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Crackdown on English language schools
UTV Ireland
Ireland: Strict new measures are being put in place as part of a crackdown on English language schools. The reforms are designed to "tackle abuse of the immigration regime and labor market" while protecting Ireland's reputation in the education sector. This will include "compulsory learner protection" measures and the introduction of separate accounts to "safeguard student advance payments." It's after 16 English language schools have closed in the past year alone. Minister for Education, Jan O'Sullivan and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald announced the changes.
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ELL writing skills: The challenges
By: Douglas Magrath
In light of the challenges presented by the latest methodological shifts, the question of how to teach writing and composition remains. Writing is an aid to total communication, as noted in the ACTFL Standards. The early introduction of composition in ESL instruction should improve proficiency. If writing is left to the more advanced levels of instruction, the learners will miss out on the early development of this useful skill.
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Educators share stories of struggles with new English learner standards
Education Week
A pair of educators with ties to the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association traveled to Washington to share stories of their struggles and successes with the Common Core State Standards for English-language learners. "We (teachers) are struggling with this," said Janet Davis, a Los Angeles Unified school improvement coach and a member of the AFT's nationwide ELL Advisory Task Force. The new standards demand that ELLs read and comprehend complex texts across all content areas despite their unfamiliarity with English.
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Report urges more attention to English learners in LCAPs
In a new report, advocates for English learners sharply criticized school districts' failure to explicitly commit money and adequately address students' language needs last year in their initial Local Control and Accountability Plans. The report listed actions that districts should take and cited model programs that they could adopt to fulfill the LCAP's goal of supporting underserved students.
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More English language learners graduating at top of class in Houston ISD
Houston Chronicle
Growing up, Yadira Banuelos tried to learn English by watching TV. "Most of the time, I wouldn't know what they were talking about," the Austin High School senior acknowledged. "Scooby Doo" left her confused. "Tom and Jerry" was easier. Her older brother spoke some English with her, but she heard mostly Spanish at home from her parents, who came to Houston from Mexico.
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Foreign students take high school route to university
University World News
Fed by growing demand abroad among parents who hope a U.S. high school education will boost their child's attractiveness to top U.S. universities, a small but growing number of U.S. secondary schools are recruiting international students. However, according to a new report, many international students may be going to schools whose counselors feel uncertain about how to advise them on key matters that will help them build adequate foundations to progress to and succeed on a U.S. degree course.
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How are ELL programs funded across states? (District Administration Magazine)
Bridging the cultural gap for ELLs (By: Douglas Magrath)

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Can preschool children be taught a second language?
Earlychildhood News
For years it has been thought that teaching a foreign language to preschool-age children would be futile. However, recent studies indicate that the best time for a child to learn another language is in the first three to four years of life. Here are some important reasons for exposing children to early second language learning.
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Practices to welcome and support ELLs
Although America is a diverse country, accepting people who are different from us is something that we still struggle with in the classroom. Many students, especially along the coasts, come from other countries and, as a result, English is their second language. Depending on the school district, some students will be in separate ELL classes, some will be in an integrated classroom, and others may be in a bilingual education environment. Embracing different languages while helping students achieve high grades and test scores leaves teachers with a conundrum.
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