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International students hold protest in Dublin city center
The Irish Times
Some 200 international students took to the streets of Dublin protesting the recent closure of 14 private English language schools around the State and calling for tighter regulation from the Government. Chanting slogans like "more regulation for better education" and "what do we want, education, what do we get, exploitation," Brazilian, Mexican, Venezuelan and Malaysian students marched from Merrion Square, past the office of Quality and Qualifications Ireland and the Garda National Immigration Bureau, ending up outside Dáil Éireann.
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Simple exercises to improve ELL reading skills: Science
By: Douglas Magrath
English for science courses will help students who have passed the admissions test and are not quite ready to begin their courses in the scientific fields. Outside of the sheltered ESL and TOEFL classes, the demands are different. Life outside of ESL presents a different set of challenges. A practical approach to English for science has students exposed to both the target language and the target field by combining field experience with language learning.
English language instruction to start in second grade
Starting in the autumn of 2016, the instruction of English will begin one year earlier than it does at present in the Finnish school system. Primary students will begin studies in their first foreign language in second grade rather than third. News of the change has been welcomed in the Käppärä School in the western city of Pori. The rector says the school's 8-year-olds are well prepared.
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Hillary Clinton pitches immigration as an education issue
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at a Nevada high school that she wants to give students who came to the county as undocumented minors a path to citizenship. And she'd like to help their parents remain in the country legally too, through a major overhaul of the immigration system. Her remarks — and especially the choice to champion the policy at a high school, surrounded by undocumented students who would benefit from it — make it clear that the Clinton campaign plans to link the issues of immigration and educational equity.
After funding boost, schools consider how to better help English language learners
In the wake of a series of stories about English language learning in Indianapolis — jointly published by Chalkbeat, the Indianapolis Star and WFYI Public Media — key Indiana policymakers are reconsidering how children who need language help are served. The series, Lost In Translation, documented the difficulties faced by a fast-growing population of immigrant students in Indiana, some of whom come from vastly different cultures, to learn English, academic subjects and the American way of life all at once.
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The case for a two-generation approach for educating English language learners
Center for American Progress
Over the past two decades, the United States has undergone a number of demographic shifts. Between 2000 and 2013, the Latino population grew by 43 percent, far outpacing the growth of non-Hispanic whites, whose population grew by 5.7 percent during the same time period. The number of Asians in the United States is increasing as well; Asians recently surpassed Latinos as the nation's fastest-growing group of new immigrants. This population grew by 46 percent between 2000 and 2010.
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Gauging the impact of international students in higher education
International students have been part of the United States campus community for decades. Historically, most have come to this country for graduate work. Increasingly, though, international students are coming as undergrads. Their growing presence on college campuses — and their ability to pay full tuition — is boosting strained budgets and providing cross-cultural experiences to U.S. students, most of whom never study abroad.
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Colorblind bilingual programs can perpetuate bias, study finds
Many presume bilingual education can level the academic playing field for English learners, but one UC Davis professor calls foul on current practices. In a new paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, education professor Chris Faltis argues that "colorblind" approaches to multilingualism in education mask agendas that privilege the dominant, or "whitestream," culture.
The latest trends in classroom design
How we "do" education has changed immensely in the last decade. Pedagogy has evolved and the role of the teacher has shifted from the bestower of knowledge to the facilitator of it. Educators now flip their classrooms, encourage active, project-based learning and increasingly use online tools to deliver a more personalized education experience. These changes in teaching and learning have had a dramatic effect on how we think about and design classroom spaces.
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