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Register for ESL for the Secondary Mathematics Teacher
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TESOL will offer an online course titled ESL for the Secondary Mathematics Teacher from 4 June to 1 July. Participants will learn about core ESL principles and practices, the role of language and culture in learning mathematics, planning and implementing instruction for English language learners, and assessment. The registration deadline is Thursday, 24 May 2012. To register, visit the TESOL website. Please send questions to and put "ESL Maths" in the subject line. More

TESOL 2012 recorded sessions now available
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Plenary sessions from the 2012 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo are now available from the TESOL Resource Center. The TESOL Resource Center is open to members only. To join TESOL, please visit If you have any questions, please contact

Recorded academic sessions from TESOL 2012 are also available online. You can purchase the entire package of 42 sessions for $129 or you can download single sessions for $15. For a complete list of sessions, please visit the TESOL Live Learning Center.

TESOL Quarterly editor search: Call for applicants
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The TESOL Board of Directors invites applications and nominations for the position of editor of TESOL Quarterly. The editor serves a 5-year term beginning in January, and the new editor must be a TESOL member in good standing by the beginning of his or her term. The editor receives an honorarium of $4,000 per year along with reimbursement of some expenses to attend the annual TESOL convention. The deadline for applications is 17 September. The call for applicants and the application materials are available for download. For more information, contact Dr. Gulbahar Beckett, chair of the search team. More

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Language demands to grow for ELLs under new standards
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Putting the Common-Core Standards into practice in classrooms is a monumental change for teachers in the nation's public schools, but for educators who work with English language learners, the shifts in instruction are expected to be even more groundbreaking. That's because the new academic expectations for English/language arts and mathematics now adopted by all but four states require much more sophisticated uses of language than the mishmash of standards that have been in use for years across the states, say language-acquisition experts. More

Common Core Standards drive wedge in education circles
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A high-profile effort by a pair of national education groups to strengthen, simplify and focus the building blocks of elementary and secondary education is finally making its way into schools. But two years ahead of its planned implementation, critics on both the right and left are seizing upon it. A few educators say the new standards, supported by the U.S. Department of Education, are untested, and one Republican governor wants to block the measure, saying it's a federal intrusion into local decisions. How did something so simple become so fraught? More

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Some issues for educators in Arizona immigration case
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The U.S. Supreme Court takes up the legal challenge to Arizona's tough immigration law. While the Arizona measure does not have requirements for schools to check the immigration status of students, as Alabama's law does, the debate over the law has been watched closely by educators in the state and nationally. And the high court's decision in Arizona v. United States would likely have implications for Alabama's law and any others with more-direct school provisions, since the key issue is whether the states are treading into an area of law that is pre-empted by federal immigration enforcement. More

State waiver plans expand test menu for accountability
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Test scores in reading and math may not have as much of a monopoly over school accountability anymore, based on the plans some states have put forward to win waivers under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Of the 11 states to already gain a waiver, seven say they will factor achievement in extra subjects in revising their accountability systems. In a second round of waiver applications awaiting a final decision by the U.S. Department of Education, nearly a dozen states are looking to do the same. More

Mastering English is a priority, says deputy PM
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Malaysia: Efforts to get Malaysians to master English is a priority for the government, says Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, stressing that the language has played a significant role in nation building. "It is also unique in the sense that it is a language that is 'owned' by no one, but used by all. "As such, the government recognises its role as second only to Bahasa Malaysia and, therefore, efforts to ensure that Malaysians are able to master the language remain a priority," he said. More

Language hurdle for primary teachers
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India: Newage "gurus" dreaming of teaching in primary English-medium schools may now have to take some English lessons too. The state education department has decided that it shall be mandatory for all English-medium school teachers to pass teachers' eligibility test in English. Recruitment of teachers that is scheduled to start from the new academic year will be affected by this decision. All those failing to clear TET in English shall not be allowed to teach in English-medium schools. More

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Central California district taps iPad for elementary ELL instruction
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Lodi Unified School District will use the Rosetta Stone TOTALe Course HD application for iPad devices to help individual learners grasp the English language at their own pace. The Central California K-12 district will use the application for second- and third-grade English language learners whose language development has reached a "plateau," the district said in a news release. Rosetta, which makes the application part of its TOTALe PRO solution, said Lodi is using a "blended learning model that combines classroom instruction with individualized independent study." More

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They've got the blues ... the 1st grade blues
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Throughout my career as a teacher, I've been faced with many situations that required some creative ingenuity to help insure my students received the best chance at education in my classroom and beyond. In my first grade classroom at Garrison Elementary in San Diego, I've been faced with helping non-native English speaking students learn English while assimilating in the classroom and culture at large. More

Countries release ethical principles for recruiting foreign students
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Four countries that are among the top destinations for international students have released a joint code of ethics meant to improve the integrity of international recruitment. The statement of ethical principles for student recruitment, agreed to by Australia, Britain, Ireland and New Zealand, calls on outside recruiting agents to engage in transparent business practices and says they should disclose fees paid by students and parents and commissions paid by universities. It will be up to each country, however, to decide how to carry out and enforce the practices. More

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Universities feel the pain of colleges
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Australia: Universities are beginning to feel the pain that English language colleges have endured for nearly three years, according to peak colleges body English Australia. "The higher education sector is finally seeing the impact of the declining ELICOS (English language) numbers in previous years," said Sue Blundell, executive director of English Australia. ELICOS courses are a key source of overseas students for universities. More

Why adult education must be kept alive
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Budget cuts are threatening adult education and ESL. Even for the sake of boosting the worker tax base, the Los Angeles United School District shouldn't turn its back on more than a quarter-million students who value education and attend school of their own volition. More

Study: More educated the mothers equals better outcome for ELLs
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Children who started kindergarten already proficient in English — regardless of the language they spoke at home — scored better as eighth-graders on reading, math and science tests than language-minority peers who didn't gain proficiency until after starting kindergarten. That finding — published in an analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics — is one of several interesting revelations to come out of the center's analysis of data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-1999 or ECLS-K. More

2nd language translates into clearer thinking
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Would you like to think more rationally, especially where you finances are concerned? Did you learn a second language in school — say, Spanish? If so, University of Chicago researchers have a suggestion for you: Use Español. A research team led by psychologist Boaz Keysar reports using one's second language reduces or eliminates certain biases that otherwise infiltrate our decision-making. Specifically, our aversion to potential loss — a bias that can lead us to pass up promising opportunities for potential gains — diminishes as we ponder options in a language learned later in life. More

Social media and video games in classrooms can yield valuable data for teachers
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Social media, video games, blogs and wikis are playing increasingly important roles in classrooms across the country. Some worry that incorporating more social media and other technologies into education is leading to too much computer time, as well as to a generation of students deficient in the face-to-face social skills needed to survive in the workplace. Proponents say schools need to find ways to use these technologies to improve teaching and learning, or else risk losing the attention of digital natives. More

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More evidence bilingualism aids thinking skills
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People who speak two languages have enhanced hearing processing, which improves their attention and memory skills, a new, small study says. Northwestern University researchers recorded the brainstem responses in 23 English- and-Spanish speaking teens and 25 English-only speaking teens as they heard speech sounds in two conditions. Under quiet conditions, both groups had similar results. But when there was background noise, the bilingual teens' brains did better at detecting speech sounds. The findings show that being bilingual changes how the nervous system responds to sound, according to the researchers. More

Preparing all teachers to meet the needs of English language learners
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There is a sea change occurring in education across the country in the systematic way that we consider what students should be learning and how teachers should be evaluated. Recently, nearly all states have adopted and have begun to roll out the Common Core Standards as the benchmark for what students nationwide should know and be able to do at each grade level, K-12. Additionally, in an effort to become eligible for federal funds under Race to the Top, many states have altered their educational policies to match the priorities of the U.S. Department of Education, which include high-stakes evaluation of teachers. Amidst these sweeping changes in the enterprise of teaching and learning, English language learners are one subgroup of students that require special attention, particularly because of their growing numbers and low-performance relative to their non-ELL peers. More

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Connecting professional learning standards to the Common Core
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That link between educators and successful implementation is clear to me — it's high-quality professional learning. And as I attended last week's meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers Implementing the Common Core Standards state collaborative, I was delighted to hear that I am not the only one with that belief. CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit focused his opening comments on the role professional development must play in achieving the vision for the Common Core. More

Students want personalized learning, mobile technology
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More and more students own mobile devices, including tablets and indicate a strong desire to use those personal learning tools in school to increase collaboration and access to resources, according to the annual Speak Up Survey, which is facilitated by Project Tomorrow. This year's survey, Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey: K-12 Students and Parents Connect the Dots with Digital Learning, explores how students want to take control of their learning and the tools they use to learn. It includes parent and administrator input on issues such as personal technology use in schools, online learning and top technologies. More

The 5 worst things a teacher can say to students
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It is much easier to destroy than to build. Teachers work with young people, and they are fragile works-in-progress. A rash or unfeeling word can undo so much of the trust and growth that we strive for. As the year winds down and spring fever kicks in, some of us may be feeling weary. Yet no matter what happens, there are some words so destructive that they should never be uttered by a teacher. More

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