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Can foreign language immersion be taught effectively online?
MindShift
Learning to speak a second language often starts with memorizing words and phrases like colors, numbers and salutations. Soon teachers introduce present-tense verbs and students work to build simple sentences like, "I go to the store." In the classroom, students practice dialogue with one another and the teacher, hoping that by slowly adding conjugations and more vocabulary, they'll be able to apply the language in real life.
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Ways to teach Common Core math to ELLs
Education Week (commentary)
Larry Ferlazzo, a contributor for Education Week, writes: "What are the best strategies for teaching Common Core math to English language learners? I can speak from experience in saying that Common Core has not made it any easier to teach English Language Learners in English classes, but that's only part of it — Math teachers have to apply the Common Core math standards to ELLs in their classes, too."
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Seattle schools to expand English language services after critical review
The Seattle Times
Seattle Public Schools will make big changes in how it serves students whose first language is not English after a critical review from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The school district, already in hot water over its special education services, is also falling short in how it serves students whose first language is not English, state officials say. According to district officials, the state superintendent's office found that over the past two years, the district has failed to give a required English placement test to roughly 1,200 students who reported speaking a language other than English at home.
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AFT, NABE, TESOL joint statement on draft Senate ESEA bill
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TESOL International Association has released a joint statement with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Association for Bilingual Education in response to the draft proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act released by leaders in the U.S. Senate.
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Call for IS and Affiliate Task Forces Volunteers
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Submissions due by 1 May 2015.
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Register today! 2015 Advocacy and Policy Summit 21-23 June 2015
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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.
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2015 Convention handouts/session recordings
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Access TESOL 2015 session recordings and materials! All speaker handouts that were submitted are now available for download from the TESOL Convention Visitors Portal and the mobile app. 51 Sessions from the convention were recorded and are now available for preview and purchase on the TESOL Live Learning Site. (Sessions are also available from previous conventions.) Single sessions are available for US$15. The full package is available for US$149.
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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 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. Proposals due 1 June 2015.
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TESOL Press call for proposals: Corpus linguistics for language learning & teaching
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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. Proposals due 1 June 2015.
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TESOL International Annual Report 2014
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Find out what TESOL accomplished during 2013-2014. The Annual Report is a summary of the activities and highlights of the Association, including a statement of financial position.
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Call for nominations: James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts
TESOL
The International Research Foundation (TIRF) Trustees established the James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts, as a way of honoring Dr. Jim Alatis, one of the founders of TIRF and founder of TESOL. TIRF is seeking nominations for an outstanding article or chapter on this topic. The prize carries with it a US$500 award. Submissions must have been published in 2014 or 2015. The deadline for nominations is 16 November 2015.
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Teacher Appreciation Week
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Teacher Appreciation Week is 4-8 May. Share the love for a favorite teacher on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #myTESOLteacher and TESOL will repost our favorites!


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NZQA wants tougher language testing rules
Radio New Zealand News
New Zealand: The Qualifications Authority in New Zealand is moving to stop the abuse of English language testing rules for foreign students. It has proposed tougher rules and warned seven institutions they will lose the right to assess the English of prospective students. Trusted institutions can do their own assessments of potential students' English, rather than through independent tests, but some have been offering places to students with poor English. The worst offenders may lose their right to assess language competence themselves. The Qualifications Authority also proposed a ban on all private institutions and polytechnics assessing students from countries with low approval rates for student visas, such as India.
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Breaking the language barrier
KSNB-TV
The state of Nebraska's Hispanic population is exploding, with experts predicting the number of Latinos to more than triple by the year 2050. But in parts of Nebraska, floods of immigrants are already reshaping the culture. And if the population is growing even more, what does that mean for school systems that are also dealing with a surge of students crossing the United States-Mexico border? Alisa Grim has been teaching English to new students in Grand Island for nine years, where the student body is over one half minority kids mostly from Central America.
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More time spent in high-quality early childhood programs is especially beneficial for DLLs
EdCentral (commentary)
Amaya Garcia, a policy analyst in the education policy program at New America, writes: "About 6 months after immigrating to the U.S., my parents enrolled me in Head Start. I was 3-years-old and stayed in the program until I enrolled in kindergarten. I have a handful of memories of my time in Head Start: I really liked the oatmeal they served us at breakfast and there was one teacher who was particularly mean. As a young dual language learner, Head Start likely provided me with a boost in my vocabulary development and early numeracy."
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Learning the language: Hour-long class helps young Latinos become fully bilingual
The Times News
In a classroom inside Blessed Sacrament School in North Carolina, a handful of middle school students takes turns reading a story aloud in Spanish as their teacher, Suyapa Mejía, stops every so often to discuss words that are unfamiliar. Down the hallway, several elementary-aged children complete a similar activity, and around the corner, their mothers sit in small chairs in a classroom of their own, studying English sentence structure and learning new adjectives.
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3 things international students should know about the IELTS exam
U.S. News & World Report
The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, is one of the most widely used English language tests in the world. It comprises reading, writing, listening and speaking subtests and is designed for people who want to study or work in an English-speaking environment. Prospective undergraduate or graduate students who are applying to universities in English-speaking countries, or to programs where English is the language of instruction, will likely be asked to take the IELTS Academic test or the TOEFL, the Test of English as a Foreign Language. If you need an IELTS score, here are three things to know before taking the exam.
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Understanding what is 'excellent' English
The Hindu
India: Most resumes boast "excellent" English-speaking skills that would fetch one a brownie point from the employer. In spite of having picked up candidates with such resumes, many corporate companies admit that their employees are not proficient in English. This, experts say, however, say may not mean that the employee is not good in English; it could just be a reflection of their inability to communicate or failure on part of the company to define what is "excellent" English.
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Think your world view is fixed? Learn another language and you'll think differently
The Guardian
United Kingdom: Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost, and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the language they are operating in. In the past 15 years there has been an overwhelming amount of research on the bilingual mind, with the majority of the evidence pointing to the tangible advantages of using more than one language. Going back and forth between languages appears to be a kind of brain training, pushing your brain to be flexible.
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Teaching with Web-based resources
Edutopia
Textbooks are a great source of reliable information and ready-made activities, but the content they provide can be generic and not particularly engaging for students. By leveraging the instructional potential of Web-based resources, you can increase student engagement, expose them to authentic content, and engage them in collaborative activities that trigger critical thinking and creativity.
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