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Pupils with English as a second language 'outperform native speakers'
The Telegraph
United Kingdom: Children who speak English as a second language are outperforming native speakers in a range of academic GCSEs, according to official figures. For the first time last year, pupils who speak another language at home gained higher scores in core subjects than classmates with English as their mother tongue. Lord Nash, the Schools Minister, said non-English-speaking pupils achieved better grades in the English Baccalaureate — the government's key measure of success — which marks out performance in disciplines as maths, science, foreign languages and humanities.
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Academic conversation develops deep comprehension: Specific procedures and assessment
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 third part of this three-part series, we'll discuss specific procedures as well as an assessment of the entire conversation.
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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.

TESOL Core Certificate Program — Now accepting applications

Applications are being accepted for TESOL's popular Core Certificate Program, which will begin June 2014. This 130-hour online training program is designed for current or prospective teachers and administrators worldwide. It provides a foundation in the theory and practice of English language teaching. For more information and to apply, visit TESOL Core Certificate Program online. Applications are due 27 April 2014.

JobMarketplace 2014

Which companies will be recruiting job candidates at the 2014 Convention? Each year the TESOL Convention and English Language Expo holds a JobMarketplace, where recruiters come to actively interview and hire candidates. See the current list of companies who will be at TESOL 2014, 27–29 March.

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


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5 ways international students can improve conversational English skills
U.S. News & World Report
If you are like most international students, you are probably pretty comfortable reading and writing in English, but not as comfortable listening and speaking in the language.

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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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Common Core field tests gain foothold in states
Education Week
As the U.S. Department of Education continues to give states more assessment flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act, the number of states that plan to use Common Core-aligned field tests in all, or nearly all, of their schools continues to grow. Recently, Idaho won a waiver from the Education Department to allow all of its schools to field test new Common Core-aligned assessments this spring.
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Obama's 2015 budget: More early education funds, new Race to the Top
U.S. News & World Report
It's no coincidence that President Barack Obama chose to announce his budget for fiscal year 2015 at a local elementary school, according to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The budget proposal requests a roughly 2 percent — or $1.3 billion — increase in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Education, including significant asks for new and existing programs to combat inequities in American education, expand early childhood education and strengthen support for teachers.
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Why this bilingual education ban should have been repealed long ago
CNN
In the mid-1990s, conditions were right for California to build the multilingual economy of the future. A slumping economy needed a boost. A remarkably multilingual population — including millions of Spanish speakers — was already in place. Bilingual education programs — pioneered and developed in Miami over the prior three decades — were already being established in school districts from San Diego to San Francisco. But in 1998, with globalization knocking ever more loudly on its door, Californians voted instead to pass a ballot measure known as Proposition 227 that imposed wide-reaching restrictions on bilingual education, effectively banning it.
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Obama to propose Race to the Top for educational equity
Education Week
The Obama administration wants to focus the next round of the Race to the Top program on bolstering educational equity for disadvantaged students, according to sources. The administration's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal seeks a $300 million iteration of the administration's signature Race to the Top program aimed at enticing schools to close the achievement gap. It's unclear if the money would go to districts, states, or some combination.
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Are our kids failing in maths because they can't read?
The Conversation
There has been a lot of hand-wringing about mathematics lately. According to national and international testing we are not getting any better at it and plenty of good reasons have been offered for why this may be so. Not enough students are studying it, not enough students like it, and not enough qualified teachers teach it. But a much less discussed explanation is that some of our kids fail in maths because they can't read the questions.
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District to work on English language learners mandate
Wicked Local Mendon
A new state mandate on English as a second language this week drew criticism from a member of the Mendon-Upton School Committee in Massachusetts. District Superintendent Joseph Maruszczak told the committee about the state's Rethinking Equity and Teaching of English Language Learners initiative, aimed at improving education for students for whom English is a second language. He said the federal government, in 2011, ruled that the state was violating the civil rights of these students by not requiring teachers get professional development in that area.
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5 ways international students can improve conversational English skills
U.S. News & World Report
If you are like most international students, you are probably pretty comfortable reading and writing in English, but not as comfortable listening and speaking in the language. Once you are in the U.S., you will soon realize that the level of conversational English that helped you score well on the TOEFL is not enough to help you get by comfortably in a U.S. college environment. Below are some tips to help you strengthen your conversational skills, which will likely help you adapt more quickly to your new academic and social environment in the U.S.
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Does English have to be used in transnational higher education?
University World News
The drive for increased internationalization in higher education has taken hold in many countries worldwide. However, there seems to be a widely held assumption that internationalization means teaching in English as this will be the lingua franca needed by the global citizens of the future. Individuals, universities and governments have all subscribed to this view.
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GCSE English: Low grades shock for Wales in January exams
BBC News
United Kingdom: Head teachers from across Wales have raised concerns over the "unexpectedly low" results for GCSE English language exams sat earlier this year. The Association of School and College Leaders said grades for the January exams in Wales were "far below what was expected." It follows a row over GCSE English exam results in 2012 which led to thousands of papers being regraded. The Welsh government says comparisons with previous exams are "misleading."
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Parents flock to English language course
The Record
When Albina Cruz came to the United States from Mexico in 2000, she knew only Spanish. Now, she helps her children with their homework and communicates with their teachers in English, while taking language classes offered by the city school district tailored to parents like her. School districts like Hackensack, N.J., with large numbers of immigrant families, are offering English-language classes as a way to reach out to parents, get them more involved in their children's education, help them communicate with school staff, and improve families' work and economic prospects.
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Are musicians better language learners?
The Guardian (commentary)
Today's economic environment demands that our children become the very best they can be. A lot of demands are placed upon us as parents, and whether we like it or not, we need to help our children navigate their way in today's fast-paced world and build their skills for the future. But not all methods, from flashcards to baby signing, actually boost a child's intelligence, language skills or other abilities for success. Reading through many research papers from peer-reviewed scientific journals, I discovered that music training is the only proven method to boost the full intellectual, linguistic and emotional capacity of a child.
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Online program supports new Canadians, ESL learners
Calgary Herald
Canada: Technological teaching tools, multimedia devices and interactive online features are being used to provide targeted instruction, assessments and reviews for people who need to learn English. English as a second language courses are often taken for academic purposes, but many see the teaching tools as a way to advance international careers and global businesses. Technology, especially the Internet, is changing the way we teach and the way we learn, and it is particularly useful in language instruction, with its ability to connect people with differing languages skills in real-time so they can interact and converse with each other as a way to enhance learning. Mobile applications and interactive software programs are also helping people who could not access foreign language education before.
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