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France must drop 'ineffective' blockade against English language
The Telegraph
France: France should end its blockade of the English language, since its "generous" contributions have enriched rather than endangered French, according to France's culture minister. Fleur Pellerin warned purists bent on defending the French language that the struggle was counterproductive. "The French language is not frozen. A language is always evolving," said Ms. Pellerin, a digital economy expert born in South Korea and a fluent English and German speaker.
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85 percent of Moroccans want English as first foreign language
Morocco World News
Morocco: According to a new survey conducted by news website Hespress, Moroccans seem to be more and more in favor of replacing French with English in the Moroccan educational system. Of the more than 41,526 people who participated in the survey, only 14.02 percent said that French should remain the country's first foreign language. People in favor of replacing French with English, on the other hand, pulled in a whopping 85.98 percent of the vote.
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Graduation gap between white, minority students is narrowing, but persistent
Education Week
Graduation rates for historically disadvantaged groups of students — including low-income students, minorities and English language learners — have increased by at least 3 percentage points each over the past two years, according to data by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. In fact, the rates for those groups of students are improving faster than the overall graduation rate, which stood at 81.4 percent in 2012-2013, a 2.4 percent improvement since 2010-2011.
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Call for TESOL Bloggers: Deadline 20 March
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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. Read the full call.
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4 Strategies for Scaffolding Instruction for ELs
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Judie Haynes shares four important and practical scaffolds for helping English learners acquire knowledge in the content-area classroom. Other recent TESOL Blogs: 7 Magic Steps Toward Developing Teachers as Leaders; A Congressman in My Classroom: Making Connections; Transforming Students Into Researchers and Leaders; and Speed Paraphrasing.
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TESOL Press Call for Contributions: Voices from the TESOL Classroom
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Abstracts due 20 July 2015.
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TESOL Press Call for Contributions: New Ways in Teaching with Humor
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Submissions due 31 March 2015.
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TESOL Research Agenda
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TESOL's 2014 Research Agenda attempts to bridge the current gap between research and classroom practice. This agenda has been designed to raise interest in TESOL's research direction as well as to bring researchers and practitioners together in the field of English language teaching. TESOL plans to start commissioning research in July 2015.
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Call for Volunteers: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
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Volunteers are vital to the CAEP Accreditation process. CAEP needs professionals in a variety of roles dedicated to improving education for P-12 learners — through quality educator preparation. Read the open volunteer opportunities today.
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Obama seeks more federal money for education
USA Today
President Barack Obama said the nation's schools are improving, but need more federal money to keep pace. "The challenge that we face is that this is a monumental task and it requires resources," Obama told reporters at the White House. The president spoke briefly after meeting with a group of superintendents, board members, and educators from some of the nation's largest school districts.
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Instructional coaches ease Common Core transition
District Administration Magazine
Districts in the midst of Common Core implementation are increasingly turning to instructional coaches to help teachers master the new skills needed. Administrators say these coaches, whose positions were cut in many districts during the recession, are now a valuable investment for time-strapped principals working to ensure schools are transitioning smoothly to the new standards.
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English proficiency, diversity affect report cards
Post Crescent
When visitors come into Brenda Susor's English language learner class at Roosevelt Middle School, she asks students to introduce themselves. They say their names, where they are from and when they came to the United States. Five of the six students in the class on a recent day said they arrived in the country in July. One girl, Claudia, arrived in December. Middle school students who move to Appleton from outside the U.S. attend Roosevelt to take part in the ELL program, and that influx of new arrivals who aren't proficient in the English language is a factor when student test scores are compiled, said principal Al Brant.
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High school graduation rates for minority students improve faster than rest of US
The Washington Post
The high school graduation rate for African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, students with disabilities and poor students increased between 2010 and 2013, narrowing the gap in rates between those groups and their white counterparts, according to new data by the U.S. Department of Education. The graduation rate also increased for English language learners, though they still graduate from high school at the lowest rate of all student subgroups.
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All foreign nurses, midwives and dentists to face tough new language tests before being allowed to treat patients in bid to improve safety
Daily Mail
United Kingdom: All foreign nurses, midwives and dentists will have to pass tough new English language checks before being allowed to treat patients in the U.K. NHS trusts will be required to check the language competency of all their healthcare workers, before they are given license to practice in the U.K. The move marks an extension of legislation introduced early last year, which demands that all foreign doctors are now subjected to tough language checks before treating patients. Since the new law was passed, 429 doctors have been refused a license to practice medicine in the U.K. because their English language skills are not up to scratch.
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TREIS students showcase their skills in English
The Hindu
India: Their story telling was flawless, and so was the English literature produced by them in the form of stories and dramas narrated in a unique style. But English was neither their mother-tongue nor the medium of instruction. Still, they amazed everyone with their skills in English language picked up very late compared to their peers. The English Festival, organized by the Telangana Residential Educational Institutions Society for the residential schools across Telangana at the Telangana State Residential School, Sarvail in Nalgonda district provided an opportunity for students to showcase their English language skills and compete with others in various events.
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Blogging for English language learners
Edutopia
Blogging is a very powerful tool in and of itself. Whether it's a personal or professional blog, blogging has the power to unleash learning, reflection and communication. Even more, a blog can help spread your words and ideas to a wider audience. Blogging for English language learners can tap into students' and teachers' utmost communicative potential and help expand and widen learning opportunities.
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The 5 keys to successful comprehensive assessment in action
Edutopia
Assessment is the key to good instruction. It shows us what students know and allows us to adjust our instruction. Assessment is tied to learning goals and standards, but students must own the assessment process as well, as they must be able to articulate what and how they are being assessed — and its value. But what does this look like in a unit of instruction?
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