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English schools not ready for language curriculum change
The Guardian
United Kingdom: Primary and secondary schools in England are worried they will not meet new requirements to effectively teach languages, a report from the British Council and CfBT Education Trust has found. The report finds that while many primary schools are already teaching languages (95 percent of those surveyed), they do not feel prepared to meet the new curriculum's requirements, which will come into force in September 2014.
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Short answers for quick thinking
By: Eva Sullivan
For 15 years, my day job has been teaching ESOL in public schools. Last fall, I began teaching adult literacy at a local community college and immediately noticed a difference. Adult learners often could not respond correctly to simple questions they actually understood. When asked, "Do you need a pencil?" they would answer, "Yes, I need" or they would hesitate too long to answer. Unlike in the classroom where the teacher is a well-trained professional, there is no wait time in the real world. My idea for a simple language lesson came from this experience.
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Students learning English benefit more in two-language instructional programs than English immersion, Stanford research finds
Stanford News
Like a growing number of school systems across the country, San Francisco Unified School District is tasked with educating increasing rolls of students for whom English is not their first language. In the United States, the school-aged population has grown a modest 10 percent in the last three decades, while the number of children speaking a language other than English at home has soared by 140 percent. Against this backdrop, researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and San Francisco Unified School District are examining student performance in various types of English language learning programs.
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Huge growth of English language training students in 4 years
Austin American-Statesman
The number of students in the Bastrop school district who participate in some form of English language training has jumped nearly 50 percent since 2008, the district’s statistics show.

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Los Angeles schools' plan for non-English speakers: Segregation or solution?
The Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles schools are moving forward with a plan to separate English language learner students from native speakers in all core elementary school classes. Protests have erupted.

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US experts to train Saudis in English language teaching
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Education has invited specialists from Columbia University in the United States to train Saudi teachers on methods of teaching the English language.

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Obama officials tout Race to the Top, saying it has unleashed 'enormous positive change'
The Washington Post
The Obama administration credited its signature K-12 education program, Race to the Top, for unleashing "enormous positive change" in public school classrooms across the country. In a conference call with reporters to mark the fourth anniversary of the creation of Race to the Top, the White House's Domestic Policy Council director, Cecilia Muñoz, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan rattled off examples of what they said was proof that the $4 billion competitive grant was driving "dramatic change."
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5 ways Race to the Top supports teachers and students
Homeroom
In the four years since the Obama administration announced its first Race to the Top grants, the president's signature education initiative has helped spark a wave of reform across the country, according to a new report by the White House and Department of Education. Since the Obama administration announced the first Race to the Top grants to Tennessee and Delaware four years ago — many state and local leaders, educators, and communities are deep in the hard work of education improvement, and the nation is seeing progress.
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English language attracting government schools
Republica
Nepal: Rupesh Sherpa goes to Balkumari Higher Secondary School near Narayanghat Bazaar in Chitwan. A class five student, Rupesh is learning English songs, his favorite subject is English and he can also speak in the language. "I like studying in English," he says, "My father also teaches me English at home." Similarly, the English language also attracts Nandani Kumari Shah, Nitesh Pathak, Binika Malla, Aman Gahatraj and Saroj Achami. "Many tourists visit Chitwan. We have to learn English to converse with them," they say. They also use the language in school to talk with their teachers.
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How do we know that Race to the Top worked?
The Hechinger Report
The Obama administration is announcing major progress as its signature education policy, the Race to the Top competition, winds down and the money runs out. Many states that won a federal grant in the $4 billion program that is now entering its fourth year have followed through on promises to adopt the Common Core State Standards and launch new teacher evaluations along with an assortment of other policies, including opening new charter schools, training teachers, and offering more Advanced Placement classes. Others are still working on it.
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English learner reclassifications in flux in California
Education Week
Gone are California's old state tests in English/language arts. And three years from now the state's English-language-proficiency exam for English learners, known as the CELDT, will also be replaced. Results on both of those tests have long been among the chief criteria used by district-level educators to decide when an English language learner has reached enough fluency to no longer need English-language-instruction services. In the K-12 world, this is known as reclassification. It's a high-stakes decision for every ELL — and there are 1.4 million of such students in California.
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Program helping students become biliteral, bilingual
KLTV-TV
Texas is leading the nation in two-way bilingual education. Many East Texas school districts have added dual language programs and some of them are teaching both English and Spanish to a combined classroom of native Spanish speakers and English speaking students. More than 100 English language learners are the first students to enroll in Kilgore Independent School District's dual language program. It's a one way program for Spanish native speakers who will learn academically both Spanish and English.
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How these techies aim to close the achievement gap
NBC News
Harlyn Pacheco and Ricardo Rodriguez, both one-time ELL (English language learners) students, understand how language proficiency and a mastery of basic core subjects is crucial to academic success, yet hard to reach for many students. They both started their educations in Spanish-speaking countries and had to catch up when they came to school in the U.S. "We've been very fortunate to be the beneficiaries of very targeted instruction and be two ELL kids that were able to successfully pick up a new language and a new set of skills," said Pacheco.
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Huge growth of English language training students in 4 years
Austin American-Statesman
The number of students in the Bastrop school district who participate in some form of English language training has jumped nearly 50 percent since 2008, the district's statistics show. The Bastrop school board recently received an in-depth report on its "English language learners" program, commonly referred to as ELL, from Tessie Young, the district’s director of federal programs and grants. The report covers the 2012-2013 school year. The report describes the services provided to the ELL students through two programs — the bilingual program and the English as a second language program. The report also details student progress toward being proficient in English.
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University of Oregon 'MOOC' aims to help teach English language
eNews Park Forest
The University of Oregon, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State and in partnership with Coursera, enters the MOOC world April 7 with the launch of a free, two-part Massive Open Online Course designed to help educators more effectively teach English as a foreign language. The course, "Shaping the Way We Teach English," targets educators looking to pursue English instruction as a career as well as those already in the field who may wish to refresh their teaching methods and approaches, said Leslie Opp-Beckman, director of eLearning in the UO's American English Institute, a program of the Department of Linguistics.
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Feeding our students' reading interests with RSS
Edutopia
Anyone reading this post right now — whether on your computer, tablet or smartphone — knows that the interfaces for reading have indeed changed. Whereas just a decade ago, touchscreens were still a novelty, today they permeate our lives. And, according the Pew Internet Project, teens have a device ownership rate of 68 percent for smartphones and, overall, 91 percent for cellphones.
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