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Will English become the first foreign language in Morocco?
Morocco World News
Morocco: English is quickly replacing French as Morocco's second language, both among educators and politicians. This is due in part to the growing desire among young Moroccans to separate themselves from their colonial past. This is especially true in academics, where the "adoption of French is a colonial dependency, not an academic option," according to comments from online user Islam Zitane in an interview with MWN last year.
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9 lessons learned during ELL immersion
MiddleWeb (commentary)
Talk about immersion. In our state, every teacher and every school administrator is now being required to take an English Language Sheltered Immersion course for re-certification, and the mad scramble to get spots in the few courses being offered by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has been fierce.
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The tangled roots of English
The New York Times
The peoples of India, Iran and Europe speak a Babel of tongues, but most — English included — are descended from an ancient language known as proto-Indo-European. Scholars have argued for two centuries about the identity and homeland of those who spoke this parent language, but a surprisingly sudden resolution of this longstanding issue may be at hand.
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TESOL International Association Mourns the Loss of Dr. James E. Alatis
TESOL
It is with great sadness that TESOL International Association announces the passing of Dr. James E. Alatis, one of TESOL's founders and its first executive director. Dr. Alatis passed away on 28 February 2015 surrounded by his family. The association and its staff extend heartfelt condolences to the Alatis family and the entire TESOL community.
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Call for TESOL Bloggers
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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 to write 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.
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New Series from TESOL Press: ELT in Context
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This innovative new series captures the idea that context really is everything. Each volume in the series tackles a specific context and area of the world and gives a clear, concise, and up-to-date account of what it is like to live and work there. Available now through the TESOL Press online bookstore.
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TESOL Press Call for Contributions: Voices From the TESOL Classroom
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Abstracts due 20 July 2015.
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TESOL Press Call for Contributions: New Ways in Teaching With Humor
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Submissions due 31 March 2015.
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TESOL and ETS Name Recipient for 2015 Award for Distinguished Research
TESOL
Award winner Yasuko Kanno's research will be highlighted at the 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo this March.
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TESOL Comments on the Student Success Act
TESOL
TESOL shares major concerns about the Student Success Act's (H.R.5's) efforts to address flaws in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).
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Dealing with Common Core backlash
District Administration Magazine
As debate over the Common Core continues to spread in major media outlets, local administrators must address parent and community concerns to keep the focus on student learning. "The need for parent communication with the Common Core caught many administrators by surprise, because this idea of having standards and revising curriculum isn't new for district administrators," says Sandra Alberti, director of field impact at Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit started by Common Core creators to help educators implement the standards.
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Can an NCLB rewrite still happen this year?
Education Week
House Republican leaders delayed a vote on rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act. So is an NCLB update all-dead for the year, or just mostly dead? As any fan of the 1987 movie The Princess Bride knows, there's a big difference between "mostly dead" and "all dead." After all, you can go from being "mostly dead" to storming the castle in a matter of minutes, as long as you have a chocolate-coated miracle pill from Miracle Max. If we're in "all dead" territory, there's nothing left to do except go through the bill's clothes and look for loose change.
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Fariña adds deputy chancellor role for English language learners
Chalkbeat
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has promoted the head of the office of English language learners to a deputy chancellor role, she announced, a move that underscores her focus on improving education for those students. Milady Baez, who has been serving as the chief of the division of English language learners since the newly independent office was created in August, has joined Fariña's small cabinet as deputy chancellor for English language learners, who account for one out of seven students in the school system.
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Kaplan International to offer English lessons, university pathway programs
The National
Thailand: Kaplan International will soon be setting up operations to give young people in Thailand an opportunity to build a better future with English language education. The institute will set up its headquarters in Bangkok's CentralWorld, before expanding to some 100 agents across the country. They aim to provide courses that will help students with their TOEFL, GMAT and GRE tests, as well as offer a program to prepare them for leading universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
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Steer clear of 4 common mistakes of international freshmen in the US
U.S. News & World Report (commentary)
When I first came to my school, I spent nearly $300 on textbooks, because this was what I always did at home. Later on, I realized that I could get them somewhere else, for a much cheaper price. Some of my international student friends did not take course registration seriously, and then ended up being miserable for months. Many international students start their college careers in the U.S. without having any prior knowledge of how everything is going to be. As a result, they may experience a lot of wishing they had done things differently if they'd only better known what to expect. If international students were to know what mistakes they were supposed to avoid in the beginning, they would have a much easier transition into college.
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Capital culture
Language Magazine
Introducing cultural issues in the business English for specific purposes curriculum is a daunting task, given the complexity and scope of the topic, as well as the perceived limitations of a business English course. Many practitioners avoid raising these issues as a result, or simply because they appear to be beyond the scope of a language course, especially business English. Nonetheless, creating a curriculum that does not acknowledge the importance of culture, including pragmatics and critical thinking, and its effect on communication would be irresponsible when preparing students for international business interaction.
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Cross-cultural communication: Much more than just a linguistic stretch
McGill University via Science Daily
If you are a Mandarin-speaker from China and want to understand how someone else is feeling, you are likely to concentrate on their voice rather than on their face. The opposite is true for English language speakers in North America, who tend to "read" the emotions of others in their facial expressions rather than in their tone of voice. These cultural/linguistic differences run so deep that they are to be found not only in terms of behavior, but even at the level of brain activity, according to a study recently published by McGill researchers in Neuropsychologia.
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How can games support classroom practice?
eSchool News
A new study reveals that scoring systems and player progress dashboards are among common game traits that can help educators more effectively track student learning, but game design must improve to help inform teachers about the link between student play and academic gains. The study, the second in a series about games in the classroom, comes from the A-GAMES project, a collaboration between the University of Michigan and New York University that studies how teachers use digital games to support student learning and formative assessment.
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