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Preorder forthcoming TESOL books for 50 percent off until April 15!
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At TESOL 2011, TESOL offered attendees the opportunity to order two forthcoming TESOL books at a huge discount: Fifty percent off! In case you missed it, we're extending the offer. These books will be off press in June 2011, but you can preorder your copy for half off until April 15. Be sure to tell your colleagues!

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Obama reaches out to Hispanics on education
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President Barack Obama will visit a multicultural school in Washington D.C., to discuss Hispanics and education, just a few days after the Census Bureau revealed that Hispanics accounted for more than half of the nation's growth over the last 10 years. The meeting demonstrates the White House's effort to meld Hispanic issues with Obama's broader domestic policy agenda, which is heavily focused on education. Hispanics represent the largest minority in the K-12 schools (at around 22 percent), with black students a close second. More

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US departments settle with Arizona in dispute over ELL programs
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The U.S. departments of Justice and Education have put out the word that they've reached a settlement with Arizona education officials in a dispute over the state's programs for English language learners (ELL). In letters mailed to state officials over the summer, federal civil rights officials said they had determined that some of the practices the state uses to identify and serve ELL students violate federal law. More

Teachers' group: English as second language programs swamped
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Canada: Things have changed dramatically for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers since Sylvia Helmer left their ranks in 1997: there used to be set ratios for the number of students per teacher, there used to be money for extra supplies and there used to be more ESL specialist teachers. But starting in 2001, the number of ESL teachers and their resources began to shrink, according to the BC Teachers Federation. More



Asia Foundation's English teachers program in the 1950s
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Korea: English education has a long history in Korea and stretches back over a hundred years. The first English school was opened in the early 1880s primarily for government employees. This school was followed by others mainly established by missionaries to teach the general public. By the early 20th century there were many schools teaching English. However, during the Japanese occupation English lost its prominence and was replaced with the mandatory study of Japanese. More

For teachers, many ways and reasons to cheat on tests
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In 2008, teacher assistant Johanna Munoz helped her Orlando, Fla-area fourth-graders on the state achievement test. Munoz erased wrong answers and whispered corrections while she was helping non-native English speakers with difficult words. She snapped her fingers in a code students understood to mean they should correct an answer. While the teacher was out of the room, Munoz warned the students "not to tell anyone, not even your parents, what I did." If they told, she warned, they "would fail fourth-grade." The standardized tests required by the federal No Child Left Behind law have become one of the most important — and controversial — ways to measure a student's progress, a teacher's competence, a school's success and a state's commitment to education. More





A cry for help in 203 languages: How to help ESL students achieve?
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According to a state report, 91,469 English as a second language (ESL) students were enrolled in Washington schools during the 2009-2010 school year. Federal statistics show ESL enrollment in the state jumped 65 percent since the late 1990s, at the same time overall student enrollment grew by only 4 percent. More

Hispanics now majority in Texas public schools
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Hispanic students for the first time make up the majority of students enrolled in Texas public schools. The Texas Education Agency reports Hispanic students this school year account for 50.2 percent of the state's 4.9 million children enrolled in public schools, including pre-kindergarten and early childhood education. Hispanics last year made up nearly 49 percent of the students. More

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Ways to use children's books to build oral literacy and vocabulary skills for ESL students
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Before they even begin school, bilingual English as a second language (ESL) children have already absorbed the grammatical structures, sounds and vocabulary of a language. This assumption takes into account that parents speak with their children in their own mother tongue from a very young age. But what about building literacy skills for a second language? Research shows that ESL students are not reaching the same levels of reading proficiency as their native English speaking peers by the time they reach third grade. More

Survey: Teachers want more access to technology, collaboration
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The second part of a national survey on college and career readiness and the challenges facing U.S. teachers reveals that educators consider the ability to differentiate instruction for their students as essential for students' success — and more access to technology will help them do this, they say. More

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Class discussions are crucial to learning
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It may seem as though creating a classroom in which students interact, discuss and are held accountable for their education makes more work for faculty members. The opposite is actually true. The more the students speak, the less the professor speaks. The more students are allowed to do meaningful projects (rather than take meaningless exams), the less tedious grading faculty members have to do. And impressing upon students that they are, in fact, responsible for their own education reverses the current paradigm. Faculty do not grant an education to students; students must actively seek out an education that helps them attain their educational (and future employment) goals. More

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Learning the language is their goal
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Just being in America is a dream come true for many people from other countries. That's especially true for college students. Helping them achieve their goals and realize their dreams is a universal educator's mantra — one cited often by a teacher of international students who come to Tahlequah, Okla., through a unique program. More


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