder and what teachers can do to help them." More

New approaches to English language learning
Asian Correspondent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Australia: English increasingly has become the language of the global knowledge economy, with millions of students moving overseas to study English as a second language. Students' reasons often are varied, ranging from the desire to explore another country or culture to gaining a competitive edge in the job market or starting on a pathway to academic study. With these diverse backgrounds comes a huge range of motivations and learning styles, which then have an effect on each student's learning experience and their approach to studying. More

Can an online game crack the code to language learning?
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What can possibly get kids excited to learn a dead language? This was the challenge for Latin teacher Kevin Ballestrini. Ideally, he could take the entire class to Rome and walk them through the ruins, where they could practice speaking the language while learning the history. He found a way to do it — at least in the virtual world. Ballestrini has turned his introductory Latin class at Connecticut's Norwich Free Academy into an alternate reality. More

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