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TESOL virtual seminars — Register today for May and June seminars
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Register today for May and June TESOL virtual seminars on teaching large classes, technology tools, K–12 ESL and classroom teacher collaboration, and family literacy. These programs are free for TESOL members ($45 for nonmembers), but you must preregister.

The preregistration deadline for the May 5 seminar with Penny Ur is May 1. For complete program and registration information, visit TESOL's website at www.tesol.org/virtualseminars.




Get involved: Register now for TESOL Advocacy Day 2011!
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Help TESOL advocate for policies that matter to you: Join your colleagues from across the United States on June 6–7 in Washington, D.C., for TESOL Advocacy Day 2011. This year's all-new expanded program includes integrated advocacy and training activities that you'll use when you visit Capitol Hill. On the Hill, you'll talk to members of Congress and their staff to promote policies that benefit English language learners and teachers. This year, TESOL advocates will discuss the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Registration is open to all TESOL members. The $150 registration fee covers training, briefing materials and meals during the event. Hotel reservations are due by May 6. To register and reserve your hotel room, please go to TESOL's Advocacy Day Web page. See you there!



Duncan issues far more NCLB waivers than predecessors
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With Secretary Arne Duncan at the helm, the U.S. Department of Education is gradually — and sometimes quietly — chipping away at key parts of the No Child Left Behind Act as states and districts demand more relief from the elusive goal that all students be what the law terms "proficient" in reading and math by 2014. The pressure on Duncan to waive substantial parts of the 9-year-old federal school-accountability law is only growing as Congress continues to drag its feet on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, of which NCLB is the latest version. More

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Bill to help immigrants sharpen English skills introduced
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A California lawmaker has reintroduced a proposed law that will help immigrant populations integrate into American society. The bill is expected to help Asian Americans be more proficient in the English language, several Asian American groups had said. U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., has reintroduced the Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education & English Development (SUCCEED) Act in Congress. More



Schools try group approach to reading
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Once a week, for at least an hour, middle school students at two Denver public schools are working in groups to try a new way of reading. The technique, called collaborative strategic reading, is being tested this year at Merrill Middle School and MLK with about half the students. It's touted as a better way to understand reading — in particular for those learning English and students with learning disabilities. More

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Budget crisis could sink English Language Learner program
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Administrators in the Clark County School District, which is second only to the Los Angeles Unified in numbers of English language learners, have been told to plan cuts of nearly $5 million from the program's current $26 million budget. District, school and program leaders are worried about what the fewer resources will mean for their students' futures. "They could be lost, just fall through the cracks and fail," said Cristina Oronoz, an ELL specialist at Rancho High School. Jeffers Elementary principal Wendy Roselinsky, whose student body is 90 percent Hispanic, said the cuts will become part of a larger problem. More



Can you still speak standard English?
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Nigeria: The knowledge of English, Nigeria's official language, is a fast fading culture among the younger generation, and the introduction of new technology has been fingered as one of the key contributors to the problem. Since the adoption of English language as the nation's official language, the Nigerian government has invested a lot to ensure that it is taught at all levels of education. In most schools, English, over the years, has been used for teaching and disseminating information. It is also used during tests and examinations. More



Cutting funding for English lessons is a false economy
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Great Britain: There is no other area of lifelong learning policy that has a more positive impact on the life chances of Britain's poorest settled communities than English for speakers of other languages. Study after study shows that the lowest levels of participation in education and training after school are experienced by communities of Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Somali heritage, and in particular by the women of those communities. You need English to get a job, to support your children at school and to play an active part in the wider community — in short, to join the "big society." More





Evolutionary analysis shows languages obey few ordering rules
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Human languages are far more complex than any animal communication system we're aware of, and yet young children can easily learn to master more than one language in an astonishingly short period of time. This has led a number of linguists, most notably Noam Chomsky, to suggest that there might be language universals, common features of all languages that the human brain is attuned to, making learning easier; others have looked for statistical correlations between languages. More

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10,000 more English language teachers to be trained
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Malaysia: The Education Ministry will train some 10,000 English language teachers this year in addition to 12,000 other teachers who have undergone similar training in 2010. The ministry also aimed to hire 600 retired English language teachers between 2011 and 2013 to serve nationwide on contract. "So far, 168 retired teachers have accepted this offer," Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said. More

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Indian government school teachers get lessons in English
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India: So that they can inculcate better communication skills in students, teachers of government schools in India are undergoing a special training in English speaking these days. The education department has designed an English Enhancement Program, with the collaboration of Cambridge University, for Indian government school teachers to become well-versed with the language with its slogan: "Learn English to teach it better." More


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