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What's the top home language for ELLs?
Education Week
Spanish is not the top home language for English language learner students in some states, though it is the most commonly spoken native language for ELLs nationally, according to separate fact sheets released this week by the Migration Policy Institute and Middlebury Interactive Languages. But the findings from the two groups diverge on several points. The brief from the Migration Policy Institute found that five states — Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Montana and Vermont — have a language other than Spanish as the top language spoken by language learner students. The institute is a Washington-based research group.
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Around 8 percent of all Suffolk primary school children do not speak English as their first language
East Anglian Daily Times
United Kingdom: A total of 6,384 pupils — around 7 percent or one in every 14 pupils — have a foreign language as their primary language in primary, middle and secondary Suffolk schools. Figures released through a Freedom of Information request show that 2005's number of children was 1,470 — about 1.9 percent of pupils or one in every 55 children. The percentage of children without English as their first language is higher in primary schools this year — around 8 percent compared to about 5.6 percent in secondaries and middles.
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What the Seal of Biliteracy can do for English language learners
EdCentral
A growing body of research has shown the potential — and considerable — cognitive, cultural and economic benefits of bilingualism. Meanwhile, similar research is showing the potentially damaging ramifications of English-only learning for English language learners. In a research study conducted by Ofelia Garcia, Jo Anne Kleifgen, and Lorraine Falchi for the Campaign for Educational Equity, ignoring students' emerging bilingualism creates considerable educational inequity.
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Options in Classroom Self-Assessment
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Self-assessment can be a valuable tool in the adult English classroom. This post discusses three useful techniques to get you started. Other recent TESOL Blogs:
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Now accepting applications! 2016 TESOL Teacher of the Year
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Eligible nominees include any English language teacher who has been a classroom teacher for a minimum of three years and is not a previous recipient of this award or the TESOL Excellence in Teaching Award. Read more. Deadline 19 July 2015
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TESOL call for research proposals
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The TESOL Research Standing Committee is now accepting research proposals for 2015. Each award provides up to US$2500 for applicants who are currently working on research or would like to start research projects that are aligned with the TESOL Research Agenda. Proposal deadline is Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 11:59 pm U.S. eastern time. We look forward to seeing your proposal!
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TESOL Press call for proposals: Instruction and Assessment for K–12 English Language Learners
TESOL Press is now accepting proposals for a book aimed at providing the research-based background information a new ESOL teacher needs to develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills for primary, elementary, and middle/high school students. Proposals due 15 September 2015.

TESOL Press call for proposals: Series Editor for Putting Research into Practice — new TESOL Press series
TESOL Press is seeking an editor for a series that directly connects published research from TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal to classroom instruction. Proposals due 15 September 2015.

TESOL Press call for proposals: Mobile Apps for Language Learning & Teaching
TESOL Press seeks proposals for a booklet (75–100 pages) that offers a critical literature review of apps available for mobile language learning and teaching. Proposals due 1 July 2015.

TESOL Press call for proposals: Corpus Linguistics for Language Learning & Teaching
TESOL Press seeks proposals for a book or booklet that identifies some of the best corpora and software currently available and explains how teachers can use them to enhance their teaching. Proposals due 1 July 2015.

TESOL Press call for contributions: Voices from the TESOL Classroom Series
Submissions due 20 July 2015.


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Education Department: Poorest districts have more trainee teachers
Education Week
Across 48 states and the District of Columbia, teachers in high-poverty school districts were about twice as likely to still be learning the ropes as teachers working in the flushest districts in 2011-2012, although the number of such trainee teachers is overall fairly small, according to a congressionally mandated report by the U.S. Department of Education. States reported that 1.5 percent of public school teachers are still completing their preparation — but are nevertheless considered "highly qualified" under federal law, according to the report. That amounts to about 35,500 teachers in all who fall under the category of what I'm going to call "interns" for the sake of brevity.
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Analysis looks at English language learning students across the nation
Houston Chronicle
There's little surprise at the fact that most students in the K–12 age group who are learning to speak English in the United States are native Spanish speakers. This is mostly true in places a recent migration study points to as "traditional immigrant destinations," such as Texas, Florida and California. The report this month by the Migration Policy Institute looks at this and other data related to English language learners in the U.S. and ranks the "districts with the highest number and share of English language learners" in a new report.
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In Oakland, Calif., struggling for years to learn English
NPR
When she was a toddler, Deyri Rabadan moved from Cuernavaca, Mexico, to Oakland, Calif., with her parents. She's been a California public school student since kindergarten. Now she's 17 years old and a senior at Coliseum College Prep Academy in Oakland. She's come a long way, but Rabadan, a native Spanish-speaker, says there's still one thing that embarrasses her: "I feel like if I speak up in class or I try to participate in class, other students are going to be like, 'What is she talking about?' You know?" Rabadan isn't alone in feeling that way. Four out of five high school students learning English in California have been in school in the state for longer than six years and still aren't fluent. They're what people in education call "long-term English learners."
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Agreement to improve English language proficiency in schools
Times of Malta
Malta: The Education Ministry has signed a two-year agreement with Cambridge English — a branch of the renowned Cambridge University — with the aim of improving English language proficiency in schools. The agreement will pave the way for a benchmarking exercise from which Cambridge English would be able to get a snapshot of the level of English in schools in Malta, and draft a strategy to address areas where improvement is required. The exercise will be carried out across the board from primary to secondary level and will also involve teacher exchanges.
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LinkedIn, EF offer test scores for English learners
VOA Learning English
EF Education First, a private education company, is working with LinkedIn to test members of the business social networking site on the language of business: English. The idea is simple. When LinkedIn users in non-English speaking countries update their profiles, they will be asked if they would like to take the EFSET test. The EFSET test is a free online standardized English test from EF Education First. LinkedIn will redirect users to EF's website to take the test. Users can then post their certified EFSET test results on their LinkedIn profile. There is no cost for users.
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Study: What's the best way to teach immigrant kids English?
Houston Chronicle
More than a third of students in the Houston Independent School District are not fluent in English. The best way to help them learn that language involves teaching them in their native tongue. That might seem counterintuitive to some, but it turns out native Spanish speakers have more success learning English when instructors continue to teach them Spanish as well. The findings are the result of a study by the Houston Education Research Consortium, a research partnership between HISD and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.
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Research: Quick teacher-parent communications can reduce dropouts
THE Journal
A large but underused influence on student academic success in schools turns out to be parental communication. A new study done by researchers at Harvard University and Brown University found that a single individualized message sent weekly from a teacher to a parent documenting the student's performance in school was enough to reduce student failure by 41 percent. Students whose families received messages that focused on what they needed to improve in class were almost nine percentage points more likely to earn course credit. The majority of the participants, who came from numerous high schools in the district, were African American and Hispanic and spoke 10 different languages at home other than English. More than 80 percent qualified for free and reduced lunch and 22 percent were in special ed programs.
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Deeper learning in practice
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Across the education sector, we define what students need to know and should be able to do for succeeding in college and career. We know that they need more than just the ability read and write — today's constantly changing workforce shows that they must be able to master academic content, communicate and collaborate effectively, think critically and become life-long learners.
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