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ELL students neglected in school turnaround efforts
THE Journal
A new evaluation of School Improvement Grant recipients shows that even in schools with high percentages of English language learners, ELL students were poorly represented in strategic reform efforts. The report — Study of School Turnaround: A Focused Look at Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants That Have Large Percentages of English Language Learner Students (issued by the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences) — looked at 11 schools that participated in the SIG program over a three-year period (from 2010–2011 to 2012–2013) and evaluated the depth to which these schools addressed the needs of ELL students, using a point-based system.
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Digital storytelling for cognitive processing in ELLs
By: Beth Crumpler
Telling stories accesses the cultural background and prior knowledge of English language learners and helps them learn to tell a narrative with which they self-identify. This includes telling stories or narratives through digital means, or digital storytelling. It transcends language, culture, age and socio-economics by engaging them in an appealing textual, visual and auditory display of information. Incorporating digital storytelling in the ESL classroom allows learners to tell narratives about their experiences and apply critical thinking and cognitive processes to new information.
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English language in the service of Morocco
Morocco World News
Morocco: The predominance of the French language, or, in some regions Spanish, is the result of historic connections from decades past. Impressive educational and cultural institutions like the Institut Français and the Cervantes Institute support these old connections and also provide an invaluable service to Morocco. Teaching English in Morocco has long been the undertaking of American schools and language centers. The British Council in Morocco has excellent business language courses as well as an English learning website available in French and English. It does not matter whether students focus on British or American English, though they do differ in some respects, the importance, as Minister Daoudi pointed out, is that English is a global language used in research communities and universities worldwide.
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Toddlers 'surprisingly sophisticated' at understanding unfamiliar accents
University of Toronto via Science Daily
By two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with accents the toddlers have never heard before, a study has shown.

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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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Arne Duncan on waivers, Common Core, and teacher prep
Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat down on April 11 for a wide-ranging interview, including a discussion of the waivers President Barack Obama's administration has granted to states under the No Child Left Behind Act, criticism of the Common Core State Standards, and challenges involving the legacy of the administration's Race to the Top program.
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British Council language training encourages teachers, students
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Nepal: British Council disseminated findings of English for Teaching-Teaching for English, a teacher training project initiated to encourage communicative development of English language teaching in primary public schools across the country. British Council, in partnership with Nepal English Language Teachers Association and Global Action Nepal, implemented the ETTE+ project in Chitwan and Lamjung in 2012/13 with the support of the Department of Education and District Education Offices. Approximately 150 primary-level teachers from 66 government schools in Chitwan and 140 teachers from 31 schools in Lamjung participated in a 15-day training.
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Students in Nebraska's two dual-language programs outperforming peers
KVNO News
Castellar Elementary in Omaha is a unique school. One of 10 dual-language schools in the district, students enrolled in the dual-language program are taught in both English and Spanish. The program operates on a 50/50 model. 50 percent of the students are Hispanic and 50 percent non-Hispanic. Also, the lessons are taught 50 percent in English, and 50 percent in Spanish. Omaha Public Schools implemented dual language classes 14 years ago, after district officials realized a particular demographic of students were failing to meet state academic standards. Not all students, but specifically English language learners — or ELL's.
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New York kicks off a new ELLs conversation
EdCentral
New Yorkers are famous for their narcissistic myopia. Talk to a long-time resident, and you'll hear just as much parochialism as any small-town stalwart. New Yorkers take it for granted that they embody the cutting edge. If you make it in New York, sure, you can make it anywhere, but — once you've made it — why would you bother leaving?
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Complex perceptions of Korean English speakers
The Korean Herald
Korea: Young professional Jeong So-hee was surprised when a coworker complained about "people who speak English when they are fluent in Korean." The 26-year-old works at a company where she and her colleagues deal with foreign clients almost on a daily basis. Every employee has considerable knowledge of the English language, although not everyone has studied overseas. "I think it's rude to speak to your coworkers in Korean when you have a foreign client sitting in front of you, who can't understand Korean," said Jeong, who is bilingual and spent more than 10 years in the U.S. as a teenager.
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How toddlers learn verbs: New insight
University of Liverpool via Science Daily
Parents can help toddlers' language skills by showing them a variety of examples of different actions, according to new research. Previous research has shown that verbs pose particular difficulties to toddlers as they refer to actions rather than objects, and actions are often different each time a child sees them.
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How engaged are students and teachers in American schools?
MindShift
Gallup recently released a major report on the State of American Schools. Their data paints a picture of schools performing as a complex ecosystem, with the wellbeing, engagement, and performance of teachers, students and principals all intertwined. The report combines decades of surveys of 5 million American teachers and principals with the results of the Gallup Student Poll, now billed as the largest survey of American students with 600,000 5th through 12th grade participants, and several large follow-up studies. Gallup's also drawing on its background developing the Employee Engagement Survey, which has been administered to a total of almost 30 million people in all professions.
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Toddlers 'surprisingly sophisticated' at understanding unfamiliar accents
University of Toronto via Science Daily
By two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with accents the toddlers have never heard before, a study has shown. Even more striking, say researchers, children as young as 15 months who have difficulty comprehending accents they've never heard before can quickly learn to understand accented speech after hearing the speaker for a short time.
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Early hand preference tied to language
The Wall Street Journal
Children who consistently used their right hand to pick up toys as infants had more highly developed language skills at 2 years old compared with those whose hand preference became apparent as toddlers, a study in the current issue of Developmental Psychology found. Hand use is thought to be variable until late childhood, but recent studies suggest a small number of children always use the same hand from a very young age, researchers said. The study suggests an early preference for the right hand may indicate more rapid development of the brain's left hemisphere, which is associated with right-handedness and language in adults. Parents can also influence manual dexterity and language skills in children, according to the study.
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Beyond the standardized test: Aim higher
Edutopia
Standardized testing is one of the "lighting rod" issues in educational policy debates. Whether it's a group of teachers boycotting a test in Seattle, districts across the United States tying teacher evaluations to test results, the new PARCC or Smarter Balanced Assessments being implemented, the ranking countries with PISA scores, or the SAT trying to revamp itself, the debate and topic of standardized testing simply will not go away. So what is an educator to do? With all these forces in play, whether at the district or federal level, it can be disheartening and daunting for an educator to create learning in the classroom.
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Social media tips for teachers
District Administration Magazine
A recent survey from the College of Education at University of Phoenix reveals that K-12 teachers struggle to integrate social media into their classroom lessons, and also to connect with students and parents outside their classrooms. Nearly half of K-12 teachers, including 58 percent of high school teachers, believe social media can enhance students' educational experiences. But only 18 percent of all K-12 teachers, and 19 percent of high school teachers, have integrated social media into their classrooms.
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