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Are school turnaround efforts overlooking English learners?
Education Week
The unique learning needs of English language learners enrolled in low-performing schools that were targeted for dramatic improvements under a federal school turnaround program were largely overlooked, at least in the early phases of implementation, a new evaluation concludes. In an ongoing review of the Obama administration's $4.6 billion School Improvement Grant program, the Institute of Education Sciences found that the needs of second-language learners received "only moderate or limited attention" in the early-to-midway stages of the schools' turnaround initiatives.
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The power of social media in language acquisition
By: Beth Crumpler
To truly spark curiosity and engage the interests of youth today, we must reach them through what they find interesting. Social media is a powerful tool educators can use to deeply access the learning potential of these youth. Moreover, social media enables English language learners to have interactions and dialogues with classmates, other ELLs and native English speakers. Proactive and effective educators recognize the learning potential social media can provide, and they actively incorporate it into lesson plans. Here's how.
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Lessons taught in English are reshaping the global classroom
The Conversation
Universities and schools across the globe are offering an increasing number of courses taught in English. Parents and politicians alike are pushing for this change as English is considered a worldwide language of opportunity in education and business. The decision to use English as medium of instruction has very important implications for the education of young people in non-anglophone countries and yet little research evidence is available.
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Lessons taught in English are reshaping the global classroom
The Conversation
Universities and schools across the globe are offering an increasing number of courses taught in English. Parents and politicians alike are pushing for this change as English is considered a worldwide language of opportunity in education and business.

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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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How our 1,000-year-old math curriculum cheats America's kids
eSchool News
Imagine you had to take an art class in which you were taught how to paint a fence or a wall, but you were never shown the paintings of the great masters, and you weren't even told that such paintings existed. Pretty soon you'd be asking, why study art? That's absurd, of course, but it's surprisingly close to the way we teach children mathematics. In elementary and middle school and even into high school, we hide math's great masterpieces from students' view.
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90 percent of pupils to re-sit GCSE English language units
ITV
ITV News has learned that more than 90 percent of pupils in Wales who sat controversial English language GCSE exams in January have entered to re-sit them this summer. More than 20,000 pupils sat at least one unit of the new qualification, available for the first time in January, and the vast majority will be doing so again, in the hope of correcting shockingly low grades. Meanwhile, an ITV News investigation has found evidence of divisions between the exam regulator the Welsh Government and the exam board WJEC when the new GCSE was being accredited in autumn 2012, and raised questions over the Education Minister's pledge that this year's pupils will not be disadvantaged when they get their final results in August.
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Teaching English learners: A new educator's practice guide from the What Works Clearinghouse
Ed.gov Blog
We have better, stronger evidence about teaching academic content to English learners than we did a decade ago. That's the conclusion of a new guide for educators from the U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse. The guide — Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School — recommends four practices for instructing English learners and provides advice on how to carry out the practices, including sample lessons. The guide is geared to a wide spectrum of educators who are not necessarily specialists in instructing English learners: classroom teachers, content-area teachers, special education teachers, administrators, para-educators and instructional coaches.
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When 'proficient' isn't enough: A California school rises to the Common Core challenge
The Hechinger Report
A large color photograph of an iceberg on display in teacher Angel Chavarin's fourth-grade classroom at Laurel Street Elementary may not be the typical prop for a language arts lesson. But Chavarin is hoping visuals like this largely submerged icy mass will help his students better understand the concept of inferences, which are, in effect, "the tip of the iceberg." Inferences are not an easy concept for young children to grasp, and it may be particularly difficult for the students of Laurel Street, where more than 60 percent of students are English learners.
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Teachers to boycott evaluation-linked tests at newcomer high school
Chalkbeat
Teachers at a Brooklyn high school for English language learners are refusing to give a new writing test required by the city for new teacher evaluations plans. Students at International High School at Prospect Heights, mostly made up of recently arrived immigrants, had such a "traumatic and demoralizing experience" taking a similar test at the beginning of the year that teachers decided to boycott the spring version, which is currently being administered in high schools.
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English language use 'most significant internationalization trend for higher education'
Times Higher Education
According to the interim findings of a report by the British Council and University of Oxford's department of education, English is increasingly becoming the lingua franca for education institutions across the world — from primary schools to universities. University administrators tend to regard English as a Medium of Instruction — or EMI, as a facilitator to attracting financially lucrative international students and as a way to improve their institution's position in global university rankings, the report says. Lecturers, meanwhile, are more idealistic, saying it could improve the exchange of ideas and promote better relations between countries.
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Of the 50 million people learning English in MENA region, 5 percent do so to boost business communication skills
Zawya
International House Dubai, a leading institution offering practical skills-based courses with international accreditation in the UAE, has revealed that more than 5 percent of the 50 million people currently learning English in the MENA region, are doing so in order to enhance their business communications skills with the goal of boosting their career growth.
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How brain processes spoken language decoded
Business Standard
Ever wondered why most English speakers pronounce the Sanskrit word "sri" as "shri" — a combination of sounds found in English words like shriek and shred? It all comes down to how our brain recognises speech sounds. The brain does not work the way a computer does when it comes to recognising speech sounds; instead it determines whether or not a sound combination is allowed based on words that are already known, a new study has found.
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Physical activity empowers kids to achieve personal bests
Psychology Today
Physical activity is a fundamental building block for psychological and physical well-being throughout a lifespan. Unfortunately, most Americans are sitting more and moving less. This is especially a problem for our children who are being forced to sit still and cram for standardized tests while being deprived of physical activity.
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Beyond grades: Do games have a future as assessment tools?
MindShift
Most tests represent a snapshot of one moment in the trajectory of a student's academic journey, extrapolating what the student has learned overall. There are plenty of ways educators are trying to supplement those tests with more nuanced, formative assessments. With the advent of game-based learning, educators have been investigating how data collected from video game play could provide insight into the way students think as they explore new concepts.
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