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Closing English language learner gaps early
Language Magazine
Literacy is the keystone to success, first in school and then in life; a common saying is that first we learn to read, but then we read to learn. Children who learn to read early and often seem to have the world at their fingertips, while those who struggle with reading quickly find themselves falling further and further behind across all academic subjects. This makes the early years disproportionately important for a child's academic career. Children who taste early success continue to build momentum, while those who stumble out of the gate often find they are unable to catch up.
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Marathi-speaking people score better in English test
The Times of India
India: A British Council analysis of the performance of students taking the International English Language Testing System, an English proficiency test like TOEFL, shows those who have Marathi as their mother tongue do better in English than those who have others. Malayalis come second and Tamilians third in academic knowledge of the language and Telugu- and Hindi-speaking Indians come second in "general training." Punjabi-speaking people are at the bottom of the heap of test takers.
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Learning English the STELLAR way
Channel NewsAsia
Singapore: In an effort to improve English standards in Singapore and make learning the language fun, the Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading program was introduced in 2006. The program, which aims to improve language skills through interactive lessons, was piloted in 2006 in 30 schools — starting with primary one students. It was extended to all schools in 2009 and implemented in phases for upper primary levels. Educators said the program has reaped results, with students growing more confident in their speech and writing. These conclusions were also drawn in a Ministry of Education study conducted between 2007 and 2012.
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Call for submissions: TESOL Connections Quick Tips
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TESOL Connections is seeking short (375–575 words), previously unpublished articles about English language teaching and learning that cover innovative, unusual, or interesting things you have found in your years of experience in ELT; trends in ELT and how they might influence teaching; and useful, tested classroom practice tips or strategies. Read full submission guidelines and submit today!
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20 Teaching Ideas to Decrease Student Lateness
TESOL
Use these ideas to promote student punctuality in your English language class and start each classroom session off with an engaging and interesting activity. Other recent TESOL Blog posts: How to Hold Effective Conferences With Families of ELs; Preparing Your Learners for the Unexpected; TodaysMeet: Encourage Backchanneling; and 3 Thematic-Based Vocabulary Learning Website.
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Register Today! 2015 Advocacy and Policy Summit
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The only event of its kind in the United States, the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit is an unparalleled professional development opportunity for educators to learn about U.S. federal education issues and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education. 21–23 June 2015.
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Call for Proposals: Corpus Linguistics for Language Learning & Teaching
TESOL
TESOL Press seeks proposals for a book or booklet that identifies some of the best corpora and software currently available and explains how teachers can use them to enhance their teaching. The language and style of the booklet should be accessible to a broad TESOL readership. Proposal Deadline: 1 June 2015.
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Call for Proposals: Mobile Apps for Language Learning & Teaching
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TESOL Press seeks proposals for a booklet (75-100 pages) that offers a critical literature review of apps available for mobile language learning and teaching. The proposal should not only identify some of the best apps currently available but also explain the features that make these apps the best. The language and style of the booklet should be accessible to a broad TESOL readership. Proposal Deadline: 1 June 2015.
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TESOL Press Call for Contributions: New Ways in Teaching with Humor
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Submissions due 1 June 2015.
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TESOL 2015 Keynote Recordings
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Couldn't make it to Toronto? View the recordings of the four keynote sessions from the 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo now!
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TESOL Press Call for Contributions: Voices from the TESOL Classroom
TESOL
Abstracts due 20 July 2015.
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Fresh battles loom when full Senate takes up ESEA rewrite
Education Week
The bipartisan rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that the U.S. Senate education committee unanimously approved joins a crush of legislative priorities awaiting debate on the chamber's floor — a process that's not guaranteed, and one that will likely draw intense partisan sparring. Even if the bill breaks through an already-clogged congressional calendar and moves to debate, it could look radically different as senators on both sides of the aisle offer amendments to reshape the measure to their liking.
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Schools tested by rise in immigrants learning English
Indianapolis Star
When Mariam Khan was studying to teach English as a new language, she imagined herself teaching children in other countries. Now, roughly a month into her first job, Khan instructs kids from around the world, but she does it from Indianapolis' Westside at School 79. "My hardest group is first-graders," she said. "They speak so many languages and no English. Getting used to the environment is hard for them." The challenge Khan faces — of helping students learning English become fluent quickly enough so they can learn other subjects, pass state tests and prepare for a life in the U.S. — is increasingly common across Central Indiana.
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Charter schools to pool resources
The Boston Globe
Charter schools across Massachusetts, which critics accuse of dodging a public duty to teach students with disabilities or language barriers, are stepping up their efforts to educate those students through a new statewide collaborative that will enable the institutions to share staff, training, and programs. The Massachusetts Charter Public School Association is launching the collaborative with a $2 million federal grant it received. The association says the collaborative will allow charter schools to create economies of scale that, in turn, should result in more robust educational experiences for special-education students and those who speak limited English.
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Keep calm and speak English: North Korea boosts foreign language education
Sputnik
North Korea: North Korea wants to increase the use of English at universities, Yonhap News said. A report, published by the country's Education Newspaper on April 2, said: "Basic words in the textbook should be written in English in parallel with Korean, so students can pay more attention to learning English words when studying their major." Pyongyang believes that such teaching methods will make North Korean students read sources written in English. Last year, the North Korean Committee of Education increased the level of entrance requirements at universities, including the ability to speak foreign languages.
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What best motivates immigrants to learn an official Canadian language?
The Vancouver Sun (commentary)
Most people recognize that the immigrants who are most likely to succeed in Canada are those who master either of the country's official languages. A host of studies back up this conclusion. But opinions range all over about how best to help newcomers take on the hard task of becoming fluent in English or French. Should stricter language requirements be expected before immigrants are even approved entry to Canada? Should language standards also be higher in Canada itself, including for roughly 300,000 foreign students? Should government-sponsored second-language classes be free, or are there more effective ways to motivate? Before facing these questions, however, we need to recognize it's only "most" people who agree the immigrants most likely to integrate are those adept in English or French.
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Genres in writing: A new path to English language learning
Phys.org
Migration and globalization are placing thousands of second language learners in the classrooms of teachers who lack training in language instruction. As a result, schools face the challenge of preparing educators to foster inclusive, effective language learning. In a 7-year study at a Boston elementary school where half the students are English language learners, setting a school-wide goal of improved writing skills and using a genres-based instructional method improved the performance of ELL students on state and internal assessments, according to Boston College Lynch School of Education Professor Maria E. Brisk, who presents her findings today at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting.
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Standing desks simplify collaboration and get kids excited to learn
K-12 TechDecisions
Sitting at a desk for hours a day isn't good for your health. That's one reason the the standing desk phenomenon has taken off in the corporate world. Studies show standing throughout the day increases blood circulation, burns calories and helps to maintain insulin effectiveness. When the Belle Terre Elementary School of the Florida-based Flagler School District saw this trend, members of the technology staff thought, why can't we do that here? If standing desks benefit the health of employees, they can benefit the health of students too.
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Feeling the power of oral communication
Edutopia
An estimated 75 percent of all people experience nervousness when speaking in public. In fact, surveys have shown that most people fear public speaking more than death. Every classroom, regardless of subject matter or grade, should help students feel comfortable speaking in public by assigning them speaking tasks once a month so that they can experience applause. It's just as important for learners to develop themselves as appreciative and empathetic audience members.
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