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65,000 English language teachers to be retrained
The Rakyat Post
Malaysia: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Education Ministry intended to retrain up to 65,000 English language teachers in future to raise the command of the language among students. Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said 5,000 English language teachers were retrained last year while another 20,000 would continue to be trained this year.
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New English language testing options for Australian visa applicants
Australia Forum
Australia: Applicants for Australian visas will have more choice in English language testing with the addition of more test options, it has been announced. The increase of choice will affect applications for temporary graduate, skilled, work and holiday, and former resident visas. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, described the changes, which come into effect in November, as being in line with the department's focus on increasing competition in the English language testing market for visas.
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TESOL releases new Common Core resources for teachers of English learners
District Administration Magazine
TESOL International Association, a professional association committed to promoting excellence in English language teaching, has released resources to help teachers of English learners address the Common Core State Standards. The resources include books, papers and a webinar. In March 2014, TESOL Press, the publishing arm of TESOL International Association, published the professional paper "Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals: Knowledge and Action in an Era of New Standards." In February 2013, TESOL convened a meeting of teachers, administrators, researchers, and policy makers to consider how the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards will affect the role of English language educators in the United States.
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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. Please 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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How infants understand speech: New study sheds light
University of Texas at Dallas via Science Daily
Six-month-old infants require more information from a cochlear implant than an adult or older child, a study has demonstrated. This may be due to the lack of experience infants have with speech and their inability to fill in the missing information from the cochlear implant.

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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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For the first time, public education revenue decreases in 2012, Census Bureau reports
U.S. Census Bureau
Public elementary and secondary education revenue declined in fiscal year 2012 for the first time since 1977, when the U.S. Census Bureau began collecting public education finance data on an annual basis. According to new Census Bureau findings released today, public elementary and secondary school systems received $594.5 billion in total revenue in fiscal year 2012, down $4.9 billion (0.8 percent) from fiscal year 2011.
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Tenure rules linked to teacher evaluations in more states
NBC News
A growing number of states are using controversial teacher evaluations to determine which teachers earn and hold onto tenure, says a report by the Education Commission of the States. Sixteen states have now mandated that the results of the evaluations be used in making tenure decisions, a jump from 10 states in 2011. And three states — Florida, North Carolina and Kansas — have voted to eliminate tenure altogether.
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FCAT reading test can spoil graduations for English language learners
The St. Petersburg Tribune
When Rami Abraham came to the U.S. from Syria in 2007, he was looking to turn his life around, graduate high school, enroll in a technical school and embark on a successful career. Yet despite excellent attendance and grades, Abraham, a senior at Enterprise High School in Clearwater, won’t be graduating with his high school diploma at the end of the year unless he passes the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. And with Florida schools moving to a new standardized test and education standards next school year, both of which promise more reading and writing, passing the test is looking like more of a long shot for students like Abraham, who speak English as a second language.
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Language school jobs 'go to overseas tutors'
The Times of Malta
Malta: Experienced Maltese teachers at English language schools are concerned they are being sidelined for inferior teachers from Eastern Europe recruited on far lower pay. "We are in a situation where teachers from eastern European countries who can't speak proper English, or who clearly don't know the nuances of the language, are teaching students who come specifically to Malta to learn the language. It's a thriving industry," said one of several teachers.
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Dual-language model helps English, Spanish speakers alike
Las Cruces Sun-News
Bilingual education is no longer a remedial education program for Las Cruces Public Schools students in New Mexico. It has become an enrichment program that benefits not only the district's 1,800 English language learners but all students in dual-language classes in the 16 schools that use the Gómez and Gómez Dual Language Enrichment model.
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Perspectives: English lessons can foster creativity in students
South China Morning Post (commentary)
Hong Kong: Having had the privilege of working in Hong Kong schools as a native-English-speaking teacher for nearly 16 years, I have witnessed an upsurge in creativity since electives such as short stories, poetry and songs, drama and popular culture were introduced in Hong Kong secondary schools during the 2009-2010 academic year. School-based Assessment was inaugurated at about the same time. I have found that my local English teacher colleagues have responded well to all these changes which have formed part and parcel of the 3+3+4 reforms in Hong Kong schools.
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ESL classes growing in suburban schools
The Saratogian
The students in Patrice Delehanty's high school classroom sat with desks in a semicircle listening to her explain the process to be used on an upcoming test. They were dressed in everyday American high school apparel, a sweatshirt here, a baseball cap there, even a red-knitted hat in case the spring weather turned cold. The conversation between the students was light with a barb or two tossed at someone seated at another desk. Sometimes the comment was made in English. At other times it was made in another language. Spanish seemed to be the universal default.
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Report: O'Keeffe's language school breached visa rules
Independent.ie
Ireland: Flagrant breaches of student visa rules at a college for international students where former Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe was president are exposed in documents. The lax educational and attendance standards at Eden College are detailed in reports drawn up after surprise visits by educational quality inspectors late last year. In one case, a student took holidays immediately after registering on a course — and over a nine-week period attended only 30 percent of the required class time before any warning letter was sent out.
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Indochinese center English language students 'making a difference'
The Wichita Eagle
When the Wichita Indochinese Center opened in 1985, its mission was to teach English to refugees and make them productive citizens. In the beginning, those refugees were predominantly Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian. Now those numbers have shifted to any refugee; the majority now are Hispanic, Somalian, Bosnian and Iraqi.
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How infants understand speech: New study sheds light
University of Texas at Dallas via Science Daily
Six-month-old infants require more information from a cochlear implant than an adult or older child, a study has demonstrated. This may be due to the lack of experience infants have with speech and their inability to fill in the missing information from the cochlear implant. This research has important ramifications on the therapy infants with cochlear implants should receive.
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Spelling quiz: How good are you?
The Telegraph
Is English spelling difficult to master? Can you instantly spot when a word is mispelled — or should that be misspelled?
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The 3 questions to ask in any classroom
NPR
It's a frequent complaint in education journalism: Reporters should spend less time at school board meetings and get into a classroom to find out what's really going on. For reporters, though, that's a challenge and a risk, because lots of good journalists don't know what to look for in a busy classroom. How do you know if what you're seeing is "good" or not? After all, reporters aren't professional educators. And they're often under deadline.
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