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Middle school English test set for 2019 — National exam aims at better language skills
The Japan News
Japan: The education ministry will launch a new nationwide test for all third-year middle school students in fiscal 2019 to measure their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English, the ministry announced. The test is expected to cover about 1.1 million third-year students of state-run and other public and private middle schools. The decision by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry was prompted by the results of a survey conducted last year that found the English language skills of 70 percent to 90 percent of third-year high school students were at middle school levels.
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Effectively incorporating technology with English learners
By: Erick Herrmann
As the school year comes to a close for students across the United States, some districts are planning and purchasing technology to incorporate into instruction. Purchases for teacher and/or students may include interactive whiteboards, tablets, computers or other devices. Other districts are implementing a "bring your own device" program. In either scenario, districts, schools and teachers should take certain considerations into account when implementing technology.
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Early intervention needed to better English skills, says Muhyiddin
The Malaysian Insider
Malaysia: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said early intervention measures to improve English proficiency among teachers and students needed to be enhanced before the implementation of the compulsory pass in English at the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia level next year. Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said this was to avoid any negative implication when the initiative was being implemented, including a lower number of students qualified to obtain SPM certificates for failing the subject.
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New model for English language learners needed in US schools
The Huffington Post
Immigration has been a hot button issue for decades and, while Washington continues to play partisan politics, local school districts are struggling to address the challenges created by the influx of these new students, most of whom come from households where English is not the primary language. But what most people don't know is that the majority of non-native English speakers, designated as English language learners, in our public schools were born in the U.S.
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Hong Kong must not sideline the English language
South China Morning Post
Hong Kong: English is an amazing language but its intricacies can sometimes get the better of many of us whose mother tongue is Chinese. Take, for example, a court case in which a colleague had to describe the violent action of a defendant in her report. She wrote defendant A allegedly "fisted" victim B. Thankfully, that did not make it into print. Most of us would have written A allegedly punched B. She was not entirely wrong, though. The victim was hit by a fist. But the subtlety of the English language means that he would have suffered considerably greater internal damage than just being hit in the face. Alas, fisting in English is considerably messier than punching, but how are many English learners to know?
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Grant leads to new experiences for Steamboat, Colo., English language learners
Steamboat Today
On a visit to the Steamboat Art Museum in Colorado, students in Dani Booth's Strategic Language Arts class formed pointed questions to ask painter John Fawcett about his displayed work. The Steamboat Springs High School students are beginning English language learners, but they understand the value of personal interaction within the community to develop language skills.
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Leverage US high school experience as an international college applicant
U.S. News and World Report
The number of international students who graduate from American high schools and go on to enroll in U.S. colleges is on the rise. In fact, almost half of the country's private high schools — and 4 percent of public ones — actively recruit international students, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling. This is because high schools, right along with colleges, are now realizing how important international perspectives are to a school's campus and community. For international students at an American high school, this has big benefits in terms of time, guidance and proximity for the college search process.
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English language test may be made compulsory for new Australian citizens
Australia Forum
Australia: As the Australian government prepares to overhaul the country's citizenship regulations there have been calls an English language test to be obligatory. Currently, people wanting to become citizens are asked 20 questions about Australia's beliefs, values, its law system and Australian people. Questions are multiple choice and require a basic knowledge of English and Australian laws to pass it.
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Study: Houston's 2-way dual language programs best for ELLs
Education Week
Native Spanish-speaking students in the Houston school district have more success learning English when they're enrolled in two-way dual language programs that include native English speakers in the classroom, a joint study by the district and Rice University has found. The study's findings should dispel notions parents have that their English language learner children will learn English faster if they're totally immersed in the language, researchers argued. "The best way to help them learn that language involves teaching them in their native tongue," a research summary indicated.
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An agency approach to meeting the needs of ELLs
Edutopia (commentary)
Everyone deserves the right to learn. That's right. Say it with me: "Everyone deserves the right to learn." I know. This mantra is one shared by all educators. And yet, even within our own organizations, we likely know of learners (whether they be student, teacher, leader, parent, or community member) who aren't being served in a way that is conducive to their needs.
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All learning relies on literacy
District Administrator Magazine
The biggest changes in reading instruction in the coming year center on embedding literacy across all subjects a student studies during the school day. Engineering concepts, for example, can be used to break down the plots of stories and analyze characters. And ESL specialists should collaborate with subject teachers to align instruction so students are learning the same words and concepts.
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