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International students boost US enrollment
District Administration Magazine
Districts hurting financially are recruiting tuition-paying foreign students to increase enrollment and diversity. The number of international high school students coming to the United States with an F-1 education visa increased to nearly 65,500 in 2012, up from 6,500 in 2007, according to federal data. Of those, only 2,788 attended public schools, while the rest went to private institutions. More and more international students are coming to U.S. public schools to master their English skills and increase their chances of admission to an American university, says Chris Page, executive director of the Council on Standards for International Education Travel, a nonprofit that offers leadership and support for schools participating in international exchange.
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Will classroom technology help English language learners?
Reflejos
Thanks to the adoption of Common Core, the push for more tech-centered classrooms is now getting a boost. Many states are already using Common Core curriculum. Now many districts are preparing to begin the related computer-based assessments — and for that they are buying new devices and increasing their online connectivity. Pilar Carmina Gonzalez is a researcher for the Education Development Center. A leading expert on children and technology and a former ESL teacher, she says technology will open new avenues of learning for English language learners.
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Study: San Francisco's bilingual programs as effective as English only
Education Week
By the time they reach fifth grade, English language learners in San Francisco's public schools were equally proficient in English regardless of whether they had been in a bilingual program or had received all their instruction in English, a recent study from Stanford University researchers has found. Though ELLs who were in bilingual education programs in San Francisco lagged in the earlier grades, they also scored similarly on the state's academic tests and had virtually the same rates of reclassification to English-fluent status by 5th grade as their ELL peers who were in the district's English-immersion program.
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TESOL receives grant from W. K. Kellogg Foundation to support English learners
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TESOL International Association has received a $300,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, USA, to develop resources to help improve school district capacity for supporting English learners in U.S. schools. TESOL will develop resources for preservice and in-service ESL and content-area teachers, as well as resources for school administrators.
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TIRF 2014 doctoral dissertation grants competition
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The International Research Foundation for English Language Education is pleased to announce its 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition in partnership with the British Council. This year, TIRF has added doctoral candidates at universities in the countries on the OECD DAC list of countries. Grants of up to US$5,000 will be made to successful applicants. Application deadline is 16 May 2014. For complete information, please click here.
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Sound trumps meaning in first language learning
Linguistic Society of America via Science Daily
A new study reveals that 4- to 7-year-old children rely on the sounds of new nouns more than on their meaning when assigning them to noun classes, even though the meaning is more predictive of noun class in the adult language.

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Why Chinese schools must push English more than ever
WorldCrunch
China: After months of public debate, China's Education Ministry has finally decided that the college entrance exam will no longer include the subject of English. Instead, students will take several English tests spread over the course of the school year.

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What it takes (and means) to learn English as an adult
NPR
Ana Perez never made it to high school. Her education ended after the sixth grade, when war broke out in her native El Salvador. She says she's "desperate" to learn English, but she gets nervous trying to speak it.

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Duncan proposes teacher-leadership initiative
Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is pledging to begin an initiative with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to promote teacher leadership throughout the United States. The announcement about "Teach to Lead" came at the inaugural Teaching & Learning conference, hosted here by the National Board. "Our aim is to encourage schools, districts and even states all across the country to provide more opportunities for authentic, genuine teacher leadership that doesn't require them to leave their daily role in classrooms," Duncan said to an audience largely composed of board-certified teachers.
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Bill Gates comes to the defense of the Common Core
The Huffington Post
Bill Gates is rallying teachers to support an embattled cause, the Common Core State Standards. At a speech in Washington, D.C., the Microsoft co-founder is lending his voice to save the standards. According to prepared remarks provided to The Huffington Post, Gates told educators at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' Teaching and Learning Conference that the Common Core is the key to creativity for teachers. He also charged that the controversy around the Core "comes from people who want to stop the standards, which would send us back to what we had before."
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Angst in Germany over invasion of American English
NPR (commentary)
Germany: It seems hardly a sentence is spoken in Berlin that doesn't have an American English word in it. One word that especially grates — and I confess to a certain bias, having learned German as a toddler when it wasn't so Americanized — is a word pronounced "sogh-ee." Or, as Americans say it, "sorry." "Sogh-ee" your package is late. "Sogh-ee" your hot water is off. "Sogh-ee" we can't help you. Anatol Stefanowitsch, an English linguistics professor at the Free University of Berlin, says it makes sense that many German businesses have adopted that word.
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A need for funding for English language programs in Buffalo, NY, schools
WBFO-FM
If the State Legislature approves the Assembly's budget increase for education aid, it could mean more funding for Buffalo Public Schools. Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo urges lawmakers to approve the increase to help schools that have a high population of non-English-speaking students — like Lafayette High School.
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Variety is hallmark of schools' English language learners
NewsTimes
When Augusto Gomes asked Danbury Board of Education members to take out pencils and prepare to answer questions, they just stared blankly, not comprehending. Gomes was speaking Portuguese. "I do this during my presentations," Gomes, the district's administrator for the K-12 English as a second language bilingual and world languages department, said during Wednesday's board meeting. "I think it is the best way that you can experience what the children who come from Portugal or Spain or Poland or Vietnam hear. It's blah, blah, blah, blah,"
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GCSE English exams: Letter gave assurances on changes
BBC News
United Kingdom: Schools were assured 16 months ago by the Welsh government that pupils would not be disadvantaged by new English language GCSEs, BBC Wales has learned. There was shock and anger on 6 March at unexpected poor grades awarded to pupils who sat the new exam in January. And head teachers have written to the education minister saying the test results have eroded confidence in the examinations system. A "rapid review" is being conducted by the Welsh government into the matter. Parents and teachers reacted furiously when pupils who had taken the new exam were awarded "unexpectedly low" results for GCSE English language exams sat earlier this year.
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New Auburn, Wis., student breaking down language barriers
The Chippewa Herald
When Yao Ping Wang took the ACT exam this past year, he came in at the average score for Wisconsin's college-ready students. Quite an accomplishment, considering he was only fluent in one language, Mandarin Chinese, when he came to this country as a 16-year-old less than two years ago. China-born and shy by nature, Yao (pronounced Yo) Ping — a senior at New Auburn High School — wants to go to college, and he knew that one of his many hurdles would be passing the ACT. After all, he hasn't had time to learn how to fully form sentences in English. So to help him prepare, math teacher Samantha Falkner taught him to look for key words that would help him understand the questions.
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The language of science
Ag Weekly
A new teacher can begin his or her career with seemingly boundless enthusiasm and drive. But this teacher then faces the realities of managing a classroom and dealing with the high stakes of testing. Now imagine teaching science to students whose first language is not English. For many teachers, this experience is increasingly the norm. Nearly 10 percent of all K-12 students spoke a first language other than English, according to the 2012-2013 Oregon Statewide Report Card. This statistic is similar nationwide. Although Oregon has made some progress in hiring and retaining more racially and ethnically diverse teachers, this has not matched the pace of the growing diversity of Oregon's students, the same report card shows.
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English proficiency at risk as TEQSA bows out
The Australian
Australia: Universities cannot be trusted to police their own English language standards due to financial imperatives, commentators warn. The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency has told the HES it will not go ahead with its planned survey of English language proficiency following news of the government's wish to strip the agency of its quality assessment role. Education Minister Christopher Pyne, whose TEQSA reform bill will go before a Senate inquiry, has argued that the agency should concentrate on making sure the sector complies with minimum standards, leaving broader quality assurance chiefly to institutions themselves.
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Education minister petitioned over use of English in Standard one
AllAfrica.com
Malawi: Chancellor College Education students marched to the office of the District Commissioner, where they handed in a petition expressing their discontent over the use of English language as a medium of instruction from Standard one. According to the students, they said they were not happy with what has been reported in the media that the ministry of education is planning to implement a policy whereby pupils will be taught in English right from Standard one.
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Sound trumps meaning in first language learning
Linguistic Society of America via Science Daily
A new study reveals that 4- to 7-year-old children rely on the sounds of new nouns more than on their meaning when assigning them to noun classes, even though the meaning is more predictive of noun class in the adult language. This finding reveals that children's sensitivity to their linguistic environment does not line up with objective measures of informativity, highlighting the active role that children play in selecting the data from which they learn language.
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What keeps students motivated to learn?
MindShift
Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they'll need in college and beyond the classroom. But often those conversations remain between adults. The real test of any idea is in the classroom, though students are rarely asked about what they think about their education. A panel of seven students attending schools that are part of the "deeper learning" movement gave their perspective on what it means for them to learn and how educators can work to create a school culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, trust, the ability to fail, and perhaps most importantly, one in which students want to participate.
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