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Welsh teaching in English-medium schools 'must change', Welsh government admits
Wales Online
United Kingdom: The way Welsh is taught in English-medium schools "must change" to promote it as a language in the workplace, the First Minister has said. Carwyn Jones and Education Minister Huw Lewis said how the language was taught as a second language in English-medium schools needed to be overhauled in response to a report from Professor Sioned Davies last year, but admitted it "makes sense for us to hold on our response to the recommendations relating to the curriculum" until another report is published at the end of the year.
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How do English speakers differentiate a 'th' sound from an 'f' sound?
Slate
English speakers don't actually differentiate "th" and "f" all that well. Indeed, in certain speech perception tests, native English speakers can perform as poorly as random guessing in distinguishing "th" and "f" because it's one of the most difficult contrasts in English.
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The 'new normal' life of a teacher
By: Brian Stack
In the age of accountability, college readiness and the Common Core, the role of PK-20 teachers is changing dramatically in schools and communities across the country. We used to think of teachers as masters of their domain and rulers of their classroom. They took the standards and the curriculum frameworks that their school or district gave them and provided students with instruction and assessment to help their students master the content. Since then, accountability has come knocking on the doorsteps of schools and classrooms everywhere.
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TESOL research agenda 2014
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The 2014 Research Agenda Task Force welcomes your comments on the content of the draft agenda. Please take time to also comment on 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. Visit the TESOL International Association Research Agenda 2014 to add your feedback by 15 June 2014.
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Call for participation for the 2015 TESOL convention
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The 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo takes place 25–28 March in Toronto, Canada. Session proposals and proposals for Pre- and Postconvention Institutes (PCIs) are due Monday, 2 June 2014, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Find the deadline in your time zone.
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Call for proposals for editor of new book series
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TESOL Press is now accepting proposals for an editor of a potential new series, Voices From the TESOL Classroom: The English Diaries. The goals of each book in the series are (1) to share multiple voices of learners and teachers from diverse contexts and (2) to reflect on the pedagogical implications, including empathy, empowerment, and curriculum and instruction. Read the full call. Please respond by 30 May 2014.
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Teaching Intros and Conclusions to ELLs Without a Safety Net
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This practical classroom activity appearing in the TESOL blog uses authentic examples to help your students learn what makes effective introductions and conclusions. Worksheets included! Other recent TESOL Blogs: Please Don't Stop the Music! Using Music in a Writing Class; Teaching Nonfiction Writing to Beginning English Learners; ESL Games: Multiple Meaning Puzzlers; and English Language Teaching in Pre-K–5: Using Twitter for PD.
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Good example of English use
The Japan Times
According to a recent announcement, high-ranking officials of the education ministry in charge of English education will begin conducting their meetings in English.

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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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Sixty years after Brown, Latino students are most segregated, report says
Education Week
Latinos, the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, are now the most segregated students in public schools, a trend that is especially prominent in large suburban communities that have undergone dramatic demographic change, a new report from civil rights researchers concludes. And while gains made through federal court orders to desegregate black and white students have lost major ground in many regions over the past couple of decades as those orders were lifted, public schools in the South remain the most desegregated for African-American students.
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Making multilingual movies
Language Magazine
Most prospective teachers and the pupils they will teach have been surrounded by constantly evolving information and communications technology — computers, email, social networks, smartphones and digital cameras — since preschool. The internet is this generation’s defining context for literacy and learning and requires new skills, strategies and dispositions. Paradoxically, teacher candidates have lived a digitally saturated life, but many have not had the preparation in the new literacies of how to integrate ICTs in their multilingual classrooms.
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Making a game of learning a language
Miami Herald
Miami Edison Senior High students are working to improve language and literacy with Word Avenger, a mobile app game that takes players on an intergalactic mission to shoot vocabulary words with matching definitions. The students won the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge's High School Track with their idea that stems from a struggle all-too-familiar to English language learners.
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School offers exceptional English language learner and preschool programs
Prescott Valley Tribune
The goal of the HUSD SEI Program is to facilitate the education of an English language learner whose native language is other than English and who is not yet academically proficient in English. All instruction in the program is in English and incorporates the four basic skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing and uses the Arizona Department of Education's ELL Task Force Models. HUSD has been recognized for high reclassification rates (students becoming proficient) and several awards including 2009 ELL teacher of the year, Susan Jimenez, and 2010 Exemplary Structured English Immersion Program.
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Spanish immersion students talk of future plans with new language skills
The Advocate
For one group of Paul Breaux Middle School eighth-graders, the bilingual advantage received as part of the school district's Spanish immersion program is one that has prepared them for a future with multiple avenues. "As an immersion student, you learn in a different way," explained Alexis Sam, 14. "A teacher I once had told us that everybody's gifted. We just learn in a different way. As immersion students, we process differently because we've learned a second language from a young age." Sam and her six other classmates began school together nine years ago as the first kindergartners to participate in the Lafayette Parish school system's Spanish immersion classes.
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Good example of English use
The Japan Times
Japan: According to a recent announcement, high-ranking officials of the education ministry in charge of English education will begin conducting their meetings in English. The new policy of holding meetings in English may or may not improve the quality of English education in Japan, but at least it sets an example of how to use English in important ways.
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Proficiency in English must for emiratisation
Khaleej Times
There is a reason why people in the UAE are flocking to language institutes. According to International House, Dubai, an institute offering skill-based courses in the UAE, more than five per cent of the 50 million people currently learning English in the Mena region are doing so in order to enhance their business communication skills with the intent of boosting their careers.
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Keywords hold our vocabulary together in memory
University of Kansas via Science Daily
Like key players in social networks, scientists have found evidence that there are keywords in word networks that hold together groups of words in our memory. The existence of keywords opens up many possible real-life applications such as helping individuals with word finding after a stroke. Conversely, removing a keyword through psycholinguistic tasks, could actually disrupt language processing — fracturing our word network.
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Low-income Latino children show benefits from Montessori pre-kindergartern programs, study finds
Science Codex
Low-income Latino children who experienced one year of Montessori pre-K education at age 4 made dramatic improvements in early achievement and behavior even though they began the year at great risk for school failure, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. In contrast, although low-income black children made gains in school readiness when enrolled in Montessori classrooms as well, they exhibited slightly greater gains when they attended more conventional public school pre-kindergarten programs. The research was published in APA's Journal of Educational Psychology.
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Adaptive learning: Are we there yet?
THE Journal
For more than a decade, K-12 educators have been hearing about the potential of adaptive learning, an approach to instruction and remediation that uses technology and accumulated data to provide customized program adjustments based on an individual student's level of demonstrated mastery. But interest in adaptive learning has been heating up in the last couple of years, thanks to new attention from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, new partnerships among education publishers and adaptive platform providers, and a growing list of product vendors. Along with that increasing interest and expanding vendor landscape has come a fair bit of confusion about exactly what the term "adaptive learning" means.
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3 ways to avoid summer 'brain drain'
eSchool News
Students and teachers usually can't wait for summer — students, to have a break from classes, and teachers, to catch up on professional development and reflect on the previous school year, all while preparing for the start of the next school year. Three strategies can help students, teachers, administrators and community members improve educational outcomes, at the same time avoiding the summer slide and disconnectedness that comes from summer break.
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