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Quebec must do more to support English speakers
CTV Montreal
Canada: The federal Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser says Quebec doesn't do enough to support English-speaking immigrants. His new report concludes that "too many Anglophones leave Quebec every year" and that results in a weakening of "Quebec as a whole." "Too many English-speaking newcomers in Quebec and French-speaking newcomers outside Quebec are unaware of the existence of official language minority communities, and that needs to change," he said in a statement. But Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says Quebec is an open society and doesn't agree with Fraser's assessment.
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Refugees committed to overcoming challenge of learning English
KSL
Each year, hundreds of refugees arrive in Utah anxious to call the state home. Learning the English language is one of their first goals, but it will not be easily met. It is, however, a challenge most refugees are committed to overcoming. A lively discussion between the teacher and a student kicks off a Monday morning English as a second language class at the Granite Connections campus. The teacher's question is, "Why do we double the P in the middle of the word stopped?" One student entertains her classmates with this response, "Because English is weird." Laughter fills the classroom as students and their teacher heartily agree.
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Why English is of paramount importance to Morocco
Morocco World News
Morocco: Language in Morocco is a vibrant resource and an economic imperative. Arabic, Tamazight, French and Spanish are spoken from the souks of Tangier, across the Atlas Mountains, to the desert gardens of Marrakech and beyond. While as a result, millions of Moroccans are fluent in multiple languages, young people in particular have inherited a linguistic jigsaw puzzle that they are sometimes hard-pressed to put together. Yet, having deftly navigated the Arab Spring — and the Arab Winter — Morocco is well positioned to step deeper into the global marketplace, and raise the standard of living throughout the country in the process. A central aspect of this is English language acquisition.
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TIRF introduces The James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Context
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The International Research Foundation (TIRF) Trustees have established the James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts This prize honors Dr. James Alatis, a founder of TESOL International Association and TIRF. The prize carries with it a US$500 award. Submissions must have been published in 2014 or 2015. The deadline for nominations is 16 November 2015.
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TESOL call for research proposals
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Available 20 May 2015.
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TESOL Press call for proposals: Mobile apps for language learning & teaching
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TESOL Press seeks proposals for a booklet (75–100 pages) that offers a critical literature review of apps available for mobile language learning and teaching. Proposals due 1 June 2015.
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TESOL Press call for proposals: Corpus linguistics for language learning & teaching
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TESOL Press seeks proposals for a book or booklet that identifies some of the best corpora and software currently available and explains how teachers can use them to enhance their teaching. Proposals due 1 June 2015.
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TESOL Press call for contributions: New ways in teaching with humor
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Submissions due 1 June 2015.
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Register today! 2015 Advocacy and Policy Summit
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The only event of its kind in the United States, the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit is an unparalleled professional development opportunity for educators to learn about U.S. federal education issues and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education. 21–23 June 2015.
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Congress clears budget that locks in sequester-level education funding
Education Week
Congress passed a fiscal year 2016 budget that locks in sequester-level funding, ensuring no new money for federal education spending and outlining further cuts to federal education programs over the next decade. "This balanced budget will provide Congress and the nation with a fiscal blueprint that challenges lawmakers to examine every dollar we spend," said Senate budget chairman Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo. "Americans who work hard to provide for their families and pay their taxes understand that it's time for the federal government to live within its means, just like they do."
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Do more to help students with disabilities learn English language
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (commentary)
Limited English proficiency students with disabilities represent an increasingly large segment of the student population in the U.S. and represent more than 10 percent of all the children with special needs in the U.S. qualified to receive language training and educational support under the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act law of 2004. The law mandates that education providers build on the unique abilities of students with disabilities, challenging conventional beliefs on disability.
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New curriculum, but not for youngest English learners in DPS
Chalkbeat Colorado
Denver Public Schools was poised this spring to buy its first set of Common Core-aligned textbooks and materials for elementary- and middle-schoolers. But after an extensive search, the district held off on buying a new curriculum for its K-3 literacy classes. Officials say that's because a committee of teachers and experts couldn't find quality books or resources written in Spanish and tailored to the needs of students who are learning English.
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Filipino language schools draw English-obsessed Koreans
Worldcrunch
South Korea: In South Korea, learning English is a national obsession. Families pay billions of dollars a year on extra curricular education so their children can enroll in top universities and later land high-paying jobs that require good English skills. But it's not always affordable at home, which is why the Philippines, where English is one of the two official languages, has become one of Korea's top destinations for overseas language education. Like almost every other South Korean high school student, 17-year-old Kang Tae-won spends every weekday evening at a private academy learning English. He believes his future depends on it.
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US universities offer international students a taste of home
U.S. News & World Report
Many U.S. universities have gone to great lengths to make international students feel at home, providing familiar foods, cultural events and religious and recreational opportunities. In diverse metropolitan areas, adjusting can be easier. But even in smaller locations, universities work to bring the tastes of home to international students, while exposing them to American customs. Below are four areas where U.S. universities have stepped up their efforts — and, in places where access to cultural elements is limited, how international students have found creative ways to introduce them.
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Learning English forges connections
Portland Tribune
Tina, a refugee from Myanmar, acts just like a typical mother trying to keep up with the younger generation when asked if there are phrases her kids say that she doesn't understand. She rolls her eyes and laughs. "Too many," she says, unable to think of one on the spot. She's been in America just over three years, and like many other refugees, was taken straight from the airplane to Barberry Village, 224 S.E. 188th Ave., where she began her life in the United States.
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Special report on early literacy: The state of reading instruction in grades K-3
Education Week
Early-grades reading instruction has long been a central point of emphasis — and concern — for educators and policymakers. That's in large part owing to a provocative body of research showing that students who don't read with proficiency by the end of 3rd grade are far more likely to experience poor academic outcomes, including leaving school without a diploma. This Education Week special report takes a wide-ranging look at new efforts to address the challenges of early-grades reading instruction.
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Audio dissection
Language Magazine
Language is as much a skill as it is a subject. Therefore, language learning must involve not only vocabulary and grammar study, but also practice and training of the skills necessary to communicate in a foreign language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Listening comprehension is often regarded as an ability that is gradually acquired through constant exposure to the target language, when in reality, it is a tangible skill that can be improved through conscious practice and training.
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Avoiding 'learned helplessness'
Edutopia
We all have students who just want to "get it right." We all have students who constantly seek the attention of the teacher. "Did I get this right?" "Is this what you want?" Now while it's certainly a good thing to affirm students in their learning, many times we want students to be creative with their learning. We allow them to own their learning and create assessment products where they can show us what they know in new and inventive ways. Because of this, there isn't "one right answer," yet our students are often trained to think that there can be only one.
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