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British Council launches $7 million English language development project
Myanmar Times
United Kingdom: A two-year project to develop English language teaching will see 50 language teachers from the U.K. spreading out to work in schools across Myanmar as part of an agreement between the British Council and Ministry of Education.
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Improving your teaching craft through personalized development
By: Beth Crumpler
"Program improvement" is currently a huge focus in U.S. public schools. Schools face implications if they do not meet the certain criteria to make adequate yearly progress, or AYP. Program improvement is the result of a school not meeting the AYP requirements. Just as schools might need to make program improvement, TESOL educators can make improvements in their professional practices. Each educator must take personalized responsibility to make continued personal improvement to succeed in his or her instructional craft.
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English language tourism down 8.4 percent over 2012
Malta Today
Malta: Foreign students attending English language courses at specialized schools declined by 8.4 percent to 74,992 last year. The number of student weeks amounted to 233,834, up by 3.3 percent over 2012. Results showed that the majority of foreign students in Malta came from Italy, Russia and Germany. Together these markets constituted 47.6 percent of total student visits.
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Report: Schools aren't meeting needs of students from immigrant families
WABE-FM
Georgia's public high schools and colleges aren't meeting the needs of students from immigrant families. That's according to a recent report from the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

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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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Assessing readiness for Common Core assessments
EdTech Magazine
The clock is ticking on the official implementation of the Common Core State Standards by the 44 states (along with the District of Columbia and U.S. territories) that have adopted them. These voluntary K–12 academic benchmarks in English language arts and mathematics align with real-world college and career expectations and are designed to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge required to collaborate and compete with their peers globally.
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Report: Schools aren't meeting needs of students from immigrant families
WABE-FM
Georgia's public high schools and colleges aren't meeting the needs of students from immigrant families. That's according to a recent report from the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. The report examines how children of immigrants fare in Georgia's education and workforce preparation systems. Michael Fix, the Migration Policy Institute's CEO, says there's room for improvement. "I think our core finding is that Georgia is very much a laboratory for education reform, but in many cases that reform circumvents the immigrant populations, in particularly English language learners," Fix says.
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District not meeting federal requirements for English learners
The Santa Clara Weekly
SCUSD failed to meet federal Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives measures for English learners — children who aren't fluent in English when they enter school — for four consecutive years, Assistant Superintendent Tanya Fischer reported at Santa Clara Unified board meeting. Way back in the presidential administration of Lyndon Johnson, congress passed the 1968 Bilingual Education Act. In 2001, it was replaced by the English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement Act, otherwise known as Title III of No Child Left Behind Act. Title III is specifically concerned with English learners.
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Dual-language classrooms at work in 3 Worcester, Mass., schools
The Telegram
The math lesson in Nicole Girouard's third-grade classroom at Chandler Magnet School in Massachusetts was fairly typical. Nine students sat at a table with Girouard comparing fractions on their number lines; three used computer stations and five worked at another table. Around the room, however, were hints of what makes the class special. Cognates — words that come from the same family — were listed in one spot: título and title, sedimentary rock and rocas sedimentarias. Later, the same 17 children lined up and headed next door to Sandra Lozko's room. She met them at the door and greeted them as they crossed from English to Spanish.
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Schools scramble to help third-grade readers
The Arizona Republic
Third-grade teachers have scrambled this year to help an estimated 1,500 Arizona students catch up who don't read well enough to be promoted to the fourth grade. They also are creating programs for those who don't improve enough. Third-grade students who fail reading portion of the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards assessment will have options such as summer-school classes and remedial programs next school year.
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Indian students shun English universities: report
NDTV
United Kingdom: The number of Indian students taking up places at universities in England has registered a significant drop, highlighting the adverse impact of the British government's tightening student visa regime. The Higher Education Funding Council for England found in its latest report titled "Global Demand for English Higher Education" that there was a notable decline in the number of entrants from South Asia, particularly India and Pakistan, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
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US college entrance exam revisions could hamper foreign students
Voice of America
The company that administers one of the two most widely-used U.S. college admissions tests recently announced its first major revisions to its test since 2005. The College Boards' changes to the SAT exam drop infrequently used vocabulary words and the mandatory essay, and add passages referencing U.S. historical documents. When Howard University students from Nigeria and Jamaica were applying to college, they were among the approximately 100,000 foreign students each year who took the SAT.
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Beyond proficiency: How early English exposure influences non-native speakers
Phys.org
Non-native speakers exposed to English before moving to America are more likely to use the language in their daily lives in the United States, according to a report led by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Such early exposure — through newspapers, books, TV and classes as well as traveling — may help determine an immigrant's socioeconomic mobility, as English proficiency is strongly tied to cultural and social assimilation. The report, featured in the journal Social Science Research, is one of the first to examine English proficiency among immigrants before moving to the United States.
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Pupils discuss whether ethnic background affects grades
BBC News
United Kingdom: White British children are being outperformed in key GCSE subjects by students who speak English as a second language. According to the Department for Education, 22.5 percent of native English speakers gained C grades in core subjects compared with 24.4 percent of children who speak English as an additional language. So does ethnic or cultural background affect how well pupils do at school?
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7 great English apps for your classroom
eSchool News
Apps for STEM education top many educators' lists today. And while STEM is a very important part of classroom education, it is not the only part. As states work to implement the Common Core State Standards, English and language arts education has become an important focus. To help expand your access to English resources, eSchool News has compiled a list of English apps for students across the K-12 age spectrum.
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Speaking key to language fluency
The Korea Times
Korea: A language teaching expert has stressed that speaking is the most crucial skill to master the fluency of a language. "All four skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking — are very important, but speaking is the most important skill to enhance language fluency," Wendy Maxwell, a developer of Accelerative Integrated Methodology, said. Maxwell, a French teacher, developed AIM in 1999. It is a second-language methodology that uses gestures, music, dance and theater to help students learn. AIM was initially designed for French. Later she created it for Spanish, Mandarin and English.
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