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TESOL responds to Obama's 2012 budget proposal
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During this period of significant economic challenges, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), the international association for English language educators, is very pleased to see that President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal year 2012 education budget retains his commitment to high-quality education for all students in the United States. More

About the news items in the English Language Bulletin
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The news items for TESOL English Language Bulletin are selected by a service, and although TESOL vets the items, the association does not necessarily endorse the viewpoints they espouse. Readers who wish to respond to particular news items are encouraged to contact the original publication, which often invites reader comments. To foster discussion, TESOL has also included buttons under the title of each item that enable readers to share items on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and e-mail. The conversation on English language teaching and learning represents a diverse range of theory, practice, and opinion. TESOL hopes that the English Language Bulletin will enrich that conversation while keeping readers informed.

House OKs cuts to array of education programs, from literacy to teaching STEM
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Federal aid for programs that support literacy, as well as the teaching of STEM education, foreign languages, and American history, are among many to be cut or zeroed out altogether under legislation approved by the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. In all, the sweeping spending cuts proposed for the federal government include more than $5 billion at the U.S. Department of Education. More

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US Secretary of Education appoints members of Equity and Excellence Commission
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Note: A new commission, appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, will examine factors that contribute to educational achievement gaps in U.S. schools, and will formulate recommendations for improving equity and excellence. This is a critical and timely topic for K-12 ESL (as well as content area) teachers serving English language learners across the nation. Currently, one in nine students in our classrooms is defined as an English language learner (ELL). By 2025, that number will approach around one in four students. ELL students account for a disproportionate number of high school dropouts. Only half of ELL students entering high school are currently graduating. Yet only 30 percent of teachers have the specialized training necessary to teach ELL students properly. In short, where the needs are highest, the resources to address them are lowest. TESOL welcomes the creation of this commission and hopes its recommendations will finally address the disparities in opportunities that exacerbate the achievement gap.

Rosa Aronson, TESOL Executive Director

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the appointment of 28 education advocates, civil rights leaders, scholars, lawyers, and corporate leaders to the Department of Education's Equity and Excellence Commission. The commission will examine the impact of school finance on educational opportunity and recommend ways school finance can be improved to increase equity and achievement.

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Foreign language learning expanding
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Sofia Heinrich, 6, spent the first part of a recent morning coaxing words like "companero" into sentences in her Spanish language arts journal, then in another classroom an hour or so later she was fitting "prune" into a sentence in her English journal. Sofia is in a two-way dual language program at Channing Memorial Elementary School in Kane, Ill. Channing Memorial hopes to roll out the program to other schools by fall. The idea is to boost the language skills of both students who speak English and Spanish by letting them learn from each other in the same classroom. More

University study aids ESL program in Tennessee
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Teachers in Nashville, Tenn. are implementing changes based off a George Washington University study to make instruction more effective in public schools grappling with an influx of non-native English speakers. The Center for Equity and Excellence in Education conducted a study in the spring of 2009 on how English language learners in the Metro Nashville Public School District were taught in 2006-2007 and 2008-2009. More

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Children of immigrants: More students have limited English skills
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Educators at the beginning of the 21st century have been confronting a situation their predecessors faced at the beginning of the 20th century — providing instruction to immigrant children who speak a multitude of languages other than English. Schools always have dealt with the children of immigrants, but the population has been increasing in recent years. More

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Afternoon literacy program seeks to connect teachers, ESL parents
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Children do better in school when their parents are involved. That's not easy, though, if the parents and the teachers don't speak the same language. To help bridge the language gap, Candace Hatcher is the ELL, or English Language Learner, teacher at University Place. Many of her 72 ELL students are Hispanic, so Hatcher recruited two education majors from the University of Alabama in Huntsville to translate for her. More

US to improve English language skills of Sri Lankan undergraduates
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Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Ministry of Higher Education and the United States Embassy in Colombo, Asia, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on English language education for Sri Lankan undergraduates. Under the agreement U.S. will assist to improve the English language skills of 10,200 Sri Lankan undergraduates. More

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Studies find language is key to learning math
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New research shows a lack of language skills can hamstring a student's ability to understand the most fundamental concepts in mathematics. A series of studies led by Susan Goldin-Meadow, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago, found that profoundly deaf adults in Nicaragua who had not learned a formal sign language could not accurately describe or understand numbers greater than three. While hearing adults and those who used formal sign language easily counted and distinguished groups of objects, those who used only self-created "homesigning" gestures could not consistently extend the proper number of fingers to count more than three objects at a time, nor could they match the number of objects in one set to those in another set. More

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ESL teacher make English easier
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Canada: How do you square the spelling of English words with the way they're supposed to be pronounced — or, worse, the imperfect, lazy way we often say them in everyday conversation? Even native-born speakers have their hurdles to overcome, so imagine the cliffs that those new to the language must scale, especially if their first tongue is logical, phonetic or both. More

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