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(Re)examining the 'E' in TESOL: TESOL 2011 plenaries now
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You can now view — or review — all the TESOL 2011 plenary sessions. Check out more than seven hours of presentations by Thelma Meléndez, Alistair Pennycook, Jennifer Jenkins, Shondel Nero and many others. Topics include sociolinguistic variation, ethnic issues, modeling and mentoring, language identities and more. To get started, just visit the TESOL Resource Center.

No Child Left Behind fix is lagging in Congress
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The long-awaited overhaul of the 9-year-old No Child Left Behind law has begun in the House with the first in a series of targeted bills, but a bipartisan, comprehensive reform of the nation's most important education law appears far from the finish line. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, said there's no chance of meeting President Barack Obama's August deadline. More

3 English tests added for Australia student visa applicants
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Australia: Australia has announced plans to add three alternative English language proficiency tests for student visa applicants, providing candidates with greater choice. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship said it was anticipated that these new tests will be accepted for student visa applications later this year. More

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5 myths about America's schools
The Washington Post (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The end of the school year and the layoffs of tens of thousands of teachers are bringing more attention to reformers' calls to remake public schools. Today's school reform movement conflates the motivations and agendas of politicians seeking reelection, religious figures looking to spread the faith and bureaucrats trying to save a dime. Despite an often earnest desire to help our nation's children, reformers have spread some fundamental misunderstandings about public education. More

Elementary students get early jump on college search
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When Louisiana's Terrytown Elementary teacher Tobie Lynn Tranchina was younger, her parents constantly instilled in her the importance of a college education. "I grew up with parents who always said 'You're going to college,' not do you want to go to college," she said. "So, it was always my path." Tranchina later realized the same expectation was not a reality for many of her fourth-grade English as a second language students. So, she endeavored to find a way to show her students that college was an attainable option for them. More

Teaching English at primary level no threat to local culture
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Saudi Arabia: The significance of teaching children English at an early age has been highlighted by several studies. Even European countries that are deeply passionate about their local languages and cultures have realized the need to teach English to their children at primary schools. Studies have also proved that learning English at an early age helps students grasp their mother tongue better, simultaneously enabling them to acquire remarkable proficiency in their second language. More

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Student's journey to Washington shines light on larger challenges
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It would be a nice story, but not much more, if Kenya Hernandez's saga was simply the heartwarming tale of a 15-year-old girl traveling to the nation's capital to speak her mind to U.S. policymakers. But because of who Hernandez is — and because of who students in the United States increasingly are — her journey represented much more than a feel-good visit. More

ESL teachers about to become hot commodity
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Canada: Stephanie Beam graduates from Concordia University in Montreal in June, but already she's received plenty of offers of teaching work. Three of the teaching offers came after she got her Bachelor of Arts degree, when she had no formal teacher training. The rest came as she studied to be a teacher. Her specialty — teaching English as a second language — is about to become an even hotter commodity in Quebec. The Education Department plans to expand intensive English in sixth-grade to all French public schools over the next five years. It predicts about 1,235 extra teachers will be needed to teach those classes. More

'Women affected most' by English language funding cuts
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Great Britain: Five years ago, Layla Abdi Nur and her family fled the bullets and bloodshed in Somalia to come to London. The single mother of four could not speak any English when she arrived from Mogadishu, Somalia. Now, after two years of full-time language lessons at the College of North West London, Nur can make herself understood, but is still far from fluent. Because of the planned cuts in government funding for English language learners, she fears her chance of speaking the language well enough to one day become a nurse, come off benefits and support her family may be dashed. More

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Want to advance your career? Improve your business English
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Canada: True or False: Do university and college graduates have the necessary business English skills to land a good job? If you answered, 'true,' for the most part, you are wrong. A recent study reported that approximately 30 percent of employers rated new work force entrants with a four-year college degree as deficient in written communication. More

ESL program helps hospitality workers
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The local hospitality industry hires a significant number of foreign-born workers whose English skills may be lacking. But it's not easy for these employees to study English — juggling long work hours and family duties — and going to school is not cheap, either. More

Study: Children learn language in moments of insight, not gradually through repeated exposure
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New research by a team of University of Pennsylvania psychologists is helping to overturn the dominant theory of how children learn their first words, suggesting that it occurs more in moments of insight than gradually through repeated exposure. More

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