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TESOL welcomes new president-elect, board members and nominating committee members
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The results of the latest TESOL election are in, and TESOL's new President-Elect is Deena Boraie. Dr. Boraie is the Associate Dean for Instructional Affairs in the School of Continuing Education at the American University in Cairo, where she leads SCE's instructional activities and continuing education and training programs in several areas, including English language studies and teacher training. For complete election results, please visit the TESOL website.



Do you feel confident discussing grammar?
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If not, TESOL has two online courses to help you develop the competence and confidence necessary to discuss grammar in the classroom. These courses are not about how to teach grammar because that depends very much on your students and the goals of your program. However, the course does 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 so that you will leave with a bigger bag of tricks to use in your own teaching. For more information and to register, please visit the TESOL website.







'Let's not weaken it': An exclusive interview with George W. Bush on NCLB
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No Child Left Behind turned 10, and former President George W. Bush, who led the effort to enact the landmark federal education law, marked the anniversary with an exclusive interview with Time education columnist Andrew J. Rotherham. Bush discussed the law and its legacy, criticized both parties for trying to walk away from its hard-nosed accountability efforts and called on President Barack Obama to resist "the temptation to take the easy path." More

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States face delays in implementing Race to the Top
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Several states that won a slice of the U.S. Department of Education's $4.3 billion Race to the Top competition have had to delay plans to implement ambitious reforms and two could possibly lose money if they don't get back on track. Officials released state reports detailing the progress of all 12 winners in the first year of implementation and found only three are on schedule with their plans. Another six states are headed in the right direction but facing delays and three — New York, Florida and Hawaii — are reported to have significant issues. More

New urgency on teacher evaluations
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed the assembly for the failure of a new statewide teacher-evaluation process, saying lawmakers needed to overhaul the way teachers and principals are assessed. Cuomo, who called himself a lobbyist for students in his State of the State address, accused the assembly of protecting the needs of teachers unions over schoolchildren. He called on the state Department of Education, local school districts and unions to "expedite" negotiations over the new method to rate teachers and principals. More

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Few states cite full plans for carrying out standards
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Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have adopted a common set of academic standards, but only seven have fully developed plans to put the standards into practice in three key areas, according to a study released. The EPE Research Center, operated by Editorial Projects in Education, which publishes Education Week, teamed up with Education First, a Seattle-based education policy and consulting group, on a survey of states' plans to implement the Common Core State Standards. More

Education funding for foreign languages cut
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The Department of Education program that funded $27 million worth of foreign language education grants — which were split by a mix of 55 charter schools, school districts and states — was cut in the recent budget bill, leaving the future of foreign language classes at these schools in jeopardy. "What this cut does is pull the rug out from these programs," Martha Abbott, executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, says. More

Report: Bilingualism costing Canadians $2.4 billion annually
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Canada: Would you like English or French? A new report from a leading think tank suggests that bilingualism is costing the country approximately $2.4 billion per year. The province of Ontario, Canada, spends the most out of all provinces with $623 million per year. The official languages recognized in Canada, according to the Constitution of Canada, are English and French. According to statistics from the 2006 census, 59 percent of Canadians speak English and a little more than 23 percent speak French. More

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Canadian government goes private with language training
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Canada: The federal government is getting out of the business of providing language training to its employees, throwing 190 teachers and instructors across Canada out of work. The move — which started with downsizing in the 1990s, and intensified after a 2006 Treasury Board decision — marks the first time in decades that the government won't be directly offering French and English training to public servants to meet the language requirements of their jobs. More



Are too many California kids labeled English language learners?
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Latino students are the largest ethnic minority group in the Southwest and the fastest-growing nationally. Yet Department of Education data shows they consistently perform poorly on state tests and have lower graduation rates than whites. Reporter Ruxandra Guidi takes a look at efforts to bridge the Latino achievement gap among a growing population: English language learners. More

Classes expose students to Chinese culture
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Oranges made Old Orchard Elementary students pucker their lips, but it wasn't because students didn't like the tart taste — they were just pronouncing the word wrong in Chinese. A group of fourth-graders, in the middle of a lesson on how to write and say fruits, kept pronouncing the word for orange, juzi, as "juicy." Close your mouths, teacher Tana Bai explained, giving them vocal tips and demonstrating the facial expression. More



Minister stresses ongoing campaign to tackle school violence
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Korea: The start of 2012 was hectic for Education Minister Lee Ju-ho, after a spate of student suicides widely blamed on school bullying. Determined to root out recurrent school violence, Lee pledged to make sweeping changes to how schools and society deal with it. For the past few weeks, he has been busy collecting ideas and suggestions from students, teachers, parents and experts. More



English program connects international students, creates 'unique' cultural experience
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The English Conversation Partners Program is filling up fast, but interested students can sign up in the spring to gain cultural knowledge and have a unique experience with another student. The program pairs an international student with an American student so they can practice speaking English and learn about each other's cultures. Lulu Shao, an international first-year Ph.D. student in veterinary medicine, said she was grateful to practice speaking English during her time with the ECP program, and that she and her partner learned about each other's customs. More



English language classes unite people from all walks of life
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Upon entering the room, an array of accents can be detected. Spanish conversation is heard at several tables. A Caribbean baritone induces images of sunny beaches. Gently swishing voices flow like an Eastern European stream. Though they all differ with their English pronunciations, one sound is universal: Laughter unites everyone at the Adult English as a Second Language Literacy Class, a free, grant-driven program at Resica Elementary School in Pennsylvania. More

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Study: Babies try lip-reading in learning to talk
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Babies don't learn to talk just from hearing sounds. New research suggests they're lip-readers too. It happens during that magical stage when a baby's babbling gradually changes from gibberish into syllables and eventually into that first "mama" or "dada." Florida scientists discovered that starting around age 6 months, babies begin shifting from the intent eye gaze of early infancy to studying mouths when people talk to them. More

For many Latinos, racial identity is more culture than color
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Every decade, the Census Bureau spends billions of dollars and deploys hundreds of thousands of workers to get an accurate portrait of the American population. Among the questions on the census form is one about race, with 15 choices, including "some other race." More than 18 million Latinos checked this "other" box in the 2010 census, up from 14.9 million in 2000. It was an indicator of the sharp disconnect between how Latinos view themselves and how the government wants to count them. Many Latinos argue that the country's race categories — indeed, the government's very conception of identity — do not fit them. More

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New light shed on how children learn to speak
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Researchers have discovered that children under the age of two control speech using a different strategy than previously thought. During the study at Queen's University, the researchers changed the vowel sounds that the participants heard over headphones as they talked. They found that while the adults and young children changed their vowel sounds in response to this altered feedback, the toddlers did not. More

Los Angeles study: Poor students stuck with worst teachers
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Good teachers are the key to accelerating academic achievement by Hispanic and black students to levels on par with their white and Asian counterparts, but poor, minority children are consistently stuck with the worst instructors, according to a recent study. More



Study: We may be less happy, but our language isn't
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A University of Vermont mathematician Peter Dodds led a team showing that the English language is biased toward being happy. So one might expect the New York Times to contain, on average, more negative and unhappy types of words — like "war," "funeral," "cancer," "murder" — than positive, happy ones — like "love," "peace" and "hero." Or take Twitter. A popular image of what people tweet about may contain a lot of complaints about bad days, worse coffee, busted relationships and lousy sitcoms. Again, it might be reasonable to guess that a giant bag containing all the words from the world's tweets — on average — would be more negative and unhappy than positive and happy. But new research shows just the opposite. More

Are we really monolingual?
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Amercian's are often told that in today's globalized world, we are at a competitive disadvantage because of our lazy monolingualism. "For too long, Americans have relied on other countries to speak our language," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said at the Foreign Language Summit in 2010. "But we won't be able to do that in the increasingly complex and interconnected world." The widespread assumption is that few Americans speak more than one language, compared with citizens of other nations — and that we have little interest in learning to speak another. But is this true? More



Comics and jokes are serious teaching tools for linguists
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The study of linguistics is not a laughing matter — unless you happen to have Stan Dubinsky as your professor. The University of South Carolina linguist has been sharing jokes and puns and cartoons with students for more than 20 years as a way of helping them understand complex concepts about the science of language. More

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Shifting the classroom, 1 step at a time
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Teachers who are interested in shifting their classrooms often don't know where to start. It can be overwhelming, frightening and even discouraging, especially when no one else around you seems to think the system is broken. More

English language remains the tool
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Nepal: Many researches carried on language studies have highlighted that more than 6,000 distinct languages exist all across the world. Of these, English is no longer the language of the English people alone today, but is also the contact language of the world. With its increasing number of users, English has been crowned the status of an international language not only because it is used as a lingua franca but because people in different parts of the world use it as their "other language." As a result, the English language has a dominant role in the life of various countries including its extensive uses for official purposes, for example, a medium of instruction at various levels of education, commerce and legal practices. More




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English Faculty - United Arab Emirates
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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