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TESOL 2011 Opening Plenary: Thelma Meléndez
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Thelma Meléndez, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, will deliver the TESOL 2011 opening plenary, "Providing a World-Class Education for America's English Learners," Wednesday, March 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in La Louisiane Ballroom, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La., USA. Dr. Meléndez received her doctorate from the University of Southern California, where she specialized in language, learning, and literacy. Recognized frequently for her educational leadership, Dr. Meléndez has served as the superintendent of the Pomona Unified School District in California. TESOL is very pleased that she will be addressing TESOL 2011 attendees as well as TESOL K–12 Dream Day participants.

For more information on TESOL 2011 Plenary Speakers, click here.

TESOL 2011 Goes Social
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Attendees at the TESOL 2011 Convention and Exhibit are invited to share comments and questions about any and all aspects of the event on Facebook and Twitter. TESOL staff will monitor the TESOL Facebook and Twitter convention pages and respond as needed, and TESOL's Twitter page will have up-to-the-minute information about room changes and cancellations. The Twitter hashtag for the convention is #TESOL11. In addition, convention attendees can enter a contest on FourSquare. Watch your e-mail for details.

To join the discussion on Twitter, click here, and on Facebook, click here.

Obama's plan for No Child Left Behind more of a revision than an overhaul
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When President Barack Obama started his new push for education reform, he was joined by former Florida governor Jeb Bush, but he pointedly never mentioned Bush's brother George W. The omission was striking because on education, Obama is pushing an agenda very similar to his predecessor's. The Obama administration casts its education proposals as an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind law that Bush championed. More

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Japan launches primary push to teach English
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Japan: Elementary school teachers in Japan are studying up on their English. Come April, English will become a required subject for fifth- and sixth-graders. Preparing for these lessons is a new burden on elementary teachers, many of whom have not studied English since college, much less taught the language. More

Language doubts on eve of UK census
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United Kingdom: Plans to count the number of people in Britain who need English language classes as part of the national census are in doubt because of the lack of support materials for learners who may struggle to complete the complex form in English. Census forms will be posted to over 25 million households in England and Wales. More

Conversation about English learners in Seattle
The Associated Press via Seattle Post-Intelligencer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Department of Education is bringing its series of national conversations on English learner education to Seattle. The deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will lead the meeting. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will speak to the group by video. More

Civil Rights deal signals Federal push for translation services
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The Philadelphia School District has been beefing up language-translation services for parents to carry out a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that is seen as a signal that the federal government is planning to press harder on schools to make school-to-home communications more accessible to all parents with limited English skills. More

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English language access
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Malaysia: The 16-year-old Malaysian student could not string a proper sentence in English, but today he stands proud speaking the language clearly and confidently, after attending a language program. Sharing his experience, he said that English was never spoken at home as he only spoke to his parents and siblings in Tamil, his mother tongue, or occasionally in Malay, when he had to speak with the neighbors. The student, whose father works as a storekeeper, is one of 80 underprivileged secondary school students in the country who was selected last year to be part of the pioneer batch under the ACCESS Microscholarship Program. The program is jointly organized by ELS Language Centers Malaysia and the United States Embassy to promote English language learning among Malaysian youth. More

UK universities set to lose $1.6 billion from student visa cut
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United Kingdom: The United Kingdom's Higher Education Policy Institute, an independent thinktank, has joined a chorus of protest at government proposals to tackle illegal immigration by restricting student visas. The Higher Education Price Index said plans to limit student visas and raise the English language skills requirements of applicants would have "dire consequences" for universities. More

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ESL classes key for immigrant workers
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Canada: An investment in language skills is an investment in Alberta's future. Minister Thomas Lukaszuk indicated that the classroom setting is not ideal for all immigrants. That is true; it is not ideal for British, Australian or American newcomers. The classroom setting is ideal for immigrants who want to improve their English so they can get jobs that will allow them to pay higher taxes. More

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92 percent of global employee's performance at risk due to poor business English skills
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GlobalEnglish Corporation announced survey results showing a progressive rise globally in the importance of business English skills for job performance. Over the past three years, the necessity to use English on a regular basis on-the-job has grown 6 to 7 percent across all markets worldwide. Out of 26,000 surveyed multinational employees, 92 percent stated English is required or important for their job and 93 percent report English is required or important to receive a promotion. Yet only 7 percent felt their current proficiency level is sufficient. More

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