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Train teachers to help children with no English
The Yorkshire Post
United Kingdom: The Majority of schools will need to be able to deliver English as a second language, according to an expert advising a groundbreaking program in Yorkshire. University academic Caroline Bligh said that some teachers were scared of the prospect of teaching pupils who were new to the English language because they had not been trained to do it. She told The Yorkshire Post that about one-in-seven pupils in the classroom now do not have English as a first language.
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Dual-language programs grow despite challenges
Houston Chronicle
Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier announced during his State of the Schools speech in February that the district would greatly expand the number of campuses offering Spanish dual-language programs next school year. The planning has been taking place for months, with the 14 elementary schools gaining buy-in from the staff and the community, said Gracie Guerrero, HISD's assistant superintendent over multilingual programs.
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English lessons for Jamaica
Jamaica Observer
Jamaica: The headline for today's column appeared in the Daily Observer over Nadine Wilson's story about an agreement between Jamaica and Britain under which experts from the British Council will shortly roll out a program to better prepare Jamaican educators to teach English to our Jamaican children. The program, dubbed "Teaching teachers to teach English", will see the British Council partnering with the Ministry of Education to improve English-speaking skills in schools. It was reported that the program has already been introduced in more than 100 countries but, notably, Jamaica was the only so-called English-speaking nation in the world participating in it.
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TESOL book shortlisted for prestigious ELTon award
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"Language Teaching Insights From Other Fields: Sports, Arts, Design and More", edited by Christopher Stillwell and published by TESOL Press, has been nominated for an ELTon in the category Innovation in Teacher Resources. The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge English, are the only international awards to recognize innovation in the field of English language teaching. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony in London in May. Read a free chapter.
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Just off press!
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Two long awaited books are now off press: "The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts for English Language Learners: Grades K–5", edited by Pamela Spycher, and "The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for English Language Learners Grades K–8", edited by Marta Civil and Erin Turner. Both are under the series editorship of Luciana C. de Oliveira and both provide guidance, practical information, and pedagogical practices for teachers who have ELLs in their classrooms. Read a free chapter of English Language Arts and of Mathematics.
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6 ideas for writing in the real world
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Elena Shvidko shares a number of writing activities to help your English language learners acquaint themselves with real-world writing situations. Other recent TESOL blog posts: ESL Games: Proverbial Wisdom, How to Teach Online: Review and Wrap-Up: Part 1, Reflections From TESOL's First Egyptian President: 10 Accomplishments and Lessons Learned, and Identifying Opportunities for ESP Training.
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English language report due to be published in Wales
Teaching Personnel
United Kingdom: Welsh education minister Huw Lewis is set to publish a response to the recent GCSE English language grading results after receiving the findings of a rapid review into the matter.

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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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English language report due to be published in Wales
Teaching Personnel
United Kingdom: Welsh education minister Huw Lewis is set to publish a response to the recent GCSE English language grading results after receiving the findings of a rapid review into the matter. The response will be published April 1, with officials in the Welsh Department for Education giving details on how best to resolve the situation, WalesOnline reports.
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GOP legislators apparently don't want more money going to poor schools
The Huffington Post
Judges, beware: Your job may be in jeopardy if you try to promote equal education for all students, according to a Center For American Progress report. The provocative new report outlines four cases — in New Jersey, Alaska, Kansas and Washington — where Republican legislators tried to or threatened to punish judges who ordered that the state give more money to disadvantaged districts. In these cases, lawmakers attempted to halt funding for courts, oust specific judges or restrict judicial authority to avoid providing districts with equal financial resources.
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Pierce County, Wash., schools recognized for helping non-English speaking students gain English language proficiency
The News Tribune
Six schools in Pierce County, Wash., were recognized by the state Board of Education for achievements by their English Language Learner students. They are Central Avenue, Christensen and Elmhurst elementary schools in the Franklin Pierce School District, and Northeast Tacoma, Point Defiance and Sheridan elementary schools in Tacoma. Those six are among 42 schools across the state receiving the first ever English Language Acquisition Award.
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New program at Lexington, Ky., school aims to boost academic foundation of Hispanic children
Lexington Herald-Leader
DeAnna Stith, a kindergarten teacher at Cardinal Valley Elementary School, doesn't speak Spanish. A student who moved to Lexington from Mexico six weeks ago and was placed in Stith's class doesn't speak English. Neither do several of the girl's classmates. The child gets extra help from teachers who speak Spanish and English, but "it's a struggle not only for her to express herself to me ... it's hard to assess her," Stith said.
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Class teaches more than language
New Times
It was early — 7:20 a.m. — in the classroom at Danbury High School, but the 25 students seated in rows before their ESL teacher were ready. The vocabulary words on the blackboard ranged from ask and answer to brothers and sisters. Teacher Jeannie Kahn held up a group of colorful flash cards and asked the students, including a sister and brother who had arrived from Ecuador four days earlier, to describe what they saw. Egg, onion, money, book, toilet, calendar, knife, fork, spoon. "What is a polite way to ask to use the bathroom?" Kahn asked them.
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Head in English teaching storm says pupils will be taught differently
The Guardian
United Kingdom: Wog lover, Paki lover. Georgiana Sale, the headteacher at City of Leeds School, has been called them all. Ever since it was reported, wrongly, that her school was to give all its pupils English as a foreign language lessons, her phone has been ringing off the hook. "People are saying that I should be sacked for spending British taxpayers' money on educating foreigners," she says in a bluff, northern voice. "Somebody said to me: 'Why don't you just send the foreign children away?' As if I have any choice. These children are like family. You can't choose them."
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Announcement of transition to English in Moroccan universities goes viral
Morocco World News
Morocco: Moroccans expressed mixed reactions to the announcement made by the Minister of Higher Education, Lahcen Daoudi, to transition to English as the main foreign language in Moroccan universities. The minister said the language change would push the Moroccan education system forward and keep Morocco more in line with the rest of the world.
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English CEGEP students would have to pass a French-language proficiency exam to graduate: Marois
Montreal Gazette
Canada: Students at English-language CEGEPs would have to pass a French-language proficiency exam in order to graduate under changes proposed by the Parti Québécois to Quebec's French language charter. "If our official language and our common language is French, it's normal that in our public institutions we expect that someone who is a graduate of a public institution can understand the official language," PQ leader Pauline Marois said.
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Norwich, Conn., teacher helps newcomers navigate English
The Day
As an adult education English language teacher, Kathleen Pounch has learned she has to be ready for anything — even the question "What does 'Oh man!' mean?" A student asked the question because her own child kept using the American expression "for everything," Pounch said. "They put it in their translators, and it doesn't translate," Pounch said, referring to digital translators many English language students use to compare English words to comparable words in native languages.
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5 ways to give students more voice and choice
Edutopia (commentary)
Rebecca Alber, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "The idea of co-constructing knowledge with students can be a scary thing for many of us teachers. The age-old role of teacher as orator, director, sage has been handed down for centuries and most of us grew up as students looking to teachers in this way. It's hard to shake. Co-constructing knowledge means giving up the myself and them role of teacher and students and fully embracing the wonder and journey of us."
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Stopping the summer slide
HomeRoom
Summer is the perfect time for students of all ages to relax, but it's also a time when summer learning loss can occur. This learning loss is called the "summer slide," and happens when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. While summer vacation is months away, many parents are starting to plan for summer now. As you're thinking about your plans for the upcoming summer break, we've gathered a few ideas and activities that you and your children — no matter their ages — can complete throughout the summer.
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