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Vote — TESOL election deadline is 5 p.m. EST, 10 January
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Your vote is important. Please remember to vote in the current TESOL election for the TESOL Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee. If you haven't voted already, please take a moment to visit the TESOL election page and review the candidates. You can read their statements by clicking on their names on the ballot. If you have any questions, please email or telephone +1 703.518.2505.

TESOL online grammar courses
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Do you feel confident discussing grammar? If not, TESOL has two online courses to help you develop the metalinguistic competence — and confidence — necessary to discuss grammar in the classroom. These courses suggest principles to keep in mind when planning grammar instruction. You will also prepare activities for grammar teaching and share them with the rest of the class. For more information and to register, please visit the TESOL website.

Free online discussions with TESOL 2012 keynote speakers
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Between now and March, TESOL will host free online discussions with keynote speakers from the TESOL 2012 International Convention & English Language Expo. The discussions are free and open to everyone, including nonmembers, and all TESOL convention attendees are already registered. If you have not registered for the TESOL convention, then you must register for the online discussion. The first event will be held on 19-20 January, and will feature TESOL President Christine Coombe, who will lead a discussion on teacher effectiveness in English language teaching. To register, please visit the TESOL website.

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Registration is now open for the free CALL Electronic Village Online
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Sponsored by TESOL's Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section, the Electronic Village Online is a virtual extension of the TESOL 2012 International Convention & English Language Expo. The EVO offers educators around the globe an opportunity to network, collaborate, share and learn with like-minded professionals. The 5-week online sessions are free and open to everyone, including nonmembers. The sessions begin on 9 January. For more information and to register, please visit the EVO website.

Vote for the Electronic Village Online as top tech innovator
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The CALL Electronic Village Online has been nominated in the Chronicle of Higher Education as a Top Tech Innovator in Higher Education (Thank you, Sandra Rogers). The Chronicle plans to profile the top 10 technology innovators in higher education as chosen by their readers. To help TESOL's EVO reach the top, please visit the Chronicle's webpage, sort the comments by "Best rating," and look for Sandra Rogers's comment. To vote for the EVO, please "Like" Sandra's post. If you would like to comment on how TESOL's EVO has helped you become a better instructor, please "Reply" to Sandra's post and share your story (you will have to log in to reply but not to like). Help everyone recognize TESOL's EVO has a top tech innovator.

No Child Left Behind policy progress report
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The nation's now unpopular key education policy saw more action in Washington in 2011 than it did since it passed in 2001. No Child Left Behind has been overdue for a rewrite since 2007, and education experts agree final reform needs to come from Congress. But this year, the real action came from the executive branch. More

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Teacher evaluation reform spreading across the nation
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Oklahoma isn't the only state rushing to adopt a new high-stakes evaluation system that promises to identify the best teachers, the worst teachers and everyone in between. In the past three years, 32 states have made changes to teacher evaluation systems, according to a report from the National Council on Teacher Quality released in October 2011. The new systems differ, each relying on some combination of student performance data and principal observations to score a teacher's ability in the classroom. More

Poorest children less likely to study core subjects like English, Maths or Science at GCSE
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Great Britain: Children in the poorest areas of the country are far less likely to study core subjects like English, maths or science at GCSE, new analysis shows. The research shows a steep fall over the past 13 years the number of pupils taking English, maths, two sciences, a language and either history or geography. Figures show that the number of pupils taking the subjects — known as the "English Baccalaureate" — has fallen from 50 percent in 1997 to 22 percent in 2010. More

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National Curriculum reform postponed following in-depth review
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Great Britain: One of the key tenets of Michael Gove's term as education secretary has been to reform the National Curriculum, and during the last year an in-depth review of the curriculum has been examining it and comparing it against high performing education systems in other countries. Gove recently published the results of the review, setting out what he sees as the challenges facing the national education system. More

Rwanda: Recruitment of teachers of English is welcome
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Rwanda: The Government bid to recruit teachers from the East African Member states, to teach English Language and Literature is welcome. The development of English teaching is critical at this time of the country's regional integration in the East African Community and indeed in the family of Commonwealth of Nations, whose most notable feature is the use of English as either official or national language. In some countries it serves both functions. More

California educators look to better English learning
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Roberto Bautista was lost when he entered kindergarten speaking only Spanish and was placed in a program where the teacher only spoke English. The Los Angeles fifth-grader's experience is typical of Spanish-speaking children in California. Many fall behind in academics as they learn English then struggle to catch up. They often don't. More

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The new 3 R's: Read, remember, regurgitate
The San Diego Union-Tribune (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Latino students are not graduating at rates equivalent to those whose first language is English. Is that surprising? It solidifies our worst fears that education is not reaching minority students and especially a group that may soon be the majority in the state of California, our Latino students. Targeted funds addressing their needs have cost taxpayers millions over the past couple of decades but have improved nothing. Why not? Could it be that school is now as it has been in the past — only worse? With test, test, test being the lesson of the day, we seem to be teaching the new three R's of the 21st century: read, remember and regurgitate. More

Judge: Tucson ethnic-studies program violates Arizona law
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The Tucson school district's Mexican American studies program violates state law, an Arizona administrative law judge ruled, paving the way for the possible demise of the program. The judge affirmed a prior decision by the state's schools chief that the Tucson Unified School District's program violates a law that aims to outlaw divisive ethnic studies classes. In June, John Huppenthal, the state superintendent of public instruction, had deemed the program to be in violation of the law. That law, among other things, bans classes primarily designed for a particular ethnic group or that "promote resentment toward a race or class of people." The school district appealed the ruling, and testimony before the administrative law judge concluded in October. More

College scholarships abound for bilingual students
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Speaking more than one language can be a huge advantage in many parts of your life. Bilingual fluency is attractive to employers; it can help you get around outside the United States; and, if you know where to look, it can also mean scholarship dollars for college. Many bilingual scholarship programs are limited to certain schools or subject areas, but if you are fluent — or becoming fluent — in more than one language, these might just fit the bill. More

SCOLA: Developing Today's Language Students

Help your language students excel: use SCOLA’s current, authentic foreign language material to develop language skills, cultural awareness, and a love for languages. MORE

Group: About 15 percent of charter schools shut down
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About 15 percent of the nation's charter schools close — and that's not a bad thing, according to a newly released report, which argues that those shutdowns are proof that the system weeds out institutions that can't cut it for one reason or another. Of roughly 6,700 charter schools that have opened in the United States, 1,036 have closed since 1992, says a report unveiled by the Center for Education Reform, in Washington. More

Study: More education increases IQ score
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Staying in school really can make you smarter. A new study from Norway finds that students who remain in school longer than their counterparts have higher IQ scores. In the mid-1950s, the Norwegian government began requiring students to attend school until they were 16-years-old, rather than allowing them to drop out at 14. Communities had until 1972 to phase in the compulsory education reform, which meant that, for nearly 20 years, youngsters in some municipalities went to school for seven years and others attended classes for at least nine years. Students who got a full two years of extra schooling showed an IQ gain of more than 7 points. More

Children don't give words special power to categorize their world
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New research challenges the conventional thinking that young children use language just as adults do to help classify and understand objects in the world around them. In a new study involving 4- to 5-year-old children, researchers found that the labels adults use to classify items — words like "dog" or "pencil" — don't have the same ability to influence the thinking of children. More

Part 1: Teaching and human memory
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Imagine you have a sore shoulder, so you visit a physical therapist and come away with a set of exercises that she says will help improve your condition. A month later, with your shoulder no better, you return and ask why the exercises aren't working. "I have no idea," she responds. "I don't actually know anything about how muscles work. I do research on the depiction of physical therapy in American film and television. I have a book coming out next year from a major press." "But," you respond, "then how did you know to prescribe those exercises?" More
Related story: Part 2: Teaching and Human Memory (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Math games gets big results in big trials
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MIND Research Institute, an southern California nonprofit, developed an innovative way to teach math — and it works. Trials involving almost 60,000 students indicate that it typically doubles math gains. They use visual games that all involve moving a penguin named Jiji across the screen. It's all done without a word of instruction. The visual approach works for visual learners, students new to English, or students experiencing reading difficulties — in other words, it works for most kids. More

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There's a right way for teachers and students to use social media together
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Most teachers understand that when they meet with a student one-on-one, it's best to leave the classroom door open. And it's important to stick to academic matters, leaving personal comments out of discussions. But what about online communication? How much information should teachers and students share in text messages and social media such as Facebook and Twitter? Those are questions that teachers and school districts must answer right away. New technology is changing the way we communicate with one another, and schools must adapt. More

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