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Paralinguistic concerns for ESL instructors
By: Douglas Magrath
Language is the first concern in teaching communicative competence. Grammar, pronunciation, listening comprehension and speech are all vital skills needed by ESL learners. However, there are other elements that may not be so apparent that are part of the overall interrelated system. The listeners — both learners and native speakers — may get the wrong impressions because the paralinguistic features of language can cause interference, so interest in paralinguistic functions has been increasing.
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Equal emphasis on Bahasa Malaysia and English in education
Malay Mail Online
Malaysia: The role and proficiency in languages has always been a great concern to parents, educationists, employers and the society at large. Recently, this concern has grown more acute as battle lines are being drawn on the importance of the English language and the role of Bahasa Malaysia in the education and molding of young lives across our nation.
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TOEFL Grants and Awards
The deadline for applications for TOEFL Grants and Awards is 15 February 2015. Awards are available in a variety of categories and provide funding for activities, projects and research in the field of international education and foreign or second language assessment. Applications received after February 15th will be considered for the next application deadline in October.

Call for Proposals: Singapore 2015
TESOL invites you to submit a proposal for Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning, a TESOL conference in Singapore. Organized in partnership with the National Institute of Education, this 2½ day event will feature leading experts in teacher education, classroom instruction and international assessment. Submit your proposal today!

TESOL Online Course: Grammar 1. Phrasal Structures
2 February – 1 March 2015
Learn how to define the basic grammatical terms, identify grammatical structures within sentences, and explain the structure of noun and verb phrases and the functions of the English verb tenses. Explore ways to incorporate communicative practice into your teaching plans and write teaching plans for grammar points. Limited space is available. Thank you to TESOL's Grammar Partner, Oxford University Press.

TESOL Virtual Seminar: Closing the Achievement Gap for Long-Term English Learners
28 January 2015; FREE for TESOL members, US$45 for nonmembers

K–12 Dream Day in Toronto, Ontario Canada
A full day of interactive training designed to equip attendees with new strategies and resources for working with ELLs. The day features 20 workshops, a keynote address from Dr. Jim Cummins, and STEM panel discussion. Early registration and group discounts end 20 January.

NEW: Adult Ed Day in Toronto, Ontario Canada
This brand-new, one-of-a-kind event is designed exclusively for adult education instructors and administrators as well as volunteers working in adult education programs. Participants will choose from 20 workshops, hear a keynote address from Dr. Jim Cummins, and enjoy an afternoon panel discussion on immigration policy. Early registration and group discounts end 20 January.

For more TESOL education programs, please visit the TESOL website.







Faculty Positions, Writing Program NYU Shanghai, China

Director of Studies, EC English Language Centers, USA

Academic Director, Auckland UniServices Limited, Saudi Arabia

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Arne Duncan questions GOP plans for 'No Child' update
Politico
Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the landmark No Child Left Behind law "tired" and "prescriptive" but challenged Republicans who are working on a rewrite to keep intact key elements of the law, including annual testing of students, public reporting of results and mandatory intervention in failing schools.
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Civil rights groups urge Congress to maintain federal role in NCLB overhaul
Education Week
Nearly 20 civil rights groups are urging members of Congress to maintain a robust role for the federal government in education when they reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and to ensure that low-income students, students with disabilities, and others aren't shortchanged when it comes to educational opportunities. Among other things, their wish list for the overhaul of the ESEA includes access to early-childhood education for economically disadvantaged children and those with disabilities, a requirement that states adopt college- and career-ready standards, and maintaining the current testing regimen.
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6 Suffolk, NY, school districts pledge better communication with limited-English students and families
Newsday
Six Suffolk County, New York, school districts have pledged to better communicate with children who have limited English proficiency and their families after a review by the state attorney general's Civil Rights Bureau prompted by complaints from immigrant advocates. The Amityville, Greenport, East Hampton, Hampton Bays, Patchogue-Medford and Riverhead school systems each signed a legally binding agreement meant to bring uniformity to their policies and procedures regarding these students, state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said.
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New report details how states fund the education of English language learners
Education Week
A new report from the Education Commission of the States outlines how states pay for the education of English language learners. The report — State funding mechanisms for English language learners — contains a description of the various ELL funding mechanisms, a table showing each state's ELL mechanism and a table showing an even more detailed breakdown of differences among the states in how they pay for supporting English language learners.
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Learning a new language helps kids better understand psychology, diversity
Medical Daily
There are several benefits of learning a new language, the latest being it promotes a better understanding (and acceptance of) psychology and diversity. The study, published in Developmental Science, tested a total of 48 study 5- and 6-year-olds who were either monolingual, simultaneous bilingual (learning two languages at once), or sequential bilingual (learning one language, then another). Researchers told the kids stories of English babies adopted by Italians and ducks raised by dogs. Afterwards, researchers asked kids if the babies would grow up to speak English or Italian and the ducks to quack or bark.
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A new study suggests that fast food hinders kids' learning
Money Talks News
If your child is not performing well in school, you may want to cut back on fast-food burgers and such. A new study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics found a link between children's low test scores and the amount of fast food they eat.
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Meet the classroom of the future
NPR
The classroom of the future probably won't be led by a robot with arms and legs, but it may be guided by a digital brain. It may look like this: one room, about the size of a basketball court; more than 100 students, all plugged into a laptop; and 15 teachers and teaching assistants. This isn't just the future, it's the sixth grade math class at David Boody Jr. High School in Brooklyn, near Coney Island. Beneath all the human buzz, something other than humans is running the show: algorithms.
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