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77,550 foreigners attended English language courses in Malta
Malta: Last year, foreign students attending English language courses at local specialized schools numbered 77,550, an increase of 3.4 percent over 2013. The majority of students came from Italy, Germany and Russia. In total these made up 49.7 percent of total student visits. The largest number of language students were aged 18 to 25 and totaled 19,613 or 25.3 percent. Students aged 50 and over were in the minority and numbered 4,250. Female students outnumbered males, and accounted for 58 percent of the entire student population.
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The 4 C's of 21st century learning for ELLs: Creativity
By: Erick Herrmann
In this last article of this four-part series, creativity and innovation will be discussed — with a particular emphasis on English learners. Creativity and innovation have been linked to job creation over the past decade. The rise of technology and other emerging industries relies on creativity: the ability to think outside of the box and unconventionally, to question assumptions and standard ways of doing things, and to imagine new products and solutions to problems.
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Program helps non-native English students succeed
North Platte Telegraph
Learning is a tough exercise, as any student can attest to. Try memorizing mathematical formulas or science concepts in a completely different language while immersed in a new culture. These are some of the issues non-native English students face when they attend classes. They come from different parts of the world — Latin American and Asian countries — and their parents decided to settle in the Midwest.
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Call for TESOL 2015 Takeaways
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 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.

Singapore 2015 Call for Proposals: Deadline Approaching
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!

FREE TESOL and Oxford University Press Virtual Seminar: Teaching Modals Across the Levels
22 April 2015, 10:30 am-12:00 pm ET. Register by 19 April to participate.

TESOL Academy: Stockton University, New Jersey, USA, 19 - 20 June 2015
The academy features six 10-hour workshops focused on key issues and areas of practice in the profession such as teaching science to ELLs and teaching ELLs with special needs. Register now.

TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit, Washington, DC, USA, 21 - 23 June 2015
Learn about U.S. federal education issues, enhance your leadership skills, and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education. Register here.

For more TESOL education programs, please visit the TESOL website.

English for Academic Purposes Tutors, Language Centre at Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University, China

ESOL Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Syracuse University, USA

Head of Centre, Centre of English Language, RMIT Vietnam, Vietnam

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Ukip candidate: Test immigrants at the border on their English skills or say 'see you later fella'
The Independent
United Kingdom: Imagine having to take your GCSE French exam every time you went to France. That is what anyone wanting to enter the U.K. should face — but in English of course — according to a Ukip candidate fighting to become an MP at the election. Keith Fraser said "crazy levels of immigration" in the U.K. meant millions of people were unable to speak English, which was wasting taxpayers' money on translation services in schools and hospitals. His solution? Introduce English language proficiency tests at the border.
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Sens. Alexander, Murray propose bipartisan measure to replace NCLB
The Washington Post
The federal role in local schools would be significantly reduced under a bipartisan proposal by Senate leaders working to replace No Child Left Behind, the country's main education law. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and ranking Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., want to shift decisions about academic standards, whether and how to evaluate teachers, what to do about low-performing schools and other matters to states and local school districts. The 600-page bill rejects the prescriptive nature of No Child Left Behind and the Obama administration's K-12 policies.
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For students with limited English, glaring gaps in achievement and state remedies
The Connecticut News Project
Connecticut is desperately trying to find more teachers who can teach students who speak and understand limited English. So a story told at a recent Education Committee hearing was particularly troubling. A teacher who had taught in Puerto Rico for 20 years said he couldn't teach bilingual education in Connecticut because of the state's stricter certification requirements. "This is really not the sort of story we want to hear," said Rep. Andy Fleischmann, House chairman of the Education Committee, and one of the top state legislators seeking to overhaul education for English learners.
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English-Only PhDs
What does it mean to be a doctor of philosophy in the sciences? What skills do we expect PhDs to possess? One thing you have to leave off that list: the ability to read or communicate in a language other than English. Nearly all U.S. doctoral programs in the sciences have dropped their foreign-language requirement.
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Adult students show passion to learn English
Le Center Leader
Inside a classroom at the primary building in Le Center, students jump up out of their seats, clapping along to syllables, laughing at their teacher's silly jokes and celebrating when their classmate answers a question correctly. Your initial assumption here is probably a room of children, filled with youthful zest, yet to see their enthusiasm for learning dragged down by the realities of life. Actually, it's a group of more than 20 Spanish-speaking adults listening intently to every word teacher Linda Dwyer utters. Their passion to learn the English language is fueled by the love of their children and their wish to be a part of their community.
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The rapid rise of human language
MIT via Science Daily
Human language likely developed quite rapidly into a sophisticated system, a linguist contends. Instead of mumbles and grunts, people deployed syntax and structures resembling the ones we use today, this expert suggests.
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Failure is essential to learning
Edutopia (commentary)
Bob Lenz, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "One of my favorite things to say when doing strategic planning with teachers is that the plan has a 50 percent chance of success and a 100 percent chance of teaching us how to get 'smarter' about delivering on our mission. I love saying this because it conveys an essential truth: Failure is not a bad thing. It is a guaranteed and inevitable part of learning. In any and all endeavors, and especially as a learning organization, we will experience failure, as surely as a toddler will fall while learning to walk."
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