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Thai schools adopt European framework to boost English language proficiency
Asian Correspondent
Thailand: When Thailand's new school year begins in May, teachers and schools across the country will begin the process of aligning their English language teaching with the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. This alignment with internationally recognized language standards is a positive step towards raising the standards of English in Thailand, but it is going to take strategic planning and hard work to realize these goals. The CEFR for languages was developed by the Council of Europe more than 20 years before being officially launched during the European Year of Languages in 2001. Since then the CEFR has grown in popularity both in Europe and across the world.
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13th English language school closes
RTE News
Ireland: A 13th English language school catering to international students has closed in Dublin. The Carlyle Institute, located on Grafton Street, will not reopen. A statement on the institute's website said that they were closing due to "adverse trading conditions". A liquidator meeting is due to be held on 24 April. The Irish Council of International Students said around 200 students were notified of the closure by text message.
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Valuing languages
The Huffington Post
Language diversity brings many benefits: each tongue contains a wealth of knowledge, often reflecting rich spiritual and cultural traditions, critical medicinal and agricultural practices and unique understandings, all providing a lens into how different groups of people view the world. Language is intrinsic to a people's identity, so to lose a language may mean to lose a people.
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TESOL 2016 Call for Reviewers
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You are invited to apply to be a reviewer for the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, 5–8 April 2016, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Reviewer applications are due Friday, 24 April 2015.
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TESOL 2016 Call for Participation
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You are invited to present at the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, 5–8 April 2016, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Proposals are due Monday, 1 June 2015.
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TESOL 2015 Keynote Recordings
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Singapore Call for Proposals: 15 April deadline
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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 tomorrow, 15 April 2015. Submit today!
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TESOL Press Call for Contributions: Voices from the TESOL Classroom
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Abstracts due 20 July 2015.
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Funding available for adult education classroom materials: Deadline 31 May
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The Tina B. Carver Fund offers grants for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials to support adult ESL education programs in the United States. Applications should be submitted online by 31 May.
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Is America nearing the end of the No Child Left Behind era?
The Atlantic
While the so-called "Every Student Achieves" bipartisan bill still has significant hurdles to clear before passage, it's certainly the closest Congress has come in nearly a decade to an agreement on the controversial education law it seeks to revise. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the 50-year-old federal mechanism for funding the nation's public schools, was due for reauthorization more than eight years ago. No Child Left Behind is the current iteration of that law.
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France revolting over English takeover of Brussels
Sputnik International
United Kingdom: Despite the U.K. being in the throes of an election battle centering on its possible exit from the European Union, France is in turmoil over the supremacy of the English language in the EU, pushing French out of place as the most-used official language of the institution. France has been vehement in the guardianship of its native tongue, to the point of having its own institution — l'Académie franchise — which acts as a policeman (or gendarme) for its national language (or lingua franca).
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Louisville, Ky., district seeks state waiver for English learner accountability
Education Week
The Jefferson County school system in Louisville, Kentucky, is seeking flexibility in how it assesses its English-language learners, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Language learners in Kentucky are currently granted one year of English language instruction before their scores start counting toward schools' and districts' accountability scores. Under the waiver, those students would take the tests but their scores would not count toward their school's overall performance until the students were proficient in English. Research indicates that it takes five years or more for students with no English language skills to gain fluency.
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Connecticut panel: Expansion, more funds needed for English language program
Stamford Advocate
The state's English language learners program is "woefully underfunded and understaffed," and programs for 35,000 Connecticut students who need to learn English should be expanded and funded better, a statewide panel found. Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, appointed the panel in February to examine the state's English language learners program and gave it 45 days to deliver a set of recommendations. The panel's report made several, including extending the number of years students can receive bilingual instruction from three academic years to five.
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Adult education needs more 'passion' and investment from technology entrepreneurs, report says
The Hechinger Report
Adult education could be improved through the use of educational technology, but there is not enough investment in it, according to two reports. Millions of adults seeking new workforce skills say they need better educational opportunities, but little of the recent cash infusion into educational technology has gone toward addressing those needs, according to the first of two research reports, based on a national survey and study from Tyton Partners, a firm that provides investment banking and strategy consulting.
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Early education narrows the achievement gap with younger starts and longer stays
Phys.org
New research from UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (reveals high-quality early education is especially advantageous for children when they start younger and continue longer. Not only does more high-quality early education significantly boost the language skills of children from low-income families, children whose first language is not English benefit even more.
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Teaching language and cross-cultural communication with avatars and robots
Phys.org
Communication skills are critical in a global economy. Since communication often occurs across cultures, people must know more than just the vocabulary and grammar of a foreign language. They must also have cultural awareness — a recognition of the "dos and don'ts" that each culture maintains — to communicate smoothly, effortlessly and with confidence. Virtual role-play — where learners engage in simulated encounters with artificially intelligent agents that behave and respond in a culturally accurate manner — has been shown to be effective at teaching cross-cultural communication.
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Interview: Improving training for teachers of dual language learners
EdCentral
Marie Bouteillon has seen the education of dual language learners from a variety of different perspectives. She calls herself "a product of dual language": her family immigrated to the United States when Marie was seven. She attended American schools for four years while her mother homeschooled her in French every day. When her family moved back to France, Marie attended a dual language school for middle and high school. After graduating from McGill University, she taught English in Shanghai for a couple of years before returning to the United States to complete her Master's in Bilingual Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Upon graduation, Marie founded New York City Public Schools' first French dual-immersion program at Brooklyn's P.S. 58.
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