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Banking on English teaching assistants to make students speak English
Borneo Post
Borneo: Sarawak Teachers' Union hopes the government can place English teaching assistants in every school in the state — not just certain schools. STU president Jisin Nyud believed the presence of ETAs would compel students to communicate in the English language. "The good thing about having ETAs is that upon seeing them, students have no choice but to communicate with them in English. It's not so much that our children can't learn English." STU secretary-general Yong Ing Thung chipped in that it would be good to have ETAs in all schools in Sarawak.
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Learning English happens best when conversation is part of curriculum
Phys.org
A new teaching model using small groups significantly improves how well English language learners increase vocabulary and reading comprehension, according to a pioneering new study by researchers at the University of Georgia. Using a conversational instruction method, where a teacher presents small groups of students with a question and asks them to work out the answer among the group, English language learners increased language skills and reading comprehension when compared with traditional classroom teaching.
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English language schools report drop in operating profit
Times of Malta
Malta: English language schools reported a 4.3 percent average decline in gross operating profits last year over 2013. This is the second year running that the industry reported declining average prices and increasing costs, leading to reduced profitability and raising concerns about profit erosion and the long-term sustainability and competitiveness of the sector. A news conference heard this morning that student arrivals for the purpose of learning English last year were 3.4 percent higher than in 2013 and their average length of stay increased 1.8 percent. There was also a 5 percent increase in student weeks.
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TESOL Press call for proposals: Mobile apps for language learning & teaching
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TESOL Press call for proposals: Corpus linguistics for language learning & teaching
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In US schools, undocumented youths strive to adjust
Education Week
Kevin faced a traumatic journey to the United States in search of a better life. The 19-year-old undocumented immigrant from El Salvador faced yet another set of challenges when he arrived in the United States last year and enrolled in school. First came the laughs of classmates poking fun at his halting English. Then came the puzzled looks from teachers struggling to understand those same words. But a new place in the same place has made all the difference for Kevin.
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Education Foundation grant takes English language learners on Titanic voyage
Oak Ridge Today
English language learners at four public elementary schools in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, are becoming experts on the Titanic as they conduct science experiments to learn about icebergs, build boats with straws, and explore the historic event as they read history and fiction. The first- through fourth-graders are taking "A Titanic Voyage for English Language Learners," a project helping them become more confident in their English skills through a variety of learning experiences. The four English as a second language, or ESL, teachers received a $1,544 grant from the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation last year to buy materials needed for the multi-school project.
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With new funds on the horizon, it's back to school for adult education
KQED
Sarah Motola's English as a second language class at Visalia Adult School is prioritizing a list of work habits. "What's the most important after 'comes to work on time?'" asks Motola. "Follow instructions," the class says in unison. "OK, good. So let's make that No.2," says Motola. The students here learn to use the language to navigate a new system — get a bank account, talk to a doctor or go to work. They come to the Central Valley from all corners of the globe — Poland, Iran, Puerto Rico, China, India. "Our eldest student is 88 years old, from Argentina, and then we get a lot of people from Mexico," says Motola.
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Study: Far fewer new teachers are leaving the profession than previously thought
The Washington Post
New teachers are far less likely to leave the profession than previously thought, according to federal data. Ten percent of teachers who began their careers in 2007-2008 left teaching after their first year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But attrition then leveled off, and five years into their careers, 83 percent were still teaching. That figure — indicating that just 17 percent of new teachers left their jobs in the first five years — stands in stark contrast to the attrition statistic that has been repeated (and lamented) for years: That between 40 percent and 50 percent of teachers leave the profession within their first five years.
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Report: Majority of teachers purchase school supplies for students
THE Journal
This year 91 percent of teachers used some of their own money to pay for school supplies, and 38 percent used only their own money, according to a new report from The NPD Group. The report, "Today's Teachers: School Supply Purchasing Dynamics and Behaviors," surveyed almost 1,000 K-12 public and private school teachers in the United States about their purchasing behaviors. The online survey was conducted in February 2015. According to the report, teachers expect to spend a total of about $500 on school supplies by the end of this school year, 47 percent of which will come from their own pockets. About one third of teachers expect to spend more on school supplies this year than last.
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Use PBL to inspire passion and teach lifelong learning
Edutopia
Over the past decade, the No Child Left Behind Act and Common Core have created a new era of student and teacher accountability. Teachers have been asked to improve student achievement and test scores across all demographic groups and income levels.
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