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Free online discussion with TESOL 2012 keynote speaker William Labov
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TESOL invites you to a free online discussion on 15-16 March with TESOL 2012 keynote speaker William Labov, who will facilitate a discussion in the TESOL Community on the sociolinguistic intersection between Spanish and English. The discussion is free and open to everyone, including nonmembers, and all TESOL convention attendees are already registered. Nonmembers who have not registered for the TESOL convention must register for the online discussion.

Comment on TESOL 2012 using social media
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Comment on the 2012 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo using social media. Twitter users are invited to comment using the hashtag #TESOL12. Everyone is also invited to watch the TESOL Blog; TESOL's Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages; and the TESOL Community for announcements and comments throughout the convention. By the way, if you are attending TESOL 2012 and you would like to write a blog about your experiences, please contact TESOL's Web content and social media manager, Craig Triplett. No experience necessary.

TESOL and First Book join forces
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TESOL International Association and First Book are joining forces to put more high-quality books into the hands of children in need throughout the United States and Canada. TESOL and First Book will work together to connect thousands of educators to new books for the students they serve. In addition, TESOL 2012 attendees and exhibitors can donate to help bring up to 4,000 new books to children in need throughout Philadelphia. Teachers in the United States and Canada can also sign up their schools to receive free and deeply discounted books and resources. For more information, please read the press release.

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New data from US Department of Education highlights educational inequities around teacher experience, discipline and high school rigor
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Minority students across America face harsher discipline, have less access to rigorous high school curricula, and are more often taught by lower-paid and less experienced teachers, according to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. More
Related story: Wide-ranging education access and equity data from a sample of our nation's public schools (Civil Rights Data Collection)

States loosening 'seat time' requirements
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States have established an array of policies in recent years to free schools from having to award academic credits based on "seat time," with the goal of making it easier for struggling students to catch up, exceptional students to race ahead, and students facing geographic and scheduling barriers to take the courses they need. Thirty-six states have adopted policies that allow districts or schools to provide credits based on students' proving proficiency in a subject, rather than the time they physically spend in a traditional classroom setting, according to the National Governors Association. More

Teacher evaluations pose test for states
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Efforts to revamp public education are increasingly focused on evaluating teachers using student test scores, but school districts nationwide are only beginning to deal with the practical challenges of implementing those changes. Only an estimated 30 percent of classroom teachers in the U.S. work in grades or subjects covered by state standardized tests. Currently, most states test students only in math and reading in third through eighth grades and once in high school, as mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind law. More

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Online English lessons go live for France's learners
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France: Less than a year after France's education minister, Luc Chatel, kicked off a national campaign to improve foreign language skills, the country's national distance learning institute, Cned, has launched a free website for English learners, backed by $4 million of government funding. More

Schools get tough with third-graders: Read or flunk
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There's little dispute among educators that kids are not reading as well as they should be, but there's endless debate over what to do about it. Now, a growing number of states are taking a hard-line approach through mandatory retentions — meaning third-graders who can't read at grade level will automatically get held back. More

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Common Core Standards and ELLs: What's happening in California?
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I've been spending this week in northern California reporting on a number of things: dual language programs, a new biliteracy seal for graduating seniors, and other issues in this state where one in four public school students are English-learners. I have been in schools in San Jose, San Francisco, and, for the last two days, in Sacramento, where teachers from across the state who work with English learners have gathered for the annual conference of the California Association of Bilingual Education. More
Related story: San Jose, Calif., elementary school provides rich language experience (Education Week)

Teachers turn students, learn better ways to teach English
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Tamil Nadu: In a bid to improve the quality of performance of Class X students in English language in the forthcoming public examinations and also to increase the pass percentage in the same subject, a workshop has been organised for 160 teachers by the School Education Department of the Tamil Nadu government. More

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Soon, spoken English for primary classes in Bengal
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India: The state government is planning to introduce spoken English lessons from Class I. The education department has roped in British Council for the purpose. The state government is planning to start spoken English classes for the students of primary classes and for that the state education department has chipped in British Council. More

New committee will advise Homeland-Security Chief on student issues
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the formation of a new council to advise Secretary Janet Napolitano on student-visa issues and other security-related topics that affect academe. The high-level commission, comprising 19 university presidents and academic leaders, is one of the most prominent signs of greater responsiveness to higher-education concerns by the department since it came in for criticism for regulatory loopholes and enforcement lapses that allowed little-known and unaccredited institutions to enroll thousands of international students in questionable degree programs. More

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Study suggests many professors use interactive tools ineffectively in online courses
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Professors can choose from a growing palette of Web-based tools to make their online courses more interactive. But a new study suggests that many community-college instructors aren't taking advantage of those options. Instead, the professors are relying on static course materials that aren't likely to motivate students or encourage them to interact with each other. More

Los Angeles adult education classes are threatened
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The students come from Peru and Korea, Malaysia and Iran. Some are teenagers, others are grandparents. And on a recent morning, as they do each day, they gathered in Marc Yablonka's classroom in Chinatown, reading aloud from workbooks in hopes of learning enough English to get by in America. More

Attention from minister boosts family learning project
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Scotland: A brief interview with English language teacher Pauline Blake-Johnston. Since gaining a CELTA in 2007, Blake-Johnston, has taught Esol students in Fife, Scotland. She oversees a range of ESOL services at a further education college in Fife. More

Study: Nonfiction curriculum enhanced reading skills
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Children in New York City who learned to read using an experimental curriculum that emphasized nonfiction texts outperformed those at other schools that used methods that have been encouraged since the Bloomberg administration's early days, according to a new study. More

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Strategies for independent and recreational reading
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Whether in the elementary grades or adults in higher education, for English language learners, reading is the most important skill to acquire and master. Along with the necessary skills of comprehension and fluency, reading helps ELLs develop and build essential vocabulary necessary for succeeding in school. English as a second language research has long been interested in the various aspects of reading and its effects in comprehension and understanding. More

Minority students are punished more than whites, US reports. Is it racism?
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The disproportionately high rate at which black students are suspended from school represents a violation of a civil right inherent in the "American promise" of equal education, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. Secretary Duncan was speaking after the Department of Education published a new report that found that black students, whether poor or wealthy, are more than three times more likely to receive out-of-school suspensions than white kids in U.S. schools. More

Biologists locate brain's processing point for acoustic signals essential to human communication
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In both animals and humans, vocal signals used for communication contain a wide array of different sounds that are determined by the vibrational frequencies of vocal cords. For example, the pitch of someone's voice, and how it changes as they are speaking, depends on a complex series of varying frequencies. Knowing how the brain sorts out these different frequencies — which are called frequency-modulated sweeps — is believed to be essential to understanding many hearing-related behaviors, like speech. Now, a pair of biologists at the California Institute of Technology has identified how and where the brain processes this type of sound signal. More

Professor: Loss of language can be unnerving
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India: Cultures are closely bound with linguistic communities. Culture, community and language are closely entwined and often overlap. People are embedded in cultures and communities mainly expressed through language. Nonrecognition, relative marginalization and the loss of a language can affect them deleteriously, noted Valerian Rodrigues, professor, Center for Political Studies, JNU, New Delhi. More

The right type of words: Words spelled on right side of keyboards lead to more positive emotions
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Words spelled with more letters on the right of the keyboard are associated with more positive emotions than words spelled with more letters on the left, according to new research by cognitive scientists Kyle Jasmin of University College London and Daniel Casasanto of The New School for Social Research, New York. Their work shows, for the first time, that there is a link between the meaning of words and the way they are typed — a relationship they call the QWERTY* effect. More

Teacher survey shows morale is at a low point
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The slump in the economy, coupled with the acrimonious discourse over how much weight test results and seniority should be given in determining a teacher's worth, have conspired to bring morale among the nation's teachers to its lowest point in more than 20 years, according to a survey of teachers, parents and students. More

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Helping children to succeed by reducing academic pressure and fear of failure
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Children may perform better in school and feel more confident about themselves if they are told that failure is a normal part of learning, rather than being pressured to succeed at all costs, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. "We focused on a widespread cultural belief that equates academic success with a high level of competence and failure with intellectual inferiority," said Frederique Autin, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Poitiers in Poitiers, France. "By being obsessed with success, students are afraid to fail, so they are reluctant to take difficult steps to master new material. Acknowledging that difficulty is a crucial part of learning could stop a vicious circle in which difficulty creates feelings of incompetence that in turn disrupts learning." More

A crystal ball for student achievement
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Predicting the future is now in the hands of K-12 administrators. While for years districts have collected thousands of pieces of student data, educators have been using them only for data-driven decision-making or formative assessments, which give a "rear-view" perspective only. Now, using predictive analysis — the pulling together of data over time and using it to forecast student needs — administrators can determine students' futures, experts say. With the help of several software programs and experts who know how to collect the data, K-12 districts have started to use this method, which is common in business and government. More

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