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English is golden
Language Magazine
California is more than a state — it's a state of mind: dynamic, free-thinking, innovative, ecological and liberal are just some of the adjectives that start to describe the most populous and diverse state in the Union. From the dry Mojave Desert and its iconic Joshua trees, to the Sequoia National Forest filled with the largest living things in the world, to its cosmopolitan cities and endless beaches, there are infinite possibilities for adventure. Be it hiking, celebrity spotting, surfing, dining, snowboarding, inventing, partying, conserving or simply creating — California is designed for experimentation.
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Using topical grammar to enhance language learning
By: Douglas Magrath
The various subskills of grammar, listening, reading, writing and cultural awareness all work together in the language acquisition process. Grammar is especially important to ensure communication, but the material presented should be meaningful and relevant to the learners' daily lives. The following examples make suggestions for the introduction of grammar in a topical, interactive way. The learners need to become so involved in their activities that they learn the grammar without having to think about the rules. The underlying principle is learning English by using English.
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More choice in visa English language tests
The Australian
Australia: Visa applicants to Australia will have more choice in the type of English language tests they can sit as the Abbott government moves to streamline its migration system. The decision to expand the number of tests approved by the Immigration Department to assess whether applicants have a reasonable command of the English language applies to temporary graduate, skilled, work and holiday, and former resident visas.
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More choice in visa English language tests
The Australian
Australia: Visa applicants to Australia will have more choice in the type of English language tests they can sit as the Abbott government moves to streamline its migration system.

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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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National landscape fragments as states plan Common Core testing
Education Week
Only a few years ago, the ambitious initiative to use shared assessments to gauge learning based on the new Common Core standards had enlisted 45 states and the District of Columbia. Today, the testing landscape looks much more fragmented, with only 27 of them still planning to use those tests in 2014-2015, and the rest opting for other assessments or undecided, an Education Week analysis shows.
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The new separate and unequal
U.S. News & World Report
Sixty years ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregating schools was unconstitutional because "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal," the nation was searching for its moral compass. Despite the historic ruling, decades would pass before integration took root in Southern states, which rebelled furiously against federal policies regarding race. Yet today, while not legally sanctioned, more U.S. students are in segregated schools than a few decades ago. And experts say that these schools now are still as inherently unequal as their legally sanctioned predecessors.
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State lawmakers throttle back on 'parent trigger'
Education Week
Interest in the controversial school choice option known as the parent trigger has declined sharply among state lawmakers this year, even as legislators in a number of states forge ahead on tax-credit scholarships and other school choice alternatives. In 2010, California became the first state to pass a law allowing parents to spark a transformation of a low-performing school. In addition, Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas have passed some version of that option, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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English at school, Spanish at home
OPB
The state of Oregon has set an ambitious goal to graduate 100 percent of high school students by the year 2025. OPB is following more than two dozen six and seven-year-olds who are in the class of 2025. For the next twelve years, OPB aims to follow these students, in school and at home. These are some of their stories from first grade.
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Education funding hike proposed for 2 student groups
Las Vegas Review-Journal
A panel of state officials and educators recommended a significant change to how Nevada allocates public education dollars to account for the challenges of educating students in poverty and those who are not fluent in English. The major recommendation from a state Technical Advisory Committee would increase funding for students in those groups by 50 percent, establishing a minimum 1.5 weighted ratio in calculating their share of a school district's total state and local per pupil funding.
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English isn't about language
The Times of India
India: The greatest misconception about English, especially among the previous generation, is that it's a spoken-English course. It isn't. "It's not a finishing school programme for giving refinement," says Swaroopa Mukherjee, who teaches the subject at Hindu College, "It is purely literature. What is taught at school level is not literature at all and students have no idea what to expect." Over the course, they pick up "discursive writing", the ability to mount an argument and some even develop a reading habit. English has been one of the most popular subjects in DU and cutoffs are generally high.
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Ahead of the World Cup, Voxy rolls out English language learning for Brazilian cabbies
Fast Company
In an age when education is undergoing rapid transformation — by becoming more electronic, more personalized, more measurable — should language education be any different? A New York-based English language learning startup, Voxy, doesn't think so. Voxy, which has garnered $20 million in funding to date and has 3 million students, is now poised to raise its profile in Brazil, where it has offered up its English Language-learning platform to 40,000 affiliates of the Uber-like 99 Taxis, just in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup next month.
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Could texting and autocorrect affect kids' writing skills?
University of Alabama at Birmingham via Science Daily
An English teacher sees the effects of students' growing up in an age when communication is done in an abbreviated text language and where they depend on autocorrect to automatically solve the "i before e" literary dilemma.
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How can teachers inspire learning? By empowering students
eSchool News
How can today's teachers inspire their students? Where does true engagement in learning come from — and how can technology play a role? These questions were the focus of a unique professional development event held in Dallas, during which attendees heard from an all-star lineup of educators.
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30 apps for educators and students
eSchool News
By now, apps have cemented their place as valuable resources for students, teachers and administrators. But these apps go deeper, helping educators transform teaching and learning while promoting essential skills such as critical thinking and collaboration. "There's no one app that's better than all the others," said Michelle Luhtala, head librarian at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, while presenting a list of 50 apps that educators and students might find useful.
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