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Can English villages work in East Asian countries?
By Dr. Jing Fu
English as an international lingua franca has been widely accepted globally for a century. In recent decades, Asian countries (particularly China, Japan and Korea) have been embracing English as one of their top priorities in language policies. English village is a typical model those three East Asian countries build for promoting English through immersion environments. How do these English villages work in these three countries?
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Turnaround for language schools
Radio New Zealand News
New Zealand: More than a third of the 185 people killed in Canterbury's February 2011 earthquake were visiting English language students. As well as devastating the students' families, the loss of life also had a massive impact on the English language school sector in Christchurch. Of the 70 students who died, the country to suffer the most losses was Japan, which has long been a major source of English language students in Christchurch. Four years on, the sector is recovering, but it still has a long way to go. Each year, Tokyo-based ISA (International Studies Aboard) sends around 1,000 students to New Zealand to study English.
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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 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. DEADLINE: 20 March 2015. Read the full call.

Funding Available for Adult Education Classroom Materials: Deadline 31 May
The Tina B. Carver Fund offers grants for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (e.g., ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instruction materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States. Applications should be submitted online by 31 May.

Singapore Call for Proposals: Deadline Approaching
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!

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.

TESOL Training of Trainers
15 April – 26 May 2015
Looking to revitalize or kick-start your continuing professional development program? Register for TESOL's Training of Trainers online course and take action to boost your program's profile and transform your current ELT continuing professional development program using the latest technologies.

FREE TESOL and Oxford University Press Virtual Seminar: Teaching Modals Across the Levels 22 April 2015, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET. Register by 19 April to participate.

TESOL Online Course: Separating Difference From Disability With Students Learning English as an Additional Language
20 April – 17 May 2015
Explore assessment, intervention, and identification techniques effective in separating difference from disability and learn what tools and strategies are available and appropriate to use.

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Middle School ESL Teachers, Beijing Huijia (IB) Private School, China

Adjunct Associate in English as a Second Language, Columbia University American Language Program, USA

English Language Instructors, The Australian College of Kuwait, Kuwait

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How to revamp No Child Left Behind for dual language learners
Republicans in the House of Representatives spent a chunk of the end of last week trying to pass the Student Success Act, their party's rewrite of No Child Left Behind, the federal government's core Pre-K-12 education law. But after hours of debate and a pile of amendments, well, things didn't quite come together.
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Make language learning a national priority
The Huffington Post
With dozens of studies proving its benefits for young minds and the grim reality that we are far behind other nations in a key competitive skill, you would think that politicians would be falling all over themselves to support language education in our schools. However, increasingly more policies are popping up at the state and federal levels that would put language education further out of reach for more students. While teachers are the most important factor in students' success, policy matters in public education. Two recent developments in education policy are troubling and contrast what students need and parents want with how many elected leaders undervalue language learning.
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Dumfries and Galloway taxi drivers could get English language help
BBC News
United Kingdom: Taxi drivers in Dumfries and Galloway could get help with their English language skills as part of new proposals to improve the service. It is one of a range of measures being considered by the local licensing panel. Stricter medical standards, a dress code, customer care training and CCTV in vehicles could also be brought in.
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How Latino families use educational content and what that means for communities
Technology has enabled the spread of options for how children can learn, but in many cases, the research has yet to catch up. When it comes to educational content, not all families consume media in the same way and differences can exist within ethnic and socioeconomic groups. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop released the results of a survey that takes a deeper dive into how Hispanic-Latino families use educational content and the platforms by which they experience it. The Cooney Center surveyed 682 Hispanic-Latino parents of children ages 2-10, and the results may inform the development of educational content, policy and technology. According to the survey, "educational content was defined for the parent as 'products that teach a child some type of lesson, such as an academic or social skill, or are good for a child's learning or growth.'"
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The power of poetry in primary classrooms
There are many modern poets saying valid and beautiful things about the world, but few people are buying their books. Walk around any book shop and you might struggle to find the typically tiny poetry section. The art of poetry remains something literary, academic, and removed from ordinary reading habits. Yet poets go to great lengths to demonstrate that poetry is diverse, accessible, and relevant. After all, song and rap lyrics are widely-loved forms of poetry. There is also poetry, as they rightly point out, in text and Twitter feeds.
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