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TESOL releases white paper on language teaching policies and practices
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Written by thought leaders in the field, TESOL White Papers propose research-based solutions to emerging issues in English language teaching and learning in contexts around the world. The first white paper is now available. Titled A Principles-Based Approach for Language Teaching Policies and Practices and written by Ahmar Mahboob and Namala Tilakaratna, this white paper identifies six principles aimed at helping policymakers, researchers, and practitioners build effective and successful practices within varied contexts while engaging with the challenges to implementation that these practices will encounter. Please feel free to download and share this paper with your colleagues. To comment on the paper, please visit the TESOL Blog.

TESOL offers 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 24 May. To register, visit the TESOL website. Please send questions to and put "ESL Maths" in the subject line.

TESOL seeks book chapter proposals: Insights from other fields
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TESOL seeks proposals for chapters of Language Teaching: Insights From Other Fields, to be edited by Chris Stillwell. Contributors should be language teachers or practitioners who have experience in fields outside TESOL that is demonstrably relevant to language teaching. Proposals should detail basic principles of a field outside TESOL and how those principles can enhance language teaching. The deadline for submissions is 15 May. For more information, please read the call for proposals.

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Top 10 reasons to attend TESOL Advocacy Day 2012
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If you're a member of TESOL International Association, you have likely heard about advocacy and the importance of getting involved. A key opportunity is coming up 18-19 June in Washington, D.C., at TESOL Advocacy Day 2012.

Why get involved? Participants in last year's Advocacy Day were asked that very question, and they came up with a list of their Top 10 Reasons to Participate in TESOL Advocacy Day 2012. Register by 15 May for only $99.

Register today for TESOL Academies in Michigan and California
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TESOL Academies provides intensive, hands-on workshops for a wide variety of TESOL practitioners. Each academy features six 10-hour workshops focused on key issues and areas of practice in English language teaching and learning. Academies are held on a university campus, a perfect setting for peer-to-peer learning. TESOL will host two academies in 2012, one at Eastern Michigan University, and one at California State University. Each academy workshop is limited to 35 participants, so register early to get your first choice.

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State, local groups press Congress to pass flexible education reform bill
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Several associations of state and local government officials called on House and Senate leaders to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and to do so in a way that gives state officials more flexibility over how to spend federal dollars. In their May 3 letter, the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, and eight other groups representing state and local authorities said the last reauthorization of ESEA came in the No Child Left Behind Act. But while they said that bill had a "commendable intent," it contained flaws that need to be fixed the next time around. More
Related story: Starting from scratch with ESEA (Education Week)

Education department offers states feedback on waivers
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The second round of states — 26 plus the District of Columbia — that applied to the U.S. Department of Education for wiggle room from the No Child Left Behind law got feedback on their requests in a round of letters sent April 17. To recap, 11 states have already been approved. More

Education department awards $24.4 million for 73 grants to promising teacher training programs to improve classroom instruction for English learners
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The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of nearly $24.4 million for 73 grants to improve instruction for English learners. Located in 28 states and the District of Columbia, the grants support a variety of professional development activities for teachers and other educational personnel who work in in elementary and secondary school classrooms with English learners. More

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Feds: Alabama immigration law will have 'continuing and lasting' effects on Hispanic students
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The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a stark warning against Alabama's controversial immigration law, which feds say has caused "increased hostility, bullying and intimidation," leading to a surge in school absences among Hispanic students, and will have "continuing and lasting" consequences. More

Puerto Rico aims to become fully bilingual by 2022
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Puerto Rico: The governor of Puerto Rico is trying to do what more than a century of American citizenship has failed to accomplish: teach Puerto Ricans to speak English as well as they do Spanish. Gov. Luis Fortuno, who has been mentioned as a possible Republican vice-presidential candidate, has proposed an ambitious, and what critics call far-fetched, plan to require all public schools to teach all courses in English while still offering Spanish grammar and literature classes. More

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India's tribal people fast becoming lost for words
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India: The subcontinent is losing languages faster than any nation on earth. South Asia correspondent Ben Doherty reports from Totopara. The road runs out seven kilometres before the last village in India. Sited at the edge of the Torsa River delta on the border with Bhutan, and against the foothills of the mountain range that will become the Himalayas, Totopara is happily isolated from much of the turbulence of the countries around it. The rains of the monsoon regularly cut the village off and the electricity supply is not yet so reliable as to seriously disturb the quiet. But there is a battle going on in Totopara, a quiet war to keep alive a language. More

Learning English in immersion programs
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A group of about eight students gathered around first-grade teacher Annette Hernandez toward the end of the school day at Roosevelt Elementary School in Tulare, Calif., reviewing superlative suffixes. "What other words end in '-est'?" she asked the students, all of whom eagerly thrust their hands toward the ceiling, each rattling off about two words ending in "-est." Across the room, another half dozen students sat in front of computer screens, grouping together similar words for a language arts computer program. All of the students in the class have been identified as English-language learners, a growing population of students enrolled in public schools. More

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English a second language for more students
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Carolyn Dugger, the principal at Harker Heights Elementary School, doesn't have to go far to see the changing demographics of Central Texas. It's right in the classrooms at her school. "About two years ago we really saw a shift," she said. "We now see an increase in the population of Hispanic students. They now make up about 40 to 45 percent of our student (population)." With the shift in student demographics, came growth in another subgroup of students at the school: those who did not speak English as their primary language. More

English language schools down by 95 percent
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United Kingdom: The number of private English language colleges that could be providing illegal immigrants claiming to be students with a route into the U.K. has fallen by nearly 95 percent, new research has shown. English U.K., the organization of accredited state and private language centers, said the number of non-accredited establishments which could be recruiting students in breach of immigration rules had fallen by almost 95 percent in the past four years. More

Missouri's Columbia Public Schools' English language learners program continues to grow
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On a mid-April Tuesday night, in a small room on the lower level of Midway Heights Baptist Church, Courtney Siewert led a group of adults through a scripted conversation. In pairs, they worked through the lines on a board at the front of the room, speaking haltingly and laughing when they messed up. "What is your name?" "My name is..." "How do you spell that?" "Spell it (in English)." Siewert coached them, helping them say the right letters and remember to indicate where to put spaces in their names. A teacher for Columbia Public Schools' English Language Learners, or ELL, program, Siewert works at Russell Boulevard and Shepard Boulevard Elementary schools throughout the week. More

2nd shot at education: Program helps local Latinos get GEDs
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When she first attended an adult education course at Centro de la Familia in Providence, Irene Ayala had no intention of spending the next four years trying to master reading, writing, science, math and social studies while juggling numerous family and job responsibilities. Ayala was simply curious. "I went to the school just for fun," she said. "I wanted to know what was happening there." Although Ayala's husband, William Blas, graduated from high school and attended a university in his native Peru, he still wanted to obtain his General Educational Development certificate while living in the United States. More

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Students say ESL program boosts their opportunities
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Students from Fatimeh Phillips' English as a Second Language class completed their yearlong course with greater confidence in their written and oral English-language skills. "This is the last interview we give in Spanish," a group of seven students jokingly told a reporter after they had received their end-of-course certificates, which acknowledged they had passed their exams and completed the required number of course hours. Now, the 26 English as a Second Language pupils, and nine beginning Spanish language students, are ready to move on to the next level. This particular program is a partnership between United Way of Santa Fe County, Santa Fe Community College and Guadalupe Credit Union, with classes hosted at Aspen Community Magnet School twice a week. More

Study: Pediatric early literacy effort a boon to English learners
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A program that uses pediatricians to "prescribe" reading aloud with children and provides developmentally appropriate books to families with young children is showing benefits for at-risk Latino children, including those whose parents do not speak English, a new study shows. More

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Study: Positive bias? Black, Latino students get less critical feedback from teachers
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Black and Latino students may be getting less critical, but helpful, feedback from teachers than their white counterparts, a new educational study indicates. "The social implications of these results are important; many minority students might not be getting input from instructors that stimulates intellectual growth and fosters achievement," study researcher Kent Harber, a Rutgers-Newark psychology professor, said in a press release. This positive bias in feedback to minority students may be contributing to the achievement gap between white and minority students, a stubborn national problem, Harber said. More

New survey: Half of teachers use digital games in class
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No longer relegated to experimental programs, digital games are becoming much more commonly used in classrooms across the country, according to a survey by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center released. Half of the 505 K-8 teachers surveyed said they use digital games with their students two or more days a week, and 18 percent use them daily. More

Pointing a finger work much better than using pointed arrows
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In a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Perception, researchers at the universities of Exeter and Lincoln showed that biological cues like an outstretched index finger or a pair of eyes looking to one side affect people's attention even when they are irrelevant to the task at hand. Abstract directional symbols like pointed arrows or the written words "left" and "right" do not have the same effect. More

Beyond the teachers' lounge: The emerging connection gap
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We often pontificate about the "haves" and the "have-nots" in our schools — the unfair way that schools are funded, the ways in which some of our students are robbed of opportunity while others are awash in it. What we don't reflect on enough is how some educators are connected to the global community, emerging trends and research, and larger conversations around reform and the direction of global education in general — and how so many other educators are simply not tapped into that world. The last few months have opened my eyes to this widening gap between educators who are connected through social media and those who aren't. More

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