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English to get 2020 push but teachers not on same page
The Japan Times
Japan: A reform plan released in mid-December by the education ministry looks to bolster English study from elementary to high school from the 2020 academic year to pursue globalization. Education minister Hakubun Shimomura said he hopes the reforms transform English education in a practical way, not just as a tool for entrance exams. "I think children would like to acquire communicative skills by learning English. We have to transform the education system to serve that purpose, which I think is sought by the public," he said.
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The Common Core is tough on kids who are still learning English
The Atlantic
Remarkable things are happening at Laurel Street Elementary School in Los Angeles. Ninety percent of its 580 students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. More than 60 percent of its students are classified as English learners. And yet the school has established a stellar record of success: a national Title I Distinguished School Award in 2012 in recognition of its high academic achievement, a Golden Bell Award for its innovative writing program, and a Dispelling the Myth award from the nonprofit Education Trust.
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Showdown brews as Congress turns focus to K-12 spending
Education Week
Big questions loom about just how much money Congress will steer to individual programs — including the Obama administration's marquee competitive-grant initiatives — with lawmakers on House and Senate appropriations committees facing a Jan. 15 deadline to fill in details on the current year's spending plan or face another government shutdown. School districts that have been chafing under across-the-board federal cuts known as sequestration for nearly a year got a two-year reprieve under the agreement approved last month that effectively scales back the sequestration cuts to education by 87 percent over that period, according to an analysis by the Committee for Education Funding, a lobbying coalition in Washington.
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British Council call for proposals
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The British Council seeks proposals for a new volume entitled "Early Childhood Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages," edited by Dr. Victoria Murphy and Dr. Maria Evangelou of the University of Oxford. Case studies (2500–3000 words) will identify specific context and related issues on English education for (nonnative-English-speaking) preschoolers (up to 5 years old) in the areas of (1) psychological/biological factors, (2) teachers/professional/parents, (3) curriculum/resources, or (4) interventions in early years settings or within families. Send 500-word proposal and curriculum vitae to Victoria Murphy by 20 January 2014. Notifications will be sent in February 2014.
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TOEFL Grants and Awards: Deadline approaching
TESOL
The deadline for applications for TOEFL Grants and Awards is 15 February 2014. Awards provide funding for activities, projects, and research in the field of international education and foreign or second language assessment. One example is the Small Grants for Doctoral Research in Second or Foreign Language Assessment to help students complete the research for their dissertations in a timely manner. Some others are TOEFL Board Grants, TOEFL International Speaker Grants, Library and Resource Center Award, and TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award. Applications received after 15 February will be considered for the next application deadline in October 2014.
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TESOL keynote speaker receives Global Citizen Award
TESOL
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, a keynote speaker at the upcoming 2014 TESOL convention in Portland, Ore., has received the 2014 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Peace Corps Association. The award "honors an outstanding global leader who grew up in a country where Peace Corps volunteers served, whose life was influenced by the Peace Corps, and whose career contributed significantly to their nation and the world." For more information, please read the full press release.
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TESOL executive director to present at webinar on Common Core and English Learners
TESOL
On 8 January, TESOL Executive Director Rosa Aronson serves as a panelist for "The Common Core State Standards and English Language Learners: Challenges and Opportunities." Sponsored by the National School Boards Association, the webinar outlines the benefits and challenges of the Common Core State Standards with respect to English learners and provides practical solutions to help teachers, administrators, and policy makers implement the CCSS.
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Study: Those who speak English fluently earn up to 34 percent more than others
The Economic Times
India: Those who speak English fluently earn up to 34 percent more than those who don't speak the language, a recent report has found, confirming the link between an education in English and the scope of employment opportunities.

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Why Chinese schools must push English more than ever
WorldCrunch
China: After months of public debate, China's Education Ministry has finally decided that the college entrance exam will no longer include the subject of English. Instead, students will take several English tests spread over the course of the school year.

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What it takes (and means) to learn English as an adult
NPR
Ana Perez never made it to high school. Her education ended after the sixth grade, when war broke out in her native El Salvador. She says she's "desperate" to learn English, but she gets nervous trying to speak it.

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Race to Top States still have lots of money to spend
Education Week
With states well into their final year of Race to the Top implementation, the 12 winners still have a lot of money to spend, according to the latest financial reports by the U.S. Department of Education. The state with the largest share of its award left? New York, with 59 percent of its $700 million still sitting in the bank as of Nov. 30, according to the latest federal spending report. Meanwhile, Delaware has just 31 percent left. Combined, the 12 Race to the Top states have $1.8 billion of their $4 billion in winnings left, or about 46 percent. The Obama administration's signature education-improvement effort was designed — for the most part — to be a four-year program. Awards were made in 2010.
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There's a cheaper, more effective way to train teachers
The Atlantic
We don't know exactly how much money was spent training Will in his first year of Teach for America, but we know it was a lot. We would guess the total sum is above $50,000, a figure that includes district training costs, school training costs, the money Teach for America spent, and Will's master degree classes. Although new teachers like Will are receiving tens of thousands of dollars worth of training, few are learning real skills that will help them become better teachers. According to a 2008 study, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent training roughly 200,000 new teachers each year, but there is still a shortage of teachers of "sufficient quality or quantity." Teacher development programs show "little if any impact." Education schools are languishing as an "industry of mediocrity." Teacher turnover is high.
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Columbia's English language learners program grows with demand
Columbia Missourian
Sixth-graders at Smithton Middle School are required to take a test to identify all the parts of a sewing machine so they know how the machine works when they use it. For English language learner Bohang, who comes from China, the task was daunting. Words such as "spool" and "thread" and other sewing jargon are about as useful to a second language as "fishing lure" or "rolling pin." Bohang's home economics teacher emailed Becca Stock — Bohang's English Language Learners, or ELL, instructor — and told her Bohang would likely fail the quiz. Stock did not accept that. She knew Bohang was smart enough to pass the quiz. She knew she just needed to find a way to present the information to him.
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At this Pasadena, Calif., club, moms learn English along with kids
Los Angeles Times
For Maricela Ruiz, a trip to the store to pick up a few groceries or to her daughter's school felt nearly impossible. "I'd go home crying," said Ruiz, 37. She couldn't speak English, and after a few failed attempts at communication, began to wait for her husband to come home to help her run errands. For Ruiz, who moved from Mexico to Pasadena, Calif., two years ago, the language barrier proved isolating. But a year ago Ruiz joined Mother's Club Family Learning Center, a nonprofit in Pasadena that provides English classes to mothers and their children.
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Government schools to run classes in English
Republica
Nepal : The Ministry of Education has put forth a ten-year plan to run classes in English medium in all community (government) schools. As per the plan to increase attraction towards community schools, priority will be given to the mother tongue as medium of teaching up to Grade 3 and English for the teaching of science, mathematics and English up to Grade 8.
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10 colleges with the highest percentage of students in ESL
U.S. News & World Report
Colleges in the U.S. have offered English as a second language programs for years for students who aren't proficient enough to handle a U.S. curriculum, but lately, more undergrads are joining them. "The number of students in ESL programs increased from 10,224 in 2003-2004 to 29,603 in 2010-2011 and soared by 24 percent as compared to 2009-2010," states World Education Services, a nonprofit organization that collects data on international education, in a 2012 report.
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English with a twist in Lima, Peru
Peru this Week
Peru: Teaching English in Lima has become big business. With Peru’s steady economic growth and move towards the industrialization of the country, there is a growing population of people who see aptitude in English as their ticket to a higher position in their company, or even as a chance to move abroad and work and live in one of the many countries that has English as its first or among its main languages. People have many reasons to learn another language: travel, expanding their knowledge and skill set, or even just for fun. But, in Peru people are increasingly learning English for business purposes.
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English language learners team up with elders to tell stories
Seven Days
At first glance, Sheila Carpenter and Alexis Wea Mbengue wouldn't appear to have a lot in common. Carpenter, a white-haired 71-year-old from Rutland, used to work as a dishwasher and hasn't traveled much outside Vermont. Mbengue, 32, was born almost 6000 miles away in Douala, Cameroon. After earning a bachelor's degree in law and working for his family's business, Mbengue moved to Vermont via Brooklyn and Wisconsin. But the two do share at least one important trait. "We both have hearing problems," Mbengue explains of his bond with Carpenter, a resident at Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester.
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Study: Those who speak English fluently earn up to 34 percent more than others
The Economic Times
India: Those who speak English fluently earn up to 34 percent more than those who don't speak the language, a recent report has found, confirming the link between an education in English and the scope of employment opportunities. But given the constraints of cost and access, the number of those studying in English medium is yet to pick up. Less than 25 percent of students of higher education are studying in English medium in the north central region of India, including Bihar and UP, compared to around 75 percent in south India.
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Researchers show power of mirror neuron system in learning, language understanding
Science Daily
Anyone who has tried to learn a second language knows how difficult it is to absorb new words and use them to accurately express ideas in a completely new cultural format. Now, research into some of the fundamental ways the brain accepts information and tags it could lead to new, more effective ways for people to learn a second language.
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The challenge of training teachers to teach — And students to learn
The Huffington Post
Those of us who have spent our professional lives as educators know that the most essential ingredient in learning is a great teacher; one who has the ability to engage students, to make math and science interesting as well as instructive and to make the lessons of history both fun and a foundation for our journey through life, making good decisions and learning from our mistakes.
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When teachers favor attractive kids
CNN
It's not news that looks matter. Depending on how attractive people think we are, we may have at times found ourselves dateless or overwhelmed with unwanted attention. Studies have indeed shown that people attribute more intelligence and competence to taller, well-turned-out or otherwise good-looking people. However, a new briefing paper by the Council on Contemporary Families tells us life's uneven distribution of beauty counts in an even more poignant place than we may have considered: in school evaluations of our children by teachers and peers.
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