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The TESOL Convention and Exhibit
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This year, TESOL has invited five distinguished members who work in diverse contexts to blog about their experiences at the TESOL Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans on March 16 to 19. Interacting with these folks will certainly enrich your convention experience, and if you can't make it this year, they will give you a glimpse into the proceedings. We hope you'll take the time over the next few weeks, as well as during and after the convention, to read and respond to their posts. More

TESOL invites proposal submissions
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TESOL invites proposal submissions for the TESOL Conference on Putting Research Into Practice, which will be held Oct. 1 to 3 in Doha, Qatar, and online. To submit a proposal or for more information, visit the conference Web site. The deadline for on-site presentation proposals is April 1. More

The Alberta government cuts ESL, immigrant services
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Alberta, Canada: Despite the need for more immigrants to ease projected labour shortages, the Alberta government will cut services for newcomers, including English language training and settlement supports. Critics say the cuts, which span two ministries, are short-sighted and hurt the most vulnerable people. In a recent budget, Employment and Immigration pledged to slash $8.7 million to immigrant services, including $3.4 million for English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. More

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Arizona's English immersion program could be unlawful
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At a time when 1 in 8 students in Arizona qualify for English language services, the state has made controversial and — according to the federal government — possibly unlawful changes to its language education program. Researchers and educators fear Arizona's program will have a detrimental impact on the growing population of English Language Learner (ELL) students in Arizona schools. More

English-only debate revs up in Minnesota
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Efforts to declare English the official language of Minnesota are getting the most serious attention in years at the State Capitol as part of a movement sweeping the country. If bills now working through the Minnesota House and Senate pass, such a law would stop most government information from being translated into different languages. More

Being bilingual: Beneficial workout for the brain
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Speaking two languages confers lifelong cognitive rewards that spread far beyond the improved ability to communicate, a series of scientific findings has shown. In the latest research, described at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the onset of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease was delayed by more than four years in elderly bilingual adults, even though they had identical brain damage compared with a group of adults in the study who spoke only one language. More

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Global English: The European lessons
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United Kingdom: Europe is one of the world's largest English-speaking regions, yet how much do we know about the language that is its lingua franca or the impact English is having on Europe's linguistic diversity and identity? These were among the questions raised at the special debate staged by Guardian Weekly and Macmillan Heinemann ELT that took place at this year's International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language annual conference. More

Language patterns are roller-coaster ride during childhood development
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Why, and when, do we learn to speak the way that we do? Research from North Carolina State University on African-American children presents an unexpected finding: Language use can go on a roller-coaster ride during childhood as kids adopt and abandon vernacular language patterns. More

English a 'low priority' in Namibia
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Namibia: Students at the Polytechnic of Namibia currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in English or Communication have to settle their tuition fees themselves since the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) will not pay for these courses. In a letter forwarded to loan applicants registered for the courses last year, the NSFAF stated the two programs are of 'low priority' and therefore students would not be assisted. More

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Two University of California, Merced (UC Merced) students are making a difference in the lives of several Merced High School students whose first language is not English. It began when Dulcemaria Anaya and Jesse Anaya, who aren't related, attended a Latino Leadership Initiative program at Harvard University. When they returned, they were each given $1,000 to start a program that would make a difference in their communities. Dulcemaria, a senior majoring in world history, and Jesse, a junior studying Earth systems science, decided to join forces to develop a more effective program. More

Community conversation program helps practice a second language
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Costa Rica: People with basic skills in a second language now have the opportunity to practice the language, among friends, thanks to the Conversaciones en su Comunidad de la Fundación Costa Rica Multilingüe program. The program allows up to seven participants per group to practice their second language skills with experts in that language. More

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Job anguish for immigrants as English language courses face cuts
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United Kingdom: Shalina Parveen is a model Muslim in David Cameron's Britain. She left Bangladesh a decade ago, settled in Rochdale, and is now learning English 16 hours a week at college. She is married to a minicab driver, has two young children, and is determined to find her own job. More
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