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Stanford research shows long-run benefit of English instruction
Stanford News
Great English teachers boost their students' achievements in math, a very different subject, according to Stanford researchers. The researchers found that students of good language arts teachers had higher than expected math scores in subsequent years — a crossover effect. On the other hand, good math teachers had only small long-term effects on English scores.
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Academic conversation develops deep comprehension: Using the skills
By David Irwin
Academic conversation is a strategy that increases student engagement and comprehension in content topics. It is ideal for English learners because it gives them a safe environment to practice academic English with a peer who has more mastery. In the first part of this series, we explained the norms for setting up academic conversations and how to organize partnerships in the classroom. Once the content has been delivered, students need skills on how to actually hold the conversation.
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Language supports for English learners ready for smarter balanced field tests
Education Week
In the coming weeks, thousands of students across the country will be sitting down to test drive the new Common Core aligned assessments in reading and English/language arts. And for many students who are English language learners, the tests they encounter could be a whole lot different from what they are accustomed to seeing on their state assessments. That's why the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has made training tests available on its website so that students, teachers and even parents can get a chance to experiment with the language-support features before field testing actually gets underway.
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TESOL Academy 2014: The Ohio State University

Registration is now open for TESOL's 2014 Academy in Columbus, Ohio, USA, 20–21 June. The Academy features six 10-hour workshops on key issues ranging from teaching sciences and writing to collaborating in multilevel classes. Register online now to guarantee your first choice of workshops. Registration includes materials, refreshments, certificate of attendance, and the opportunity to earn continuing education credit.

K–12 Dream Day in Portland, Oregon

TESOL invites all mainstream teachers and administrators to join a host of ESL experts and educators for a day of interactive training. The day features 20 workshops, several practice-oriented sessions, a keynote address from NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen García, and an afternoon ELPA21 Panel Discussion: A New Assessment for English Language Learners. Don't miss this hands-on event, designed to equip attendees with new strategies and resources for working with their English language learners.

Prepare your program for NCATE/CAEP recognition

Last days to save! Is your institution preparing for NCATE/CAEP recognition? Don't miss Preparing Your TESOL P-12 Teacher Education Program for NCATE/CAEP National Recognition prior to the start of the 2014 International Convention and English Language Expo, 26 March 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA. Experts will review the revised TESOL/NCATE standards and advise faculty and staff on how to prepare their institution for compiling a TESOL program report. Advance registration closes 2 March.

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


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Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the playing field
Language Magazine
The transition to the Common Core State Standards offers a window of opportunity to fortify what and how we teach. It also provides a chance to reflect on how our most marginalized students most effectively learn the most difficult knowledge and skills.

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Los Angeles schools' plan for non-English speakers: Segregation or solution?
The Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles schools are moving forward with a plan to separate English language learner students from native speakers in all core elementary school classes. Protests have erupted.

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US experts to train Saudis in English language teaching
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Education has invited specialists from Columbia University in the United States to train Saudi teachers on methods of teaching the English language.

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'Early implementers' of Common Core grapple with aligning tests, curriculum
Education Week
If you want a primer on the sink-or-swim implementation issues for the common core, you should read a new cluster of reports. They profile the work of four school districts that jumped into the new standards earlier and more aggressively than most. The collective portrait that emerges from the work of these districts maps the long, slow climb up the peak of putting the common core into practice in ways that drive positive change.
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Education Department to schools: Protect student data online
The Associated Press
The Education Department encouraged school districts to use more scrutiny to protect student privacy when using online educational services. Online companies provide services such as the collection of school lunch money, portals for homework assignments and sites to watch video demonstrations. Concerns have been raised that private information collected by the companies could be shared publicly or used to market products and services to students or their families.
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Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the playing field
Language Magazine
The transition to the Common Core State Standards offers a window of opportunity to fortify what and how we teach. It also provides a chance to reflect on how our most marginalized students most effectively learn the most difficult knowledge and skills. The CCSS challenge us to teach students much more than loosely connected pieces of knowledge and test-taking skills. They offer an opportunity to equip diverse students with deeper understandings of content, more expert thinking skills, and stronger communication skills. They offer a rare opportunity, if we seize it, to make some major shifts in moving from surface-level transmission and memorization models to approaches that richly cultivate the cognitive and communicative potentials of every student.
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EPISD approves recommendations for expanded dual-language instruction
El Paso Times
El Paso Independent School District will pursue a plan to expand dual-language instruction across all campuses beginning with Pre-K students next fall after the board of managers on Tuesday approved a set of recommendations delivered by a special task force of community members. The recommendations also called for students in dual-language programs at nine elementary schools to continue receiving that instruction at middle schools in their current feeder patterns next year. And the district will undertake a review of non-dual language programs provided to English language learners.
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Tigard-Tualatin calls performance of English language learners 'highly problematic'
The Oregonian
English language learners in the Tigard-Tualatin School District are at the wrong end of an achievement gap, and district officials are still trying to figure out why. The district aims for its nearly 1,300 English learners to develop proficiency in the language within five to seven years. As they move through the system, the students are rated on a five-point scale according to their English ability — Level 1 students are beginners, and Level 5 students are almost ready to "graduate" from the program and shed the ELL label.
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Grant sustains English language learning program
Itemlive.com
A summer English language learner program that was initially a tough sell resulted in great success, leading to a $190,000 grant to bring the program back for a second year. "It's a program for middle school English language learners," explained Deputy Superintendent Jaye Warry. "It's a combination residential component ... and a very intensive English learning program here at LVTI." Lynn Summer English Learning Academy is funded through the Gateway Cities Education Agenda out of the Executive Office of Education, Warry said.
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New funding law puts focus on translation for non-English speakers
EdSource
School districts with high concentrations of English learner students are facing a new challenge in ensuring that parents who need language translation are informed of their role under the funding formula for schools. California's new Local Control Funding Formula emphasizes the importance of parental involvement in guiding school spending decisions. Parent advocates and district employees alike say they see the new emphasis as an opportunity to expand and deepen the involvement of parents in ways that haven't happened before. Some parents, however, don't think the efforts are going far enough.
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Cuts threaten Kwantlen's English classes for immigrants
The Tyee
Canada: Despite being the second most immigrant-reliant economy in the world, Canada doesn't have a great track record in taking care of its newcomers. The economic well-being of recently arrived immigrants has declined over the past quarter century, according to a 2010 TD Bank report. One of the problems is Canada's "poor recognition" of foreign education and credentials, but the other is a poor literacy rate among immigrants in either of Canada's two national languages. Last December, TD found 60 percent of both new and established immigrants had literacy rates below desired levels as defined by the OECD.
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English language support to help international graduate students
The Cornell Daily Sun
The English Language Support Office — a new resource for international graduate students — is scheduled to open July 1, according to Jan Allen, associate dean for academic and student affairs. Developed collaboratively by the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines and the Graduate School, the office will provide both semester-long credit courses and shorter one or two-week institutes in academic and professional speaking, writing and presentation, according to Allen. Allen said the office will help international students adjust to Cornell courses.
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EU GPs face English language tests from June
GPonline.com
United Kingdom: The watchdog raised the bar for all overseas doctors asked to prove their English language ability, increasing the required score in a standard test. BMA leaders backed the move, highlighting the importance of testing to ensure patient safety. Under current laws, the GMC can test the English language skills of overseas doctors wishing to work in the U.K., but not those of EU doctors. But after ongoing changes to legislation the new checks are expected to come in from this summer. GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said: "Doctors who want to practice in the U.K. must be able to communicate effectively in English to ensure the safety of their patients."
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Study: Babies can't learn to read
The Atlantic
For decades, the "baby media" industry has been selling anxious parents books, DVDs, flashcards, and other products that claim to teach very young children to learn to read and do math. "All babies are Einsteins when it comes to learning to read. Your baby can actually learn to read beginning at 3 months of age," one company claims. Another promises that "teaching your baby to read is easy."
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Hope and anxiety: What do teachers think about the Common Core standards?
The Hechinger Report
The more teachers get to know the controversial Common Core State Standards, the more they like them, according to a teacher survey. And even as many states debate whether to stick with the standards, which lay out what students need to know in math and English based on requirements in other countries, the survey suggests that the Common Core is already being taught at most schools in the 45 states that adopted it.
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