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Cutting to the Common Core: Mathematically speaking
Language Magazine
Developing mathematics instruction for English language learners that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards can be achieved through research-based teaching practices that often run counter to commonsense notions of language and mathematics. This article outlines recommendations that are motivated by a commitment to improving mathematics learning through language for all students and especially for students who are learning English; they are not intended as recipes or quick fixes, but rather as principles to help guide teachers, curriculum developers, and teacher educators in developing their own approaches to supporting mathematical reasoning and sense-making for students who are learning English.
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Students losing out due to lack of English skill
The Sun Daily
Malaysia: The fact that Malaysian students are unable to pursue studies in reputable universities overseas, should have been the push factor for strong moves to improve English in schools, former lecturer of the Institute of Teachers' Education Malaysia said. Expressing disappointment on the state of the English language in schools today, Anthony Gnanapiragasam, 73, who is also a retired teacher, said parents are losing confidence in the education system.
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Closing the education gap for English language learners
The Huffington Post (commentary)
It was my first year as a teacher and Wilson's first year as a student in the United States. He had arrived from Guatemala in September earlier that year. Wilson was a special kid. And he said something one day that has stuck with me, five years later: "All the people I see cleaning speak Spanish...like me. That's why I want to be a doctor. I want to show that people like me can do more than just clean like that." This was my wake-up call. This job is about people — the kids with dreams and the adults who either have or lack the knowledge and skills to make those dreams a reality.
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Strengthening the Every Child Achieves Act for ELLs
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English language learners — preK-12 students who are working toward becoming proficient in the English language — are one of the fastest-growing student populations in the country. The Every Child Achieves Act, as voted out of committee, represents a significant step forward toward supporting the academic and language needs of ELLs, adequately preparing teachers to work with ELLs, and promoting equity. We are pleased that the Every Child Achieves Act took this important bipartisan first step in reclaiming the original purpose of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and we offer the following suggestions for how the bill could be strengthened to promote educational excellence and equity for ELLs to ensure they have access to and are able to meet the same challenging college- and careerready standards required of all students.
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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
TESOL
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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TESOL Press call for contributions: Voices from the TESOL Classroom Series
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Submissions due 20 July 2015.
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Welcoming Week webinar: Adult educators collaborate to build bridges and empower learners in classrooms and communities
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Presented by Welcoming America and World Education. 29 May 2015 at 1 pm EST.
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The language learning debate
swissinfo.ch
Switzerland: Language learning in Switzerland is linked to wider political debates over immigration and education. An online poll shows strong support for giving priority to national languages in school and in the workplace. Recently, several cantons have been embroiled in disputes over whether to introduce the teaching of English before another Swiss national language in primary school.
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Immigrant students prompt new English language programs
Fairfax County Times
The Fairfax County school system in Virginia will be piloting intensive English language programs at Lee and Stuart high schools in the fall, aiming to address an inpouring of immigrant children into county schools. The county received 1,541 children apprehended by immigration authorities between October 2013 and March 2015. Caught coming into the United States without a parent or guardian, the children are sent to live with parents, relatives or family friends in the country as they await hearings on their immigration status.
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English learning gives competitive edge
The Hindu
United Kingdom: English learning enhanced the employability level of students and also provided an edge in any field in a competitive environment, said Ian Cawley, Global Manager, Cambridge English Language Assessment, a not-for-profit organization of the University of Cambridge. Cawley said that English had become essential for Indian students who were lacking in soft skills. The CELA provided tailor-made modules to learn English to different sections of people at the school and college levels. It worked in partnership with several higher education institutions and governments.
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How we learn to pronounce the unfamiliar sounds in a foreign language
Phys.org
A new Emmy Noether Research Group at LMU focuses on how we learn to pronounce the unfamiliar sounds in a foreign language, and why it is often difficult for us to avoid errors in pronunciation that we pounce on when they are made by others. Like all languages, English lays out many snares for the unwary non-native speaker, and Germans regularly fall foul of one in particular, pronunciation of 'th'. A prominent recent victim was EU commissioner Günther Oettinger, who was often heard to begin his responses to reporters' questions with the phrase "On ze one händ". But you don't have to have an especially high profile in the media to stumble at articulatory hurdles like this, as the majority of those who now use English well know.
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Are Arab youths more at ease in English?
Gulf News
United Arab Emirates: Anxiety and panic immediately kick in when her boss asks her to type an email in Arabic. Ayah Mohammad is not a foreigner working in the UAE. She is one of the many Arabs who feels more comfortable communicating in English rather than in Arabic after graduating from private schools in the country. According to the Arab Youth Survey 2015 that was released in Dubai recently, 36 percent of young Arabs use English as a language communication tool instead of Arabic on a daily basis.
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Educator gives advice for teaching English language learners
Education World
Educator Lindsey Meyer urges fellow educators to focus on helping English language learners succeed in the classroom and offers several ideas on how to do so. In Meyer's school, there are 64 ELLs from twenty different countries that speak over a dozen different languages combined. As a result, Meyer says she has taught a variety of students with different cultural backgrounds and past educational experiences that she has embraced in her teaching. According to Meyer, ELLs too frequently do get left behind.
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Under Common Core, students learn words by learning about the world
Education Week
As many educators and researchers will attest, there's no exact science to choosing vocabulary words — no inherent reason the word "detest" is more important to teach than "despise," or why "compassion" should be highlighted in a text before "sympathy." But some reading experts, including those who helped write the Common Core State Standards, are saying what's critical about vocabulary instruction is how the words are introduced—and that context is key.
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