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3 tools to support ELL students
MiddleWeb
English language learners, students who do not have English as their native language, provide a specific set of challenges for teachers across the content areas. Depending on their lack of knowledge of English, they may be shy or lack confidence, overly reliant on visuals, or resistant to talking in small groups. However, as they learn the language, their confidence increases, as does their achievement. Let's look at three specific strategies that help ELLs learn.
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NEA campaign aims to shift ESEA away from 'testing, labeling and punishing schools'
THE Journal
A new multi-pronged campaign from the National Education Association will try to shift the focus of federal education policy away from high-stakes testing and back toward students, with a special emphasis on "children living in poverty, students with disabilities and English language learners." The campaign, called "Wave of Action," coincides with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 by Lyndon Johnson (reauthorized under George W. Bush as No Child Left Behind, or NCLB), which is currently undergoing another reauthorization process in Congress.
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Should teachers have a national standardized text?
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
The nation's education system has been going through a rough patch in which the smallest of developments in one corner of the country are having ripple effects in other parts of the country — and not always positive ones. For example, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to bring about drastic changes in teacher evaluations has created quite a furor. His proposal suggests that 50 percent of the evaluations should be tied to how students are faring in standardized test scores.
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TESOL 2015: Focus on teaching listening, part 1
TESOL
Need help teaching listening to your ELLs? Try these takeaways from TESOL 2015, which include tips, strategies, activities, and resources focused on teaching listening. Other recent convention-related blogs: TESOL 2015: Focus on Speaking; TESOL 2015: Grammar and Writing in a Nutshell; TESOL 2015: Focus on Culture, and many others!
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Call for TESOL 2015 Takeaways
TESOL
Did you attend the TESOL International Convention in Toronto? Bursting to share what you learned with your colleagues? TESOL Connections is compiling the best takeaways from convention for publication in the May 2015 special convention issue. Selected submissions will be 75–200 words and include insightful, innovative, or practical tips, strategies, activities or resources. Please include the session title where you obtained the takeaway; the presenter names; and your name, affiliation and location. Submit by 15 April to tc@tesol.org for consideration. *Note: By submitting your response, you give permission for it to be edited for grammar, punctuation, and length and printed in TESOL Connections.
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TESOL 2015 keynote recordings
TESOL
Couldn't make it to Toronto? View the recordings of the four keynote sessions from the 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo now!
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Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines released
TESOL
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), and TESOL International Association have officially drafted recommendations for the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award made by a state department of education or local district to recognize a student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages by high school graduation.
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Singapore Call for Proposals: 15 April deadline
TESOL
Time is running out to submit a proposal for Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning, a TESOL conference in Singapore. Organized in partnership with the National Institute of Education, this 2½ day event will feature leading experts in teacher education, classroom instruction and international assessment. Proposals are due 15 April 2015. Submit today!
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TESOL Press Call for Contributions: Voices from the TESOL classroom
TESOL
Abstracts due 20 July 2015.
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Catching up on statewide efforts to promote bilingualism
Education Week
Four national professional organizations have banded together to draft recommendations for the seal of biliteracy — a special recognition on high school diplomas and transcripts for graduates who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages; the National Association for Bilingual Education; and the TESOL International Association, the organization for teachers who specialize in working with English learners, developed the recommendations in this five-page document.
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Experts weigh in on states' English language learner policies
EdSource
California and Arizona are cited as the only two states that require all teachers and staff to be certified as specialists in English language learning methods, even if they don't teach students who are learning English as a new language, according to a new report by the Education Commission of the States. The report recommends that, at the very least, all states should require every teacher who is a candidate for a credential to receive some training in ELL instruction. The report states the change is necessary, because students who are learning English are taught by teachers who overwhelmingly lack training in ELL instruction.
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English camp for refugees
The Star
Malaysia: Hailing from Sri Lanka, 13-year-old Shania Rachel is just like any regular adolescent with big ambitions — she aspires to be a lawyer when she grows up. However, unlike most teenagers, education isn't something she takes for granted. She studies at the Tamil Forum Malaysia Community Learning Center, an organization established to provide education to Tamil refugees in Malaysia while they wait for resettlement. Although English is not her first language, the importance of being proficient in the language is not lost on her.
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Bridging gaps for immigrant-origin children
EdCentral (commentary)
Families migrate to the United States for various reasons, including (but not limited to) political turmoil, gang violence and poverty. But access to high-quality education also draws families here from all over the world. We are a country of immigrants — many of us have used the American education system to vault our way upwards. Unfortunately, policies and practices have not always successfully catered to the diversity amongst immigrant experiences.
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  LANGUAGE LAB MAXIMIZES STUDENT SPEAKING

Harper College, just outside of Chicago, has a progressive ESL program with students from over 60 countries speaking over 40 languages. Eric Bohman, ESL Staff Supervisor, describes the program as a “community of language learners” and believes that one key instrument for immersing students is their language lab technology. More...
 


Students get extra help to cope with Common Core's new language demands
EdSource
For the Common Core State Standards to fulfill their promise to prepare all students for college and careers, many California youth will need extra help to improve their language skills, say educators and advocates in diverse regions of the state. Specifically, they worry that the instruction aligned with the new, more rigorous standards will create disproportionate hurdles for students, especially English learners, who may lack the language skills to meet new expectations. These expectations include that they be able to explain their reasoning in math classes and participate in more challenging classroom discussions in English language arts.
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The 'two-sizes-fits-all' approach to bilingual education doesn't work
Truth-Out
How long should it take for English language learners to achieve second-language proficiency? That is the question under debate in the Oregon Legislature. A bill, HB 3499, sponsored by several state legislators, proposes a maximum of seven years for students who have been identified with low-level, English language proficiency and seven years for students with moderate skill. English literacy is a critical first step for "ELL" student academic success. Current state law does not dictate a maximum length of time students may rely on ELL program support, nor does the state determine how districts must spend the $3,750 in additional funding they receive for each ELL student.
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Colleges say 'swathe of cuts' threatens adult education
BBC News
United Kingdom: Adult education in England "will not exist by 2020" if government cuts continue, colleges have warned. The Association of Colleges says 190,000 adult education places will go next year, as funding is cut by 24 percent. Courses for health, public services and care, and information and communication technology could be hardest hit. The government concedes total funding has been reduced but says it has prioritized apprenticeships and subjects including English and maths.
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Study: Latino children's language skills are lagging by age 2
The Washington Post
Nine-month-old Latino babies have the same language and cognitive abilities as their white peers, but by the time they reach age 2, they lag significantly behind, according to new research from the University of California at Berkeley. The research suggests that prekindergarten may be too late to start trying to close persistent academic achievement gaps between Latino and white students, said Bruce Fuller, the study's lead author and professor of education and public policy at UC Berkeley.
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Schools turn to technology for teaching's sake
EdTech Magazine
An intriguing thing has been happening in schools. A decade ago, the idea of integrating technology into the classroom changed the possibility of what teachers and students could accomplish or even imagine. While that classroom tech created seemingly endless opportunities, districts soon realized they didn't have the necessary infrastructure in place to support it all. School leadership then shifted their attention to building or rebuilding networks, tackling data management and bolstering enterprise security in order to advance their academic missions.
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