TESOL's Principles and Practices of Online Teaching certificate program
Are you interested in learning new strategies and techniques for blending online teaching of English language courses with the traditional face to face classroom? Designed for both new and experienced English language online instructors, TESOL's Principles and Practices of Online Teaching certificate program will help you develop and expand the competencies you need to teach effectively in an online environment. The first course, PP 100: Certificate Foundation Course, which is the prerequisite for all other courses, starts on April 25. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space in each course is limited to 18 participants. For more information, including registration, click here.
To find out more, visit TESOL's Web site.
Free recorded sessions from TESOL 2011 available in the TESOL Resource Center
If you couldn't come to the TESOL 2011 Convention in New Orleans or you'd like to see a few more sessions, check out the TESOL Resource Center (TRC). TESOL has just uploaded 26 recorded sessions from TESOL 2011, and members can view them for free. While you're browsing the sessions, be sure to take a look at the more than 300 other resources available to TESOL members: lesson plans, activities, teaching tips, assessments, Web links, presentations and articles — all peer-reviewed with an eye toward helping you do your job as a TESOL professional.
Get involved: Register now for TESOL Advocacy Day 2011!
Help TESOL advocate for policies that matter to you: Join your colleagues from across the United States on June 6-7 in Washington, D.C., for TESOL Advocacy Day 2011. This year's all-new expanded program includes integrated advocacy and training activities that you'll use when you visit Capitol Hill. On the Hill, you'll talk to members of Congress and their staff to promote policies that benefit English language learners and teachers. This year, TESOL advocates will discuss the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Registration is open to all TESOL members. The $150 registration fee covers training, briefing materials and meals during the event. For more information, including a schedule, please go to TESOL's Advocacy Day Web page. See you there!
UK tells foreign students: 'Speak English or stay out'
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United Kingdom: "Let me be clear: You need to speak English to learn at our education establishments. If you can't, we won't give you a visa." This was the stark warning issued by United Kingdom Home Secretary Theresa May in parliament as she unveiled tough new rules for student visas aimed at cutting the numbers of migrants using education as a back door into the U.K. May said the changes to the current Tier 4 student visa rules will target private education providers suspected of bending visa rules, reposition the U.K. as a destination for only the "best and brightest" scholars, and cut visa numbers by 80,000. More
Fallout from the government shutdown that almost happened
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The federal government shutdown that almost — but didn't — happen had an impact on one event planned concerning English language learners (ELL). The last of three "national conversations" about ELL policy planned by the office of English language acquisition of the U.S. Department of Education has been postponed. More
Graphic test questions help ELLs translate math
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Math may be considered a universal language, but linguistic difficulties still often hamstring English language learners' ability to demonstrate what they know on standardized assessments. A new study from the University of Georgia suggests that including appropriate graphics with test questions can help English language learners translate their math skills, even when there are no other accommodations available. More
Ready for English?
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Japan: Fifth- and sixth-grade teachers will have one new worry — teaching English. All elementary schools must introduce compulsory foreign language lessons. Despite the difficulties of implementing this national strategy for English education, it is high time Japan took its English level more seriously. More
Teachers urge English to be taught at younger age
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Saudi Arabia: Abdullah Al-Muqbil, the former secretary general of the higher committee for education policy at the Ministry of Education, said English should be taught as early as possible at schools. Al-Muqbil reacting to Shoura Council member Ahmad Al-Mofreh's call to teach English at high school level only. He said the fact that Saudi students' English are poor should motivate schools to teach the subject more and to review the curriculum and to improve the performance of English teachers. More
Phonetic flashcards may help the future of language
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After being laid off due to the shift in the economy, Grand Rapids, Mich.,-based entrepreneur Kellie Kalish, 29, decided to fill a niche she discovered as a college student. While studying the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), Kalish was unable to find commercially produced study materials featuring the IPA. In response, she set out to create high-quality flashcards that were as aesthetically appealing as they were functional. More
A job for which teachers are well rated
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United Kingdom: Computer-based testing has made big advances in English language assessment in recent years, but the future remains bright for human examiners. Last year the International English Language Testing System test for English was taken over 1.5 million times and the speaking and writing sections of the test were evaluated by up to 5,500 examiners who assessed candidates in one-to-one interviews or read and marked their scripts. More
Language learning goes social
As businesses go global, the market for second-language acquisition continues to grow due to both increasing globalization and an increasingly diverse U.S. population. According to the 2010 Census, the foreign-born population of the United States is approaching 37 million people. Meanwhile, approximately 280 million Americans age 5 and older speak only English in their homes. How can companies capitalize on the proliferation of technology to help adults learn a second language? More
Adults struggle to learn to read
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How do you know who to vote for? Did you study candidates' platforms outlined on fliers delivered to your door? Did you learn about their personal lives, their families from their websites? Did you read newspaper stories about where they stand on hot topic issues? Or do you go into the booth and vote for recognizable names? None of these methods are options for adults who can't read. An estimated 30 million Americans read "below basic," or no better than the average elementary student, according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy. Reading and writing form the base of several types of literacy — reading literature, filling out credit card applications, deciphering medical prescriptions, using instruction manuals. More