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Government to continue strengthening English language proficiency
The Borneo Post
Malaysia: The government will not sideline the English language but instead continue to strengthen its proficiency among students," Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday. "Mastering the English Language is critical if we want to compete at the global level and carry out the national Education Blueprint. Therefore, we are making the effort to raise its proficiency among students," said the Deputy Prime Minister, who is also Education Minister. He was speaking at a gathering of educationists at the Pekembar Complex in Pagoh here, which was also attended by Education deputy director-general Sufaat Tumin.
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Supporting academic discussions for ELLs in Common Core classrooms
Education Week
A second wave of free, online courses is coming down the pike this spring for teachers looking for strategies and resources to support English language learners with the rigor and more sophisticated language demands of the Common Core State Standards. With a focus on how educators can foster student-to-student academic discussions, a team of language experts from the Understanding Language initiative will teach the massive online open courses, or MOOCs. The free series — called Constructive Classroom Conversations — was first offered last fall, with more than 2,000 teachers participating.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of English Language Bulletin, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of TESOL, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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TESOL response to 2014 State of the Union Address
TESOL
Read the Association's response to the 2014 State of the Union Address. TESOL International Association and its members stand ready to work with President Obama and Congress on these and other important issues to improve and advance U.S. education for all learners.
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TIRF 2014 doctoral dissertation grants competition
TESOL
The International Research Foundation for English Language Education is pleased to announce its 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition. Grants of up to US$5,000 will be made to successful applicants. Applicants must be enrolled in a legitimate doctoral program and must have been advanced to candidacy. Application deadline is 16 May 2014. For further information, please click here.
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Function-based vocabulary notebooks
TESOL
Learn how your ESL writing students can keep a function-based vocabulary notebook to help them incorporate transition words into their writing. Other recent TESOL blogs: ESL Games: Gimme the Word, Teaching the News: A Great Site for Everyone, TLO 13: How to Teach Online: Assessing Online Learning, and Incorporating Pronunciation Instruction Across the Curriculum.
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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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Home Office suspends English language tests
Times Higher Education
The Home Office has suspended an organization's English language tests for immigration purposes after cheating was allegedly uncovered on some exams. Theresa May, the home secretary, told the education sector to "put its own house in order" following revelations about the immigration scam.

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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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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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GAO: Half of nearly $1 billion in i3 funds being spent on professional development
Education Week
Deep within a new Government Accountability Office report about the federal Investing in Innovation program is an interesting nugget of information: "The majority of i3 projects use teacher and principal development as one method to achieve goals." Sixty-two of 92 i3 projects awarded money in 2010 through 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education use teacher and principal professional development as a key strategy, the GAO found. Of those, half of the projects use professional development as the "primary or sole method underlying their innovations," the report says.
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The best and worst states for teacher policy
eSchool News
Teacher quality has been a hot, if polarizing, topic in education recently, with many states making what some perceive to be progressive steps in teacher policy. One new report gives grades to states in how well they're implementing these teacher policies, from teacher preparation to dismissal. The report, "State Teacher Policy Yearbook," by the National Council on Teacher Quality provides an analysis of every state law, rule and regulation that "shapes the effectiveness of the teaching profession," it says, from teacher preparation and evaluation, to compensation, professional development and dismissal policy.
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Re-gifted reading
Language Magazine
There is overwhelming evidence that those who live in poverty have little access to books at home, in schools, and in public and school libraries, and that the lack of access to books impacts literacy development and also results in less knowledge of the world. Research, in fact, strongly suggests that lack of access to books is the major reason for the literacy "achievement gap," the difference in reading ability between children coming from higher- and lower-income families. Someday, e-books might be available at a reasonable cost for everybody.
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Ahead of the curve: English language learner program thrives
Vineyard Gazette
The small hand of fourth grader Victoria DeMatos shot into the air. "I have a question," she said, commanding the attention of the teacher, Shannon Carbon. "Shuns, is it, t-i-o-n-s?" Answering in the affirmative, Carbon began to read aloud the story, The Nights of the Pufflings, which describes the efforts of Icelandic Islanders to care for the puffin chicks that get lost in their village. Words were discussed; hand gestures illustrated their meanings: burrows, speckled, surf, cliff. "When I was learning about mythology, Hera threw her son off a cliff," Emanuelly Nascimento informed her peers in clear English.
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Home Office suspends English language tests
Times Higher Education
United Kingdom: The Home Office has suspended an organization's English language tests for immigration purposes after cheating was allegedly uncovered on some exams. Theresa May, the home secretary, told the education sector to "put its own house in order" following revelations about the immigration scam. The BBC's Panorama program found that students were able to get others to take the English Testing Service exams for them in order to get round English language requirements for student visas.
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Engineering colleges to focus on English language skills
The Times of India
India: The technical education department is all set to undertake a major overhaul of the curricula in engineering colleges and polytechnics in order to focus on English skills and making the students more employable. The decision to usher in reforms has been taken even as the National Association of Software and Services Companies has pointed out that only a small percentage of engineering graduates who pass out of state colleges make it big in the job market. The percentage of students who remain unemployed even after getting a BTech or BE degree is over 50 percent, Nasscom had pointed out.
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How can busy teachers learn next-gen skills?
Edudemic
Most of today's classroom teachers are digital immigrants, who need to not only learn the latest technologies but also help students learn skills for workplaces that don't yet exist. This imperative, compounded by the advanced skills of their digital native students, creates a daunting task for the best of teachers. Most teachers work very hard to keep up with today's technology and related jargon, with mixed success.
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