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Raising students' command of English
The Star Online
Malaysia: In just three years, GAB Foundation has successfully reached out to more than 100 rural schools and over 200 English teachers in six states to equip them with enhanced teaching skills through their English Enrichment Program. Through the year-long initiative, the teachers have been able to raise the English language proficiency of their students in rural areas. The success it has received inspired GAB Foundation to expand the EETP this year to a new state — Johor. The teachers apply what they learnt in a four-day intensive training session by teaching supplementary after-school English classes back home.
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New report offers state leaders, Feds advice to improve ELL education
Education Week
A new report from the Education Commission of the States offers a series of policy recommendations that it says states and the federal government can adopt to improve the academic performance of English language learners. The report, State Level English Language Learner Policies, lists proposed changes in five areas: finance; student identification and reclassification; educator quality; prekindergarten services; and parent and family engagement. The commission compiled the report with input from some of the nation's leading language learner experts and advocates.
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Simple exercises to improve ELL reading skills — Part 2
By: Douglas Magrath
In the first part of this article, we discussed how reading is an essential means of communication and the importance of developing strategies for English language learners to approach reading in their non-native language. After a series of prereading exercises and a list of the skills needed to be taught, we went over several sample exercises. Below are a few more helpful hints to the teacher and classroom activities for the reading class designed to develop reading skills in English.
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Arne Duncan gives himself a 'low grade' on overhauling teacher prep
The Washington Post
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that his agency deserves a "low grade" for its efforts so far to overhaul regulations for teacher-preparation programs, saying that too many K-12 educators are not ready for the classroom. "We have light years to go, we have so far to go," Duncan said, speaking in Washington at the annual legislative conference of the Council of Chief State School Officers. "We've changed the world in some pretty profound ways, but we have not changed the world in that way." Teacher-preparation programs are often criticized, including by educators themselves, for being mediocre and for focusing too heavily on the theory and history of education at the expense of equipping teachers with the hands-on skills they need to work with students.
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Education Department pledges to prioritize needs of language learners
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education says it is developing a strategy to elevate the national focus on English language learners, the nation's fastest-growing student population. The plan, which touches on topics ranging from parent engagement to teacher preparation, is a "framing guideline for how we want to think about English learners across different levels of the organization," said Libia Gil, the head of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition, or OELA.
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Education funding gaps: Which states are hitting, missing the mark?
The Christian Science Monitor
While the debate rages over the federal budget and how much will go to K-12 schools, states and localities supply the biggest share of education dollars — about 87 percent on average. But is that money distributed fairly to the students who need it most? School districts that serve the most students in poverty receive an average of $1,200, or 10 percent, less per student in state and local funding than districts with few students in poverty, according to a report released by The Education Trust, a group in Washington that advocates for closing economic and racial inequities in schools.
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International students stream into US colleges
The Wall Street Journal
American universities are enrolling unprecedented numbers of foreign students, prompted by the rise of an affluent class in China and generous scholarships offered by oil-rich Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia. Cash-strapped public universities also are driving the trend, aggressively recruiting students from abroad, especially undergraduates who pay a premium compared with in-state students. There are 1.13 million foreign students in the U.S., the vast majority in college-degree programs, according to a report to be released by the Department of Homeland Security. That represents a 14 percent increase over last year, nearly 50 percent more than in 2010 and 85% more than in 2005.
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Money, dream jobs, a better brain: Why everyone should learn a second language
The Next Web
With more online learning resources available than we know what to do with, there's really no reason for you to not know a second language. Being bilingual not only gives you some fun bragging rights, but it also makes you stand out in the increasingly competitive job market. Learning another language can pave the way for salary increases and open up tons of amazing job opportunities that would be far beyond reach for someone who only knows one language. But it doesn't stop there. Did you know it can help keep your brain healthy, for longer?
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New study to examine Aussie English
Australia: A new study of Australian English is trying to find out if Australians all sound the same, or if people speak differently in the country compared to cities or across the states. PhD researcher Sydney Kingstone from the Australian National University is conducting a nationwide survey to find out what Australians think about their English. "Australians believe people in rural areas sound very different to those living in cities, and that people in Queensland, Adelaide, and Western Sydney sound different from each other," Kingstone said.
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Why kids need to move, touch and experience to learn
When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. "We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform," said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.
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