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Saudi schools keen to enhance their students' English skills
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: English has gained global significance in recent years, becoming an important language for trade relations and marketing among the world countries. Within the Kingdom, it has acquired precedence owing to its role in acquiring lucrative jobs or for business opportunities even as Arabic remains the dominant language in the gulf region. Saudi schools are keen on enhancing the English language skills of their students with the aim for better job prospects and to promote social interaction with the non-Arabic-speaking communities.
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Students learning ESOL with vouchers might be getting shortchanged
Voxxi
Florida law governing the tax credit scholarship program gives vouchers to low-income families to use as tuition for their children in private schools but does not adequately protect the rights of English language learners, shortchanging Latino students and other groups learning English as an additional language from receiving proper instruction. This flaw in Florida law must be rectified in order to improve educational opportunities for Latinos.
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Cutting to the Common Core: The benefits of narrow reading units
Language Magazine (commentary)
I provide consultancy and professional development for districts across the nation that are striving to support English learners and under-resourced students in making viable academic language and literacy advances. I am observing with increasing concern as well-intended English language arts educators in grades 4-12 cobble together units of study in hopes of addressing the complex demands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) in time for the impending doom of the proverbial "cart before the horse" assessment debacle. Their legacy curriculum was not created to mentor English acolytes in systematic analysis of content-rich nonfiction, a range of rigorous text-reliant discussions using academic register, and argumentative writing drawing from multiple sources, all major emphases in the CCSS shifts.
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Study: Touch influences how infants learn language
Medical News Today
Tickling a baby's toes may be cute but it's also possible that those touches could help babies learn the words in their language. Research from Purdue University shows that a caregiver's touch could help babies to find words in the continuous stream of speech.

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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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Minnesota bills aim to improve English language instruction
WDAZ-TV
It's hard for students to do homework when they don't have a home. Homework is not a priority for homeless students. "Their priority is called survival," St. Paul, Minn., schools superintendent Valeria Silva said at a capitol news conference. That's why Silva and other superintendents joined the Homes for All alliance of more than 100 organizations urging the legislature to borrow $100 million to provide housing for homeless people, preserve affordable rental housing and stabilize communities most affected by foreclosures.
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Schools' ELL classes four times larger than state average
Doane Line
The minority population in Crete, Neb., schools has grown about 40 percent in the last 12 years. In 2013, nearly 56 percent of Crete Public School students were identified as minority, which is almost double the state average. This increase in minority students has created certain needs within the school system. English language learners make up about 24 percent of Crete Public School students, which is almost four times the state average. That number has increased more than 10 percent over the last 12 years.
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ESL families are choosing Cumberland, RI, school district
The Valley Breeze
Travel around Cumberland, R.I., classrooms this year and you'll hear 26 foreign languages spoken by 95 students enrolled in the English as a Second Language program. And there are another 48 former ESL students whose progress will be monitored for another few years. They're the responsibility of ESL coordinator Lou-Ann Broadmeadow, a professional photographer turned teacher who has a staff of teachers mostly serving B.F. Norton Elementary and McCourt Middle schools, but also seeing students in nearly every other school in town.
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Pupils who struggle to speak English rise by more than 10 percent in Bolton primary schools
Asian Image
United Kingdom: The number of Bolton primary school pupils who struggle to speak English rose by more than 10 percent in 12 months, new figures show. The figure increased by 387 pupils from 3,454 in October 2012 to 3,841 in October 2013 — an 11.2 percent rise. Each of those children — who speak English as an additional language — receive an additional £250 to help them develop their language, and education chiefs insist good work is being done in Bolton's primary schools to support the children.
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Tulsa area schools see increase in student diversity
Public Radio Tulsa
A new report shows an increase in the number of Hispanic students in various school districts. Sherri Fair is in charge of student data and assessment in the Union district. She says the growth is not just with Spanish-speaking students. "People automatically think ELL equates with Hispanic, and it doesn't. We have many, many different languages spoken in the district. Our Hispanic population is our largest for our ELL." ELL stands for English language learners. Fair says it is more than just learning conversational English. It takes five to seven years to become fluent in academic English.
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States can ignore race in university admissions: US top court
Times of India
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can disregard race as a factor in university admissions, in a fresh blow to a legacy of the 1960s civil rights movement. The 6-2 ruling upheld the constitutionality of a measure passed by referendum in Michigan that disallowed so-called affirmative action in college admissions. Effectively favoring voter initiatives over the courts, the decision was expected to have repercussions far beyond Michigan — governors of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and West Virginia had supported Michigan's appeal.
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Plymouth language cafe helps foreign speakers learn English
Plymouth Herald
United Kingdom: A language cafe is bringing together foreign speakers to help them integrate into the Plymouth community. The cafe, at City Business Park, Somerset Place, in Stoke runs on Thursdays from 5pm. The free cafe brings English lessons into a social environment to help adult learners get to grips with the language more effectively — and give them a chance to get to know each other. Foreign students attend the classes, along with people who live and work in Plymouth and want to be able to integrate better into the community.
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Study: Touch influences how infants learn language
Medical News Today
Tickling a baby's toes may be cute but it's also possible that those touches could help babies learn the words in their language. Research from Purdue University shows that a caregiver's touch could help babies to find words in the continuous stream of speech.
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How playful learning will build future leaders
The Christian Science Monitor
In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, we need to re-train our workforce to do what machines can't: to be enterprising, independent, and strategic thinkers — to be purposeful creators. This starts with changing the way students, especially the youngest ones, learn.
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