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Free articles from TESOL Journal and TESOL Quarterly
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To help advance research in the field of English language teaching, TESOL offers members two peer-reviewed serial publications: TESOL Journal and TESOL Quarterly. TJ is an online publication free to members, and TQ is available for a subscription fee to members only both in print and online. TESOL also offers libraries both journals in a subscription package.

Here's an article from the June 2011 TJ special topic issue titled Learner Stories for Language Learning and Community Building. The article is "'Listen to My Story and You Will Know Me': Digital Stories as Student-Centered Collaborative Projects" by Polina Vinogradova, Heather A. Linville and Beverly Bickel.

Here's an article from the 40th anniversary TQ special topic issue titled 40 Years: Building a Global Community. The article is "TESOL at 40: What Are the Issues?" by Suresh Canagarajah.

For more information about TESOL serial publications, please go to TESOL's Web site.

Revamp No Child Left Behind — now
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Everyone responsible for educating children for the knowledge economy of the 21st century agrees that America's federal education law is in dire need of reform. Teachers, parents, school leaders, governors, members of Congress and the Education Department have all called for an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act. More

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Senate Dem proposes multi-million dollar grant to boost English language teaching in schools
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Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced legislation that proposes a $100 million per year grant program that would help schools build up more capacity to teach English. The English Learning and Innovation Act, S. 1158, would establish this program for six years, and would require the Secretary of Education to prioritize rural areas and schools that have had difficulty getting students to a level of English proficiency. Bennet said it is needed because of the growing number of "English learners" in United States public schools. More

Tennessee law ends social promotion of third-grade students
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Starting next school year, Tennessee third-graders will no longer be allowed to move on to the next grade unless they can demonstrate understanding of the curriculum and basic reading skills. The new state law exempts special education students. It also permits school systems to promote struggling third-graders if they provide them with proven remedial help before the beginning of their fourth-grade school year. More

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Reshaping British Council's English Language Services
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Nepal: The British Council is reshaping its English Language Services in Nepal to ensure that a wider range of young people and teachers benefit from high-quality English products. With hopes of providing better English language resources for teachers and students alike, the British Council will utilize partner organizations and will discontinue teaching at the British Council's Lainchaur center. More

Demand for English language teachers to rocket in Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia: There has been resistance to the teaching of English in primary schools in Saudi Arabia but this appears to have been overcome with the recent announcement that the starting age for learning the language will be reduced from 11 to nine from the beginning of the next academic year. More

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Want to improve English? Start with Spanish (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Around this time every year, students, teachers and parents are very busy preparing for state tests. Much time, perhaps more than educators are willing to stomach, is invested in pre-testing, with the hope that students will do well. The outcome on the tests depends on many factors, including whether children are healthy and are able to sleep nine hours uninterrupted, as well as being able to compartmentalize economic or other problems affecting their families. More

Teacher: Transfer from 1st language to English isn't automatic
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A bilingual educator writing a guest blog post at Voice of San Diego says that students can benefit from instruction that lets them know what does and doesn't transfer from their first language to English. Ramon Espinal, who has worked in San Diego as a bilingual classroom teacher since 1995, writes that studies have found correlations between English and Spanish in word reading, phonological awareness and spelling. But he added, "Teachers cannot assume that transfer is automatic." More

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English lectures at Korean colleges
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Korea: Imagine how awkward it would be if you were required to speak a foreign language with your colleagues on a particular topic at a designated time each week. All other times, you use your mothers tongue with them. This is the awkwardness that many Korean instructors feel in front of Korean students during English-only classes. Interestingly, that awkwardness usually does not occur in front of foreign students or when the instructors are not Korean, apparently because communication in those instances always takes place in English, both inside and outside the classroom. More

International student enrolments declines in Australia
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Australia: In the backdrop of stringent visa rules and security concerns of international students in Australia, there has been a slide in the overseas student enrolments especially in the field of vocational training and English language. The federal data has shown a declining trend in the international student enrolments. More

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Adult education principals fear cuts' impact in Hawaii
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Hawaii community school principals are developing a plan to save adult education, whose funding will be eliminated in a year, and say higher fees and fewer courses will almost certainly be the result. Enrollment in free adult education courses, which include those for the GED diploma, English as a second language, reading and math literacy and substitute teacher certification, topped 12,000 statewide last year, with students paying only a $10 registration fee each semester. More

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