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ESL schools provide economic boost to B.C.
The Vancouver Sun (commentary)
Canada: B.C.'s Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson has been on the job for just over a month now. All too often advanced education ministers become so wrapped up — or more to the point bogged down — in the much larger university and colleges side of their portfolio it can often take a year or more before they realize how significant the international education part of their portfolio is to the overall B.C. economy.
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Simple exercises to improve ELL reading skills
By: Douglas Magrath
Reading is an essential means of communication. Reading involves the recognition of large units — words and word groups — along with phonetic decoding. Reading is not just a passive activity; rather it is an active skill where the reader interacts with the text bringing, many different skills into the process. Strategies are deliberate steps that the learners take when processing new material. The students must not only know about these strategies, but they must also be trained in their use.
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Advance Registration Closes Today: Prepare Your Program for NCATE/CAEP Review
25 March 2015, Toronto, Ontario Canada

Is your institution preparing for NCATE/CAEP recognition? If so, don't miss TESOL's workshop Preparing Your TESOL P-12 Teacher Education Program for NCATE/CAEP National Recognition prior to the start of the 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. Experts at the workshop will review the revised TESOL/NCATE standards and advise faculty and staff on how to prepare their institution for compiling a TESOL program report. Plus, as a special feature, you can add on a private, one-hour consulting session with a trained reviewer. Register by 27 February to receive the advance rate.

Call for TESOL Bloggers
The TESOL Blog is seeking four regular bloggers to post topical blogs bimonthly (once every other week). We are looking for ELT professionals who are interested in sharing their knowledge share about classroom practice (activities, lessons, resources), trends in teaching, and practical ways to improve classroom practice and develop professionally. We are seeking bloggers in the areas of teacher education; secondary education; adult education; and speech, pronunciation, and listening. Read the full call.

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. Hurry! Advance registration rates end today, 27 February.

Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program
PP100: Foundation Course
13 April – 24 May 2015
Develop the skills you need to effectively teach English language courses online or blend online segments with your traditional face-to-face courses. The foundation course (PP100) introduces participants to the major design parameters of online courses. Space is limited and registration closes 8 April.

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. Proposals are due 15 April 2015. Submit today!

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

More conflict over cutting federal role in education
The New York Times
As the House of Representatives prepared to take up a Republican proposal for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, Congress and the White House inched toward a confrontation over the federal role in education. The House is expected to pass a plan this week that would cut back federal regulation of education from kindergarten through 12th grade and give state and local authorities more discretion over everything from assessing teacher and student performance to the flow of Title I money, the largest stream of federal funding for low-income students.
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The biggest losers in the No Child Left Behind rewrite
The Hechinger Report
Rural school districts and states with large, rural populations are poised to lose a disproportionate amount of funding and opportunities to innovate under a bill proposed by House Republicans, according to a report by the Obama administration. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at an on-the-record breakfast with reporters to further detail his concerns with the bill, which would rewrite No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Duncan and the White House have been vocal opponents to the proposed bill, which faces a House vote.
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Technology changing teacher's role (Academy of Finland via Science Daily)
How cultural differences can affect learning (By: Douglas Magrath)
Social media for teachers: Guides, resources and ideas (Edutopia)

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Language test providers announced after scandal
Times Higher Education
United Kingdom: Following a review by the Home Office, which was undertaken after significant abuse involving English language tests was uncovered last year, only Trinity College London, which will offer testing in the U.K., and Cambridge English Language Assessment, which will carry out tests both in the U.K. and overseas, have had tests approved. The former will offer "Graded Examination in Spoken English" and "Integrated Skills in English" tests, while the latter accredits the International English Language Testing System exams, which are jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
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New report shows decrease in college foreign language enrollment
Deseret News
A new report from the Modern Language Association shows a dramatic decrease in the number of college students enrolled in foreign language classes. The Washington Post reported that 100,000 fewer students were enrolled in foreign language classes in 2013 than in 2009. The decrease in language enrollment was also present in popular language classes, such as Spanish, marking the first time since 1958 that enrollment in Spanish has fallen.
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Language learning after 10 may be better for the brain
Learning new languages after the age of 10 is better for the brain, according to a new study. New findings revealed that people who began learning English around age 10 showed significant improvements in white matter structure compared to other people who grew up speaking only English. Researchers noted that improvements in the brain's "higher levels of structural integrity" boost language learning and semantic processing.
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Making connections: Culturally responsive teaching and the brain
Edutopia (commentary)
Zaretta Hammond's new book, "Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students," fills a huge gap in my bookshelf. Hoping to get it into your hands and onto your shelves, I decided to do a Q & A with the author.
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