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US State Department offers online resources
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Interested in free online resources? The U.S. Department of State has launched a website for professionals teaching English as a foreign language. American English Online offers resources on games and grammar, American life and culture, classroom activities including content-based instruction and many more topics. Check it out.

TESOL President Christine Coombe addresses Baghdad conference
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More than 100 educators from all over Iraq attended a conference in Baghdad sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the British Council Nov. 17-19 to launch the country's first association dedicated to professional development and networking for English teachers. To read the full press release, please visit the website for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

TESOL International Convention: Ways to save
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TESOL International Association offers you numerous ways to save on TESOL 2012 hotel and registration fees. Please take advantage of these opportunities:

Register early: The earlier you register, the more you save. Register by Feb. 1 to receive the maximum discount. Register between Feb. 2 and March 1, and you will still receive a discounted advance registration rate. For complete rate information, please visit the TESOL convention website.

Join TESOL or renew your membership: If you join or renew before registering, you will save more than $200 off the nonmember registration rate.

Book your hotel early: Rooms go quickly, and the least expensive rooms go quickest. Hotel and travel information are available on the TESOL convention website.

Use the roommate matching service: You can save 50 percent on your room rate by sharing your room, and TESOL has provided a way for you to find a roommate. After you register, when you book your hotel, you will have access to TESOL's roommate matching service. The service allows you to specify your travel dates, whether you want share a room with a nonsmoker and other preferences.

Take advantage of group and other discounts: Did you know that if you register with a colleague from your institution, the second person gets a discount? Or that a group of five or more from the same institution who register at the same time receive a $55 discount on each registration? To qualify, registrations must be received by Feb. 1 if using a purchase order or by March 1 otherwise. You will find complete rate information, including discounts, on the TESOL convention website.

Supercommittee's failure will spur hefty K-12 cuts without a congressional fix
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Seventy thousand teaching jobs. More than one billion in Title I grants to disadvantaged school districts. Nearly 900 million in funding for special education students. All these and more K-12 educational expenditures will be axed smack in the middle of the 2012-2013 school year — barring an act of Congress that would prevent the automatic, across-the-board cuts set by this summer's debt deal from going into effect, according to the National Education Association. More

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In New York, Mexicans lag in education
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In the past two decades, the Mexican population in New York City has grown more than fivefold, with immigrants settling across the five boroughs. Many adults have demonstrated remarkable success at finding work, filling restaurant kitchens and construction sites, and opening hundreds of businesses. But their children, in one crucial respect, have fared far differently. About 41 percent of all Mexicans between ages 16 and 19 in the city have dropped out of school, according to census data. More

National standard sought for exams
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Canada: Alberta's education minister says he will pressure other provinces at a meeting next year to introduce standardized 12th-grade exams nationwide to level the playing field in the competition for university seats and scholarships. But Thomas Lukaszuk said in the interim students and parents from this province should also be pressuring post-secondary institutions to change their admissions policies to reflect tougher grading at Alberta high schools. More

Principals protest role of testing in evaluations
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Through the years there have been many bitter teacher strikes and too many student protests to count. But a principals' revolt? "Principals don't revolt," said Bernard Kaplan of Great Neck North High School on Long Island, who has been one for 20 years. "Principals want to go along with the system and do what they're told." But President Obama and his signature education program, Race to the Top, along with John B. King Jr., the New York State commissioner of education, deserve credit for spurring what is believed to be the first principals' revolt in history. More

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Family: Undocumented immigrant student became Dream Act martyr
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A talented undocumented-immigrant student in Texas killed himself the day after Thanksgiving and left letters saying he felt trapped by his lack of opportunities. High school senior Joaquin Luna, 18, of Mission, shot himself in the bathroom of his house. His brother Diyer Mendoza said Joaquin left letters telling of his despair at the chances of the federal Dream Act, which would legalize undocumented-immigrant students and young adults, becoming a reality. More

Middle schoolers getting prepped for college
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Middle school students are being asked to do much more than take pre-algebra these days; they're being asked to start launching their future careers. A rise in college- and career-readiness programs targeted at middle schoolers, particularly disadvantaged ones, has been spurred by mounting research that shows middle school is a key time to improve the academics and attitudes needed to succeed in high school, college and beyond. More

Half of Seoul, Korea, students fail to interact with foreign teachers
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Korea: Half of students in elementary and secondary schools in Seoul, Korea, fail to interact with foreign assistant teachers as most of them do not understand what the teachers say in English, a study said. The study was based on a survey by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education on 43,742 students, parents, English teachers and foreign assistant teachers in elementary and secondary schools in Seoul. More

Schools facing an unlevel field
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Bentley School in Salem, Mass., has the highest percentage of students who are poor and speak limited English among the city's seven elementary schools. Bentley is also one of six schools in Massachusetts given Level 4 status in November by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, based on low Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores and lack of improvement in the statewide exam over the past four years. Salem officials have been given three years to turn the school around or face possible receivership. More

Miami's Teach for America strives to improve reading and math scores
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Teach for America is doing all in its power to give students in Miami a better education. In a distressed neighborhood north of Miami's gleaming downtown, a group of enthusiastic but inexperienced instructors from Teach for America is trying to make progress where more veteran teachers have had difficulty: raising students' reading and math scores. More

Detroit tackles dropout crisis by engaging students, parents
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Over the next 18 months, the NewsHour and other public media partners are examining the consequences of, and solutions for, one of this country's most pressing education issues. The project is called American Graduate. Tonight, a look at Detroit, where four out of 10 children don't graduate. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called it "arguably the worst school district in the country." But he's also said he's encouraged by new efforts to improve the schools. More

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Why rich kids cheat on the SAT
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The New York Times has reported that criminal charges have been filed against 20 students in an affluent New York suburb for allegedly cheating on the SAT. Some of those charged paid others up to $3,500 per test to take the exam for them; others accepted payment to take the test. While criminal authorities and the Educational Testing Service, which administers the exam, investigate, parents and educators should be asking this question: What have we as a society done to lead kids to such an act of desperation? More

Online classes possibly at risk for out-of-state students
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New federal requirements for colleges related to online courses may cause Northland Pioneer College to have to change its approach to offering courses outside of Arizona. The Department of Education handed down a policy to higher education institutions earlier this year stating colleges must secure individual authorizations from every state where students access online courses from their institution. Almost without exception, those students accessing NPC from out of state are taking classes to round out their certifications to be able to teach in Arizona. Courses most sought include Arizona and U.S. Constitution and English as a second language. More

ESL program cut draws ire from faculty, graduates
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The College of Liberal Arts cut the English as a Second Language master's degree in October, and the decision has since sparked backlash from University of Minnesota alumni, faculty and students. The program is the only one in the state that trains students to teach college-level English to international students. More

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ESL programs grow with international student body
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Jenny Ma came to Brandeis University in Massachusetts from China. Every week this semester, she has worked with an ESL tutor, whom she petitioned the department to receive. Ma says many of her friends, who are also international students, feel they are too busy to receive tutoring, but she considers it a great service. Approximately 17 percent of last year's entering class and more than 34 percent of the graduate student body were from outside of the United States. More

Better student data = better graduation rates
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Colleges may be able to improve their graduation rates by gaining a better understanding of the students they enroll, according to a report being released. The report, from the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, brings together data from the "freshman survey" by UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program and graduation numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse and aims to help colleges determine if they have actually improved retention rates or if they have simply attracted better students. More

Worsening public school funding slashes adult ed budget
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As parents, students and teachers at Oakland, Calif., schools grapple with the school board's recent decision to close five elementary schools, the adult and career education program in the district has already come to terms with cuts that closed two campuses and decimated the program's funding. Last spring, California's Oakland Unified School District, facing budget cuts from the state as well as its ongoing debt resulting from the 2003 state takeover, voted to make substantial cuts to its Adult and Career Education program. OUSD has diverted $10.7 million, approximately 90 percent of adult education's budget, for the 2011-2012 school year. More

New study on Hispanic achievement paints stark picture
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A brand-new study examining the nation's fastest-growing population of students — Hispanics — is out today, and the findings are pretty bleak. The Council of the Great City Schools has just published Today's Promise, Tomorrow's Future: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Hispanics in Urban Schools, which takes a close look at how Hispanic students in urban school systems are faring compared with their white peers nationally. The report also delves into the achievement of Hispanic students who are formerly English language learners and compares how they are doing with their Hispanic peers who are ELLs and their Hispanic peers who are not. More

Teachers' newest online worry: 'cyberbaiting'
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A new report sheds light on an emerging trend known as "cyberbaiting," a phenomenon where students taunt their teachers to the point of outburst, then capture the teachers' reactions via cellphone videos and post those videos online for all to see. Cyberbaiting is the latest example of using social networking for bad behavior, and one in five teachers across the globe has personally experienced cyberbaiting or knows another teacher who has, according to the Norton Online Family Report, a global survey of more than 19,000 students, parents and teachers in 24 countries. More

A new Capital of call centers
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Americans calling the customer service lines of their airlines, phone companies and banks are now more likely to speak to Mark in Manila than Bharat in Bangalore. Over the last several years, a quiet revolution has been reshaping the call center business: the rise of the Philippines, a former United States colony that has a large population of young people who speak lightly accented English and, unlike many Indians, are steeped in American culture. More

English language: Crucial for maritime work
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Malaysia: Malaysia announced its intention to be a maritime nation via the Third Malaysia Plan (1976 to 1980) and, as destiny would have it, the English language and the maritime industry became inseparable.Undeniably, English is one of the few languages that expresses technology adequately. More

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