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TESOL Symposium on Sustainable Teacher Development Through Innovative Teaching and Research
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In partnership with the School of Foreign Languages and Literature of Beijing Normal University, and its Global Partners Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt and Heinle, part of Cengage Learning, TESOL will host a conference on teacher development in China on July 8-9 at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. Participants will learn in-depth about key issues in ELT language policy and teacher development, and how to apply the latest ELT research and innovative practice in China today. Featured speakers include Donald Freeman, Peter Grundy, David Nunan, Wang Qiang, Don Snow, David Graddol, Gong Yafu, Cai Jigang, Cheng Xiaotang, Liu Jun, Christine Coombe, Xia Jimei and Wang Haixiao. The early registration deadline is June 22. For more information, including a program, click here.

TESOL conference in Qatar: Putting Research Into Practice
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In collaboration with University Partners in Doha, Qatar, and Qatar TESOL, TESOL Arabia and other TESOL affiliates in the region, TESOL will host a conference on putting research into practice on Oct. 1-3 at Qatar National Convention Center, Doha, Qatar. Experts from across the region and around the world focus on three key areas of applied research in English language teaching: understanding the "good language learner," bridging the gap between goals and results and facilitating ongoing professional development. Featured speakers include Alister Cumming, Norbert Schmitt, Kassim Shaaban, Annamaria Pinter, Martin Bygate, Deena Boraie, Brian Paltridge, Bill Grabe and Maggie Hawkins. The complete conference program will be available online by June 30. The early registration deadline is Aug. 1. For more information, please click here.

Saudi cabinet decrees earlier start for English
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Saudi Arabia: Long-standing resistance to the teaching of English in primary schools in Saudi Arabia appears to have been overcome with the announcement that the starting age for learning the language will be reduced from 11 to nine from the beginning of the next academic year. The decision to begin lesson from fourth-grade for both boys and girls was made at a meeting of the Saudi cabinet, chaired by King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz. More

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Help needed to make ELT 'fair trade'
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Pakistan: All across the developing world ministries of education are instructing schools to teach more and more English, to start teaching it at an ever younger age and even to use it as the medium for teaching other subjects (such as mathematics and science). The arguments employed for increasing the role of English in education are usually economic in nature, with frequent references to "globalization." More

English proficiency: Malaysia ranks 3rd in Southeast Asia
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Malaysia: When it comes to English proficiency, Malaysians are not at par with their neighboring counterparts, with the country ranking third out of five countries in the English Language Assessment. The analysis of the ELA results placed Singapore first for each employee category including non-executive and managerial. More

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5 reasons to love dual language immersion programs
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Over the past 15 years, traditional bilingual education programs have fallen out of favor in the United States. Criticized for isolating English language learners in remedial classrooms with watered down instruction, states like California, Arizona and Massachusetts scrapped bilingual programs in favor of English language immersion. But bilingual education is receiving a makeover. With a new name, fresh face and totally different attitude, increasing numbers of American families are embracing dual language immersion. More

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Educators to teach English through theater
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Educators at a Vista elementary school in Maryland will soon be using theater to help students learn English as part of a program organized by a local nonprofit group. Starting this fall, teachers and fourth-grade students at the elementary will work with educators from Center Artes, an arts group connected with Cal State San Marcos. Through the program, two educators from the university will work at the elementary school throughout the school year. More

Getting to know an English language learner teacher
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For any child, moving to a new school can be a stressful and scary experience. But those feelings are magnified when one doesn't even speak the language and is expected to learn the same material. One person helping these students in the Van Wert City Schools system in Ohio is Amy Covey. Through a program called English Language Learners, Covey is teaching the students not only to communicate but about American culture as well. More

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Colleges adapt to new kinds of students from abroad
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The foreign students on American college campuses are not those of generations past. They are younger, as undergraduate numbers surge. They are from more countries than ever and yet likelier to be from a single country, China. Many have the means to pay for an American college degree — more than 60 percent say their family foots the tuition bill — but a growing share are studying on scholarships sponsored by foreign governments. More

Lack of fluency in English could force some Iraqi students to return home
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Some Iraqi students studying in the United States on a new government-backed scholarship program could be forced to return home if they cannot meet English-proficiency requirements, a prospect that worries international educators. Officials from a number of American colleges raised concerns about the issue during a session on the Iraqi Education Initiative. More

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Study finds sudden insights key to learning words
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Parents and teachers often use flashcards and picture books to teach young children new words, but a new study suggests that understanding basic words may come from a flash of initial insight more than repetition. The study's findings suggest that children — and, in fact, all new language learners — can build up concrete vocabulary from interacting with a complex learning environment, not just repeated exposure to words in isolation. More

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