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Fun with English
The Daily Star
Bangladesh: The open playground and groves of green trees make Nilganj High School a beautiful and serene place for learning. But Fatima and her friends, students of class 8, are quite anxious about their school performance. They look tense and are discussing something serious. When asked why, Fatima says, "Actually we are talking about our results. Most of our friends got very poor marks in English. This year we shall sit for the JSC exam. We won't get a scholarship without securing good marks in English. We are really afraid of this subject."
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ELL content mastery through best practices of learning
By: Beth Crumpler
Lesson implementation for English language acquisition must use effective pedagogical practices for teaching ELLs. For learning and comprehension to unfold, it is imperative to understand best practices for instruction and learning. Some best practices for the teaching and learning of ELLs includes: comprehensible input, modeling, guided instruction, collaborative learning and independent practice. Here is a closer look at those five areas.
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Lexington, Neb., schools adapt to English language learners
Lexington Clipper Herald
The vast diversity of the student body at Lexington Public Schools in Nebraska includes new students who are relocating from another area or from another country, many of whom are starting to learn the English language. A three-page list of new enrollees to the Lexington Public Schools from January through Feb. 11 of this year, provided by administrators, lists students born in South Africa, Kenya, Iraq, North Sudan, Sudan, Guatemala, Somalia, Cuba, El Salvador and Mexico.
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Fluency outweighs pronunciation for understanding non-native English speakers
Phys.org
Pronunciation accuracy may not be the most important thing for making non-native English speakers easier to understand, but rather it is their fluency, including fewer pauses, restarts and speech rate, according to research from Purdue University.

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Los Angeles schools' plan for non-English speakers: Segregation or solution?
The Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles schools are moving forward with a plan to separate English language learner students from native speakers in all core elementary school classes. Protests have erupted.

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US experts to train Saudis in English language teaching
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Education has invited specialists from Columbia University in the United States to train Saudi teachers on methods of teaching the English language.

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Education Department: Civil Rights laws apply equally to charters
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued guidance clarifying that charter schools have the same obligations to abide by federal civil rights laws as regular public schools. The "Dear Colleague" letter by Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon includes specific guidance for charter schools related to admissions, students with disabilities, English language learners, and discipline.
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Common Core passes field test — with a few snags
District Administration Magazine
Field testing for the Common Core assessments wrapped up in June, with districts in 36 states reporting mostly successful first runs despite some challenges around technology, test questions and scheduling. Some four million students in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers participated in the trial run. Most field tests last 2.5 to 4.5 hours, depending on subject and grade level. The actual tests will take between 7.5 and 10 hours, spread out over two weeks.
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Helping kids whose first language is not English
Newsday (commentary)
In many schools, kids speak different languages. These kids can have a hard time learning if there is not someone to help them. I think schools should have a language and translation program. I have seen many examples of this problem. Some teachers do not speak the language a kid knows. Those teachers would need to find another teacher, kid or parent that does speak the language. One way teachers can solve this is that they can have a parent ready in their classroom that speaks the language to help. Schools can even have a special classroom that helps the students learn English or learn what their class is learning in the language they speak.
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Language teaching program for government teachers
The New Indian Express
India: The Rotary Club of Madras North, in association with the English Language Teachers' Association of India, is all set to offer a free intensive program in English language teaching for 300 government school teachers. The program comes in the wake of the revelation that the lack of English skill is the prime reason for the abysmal performance of first year engineering students of Anna University affiliates.
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Schools see surge in non-English speaking, students
The CantonRep
The county's largest school district has seen its number of students with limited English proficiency nearly double since 2008. Other schools have seen an increase, too, and several have added programs or staff members to meet demand and improve instruction for a growing — and shifting — group of students.
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Business wants language standards cut from visas
The Australian
Australia: Australia's skills shortage threatens to send more companies and jobs offshore unless the government "significantly" lowers the English language requirements for temporary foreign workers, a leading industry group says. In a submission to the independent review of the 457 visa program obtained by The Australian, Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox warns that language requirements are shrinking the pool of people who can apply for the skilled migration program.
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Report: US children read, but not well or often
Reuters
Although American children still spend part of their days reading, they are spending less time doing it for pleasure than decades ago, with significant gaps in proficiency, according to a report. The San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media, which focuses on the effects of media and technology on children, published the report, which brings together information from several national studies and databases.
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Fluency outweighs pronunciation for understanding non-native English speakers
Phys.org
Pronunciation accuracy may not be the most important thing for making non-native English speakers easier to understand, but rather it is their fluency, including fewer pauses, restarts and speech rate, according to research from Purdue University.
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Report finds weak link between value-added measures and teacher instruction
U.S. News & World Report
A spreading method of teacher performance that places significant importance on student growth measures has a weak to nonexistent link with teacher performance, according to new research published Tuesday. Morgan Polikoff and Andrew Porter, two education experts, analyzed the relationships between "value-added model" measures of teacher performance and the content or quality of teachers' instruction by evaluating data from 327 fourth- and eighth-grade math and English teachers in six school districts. The weak relationships made them question whether the data would be useful in evaluating teachers or improving classroom instruction, the report says.
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Using games to measure student skills
eSchool News
Game-based learning is one of the most popular trends in education today, and for good reason — a well-designed game engages students, boosts their interest in the topic it addresses, and immerses students in an educational and challenge-driven environment in an almost seamless manner. But this is just scratching the surface. Many researchers and educators say games have a positive impact on student learning and that they help students develop skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration.
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Teaching that's tailored to learners
The Christian Science Monitor
Sometimes a new idea seems so obvious that we slap our foreheads and wonder what we were thinking all along. In the early 19th century, the German educator Friedrich Froebel came up with the idea that young children should be encouraged in what they naturally want to do: play. Teachers could help them along through games and other forms of loosely structured education, bearing in mind that each child learns at a different pace. The charming word he gave to his concept is now used worldwide: kindergarten.
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