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Teacher training at primary level to be boosted
The New Indian Express
India: Starting from 2015-2016 academic year, teacher education in the country will see far-reaching changes with the implementation of professional courses in the field. Emphasis will be laid on teacher education in relation to pre-school and elementary education. Speaking to Express on the sidelines of a conference, Santosh Panda, chairperson of the National Council for Teacher Education, observed that time has come to professionalize teacher education in the country.
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Convention Blogs
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Read the 2014 TESOL Convention blog posts from Deena Boraie, who will deliver the Presidential Keynote address, and Diane Larson Freeman, Keynote Speaker.
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  Assessing English Learners in U.S. Schools

Timothy L. Farnsworth, CUNY Hunter College, and Margaret E. Malone, Center for Applied Linguistics, follow three ESL teachers from across the United States and the decisions they make about assessments in the areas of literacy, oral language, and content. Short reflections, jargon sidebars, and chapter activities make this an enjoyable, user-friendly resource for teachers in any classroom. Read a free chapter.
 


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Class size matters a lot, research shows
The Washington Post
Every now and then someone in education policy (Arne Duncan) or education philanthropy (Bill Gates) or the media (Malcolm Gladwell) will say something about why class size isn't really very important because a great teacher can handle a boatload of kids.

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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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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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New NCLB waiver reports show more issues with struggling schools, new tests
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education released waiver monitoring reports for three more states that show continued struggles with low-performing schools and new tests aligned to the common core. Kansas is dinged because the interventions for its focus schools do not seem to line up with the reasons those schools were selected for this designation in the first place. (Focus schools are those with the largest achievement gaps in the state.) This is a common problem among many waiver states.
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Grants to support English language programs in gateway cities
WAMC
Recent state grants will support English language learning and early career education programs in Massachusetts Gateway Cities. More than $3 million will go to the state's 26 Gateway Cities to be used in school districts to help close the achievement gap and prepare students for careers after high school. Receiving $195,000, Holyoke was one of 12 cities awarded continuation grants for English Language Learners Enrichment Academies. Democratic State Representative Aaron Vega of Holyoke says these programs are particularly important in Gateway Cities because they have a long and continuous history of being homes to immigrant families coming to the areas for work.
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Teaching across the board
Language Magazine
Every school district in every state has or soon will have a significant contingent of English language learners. As language-minority student populations grow, all schools need to be prepared to teach them. In the past, outcomes for ELLs were the responsibility of one or two ESL teachers in a school or the bilingual school down the road. However, as a consequence of the Common Core State Standards, individual state standards, Race to the Top, and other initiatives, all mainstream teachers and site administrators are now responsible for all students.
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Des Moines, Iowa, school leaders push for more funds for teaching English
The Des Moines Register
As the number of children who receive help learning the English language continues to grow in Des Moines, school district leaders are asking state lawmakers to increase the money allocated for the education of such students. Roughly one out of every five children in Iowa's largest school district — a total of 5,901 pupils — qualifies for English language learner services.
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Laos wants teachers, students to boost English, IT skills
The Nation
Laos: The Laotian Ministry of Education and Sports and IIG Education are working together to boost English language proficiency and information-technology skills among teachers and students to international standards. An agreement to this effect was reached in Vientiane. The memorandum of understanding on cooperation in English and IT was signed by Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Assoc Prof Dr. Kongsy Sengmany and IIG president Doan Hong Nam. Under the agreement, the Ministry of Education and Sports will recognize TOEFL primary for use in the current English proficiency assessment system for primary school students in Laos.
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ESL funding cuts at Camosun spark anger from students, staff
Victoria News
Canada: Students and staff shed tears of anger and frustration during a town hall discussion about language class funding at Camosun College's Interurban campus Thursday afternoon (Feb. 20). Camosun College Students Society hosted the open house to have students air their concerns with local NDP politicians in the wake of ESL funding cuts. At any given time, 200 to 300 recent newcomers to Victoria receive English as a second language training at Camosun, often for free. The college found out in December that $1.3 million worth of federal funding allocated for domestic ESL training wouldn't be renewed in April.
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Multilingual MOOCs expand reach of US idea
Tech Page One
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are increasingly multilingual, and two of the largest providers of the free massive open online courses recently announced international initiatives — in Latin America and the Middle East — that could greatly expand the global reach of the sensation. Coursera has partnered with the Carlos Slim Foundation to deliver more courses in Spanish to Mexico and beyond, and edX is teaming up with a Jordanian group that will use its platform to host a MOOC portal for the Arabic-speaking world.
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English learners an asset for global, multilingual future
ED.gov Blog
Over the last several days, 230 American men and women competed against and socialized with athletes from 87 other nations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics are not only a test of individuals' athletic prowess, but also a test of nations’ good will, collaboration and diplomacy — and ability to find a common language. As the late Nelson Mandela said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." To provide our children an excellent education, and to keep America competitive economically, we would do well to heed his words.
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Pointing is infants' first communicative gesture
Plataforma SINC via Science Daily
Researchers have studied the acquisition and development of language in babies on the basis of the temporary coordination of gestures and speech. The results are the first in showing how and when they acquire the pattern of coordination between the two elements which allows them to communicate very early on.
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Class size matters a lot, research shows
The Washington Post
Every now and then someone in education policy (Arne Duncan) or education philanthropy (Bill Gates) or the media (Malcolm Gladwell) will say something about why class size isn't really very important because a great teacher can handle a boatload of kids. Not really. A new review of the major research that has been conducted on class size by Northwestern University Associate Professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and published by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder makes clear that class size matters, and it matters a lot.
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Can I successfully learn a language online?
The Guardian
United Kingdom: Technology has changed the way people learn and access education, particularly languages. But can you successfully master a language only using online tools?
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Common Core in action: 10 visual literacy strategies
Edutopia
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy, to explicitly teach a collection of competencies that will help students think through, think about and think with pictures.
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Online learning softens impact of snow days
District Administration Magazine
Snow days are melting away as schools increasingly take advantage of online curriculum to keep students learning virtually during weather closures. There are no statistics available on how many U.S. schools are turning snow days into online learning days. In Chicago Public Schools, it is a voluntary practice, with some teachers posting online coursework for students to complete on snow days. In some 1-to-1 Chicago schools, students downloaded lessons to their devices before leaving school in anticipation of snow storms in January and February, according to a district spokesperson.
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