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Former TESOL board member to be interviewed
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Former TESOL Board member Ester de Jong will be interviewed on Education Talk Radio at 10 a.m. on Monday, 16 January. Dr. de Jong, who is associate professor of ESOL/bilingual education at the University of Florida, will discuss issues in English language education. The show is hosted by Larry Jacobs. You can listen live online. If you miss the program, you can find it in the show's archive.



Reminder: TESOL 2012 early registration deadline is 1 February
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Register early and save. Members who register before 1 February save $55 off the advance rate and $105 off the on-site rate. Nonmembers save $70 off the advance rate and $115 off the on-site rate. Group discounts are also available. For rate information and to register, please visit the TESOL convention website.







Education law's promise falls short after 10 years
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The No Child Left Behind education law was cast as a symbol of possibility, offering the promise of improved schools for the nation's poor and minority children and better prepared students in a competitive world. Yet after a decade on the books, President George W. Bush's most hyped domestic accomplishment has become a symbol to many of federal overreach and Congress' inability to fix something that's clearly flawed. The law forced schools to confront the uncomfortable reality that many kids simply weren't learning, but it's primarily known for its emphasis on standardized tests and the labeling of thousands of schools as "failures." More

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House GOP ESEA bill would give districts leeway on spending for English learners
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Education Week's Alyson Klein is gathering all the details on what is now the third major version of a proposal to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education — this time from the House Republicans. The House GOP measure could have major implications for English language learners, because it proposes to give school districts far more leeway in deciding how to spend federal dollars that have been targeted for ELLs, as well as other groups of disadvantaged children, such as American Indian children and migrant children. More

House ESEA draft would rein in federal accountability rules
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House Republicans released two draft bills that would significantly scale back the federal role in K-12 schools and go further than any other proposal yet to dismantle the accountability tenets at the heart of the decade-old No Child Left Behind Act. The measures, put forth by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, take some of the same steps as a bipartisan Senate rewrite of NCLB — and the Obama administration's own vision for rewriting the law. More

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Department of Education releases state reports profiling 1st-year progress under Race to the Top
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The U.S. Department of Education released state-specific reports profiling first-year progress on comprehensive education reform under Race to the Top. The reports document reform efforts underway in Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Tennessee, the 12 grantees that secured Race to the Top funding in 2010 through the competition's first two phases. More

Get experts to fix English woes
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Malaysia: The teaching of English in Malaysian education is a matter of serious concern and has been for the last 20 years at least. And so it should be because in spite of 11 years of formal English language education, a vast majority of Malaysian students leave school without being able to speak or write in English with any significant degree of fluency. Considered objectively, this is a mind-boggling fact but in Malaysian education this is simply another truism we take for granted as a fact of life. More

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Latino student struggles challenge Connecticut reformers
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As a parent liaison in a school district with a fast-growing Hispanic majority, Ana Lozada navigates a deep cultural divide: Parents think teachers are racist. Teachers doubt parents' commitment. And in many cases, one side speaks only English and the other only knows Spanish. The disconnect helps explain the struggles of public schools in Windham, a district in rural eastern Connecticut that ranks near the bottom in a state known better for high-performing schools in the tony suburbs of New York City. More

Dual-language classes on the rise in Central Florida
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When it comes time for math and phonics at Spring Lake Elementary School in Central Florida, first-graders in an experimental classroom stop speaking English and start learning in a language that's foreign to many of them. For about an hour a day, students at the Seminole County school who have never spoken Spanish will learn their numbers and letters, sing and play games completely in Spanish. More



Rise in Spanish speakers has school trying to adapt
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VideoBrief Year over year, the number of Spanish-speaking kindergarteners at Vardaman Elementary School in northeast Mississippi has been on the rise. Census numbers show the South has the fastest-growing Hispanic population in the country. Now, Vardaman Elementary is about to become Mississippi's first predominantly Latino primary school, and that's posing special challenges when it comes to finding teachers who can help Spanish-speaking students adapt to the American classroom. More

Namibia's language policy is 'poisoning' its children
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Namibia: Namibia's commitment to English as the main language of education has been undermined by revelations that 98 percent of the southern African country's teachers are not sufficiently proficient in the language. Leaked results of government tests carried out last year indicated that all but 2 percent of teachers need to undergo further training in basic English. Up to 30 languages are spoken in Namibia, 14 of which have a full orthography, but in 1990, when the country gained independence from South Africa, Afrikaans, which had functioned as a lingua franca, was jettisoned in favour of English. Though spoken by a small minority, the adoption of English as the language of school instruction was seen by the new government as a break with the colonial past and a means of unifying the country. More

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Preference for English language divides Arab parents
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Saudi Arabia: It is not uncommon these days to see Saudi parents speaking English to their children especially in front of people in public places and in the presence of their friends. Another growing phenomenon is to incorporate some English words while speaking Arabic. More



Belt tightening on college costs
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Over the last three decades, through good economic times and bad, one of the few constants in American life has been the relentless rise in the price of higher education. The numbers are stark: According to the nonprofit College Board, public four-year universities raised tuition and fees by 8.3 percent this year, more than double the rate of inflation. More

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Big study links good teachers to lasting gain
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Elementary- and middle-school teachers who help raise their students' standardized-test scores seem to have a wide-ranging, lasting positive effect on those students' lives beyond academics, including lower teenage-pregnancy rates and greater college matriculation and adult earnings, according to a new study that tracked 2.5 million students over 20 years. More

Report: Updated teacher observations key to improvement
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The old-fashioned practice of rating instructors by watching them teach is tricky, labor-intensive, potentially costly and subjective — but perhaps the best way to help them improve, according to a study released by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The findings highlight the importance of teacher observations, but also pinpoint why they frequently don't work. The old way — observing a teacher once a year, or once every five years in some cases — is insufficient. And the observers, typically the school principal, frequently don't know what to look for anyway. More



ESL instruction videos teaching more than English on YouTube
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One of the more overlooked corners of the YouTube community, it turns out, is also one of the more genuinely useful ones. Because if you've forgotten the video giant's international reach, here's a reminder of it: There's a surprisingly large number of people creating videos to tackle the challenge of learning English as a second language. Searching for channels with the keyword "ESL" pulls up over 3,600 results, the vast majority of which are devoted to ESL instruction. Videos on topics ranging from basic pronunciation to vocabulary have accumulated hundreds of thousands of views, with popular channels like Quality English Lessons Online accumulating millions. More





US launches global push to share ELT skills
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Great Britian: The U.S. State Department, already established as a major provider of English language teaching support through its international public diplomacy strategy, is seeking to promote more aggressively U.S. ELT skills and expertise to meet the growing global demand for language learning. The state department's partner for what is being seen as a shift in strategy will be the main US ELT professional association TESOL, which has 9,000 members in the U.S. and a further 3,000 abroad. More

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Talking feedback
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United Kingdom: A student receives a Web link from a teacher via email. When it is opened, a video clip starts to play. The image is of computer screen containing the homework that the student had submitted earlier as a text document. A cursor appears, highlighting a section of text, followed by the teacher's voice explaining a language error. The teacher's disembodied voice and ghost-like manipulation of the text continue through the document, highlighting, explaining and suggesting strategies for correction, until the clip ends. More




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The Higher Colleges of Technology will be conducting interviews at TESOL Philadelphia and TESOL Arabia. As the largest Higher Education institution in the UAE, HCT is actively recruiting for English Faculty for our 17 campuses. Book your interview by emailing teachenglish@hct.ac.ae or visit our website to apply online.
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