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Is technology a silver bullet for language teaching and learning?
The Guardian
United Kingdom: "There is no longer a four-walled classroom," says Dr Cecilia Goria, of Nottingham University's Language Centre. "Teaching and learning now extends beyond that." Technological innovations have changed language learning radically from the old-fashioned image of pupils learning lists of verbs out of textbooks. Although language teaching has a long history of using tech, dating back to the 1960s, recent developments such as social networking and easy-to-use video cameras have removed many of the limitations.
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Failed by high-stakes testing
SocialistWorkers.org
For most high school teachers and students in New York, 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. Take, for example, a seventh year student at our high school for English language learners in Brooklyn, New York. She has done three extra years because she hasn't passed the English Language Arts Regents Exam.
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TESOL research agenda 2014
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The 2014 Research Agenda Task Force welcomes your comments about both the content of the draft agenda and ways in which TESOL International Association can make use of the agenda to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide. Please visit the TESOL International Association Research Agenda 2014 in the newly launched TESOL Resource Center to add your feedback.
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Is technology a silver bullet for language teaching and learning?
The Guardian
United Kingdom: "There is no longer a four-walled classroom," says Dr Cecilia Goria, of Nottingham University's Language Centre. "Teaching and learning now extends beyond that."

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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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Districts told not to deny students over immigration
The New York Times
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued a strong warning to public school districts nationwide not to deny enrollment to immigrant students in the country illegally. The Justice and Education Departments jointly issued an update of guidelines they published three years ago, reminding districts that they "may be in violation of federal law" if they turn students away because the children or their parents do not have immigration papers. The guidelines clarify what documents schools can and cannot require to prove that students live in their districts.
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High stakes for states on NCLB waiver compliance
Education Week
No Child Left Behind Act waivers — initially billed by the Obama administration as a collaborative effort to help states get beyond the outdated NCLB law — have moved deep into the compliance phase, leaving states and the U.S. Department of Education to negotiate over the finer points of plans, rather than discussing big-picture policy ideas. The details, however, can prove make-or-break for states, which risk losing their flexibility altogether if they can't come to an accord with the administration.
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What are kids reading? Books like 'Hunger Games,' but classics, too.
The Christian Science Monitor
What do green eggs, stick figures navigating the hazards of middle school, and post-apocalyptic teen battles have in common? They're all to be found in the books most read by American children and teens. The reading habits of 9.8 million students in Grades 1 to 12 are detailed in the new "What Kids Are Reading" report by Renaissance Learning in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., which tracks students in 31,000 schools across the United States.
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SSCE: How recommended books cause students' failure in English language
Nigerian Tribune
Nigeria: Many Nigerian grown-ups would recall with relish, novels, plays and poems which they read when they were in secondary schools. Still, they would tell of how they began to study the "classics" of English literature in their first years. Before their senior years, most of them would say they had developed a deep interest in reading, writing, analysis and creative thinking; that they had become confident users of the English language.
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Brazilian teens video chatting with elderly Americans is the sweetest thing
The Huffington Post
Teens get a bad rap for the number of hours they log in front of their computers, but this group of students is using their screen time for something really wonderful. Thanks to FCB Brasil and the CNA language school network, Brazilian teens are able to practice their English skills through a speaking exchange — with senior citizens living in Chicago retirement homes. "What our students really want is to speak English fluently," says Vanessa Valença, a program coordinator. "And we're always asking ourselves, 'How can we make it more real? More human?'"
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English in Saudi Arabia
Arab News (commentary)
Saudi Arabia: This is with reference to the article Winds of change: English teaching in Saudi Arabia by Ozma Siddiqui (May 9). The writer states correctly that, "rote learning is still the preferred mode of study in subjects across the schools' and university curricula." It should not, therefore, be a surprise that the World Bank considers that the Saudi educational system is deficient in "imparting higher-order cognitive skills such as flexibility, problem-solving and judgment." I have observed this initial lack of mental ability throughout the twenty-seven years I have been teaching English here, both in the oil industry and in the field of aviation. Saudi school pupils "study" or "learn" English purely for the purpose of passing examinations. At no time is it impressed upon them that English is a valid means of communication in the world today.
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Teaching English in a global context
The Slovak Spector
Slovakia: More than one billion people worldwide are learning English as a second or foreign language, and the number is growing. The difference between the two groups amounts to speakers of English as a foreign language using English occasionally for business or pleasure, while English as a second language speakers use English on a daily basis, the British Council wrote. The total number of English speakers has grown from one quarter to one third of the global population, Professor David Crystal wrote in 2008.
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Mentoring new teachers can boost students' learning
The Des Moines Register
Des Moines teacher Amanda Carlton had been warned about her first year in the classroom. Colleagues and former classmates told the 24 year old: Be prepared to be overwhelmed. But Carlton describes her experience at Madison Elementary School as "wonderful, actually." By meeting with a mentor each week to plan lessons, dissect student data and talk about instructional strategies, the new teacher said she was able to overcome early challenges and become better at her job.
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