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Fewer language students coming to Malta, but they have more academic-oriented goals
Times of Malta
Malta: The number of English language students who visited Malta last year dropped compared to 2012 but their length of stay increased, according to an industry survey. This was mainly due to shifts in students' ages — with an increase in students over 18 — as well as changes in student markets. This emerged in an ELT Industry Report 2014, compiled by Deloitte, that was presented to industry stakeholders. The report was commissioned by Feltom, the federation of language schools.
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Bilingualism can help close learning gaps for immigrant students
National Journal
The gospel of the day is that raising children to speak and understand more than one language is good for their cognitive development. A number of studies released in the past few years have indicated that multilingual speakers may even have more focused brains and higher processing abilities. Not surprisingly, this research — and the media attention that has accompanied it — has led to renewed efforts among more-affluent parents to secure spots for their children in language immersion schools and employ multilingual nannies who can expose their wee ones to another language from the earliest ages.
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Flexibility with English language learners
The Denver Post
The question of how to teach immigrant students has provoked perhaps the most bitter, rancorous debates in American education over the past 40 years. During all that period, you could find experts who would say that rapid progress toward mastering English is essential and experts who would disagree and defend a lengthy transition period from the native language.
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Call for participation for the 2015 TESOL convention
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The 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo takes place 25–28 March in Toronto, Canada. Session proposals and proposals for Pre- and Postconvention Institutes (PCIs) are due Monday, 2 June 2014, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Find the deadline in your time zone.
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English language teaching in pre-K-5: Using Twitter for PD
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TESOL's newest blogger, Judie Haynes, focuses on elementary English language teaching. In her first post, she discusses how ESL teachers don't always receive enough professional development (PD) to help them stay up-to-date in the field. She suggests how to use Twitter to connect, collaborate, and share with other ELT educators. Other recent TESOL blogs: Are You a Tech Addict? A Writing & Speaking Activity; Using Proverbs in a Writing Class; TESOL's New Strategic Plan; and TED Talks for English Language Teaching.
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TESOL on the road
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TESOL executive director Rosa Aronson is co-presenting "Redefining the ESL Teacher Role in light of the Common Core Standards" at MATSOL (Massachusetts TESOL) 7-9 May. Follow her on Twitter @RosaAronson for updates throughout the event!
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Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day!
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Flexibility with English language learners
The Denver Post
The question of how to teach immigrant students has provoked perhaps the most bitter, rancorous debates in American education over the past 40 years.

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What it takes (and means) to learn English as an adult
NPR
Ana Perez never made it to high school. Her education ended after the sixth grade, when war broke out in her native El Salvador. She says she's "desperate" to learn English, but she gets nervous trying to speak it.

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Why Chinese schools must push English more than ever
WorldCrunch
China: After months of public debate, China's Education Ministry has finally decided that the college entrance exam will no longer include the subject of English. Instead, students will take several English tests spread over the course of the school year.

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7 challenges to getting the Common Core tests right
EdSource
The rollout of the Common Core standards offers California — and most of the nation — an opportunity to address some of the issues that have plagued education reform in the past. Foremost among these issues is the generally poor quality of state assessments of student achievement and a resulting negative effect on instruction. State tests in the No Child Left Behind era tended to be: a) highly procedural, ignoring the conceptual skills in the standards, b) heavily or exclusively multiple-choice, and c) predictable in their coverage of a narrow slice of content in the standards.
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College using iPads to help teach children English as a second language
The Trentonian
With the growing Latino population — and a young one at that — many institutions are thinking about new ways to teach children English while also reinforcing their Spanish native language. One local college pioneering innovative ways to teach bilingual lessons is the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison State College. TESC is using iPads to increase language skills and math literacy in New Jersey preschools that serve children from homes where English is a second language. The project, which is administered by Watson Institute's English language learners) Summer Institute and Mentoring Program, is currently being piloted in Head Start programs in Trenton and Hunterdon.
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Activist wants dual-language charter school
Daily Pilot
A dual-language charter school for English language learners on Costa Mesa's Westside could be on the horizon, if Caryn Blanton has her way. Blanton has spent the past decade working as the youth development director for Mika Community Development Corp., which helps residents of heavily Latino neighborhoods in Costa Mesa. During that time, she found that Latino students who don't speak much English struggle at local public schools.
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Making 12 years of effective English learning at schools is important
Oman Daily Observer
Oman: A roundtable conference on Standard of English in Omani Schools organized recently by Oman Daily Observer explored the issue as to why high school graduates of public education are weak in English and what can be done to remove this weakness? The six-member expert panel suggested that Oman needs to find new teaching and learning practices and delivery mechanisms for English. The panelists expressed disquiet on the continued observance of customary norms and practices that hinder progressive learning.
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Tested by language
The Indypendent
For most high school teachers and students, this time of year means Regents prep. The stakes are high as students must pass all five of their state-mandated Regents exams — each covering a different subject area — before they can receive their high school diploma. Everyone feels the pressure. Some students, though, feel it more than others.
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Costs drive both sides of study abroad
The New York Times
A sharp rise in university fees has encouraged students in Britain to consider studying overseas, while worries about high costs and debt are deterring United States students from going abroad, according to a study by the British Council's research arm, Education Intelligence. The study, published April 24, surveyed 7,000 British and American students on international study opportunities, access to information, scholarships and perceived barriers to taking up foreign study programs.
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Learning English MOOC to be launched on FutureLearn
Times Higher Education
United Kingdom: It is the first course to be delivered by one of the "cultural partners" of the Open University-owned MOOC provider, rather than by a university. Other such partners include the British Library and the British Museum. The course, which will begin this autumn, is aimed at non-native speakers with intermediate levels of English language proficiency, and will include learning about British culture and traditions to enable learners to gain a better understanding of life in the U.K.
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Grammar matters and should be taught — Differently
The Conversation (commentary)
I'm going to put it out there — most teachers don't know enough about how the English language works [aka grammar], and this inevitably impacts upon student literacy outcomes. There are grammar pundits who love their knowledge about the language for the haughty power it affords them: the ability to write corrective letters to the editor and the certain belief there is one right way to write and speak — their way.
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Making mistakes is the key to learning
By: Brian Stack
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." This phrase, etched into the minds of children for generations, was first popularized in a proverb by British educational writer William Edward Hickson in the late 1800s. It reminds us all how important mistakes are to the learning process. It is up to teachers to allow students to be free to practice and make mistakes and focus their deliberative practice on the things that are going to help them learn. Failure to do so would result in a generation of students who will be scared to raise their hands when they don't know the answer to a question.
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4 free Web tools to boost student engagement
Edutopia
When students use tool technologies to create content, their engagement is largely based on how successfully teachers craft the learning assignments, rather than on the technology itself. This is different from what happens with other types of technologies, such as tutor technologies (e.g. software for learning).
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