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Register now for 'ESL for the Secondary Mathematics Teacher'
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TESOL will offer an online course titled "ESL for the Secondary Mathematics Teacher" from 4 June to 1 July. Participants will learn about core ESL principles and practices, the role of language and culture in learning mathematics, planning and implementing instruction for English language learners, and assessment. The registration deadline is Thursday, 24 May 2012. To register, visit the TESOL website. Please send questions to and put "ESL Maths" in the subject line.

Paula Winke receives 2012 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research
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At the TESOL 2012 convention, Paula Winke received the 2012 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research for her paper "Evaluating the Validity of a High-Stakes ESL Test: Why Teachers' Perceptions Matter." The article was selected by TESOL International Association as the best TESOL-related, empirical research article appearing in 2011. The award was sponsored by National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning. More

Online training for proposal reviewers is now available
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Proposal reviewers for TESOL 2013 must fill out a reviewer application, and they must complete a training session. If you have applied to review proposals and you did not attend the training session at TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia, then you must complete the online training session. The session is available at your convenience. If you have not yet filled out a reviewer application, you still have time. The application deadline has been extended to 5 May. If you have any questions about the proposal review process, please visit the TESOL 2012 convention Web page.

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TESOL wins Gold Excel Award for social media
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TESOL International Association has received a Gold Excel Award from Association Media & Publishing. The award was in the Media Innovation Category, Social Media Strategy: Use of Free Media Tools. TESOL will be recognized at the 32nd Annual Excel Awards Gala on Monday, 11 June, at the Baltimore Hilton in Baltimore. Earlier this year, TESOL was also a Silver Winner for Social Media in Association Trends' 2011 All Media Contest. To find out what all the fuss is about, check out TESOL on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Register now for 'Responding to 21st Century Demands for ELT'
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On 25 April, Brock Brady will lead a virtual seminar titled "Responding to 21st Century Demands for ELT." The online seminar will run from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EDT. The seminar is free for TESOL members; nonmembers may attend for $45. To register, please visit the TESOL website.

Sluggish pace for Race to Top spending
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Almost two years into the federal Race to the Top program, states are spending their shares of the $4 billion prize at a snail's pace — a reflection of the challenges the 12 winners face as they try to get ambitious education improvement plans off the ground. Through the end of March, the 11 states and the District of Columbia had spent just 14 percent of their Race to the Top money, with New York, Rhode Island and Hawaii spending the least as the midpoint of the four-year grants approaches, an Education Week analysis of federal spending reports shows. And so far, the reports show, the bulk of the early money that states have spent outside their own education departments — which are still reeling from severe budget cuts prompted by the recession — has gone to consultants. More

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Education issues factor into governors' races
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In a year when a dozen states have gubernatorial elections, K-12 education is playing a variety of roles in the individual campaigns, in ways that sometimes seem to defy easy political categories. Incumbent and aspiring governors could gain momentum from the national appetite for more focus on education in general. More

Ravitch: What teachers know vs. what education policymakers do
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We heard a lot last month about the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. It showed that teachers across the nation are demoralized and that their job satisfaction has dropped precipitously since 2009. The proportion thinking of leaving teaching has gone from 17 percent to 29 percent, a 70 percent increase in only two years. If this is accurate, it would mean the exit of one million teachers. I hope it is not true. More

Conditions are perfect for bilingual education — So why is it in decline?
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Developments in social science, global trends and demographics all reinforce the significant benefits of bilingual education. Despite that, American schools show a steady decline in language programs. How can this be? First, let's look at the conditions for bilingualism. There have always been benefits to being able to speak more than one language; recent studies show the depth of those benefits: "Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age." More

How the US can find and train more great teachers
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It's no secret that struggling students need first-rate educators to propel them toward success. But what makes a teacher excel? Consider Laura. When she entered the third grade, she couldn't understand the stories all her friends enjoyed. She was even too embarrassed to read aloud. Why? She could only read at a first grade level. Laura's hardly alone — but that's small comfort. A recent study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that one in six children who are not reading proficiently by the third grade do not graduate from high school on time. In other words, Laura's abilities in third grade may very well determine her future. More

English forum focuses on teaching literacy skills
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Saudi Arabia: An American-Arab academic stressed more focus should be placed on the teaching of literacy skills, reading and writing in order to promote the teaching of English in Saudi Arabia. He said to compete globally, study skills and learner autonomy need to be emphasized in any future English curricula. Dr. Mohammed Errihani highlighted these points in his keynote presentation on the second day of the symposium on the teaching of the English language and its realities and challenges being organized by the College of Languages and Translation at Imam University. More

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Test of English for International Communication's popularity on rise in Japan
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Japan: The Test of English for International Communication, or TOEIC, is becoming popular as English is an essential skill for employees as companies expand overseas. The number of applicants in Japan for the TOEIC test, which measures English language skills necessary for international business, in fiscal 2011 increased by about 30 percent to 2.27 million from the previous fiscal year. More

Illinois' jump start with ELLs provides lesson for other states
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If you haven't seen it already, don't miss reading this new analysis on how Illinois is faring so far in its efforts to provide robust bilingual education services to its large population of English language learners in state-funded pre-kindergarten programs. Written by Maggie Severns, a policy analyst with the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, the paper describes Illinois' approach and makes recommendations on how the state can improve its already leading-edge work with 4-year-old English learners. More

Reader's Theater Helps Increase Achievement

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A new rationale for dual immersion
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Why are dual immersion schools so successful? Superior levels of bilingualism and biliteracy, academic achievement and cross-cultural awareness are among the outcomes documented not only for English learners, but for native English speakers as well. It's hardly a stretch to say that dual immersion is one of the most popular programs — among parents, teachers and kids — in American education today. More

Students hit proficiency mark
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Dilan Cizana Castillo came to Canyon Springs Community School in first grade knowing little English. He’s grown up in a house where his parents speak Spanish, leaving school to be one of the first places he was able to hear and speak English. "I couldn't say the words correctly," the Canyon Springs, Calif., student, now a fifth-grader, said, recalling his troubles with English. Classified as an "English learner," Cizana Castillo has spent his school days practicing his English skills through special lessons that include reading, writing, listening and speaking. More

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Suspensions more common for minority, disabled students
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Racial minorities and students with disabilities are suspended at substantially higher rates than their white and non-disabled peers, according to an analysis of discipline data from nearly 500 California school districts. Researchers said the disparities are a civil rights issue and cause for alarm. While 7.1 percent of all California students were suspended from school at least once during the 2009-2010 school year, the rate was as high as 18 percent among blacks, 11 percent among American Indians and 13.4 percent for students with disabilities. More

Students get nothing from 7 years of English learning at general school
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VietNam: Pham Thanh Tam, headmaster of the Hong Duc High School in Binh Thanh district in HCM City, said that many times he examined the English skills of 12th-graders to prepare them for the final exams, and found out that their skills are too bad. "Students can read text, but they do not understand the content and they cannot summarize the text," Tam said. A survey conducted recently by the HCM City Department for Science and Technology has also shown pessimistic results. After finishing secondary school, ninth-graders can only speak simple sentences, such as greetings, giving names, while they cannot relate a tale with 100 words as requested by the foreign language teaching program. More

ESL for parents to help their children
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The Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury is teaching parents the English they need to help their children with school work. Today, a kindergartener's report card might say, "Exceeds Expectations," rather than "A" — and the English phrase can cause all kinds of confusion. "Sometimes I don't understand something," said Malitza Aquino from Veracruz, Mexico. She is taking the parents' ESL class at the Hispanic Center. She has two boys, 11 and six, and a 10-month-old daughter. "My son speaks to me in both languages. Sometimes he's a little impatient. You need to be able to talk so you can take care of your children. So they're not taking care of you." More

English teachers, students recognized
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Teaching English to adult learners requires resourcefulness and imagination. Some of the techniques are the same used with young children. Sometimes, a teacher has to improvise. In a volunteer program offered at St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic parish, more than a dozen teachers were recognized recently for their work in teaching English to adult students. One woman, who spoke in Spanish, explained that she had never attended school. She did not recognize the letters of the alphabet, or numbers on a phone. Her teacher taught her how to write her name, initially by taking her hand and tracing the letters on a page. More

Studies give nuanced look at teacher effectiveness
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The massive Measures of Effective Teaching Project is finding that teacher effectiveness assessments similar to those used in some district value-added systems aren't good at showing which differences are important between the most and least effective educators, and often totally misunderstand the "messy middle" that most teachers occupy. Yet the project's latest findings suggest more nuanced teacher tests, multiple classroom observations and even student feedback can all create a better picture of what effective teaching looks like. More

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How to speak like a native
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Can an adult learn to speak a second language with the accent of a native? Not likely, but new research suggests that we would make better progress, and be understood more easily by our conversational partners, if we abandoned a perfect accent as our goal in the language learning process. More

Preschoolers' reading skills benefit from 1 modest change by teachers
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A small change in how teachers and parents read aloud to preschoolers may provide a big boost to their reading skills later on, a new study found. That small change involves making specific references to print in books while reading to children — such as pointing out letters and words on the pages, showing capital letters, and showing how you read from left to right and top to bottom on the page. Preschool children whose teachers used print references during storybook reading showed more advanced reading skills one and even two years later when compared to children whose teachers did not use such references. This is the first study to show causal links between referencing print and later literacy achievement. More

Do you know how effective your instructional materials are?
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You've created — or purchased — curriculum materials for your district, school or classroom. How much do you know about their effectiveness? Researchers from the Brookings Institution argue in a new white paper that instructional materials affect student achievement as much as any key factor, including effective teaching, and yet the research base is weak or nonexistent for most of the materials used in classrooms. That, they argue, must be remedied by changes in policy. More

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A day in the life of a learner
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Academic language has been broadly defined as the language of school, the language of textbooks and the language of testing. More specifically, scholars such as Krashen and Brown, define academic language development in two parts: (1) academic language, characterized by complex syntax, academic vocabulary and a complex discourse style. (2) Academic content, the content of subjects such as algebra, history, literature, etc. These components of language are essential for all students to master, but especially English language learners, who often do not continue to make progress in language development unless an academic language diet is added early enough as they progress through English language development levels. More

Do students really have different learning styles?
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Learning styles — the notion that each student has a particular mode by which he or she learns best, whether it's visual, auditory or some other sense — is enormously popular. It's also been thoroughly debunked. The scientific research on learning styles is "so weak and unconvincing," concluded a group of distinguished psychologists in a 2008 review, that it is not possible "to justify incorporating learning-styles assessments into general educational practice." More

'Banning is not the answer' to mobile and social tools in schools
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Before choosing to restrict the use of social and mobile tools in schools, policymakers and education leaders have to consider the negative impact such restrictions will have on learning. That's the premise of a new policy report released jointly by more than a dozen prominent education associations and advocacy groups. More

Is learning facts a trivial pursuit?
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If you are an educator, there are some things you can do to help students practice simultaneously enriching their background knowledge and searching effectively for what they need to know. As we help our students engage in a cycle of drawing on what they know and building on that background knowledge as part of the search process, we create people who are much more prepared to make good decisions as they function in the modern world. More

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