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Make English the medium of instruction
The Star
Malaysia: One of the main reasons why our progress is behind many developed nations is the literacy of its citizens. The United States of America is the frontier of research and we cannot deny the fact that the language of technology and research is the English language. We may not like this reality but we have to live with it. The fact that Bahasa Malaysia is the medium of instruction in schools has limited the access to knowledge. Let's be realistic, only a small percentage of books written in English are translated into Bahasa Malaysia.
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Teaching evaluation systems — Making education more effective
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
Training and education are the foundations for teachers' careers in their initial years. Their success and effective contribution to future generations happen only through a process of continuous improvement, which is through upgrades to their knowledge, enhanced teaching aids and objective feedback for their performance. Teaching cannot be static, and it is teachers who have to understand, accept and imbibe the change around them to incorporate the same in the way they teach. This adds to their experience and marks the efficacy of their methods, which are correctly scanned in the teaching evaluation systems.
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2014 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research
PRWeb via TESOL
TESOL International Association and ETS's TOEFL® Program are pleased to announce that Stephen Bax is the recipient of the 2014 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research. Dr. Bax's article introduces the first ever use of eye tracking technology to research cognitive processing in language tests. Dr. Bax will be recognized at the opening session of the 2014 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Portland, Oregon, USA.
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2014 TESOL Teacher of the Year
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TESOL and National Geographic Learning announce the 2014 TESOL Teacher of the Year, Ann Fontanella, tenured EFL instructor at the City College of San Francisco. Ann will present at the 2014 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Portland, Oregon, USA. Her presentation is Adult ESOL Content-Based Instruction for Student Engagement and Community Leadership, Friday, 28 March, 10:30–11:15 a.m., Room D135 in the Oregon Convention Center.
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Reflective journals: Raising students' awareness of their writing processes
TESOL
Teach your English language learners to reflect on their writing, step by step. Use these writing prompts to get them started! Other recent TESOL blog posts: Film English: An Online Resource for ELT, Global Connections With e-Portfolios: Web-Based Dossiers, Tech-Break: Slash Reading, and ESL Games: Similarities Galore.
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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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California leader keeps English learners in academic mix
Education Week
Maria Santos, the deputy superintendent of schools in Oakland, Calif., poses a question to principals, to teachers, and to herself constantly.

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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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The history of Common Core State Standards
U.S. News & World Report
For some, the Common Core State Standards seemed to come from nowhere, and appeared to be a sneaky attack on states' rights to control local education. But for those involved in writing the standards, it was nothing short of an exhaustive and collaborative years-long effort aimed at raising the achievement levels of students across the country.
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Surveys differ on teacher preparedness for Common Core
Education Week
The results from two studies that examine teachers' perceptions on the Common Core State Standards were released this week, and they come to some markedly different conclusions on how ready teachers are for implementation. And while both studies show teachers want more co-planning time, they diverge on where else teachers see significant challenges.
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English language learners and academic language
Edutopia
Helping English language learners develop proficiency in academic language has always been a priority for K-12 educators, and its importance has only been heightened with the advent of the Common Core. To better understand academic language, let's examine the distinction between two terms introduced by Jim Cummins, basic interpersonal communicative skills and cognitive academic language proficiency, that have impacted both policy and practices in second language education.
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School district to launch dual-immersion kindergarten
Contra Costa Times
Starting next fall, 60 kindergarten students at Bancroft Elementary may learn to read and write in both English and Spanish in a Mt. Diablo school district dual-immersion program in California. The district is accepting applications from parents of English-speaking, Spanish-speaking and bilingual children interested in enrolling in the program, which will include one Spanish classroom and one English classroom. Students will alternate between classes, with the goal of being able to speak and read both languages fluently.
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California leader keeps English learners in academic mix
Education Week
Maria Santos, the deputy superintendent of schools in Oakland, Calif., poses a question to principals, to teachers, and to herself constantly. Is it possible for students, especially English language learners, to come to school for an entire day, or perhaps a whole week, and never utter a word in class? The answer, she knows, is yes.
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Helping foreign students thrive on US campuses
The New York Times
In recent years, the discussion on international students in the United States has largely been about how to best recruit talented students from overseas. That may be changing. Now that foreign students are on American campuses in large numbers, the conversation is shifting from recruitment strategies to questions about serving their needs. National data on international-student retention and satisfaction is scarce. But two studies presented at last month's annual meeting of the Association of International Education Administrators may shed some light on those issues.
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Brain differences between genders
Psychology Today
It's no secret that boys and girls are different — very different. The differences between genders, however, extend beyond what the eye can see. Research reveals major distinguishers between male and female brains. Scientists generally study four primary areas of difference in male and female brains: processing, chemistry, structure, and activity. The differences between male and female brains in these areas show up all over the world, but scientists also have discovered exceptions to every so-called gender rule.
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Beyond knowing facts, how do we get to a deeper level of learning?
MindShift
As educators across the country continue to examine the best ways of teaching and learning, a new lexicon is beginning to emerge that describes one particular approach — deeper learning. The phrase implies a rich learning experience for students that allows them to really dig into a subject and understand it in a way that requires more than just memorizing facts.
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Do teachers still need classroom seating charts?
EdTech Magazine
Last year, when EdTech: Focus on K–12 reported on the trend of teachers getting rid of desks in the classroom, we heard from numerous educators who'd successfully gone deskless and loved it. Similarly, some teachers believe there should be freedom of choice and movement when it comes to seating arrangements in the classroom. These teachers are choosing to forgo the roll call–friendly seating chart and instead are empowering students to sit where they please.
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New all-digital curriculums hope to ride high-tech push in schoolrooms
The New York Times
English language curriculums built entirely on a digital platform — replacing written textbooks, worksheets or printed study guides — are about to enter the market from several companies, with promises that they will change the nature of classroom learning across the country.
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Q-and-A: Will classroom technology help English language learners?
New America Media
What are some of the challenges facing ELL students when it comes to developing literacy? A lot of ELLs struggle with literacy in general. They lack the vocabulary and the background knowledge. They might have the conversational English but maybe they can't read academic English. So, if they can't read informational texts, then they are missing out on learning.
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Teachers wish more people would listen to them
The Atlantic
Teachers overwhelmingly say they aren't being listened to on matters of education policy at the state or national level. At the school level, however, 69 percent of teachers said their opinions carried weight, according to the third edition of the "Primary Sources" survey by Scholastic and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That figure dropped dramatically as the size of the sphere increased. Only one in 20 teachers said they were being heard statewide, and one in 50 teachers felt they had a voice nationally. It would be tough to find a profession facing greater scrutiny by policymakers at every level than what teachers currently experience, which makes it notable that so many of them perceive themselves as not being heard at the levels where most of the major policy decisions are made.
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