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S'wak teachers, parents want English medium
Free Malaysia Today
Malaysia: Sarawak Teachers Union has also called for the re-instatement of English as a medium in schools in the state. STU president Jisid Nyud said the previous English education system applied in Sarawak was more successful than the current Malay-based national education policy. Nyud was commenting on calls by a Sarawak NGO for Chief Minister Adenan Satem to pass a resolution in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly to make the English language obligatory in the schools in the state.
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Dyslexia and the English learner dilemma
Language Magazine
The American educational system has a difficult time understanding dyslexia and an even harder time identifying children with dyslexia in order to provide the correct intervention for students who are native English speakers. When a school has the added challenge of identifying struggling English language learners, the task becomes an even more complicated process, and often, these kids are completely missed. But that does not have to be the case. Children who are learning English are just as likely to have dyslexia as their native-English-speaking counterparts, and there is a way to identify dyslexia in these children. The difference is that dyslexia might appear in the native language quite as vividly as it will when they attempt to learn English.
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Issues in assessing ESL students
By: Douglas Magrath
Testing styles in students' home countries are different than those in the U.S., and this is something ESL teachers should take into account when preparing assessments. Often the curriculum overseas will focus on many different subjects; material is usually learned by rote memorization. Students may not be familiar with multiple-choice tests or essay tests that include analysis and synthesis. Oral exams — common in some courses — may present a challenge to both students and instructors.
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Dyslexia and the English learner dilemma
Language Magazine
The American educational system has a difficult time understanding dyslexia and an even harder time identifying children with dyslexia in order to provide the correct intervention for students who are native English speakers.

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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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Common Core literary standards require close reading
NPR
Many of the nation's public schools have been implementing new standards for literacy and math that are called the Common Core. Right now, big new standardized tests intended to make sure kids meet these standards are themselves being tested out in many states. The Common Core literacy standards are all about tackling tough reading, making sure kids are able to form ideas about what they read and to support those ideas in writing with evidence. Vermont Public Radio's Charlotte Albright went into the classroom.
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Teachers, parents push for Common Core delay
U.S. News & World Report
An education advocacy group representing more than 10 million teachers, principals, administrators, parents and school board members nationwide said policymakers should give states more time to implement the Common Core State Standards and asked for a delay in the accountability measures linked to the aligned tests. The Learning First Alliance — which represents big-name education organizations such as the National PTA, the National School Boards Association and the nation's two largest teacher's unions (the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association) — said it would create a website dedicated to highlighting Common Core success stories to serve as a guide for further implementation.
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British Council launches $7 million English 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 the Ministry of Education. "We will conduct this training program for local English lecturers who are now teaching English in colleges and universities and afterward they will relay [what they have learned] to young teachers and trainees," U Ko Ko Tin, director general at the ministry's Department of Education Planning and Training, said at a signing ceremony last month.
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Saudi high school students take tests for English skills
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: A total of 867 Saudi high school students sat for Aptis, a new English language proficiency test introduced by the British Council in seven schools across the Kingdom's cities on Sunday. Abdulkadir Ahmed, the examination service adviser and representative of the British Council, told Arab News, "We are providing opportunities to students who can't go to the U.K. to give exams. Students can also follow up on different exams in the U.K.," he said. "Aptis is a new program of the British Council which we introduced at the Manarat schools in Jeddah today," he added.
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ESL teachers in Common Core era need different prep, paper argues
Education Week
As public schools move headlong into teaching new, more rigorous standards in reading, math, and science, English as a second language teachers must become more involved in the central enterprise of teaching and supporting academic content for ELL students than has traditionally been the case, a new paper argues. Making that work for ESL professionals will require some major shifts in how these teachers are prepared before they ever enter the classroom, contend authors Guadalupe Valdés, Amanda Kibler and Aída Walqui.
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Galt, Calif., schools get grant for English language learners
Lodi News-Sentinel
The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District in California has received notification of a three-year total grant award for $599,978 from the Central Valley Foundation. The Bright Future for Galt English Learners project places an emphasis on the unique learning needs of every English-language learner through three focus areas: personalized learning approaches; multi-year training for all teachers and administrators; and English language development coaching.
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Dual-language programs in schools gain following
The Association Press via The Eagle
Working on a math assignment, the 6-year-old girl placed Popsicle stick after Popsicle stick in a horizontal line on the table. "Uno, dos, tres," she counted, all the way to 10. Next, the kindergartner, Isabelle Kao, plotted 15 dominoes. "Cual es más largo?" (which is longer?) her teacher, Graciela Martinez, asked. She gave the girl a hint, extending her arms wide. Isabelle pointed correctly to the longer line — the sticks. Martinez's class at Mark Twain Elementary in southwest Houston is one of a growing number of two-way dual-language classrooms, where native English speakers like Isabelle and native Spanish speakers learn together.
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Tokyo street vendors seen learning 'just enough' English to help foreigners during 2020 Olympics
The Japan Daily Press
Japan: The Olympics fever is on. With a projected heavy influx of foreigners coming to Japan to watch the Olympics in 2020, vendors in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward participated in basic English language training for future customers. The Shinagawa Ward government initiated the project, which taught street vendors and shopkeepers basic English and refreshed them on Japanese hospitality.
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Migrant jobseekers to face English language test before claiming JSA
24dash.com
United Kingdom: The government has announced that migrants will no longer have routine access to interpreters when they apply for Jobseeker's Allowance. From the end of April, migrant claimants will face a spoken English test in England — and if their language is found to be a barrier to looking for work, they will be expected to improve it.
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Poll: More than half of students 'engaged' in school
Education Week
Students who have teachers who make them "feel excited about the future" and who attend schools that they see as committed to building their individual strengths are 30 times more likely than other students to show other signs of engagement in the classroom — a key predictor of academic success, according to a report by Gallup Education.
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American teachers feel really stressed, and it's probably affecting students
The Huffington Post
American teachers feel stressed out and insignificant, and it may be impacting students' educations. Gallup's State Of America's Schools Report, released Wednesday, says nearly 70 percent of K–12 teachers surveyed in a 2012 poll do not feel engaged in their work. The study said they are likely to spread their negative attitudes to co-workers and devote minimal discretionary effort to their jobs. At the same time, nearly half of teachers reported feeling daily stress. When compared to 12 other occupational groups, teachers were least likely to report feeling like their "opinions seem to count" at work. The survey also found, however, that teachers tend to be satisfied with their lives overall.
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Cross-age teaching: Helping struggling readers become reflective learners
Education Week
Deidra Gammill, a contributor for Education Week, writes: "When my high school's only reading teacher retired last year, my principal offered me a challenge: to create a Common Core State Standards-based reading class for struggling students. While I wasn't fully prepared for this opportunity, I dove headfirst into the professional literature and supported my students as best as I could. I was ecstatic this year when my principal connected me with a colleague to work on improving the scaffolding for instruction."
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