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TESOL 2012: Call for Participation
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Now that your back at work after bouncing down Bourbon Street and struttin' your stuff at the ribbon-cutting, it's time to start thinking about your proposal for the 2012 convention in Philadelphia on March 29–31, 2012. The deadline for proposals is June 1 at 5 p.m. EDT and all proposals must be submitted online. You'll find all the information you need in the 2012 Call for Participation.

Proposal deadline extended for TESOL Conference on Putting Research Into Practice
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If you'd like to submit a proposal to the TESOL Conference in Qatar: Putting Research Into Practice, you still have time. The deadline has been extended to May 1. The conference will be held in Doha, Qatar on October 1-3. For more information, please go the conference Web page. To submit a proposal, please read the call for participation.

TESOL symposium: Sustainable Teacher Development Through Innovative Teaching and Research
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In partnership with the School of Foreign Languages and Literature of Beijing Normal University, TESOL will host a symposium titled Sustainable Teacher Development Through Innovative Teaching and Research on July 8-9 at Beijing Normal University, Beijing. Featured speakers include Donald Freeman, Wang Qiang, David Graddol, Cai Jigang, Peter Grundy, Jun Liu, David Nunan, Cheng Xiaotang and Christine Coombe. For more information, please go to the conference Web page.

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Draft rules point way to consistency in ELL policies
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The proposed rules attached to new federal grants aimed at helping states collaborate in creating new assessments aligned with the common academic standards are likely to spur dramatic shifts in policies for English language learners in school districts nationwide. U.S. Department of Education officials are poised to release a final notice of the requirements for the $10.3 million grant competition that will ultimately lead to the creation of a new generation of English language proficiency tests developed under the Common Core State Standards Initiative. More

Scandinavians best at English, South Americans lag
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Speaking English is increasingly a basic requirement for participating in international business, but a new study shows large gaps in English skills around the world. Scandinavian countries have the best command of English among countries where English is not the native language, while Russia, Turkey and South American countries lagged, according to a study released on by EF English First. The study compared test scores of more than 2.3 million adults in 44 countries from 2007 through 2009. More

The problems with English teaching in Taiwan
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Taiwan: English has historically been the most influential foreign language in Taiwan. It is often described as playing an important role in personal career preparation, as well as the development of an internationally competitive workforce. Despite the emergence of a large number of highly skilled Taiwanese English teachers, language issues remain a significant obstacle for the country. More

Bringing context to ELL instruction
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Not a school day goes by that Laurie Hahn Ganser doesn't use something she's learned in a professional development program designed to help regular classroom teachers reach English language learners. The English teacher at Lanier High School in Austin, Texas, has received extensive training and coaching from Quality Teaching for English Learners, or QTEL, during the three years the Austin district has implemented the program. Now Ganser is poised to become a coach herself as part of the 85,000-student district's efforts to sustain the training without the consultants it hired to launch it here. More

Survey change likely means more ELL students for school districts
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School districts are likely to see increases in English language learners and the costs associated with the program after the federal government demanded that Arizona change a survey it uses to screen students, school officials and observers say. The change in the home-language survey comes as Arizona lawmakers are discussing cuts to K-12 education to address the budget deficit. More

To improve education, help Hispanic students
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If President Barack Obama really wants to raise U.S. education standards, he should focus on the 50 million strong U.S. Hispanic population — they are by far the worst-performing ethnic group in American schools. Consider some of these alarming figures released by the White House: One of every four American children is Hispanic, but less than half of U.S. Hispanic children are enrolled in early childhood education programs, which are considered a key to children's future performance in school. More

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Public schools woo foreign students to boost ranks
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Northern Maine is 7,000 miles and a world away from China, but that's not stopping a school superintendent from recruiting Chinese students to attend public high school in this remote mill town. Faced with declining enrollments and shrinking revenues, public school districts from Maine to California are seeking out students from overseas, particularly China, to attend their high schools. At least two public schools in Maine have 10 tuition-paying Chinese students in classes this year. More

English language monopoly on shaky ground
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Australia: The federal government shows no sign of bringing forward the long-expected breakup of the International English Language Testing System's (IELTS) English test monopoly, after the worst case of onshore fraud at a test center in Perth, Australia. Eileen Tyson, whose U.S.-based TOEFL test has been lobbying against the monopoly since 2005, said the falsification of results at the Curtin University center "highlights the need for alternative testing methods". Both TOEFL and the new Pearson test claim their systems are not open to the manipulation seen at Curtin. More

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Being bilingual may boost your brain power
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VideoBrief In an interconnected world, speaking more than one language is becoming increasingly common. Approximately one-fifth of Americans speak a non-English language at home, and globally, as many as two-thirds of children are brought up bilingual. Research suggests that the growing numbers of bilingual speakers may have an advantage that goes beyond communication: It turns out that being bilingual is also good for your brain. More

In troubled Spain, boom times for foreign languages
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Spain: Facing high unemployment at home, more Spaniards are seeking work abroad. But they are confronting a significant hurdle: Their poor foreign-language skills, in particular a lack of English. With a 20 percent unemployment rate, twice the European average, labor mobility has become a burning issue in Spain, prompting some business leaders to call for an overhaul of the Spanish education system that would make better language training a priority. More

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Mislabeled prescriptions putting Spanish speakers at risk
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When an elderly patient asked Isabela to hand her three tablets, the home health attendant froze. The patient had read the label, which had been translated from English to Spanish, and it instructed her to take three tablets every time she took the medicine. Isabela, who did not want her last name used, knew from experience — and a phone call to the doctor confirmed her hunch — that the correct instruction should have been to take one tablet three times a day. The medication label, it turns out, had been wrongly translated. More

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