This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Advertise in this news brief.

Text Version  RSS  Subscribe  Unsubscribe   Archive   Media Kit |  Buyers Guide for Educators:    

Home   Communities   Publications   Education   Issues   Convention   Join TESOL   May 22, 2015


How are ELL programs funded across states?
District Administration Magazine
English language learners perform better academically and achieve greater language proficiency when they have high-quality English language instruction, according to a 2014 study in the American Educational Research Journal. These extra programs require additional funding above the average per-student amount. The federal government provides grant funding to states through Title III to help ELLs with language acquisition and with meeting content standards.
   Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Backpacker tax to hit English language courses
The Australian
Australia: Record English enrolments are under threat from visa-related distortions and next year's "backpacker tax", the language college peak body has warned. English Australia said there were worrying times ahead for the sector, even though student numbers had rebounded to eclipse the previous peak year of 2008. A report by EA and the federal Department of Education has found that almost 164,000 students started English language courses last year, with student numbers increasing by 11 per cent on last year and revenues climbing to $2 billion.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Bridging the cultural gap for ELLs
By: Douglas Magrath
Language and culture are intertwined. Culture is a part of life, and students need to understand the cultural implications of reading material. One can learn a lot of about a specific culture group by reading its fiction, poetry and theatrical works. ESL students can learn about the culture of the host country from their readings, so the cultural biases inherent in the readings can be approached as an additional learning experience. Cultural situations in the texts can be great starting points for conversation as well as contrastive writing assignments.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

TESOL Academy: Stockton University, New Jersey, USA
19 - 20 June 2015
The Academy features 10-hour workshops focused on key issues and areas of practice in the profession such as teaching science to ELLs and teaching ELLs with special needs. Register by 5 June and save up to US$65.

TESOL call for research proposals: The TESOL Research Standing Committee is now accepting research proposals for 2015. Each award provides up to US$2500 for applicants who are currently working on research or would like to start research projects that are aligned with the TESOL Research Agenda. Proposal deadline is Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 11:59 pm U.S. eastern time. We look forward to seeing your proposal!

TESOL online course: ESL for the Secondary Mathematics Teacher
1 - 28 June 2015
Need help teaching math to ELs? TESOL can help. Learn about core ESL principles, the role of culture in learning math, and how to plan and implement instruction and assessment practices for ELs. Space is limited. Register today!

TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit
Washington, DC, USA, 21 - 23 June 2015
Learn about U.S. federal education issues, enhance your leadership skills, and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education. Register by 29 May to save.

TESOL Virtual Seminar: Words and Deeds: Understanding and Teaching Academic Language to ELLs, 27 May 2015. FREE for TESOL members, US$45 for nonmembers. Register by 24 May to participate.

TESOL Virtual Seminar: Demystifying English Idioms: Helping Teachers Help Students Learn Idioms, 3 June 2015. FREE for TESOL members, US$45 for nonmembers. Register by 31 May to participate.

For more TESOL education programs, please visit the TESOL website.

ESL Teacher — DC Public Schools, Washington, DC Public Schools, USA

Director, English Preparatory Programs, American University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Assistant to Direction of Studies, American Language Academy, Madrid, Spain

For more jobs, please visit the TESOL Career Center.

Coalition introduces tighter language school controls to protect students
Irish Examiner
Ireland: Tighter controls over English language schools including insurance schemes to refund foreign students' fees and higher standards of teaching have been agreed by the Coalition. The measures come in the wake of scandals in the language school sector where institutions have been accused by the Department of Justice of running "visa factories." Over a dozen English language schools have closed in the past year following a clampdown.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Seattle schools to expand ELL services after critical state audit
Education Week
The Seattle school system will expand its English language learner services after a scathing state audit determined that the district shortchanged language learner students and their families.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Learning English: Central Massachusetts schools face growing needs for language instruction
Worcester Telegram
At Charlton Street School in Southbridge, Massachusetts, a class of 13 first- and second-graders in need of improving their English learned about severe weather — a good topic here because of the unforgettable tornado that roared through the town with a growing Hispanic population in 2011. The pupils watched a video about tornadoes, another about the big bad wolf, similar in how they both threaten to blow the house down. The teacher, Michael Blain, asked what the students would bring with them if they were to seek refuge in their basements during a tornado and power outage.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Refugees committed to overcoming challenge of learning English (KSL)
Why English is of paramount importance to Morocco (Morocco World News)
Do more to help students with disabilities learn English language (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Social emotional learning and English learners (By: Erick Herrmann)
Leaving the mother tongue: Why languages are so hard to learn and which are easiest (Medical Daily)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

4 ways international students can weigh potential majors
U.S. News & World Report (commentary)
Danh D. Pham, a contributor for U.S. News & World Report, writes: "Every year, there is a great number of incoming international students in U.S. colleges who have not yet figured out what they want to study over the course of four years. If you are one of those, please do not feel too nervous or stressed out. I have seen many people switch their majors after two years. This includes those students going to top-notch schools in the U.S. News rankings. Therefore, I want to help you make a more informed and wiser decision by laying out a few steps new international students can take to choose a major."
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Miss an issue of the English Language Bulletin? Visit the English Language Bulletin archive page.

Bilingual kids may become better communicators; how exposure to new languages builds new perspectives
Medical Daily
Anyone who's ever been around another person speaking a foreign language probably knows the feeling of cluelessness — trying as hard as possible to grasp onto anything that sounds familiar in hopes of understanding something about what they're saying. What many of us don't realize, however, is that in trying to understand, we're also paying attention to things beyond the words being said, such as a person's tone, body language, and overall perspective. All these factors make communication more effective.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Looking for similar articles? Search here, keywords ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS.

New glossary aims to offer clarity on language learner terms
Education Week
The New America Foundation has put together a glossary of language learner terms that aims to offer clarity on what educators mean when they talk about dual language learners, English language learners, long-term English learners, and other groups of students The piece kicked off a 10-week series of blog posts related to the education of dual language learners in public schools. The glossary helps highlight the "substantial diversity that exists" among language-learners, wrote the author, Ashley Simpson Baird, a former bilingual teacher.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The TESOL English Language Bulletin is presented as a service to members of TESOL International Association and other English language teaching professionals. For information about TESOL member benefits, visit or contact us at

TESOL English Language Bulletin is a digest of the most important news selected for TESOL International Association from thousands of sources by the editors of MultiBriefs, an independent organization that also manages and sells advertising. TESOL International Association does not endorse any of the advertised products and services. Opinions expressed in the articles are those of the author and not of TESOL.

Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601   Download media kit
Hailey Golden, Senior Education Editor, 469.420.2630   Contribute news
Craig Triplett, TESOL Digital Content Manager, 703-518-2526
TESOL International Association | 1925 Ballenger Ave., Suite 550 | Alexandria, VA 22314 | |    
+1 703-836-0774

This edition of the TESOL English Language Bulletin was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!
Recent issues
May 19, 2015
May 15, 2015
May 12, 2015
May 8, 2015

7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063