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1 in 5 primary school students don't speak English as a first language
United Kingdom: Nearly 20 percent of students currently studying at primary schools in England do not have English as a first language, new figures reveal. Statistics published by the Department for Education show that out of 3,572,108 students in state primary education in England, 693,815 have a first language "known or believed to be other than English" — or 19.4 percent of the total. The represents a 0.7 per cent increase since January 2014.
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ELL writing skills: The exercises
By: Douglas Magrath
It is possible for a language instructor to develop texts and skill-building exercises for even beginning language learners. The content of the passages should deal with the learners' immediate environment and the situations they face every day, along with an insight into the target culture. Here is an example of some functional exercises providing guidance but allowing room for individuals to communicate a real message on a topic of interest — finances.
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Court rules in favor of Arizona in English language case
Education Week
A ruling by a federal appeals court has all but ended a two-decade legal fight over Arizona's program for teaching English to children in schools. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Arizona in the English as a second language case. Arizona believes its program to educate students who don't speak English fluently meets all the necessary requirements, but opponents say it's a deeply flawed policy. They believe the state's required four hours of daily instruction for non-English speakers illegally segregates students and holds them back.
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Waiver states seek leeway for English learners' impact on school ratings
Education Week
Last year, Florida pushed the U.S. Department of Education for major flexibility on what had been a hard-and-fast rule of the No Child Left Behind Act, even under waivers: Test results for English Language Learners in reading must be factored into school ratings if the student has been in the country for at least a year. After a lot of cajoling — including threatened legal action — Florida managed to get that timeline extended to two years. And now at least seven other states — Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island — have also asked for leeway around ELL testing in their waiver renewal applications, which were turned into the department back in late March.
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For English language learners, kindergarten is a year full of growth
Capital Gazette
Karla Galicia searched for a marker in her last kindergarten art class Wednesday. "Where's the blue at? I like to use blue because my favorite color's actually blue," she said to a classmate in the Hilltop Elementary classroom. Almost 10 months before, when she started at the Glen Burnie school, Karla didn't speak that much English the entire day. As a child of Guatemalan immigrants who moved to the United States about eight years ago, she speaks Spanish at home and hadn't had much experience with English before kindergarten. But she improved by the end of the year — reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning, chatting with other students in English and following along with classroom activities and instructions.
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For the first time, international university admissions tests coming to Cuba
The Wall Street Journal
Cuba: Two popular university-entrance exams will soon be offered in Cuba for the first time, a development that signals U.S. educational institutions’ appetite for recruiting prospective students in the newly opened communist nation. Four Cuban students will sit on June 27 in Havana for the Test of English as a Foreign Language, a standardized exam required for admission for nonnative speakers at many universities in the U.S., U.K., Australia and other countries, according to the nonprofit Educational Testing Service, which administers the test.
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English book to help nursing students speak, serve better
Times of India
India: Communication gaps in the medical fraternity could lead to disastrous results. A city known for its medical excellence and where nurses from all across the southern region come to earn a livelihood and serve patients, improving their language skills have become a basic necessity. For example, a nurse walks into a hospital room to examine a patient and asks the accompanying relative to "go out." She could have just said that the patient needs to be examined, but to the listener, it could have come across as rude behavior. This lack of communication skill ends up hurting many.
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What don't you understand about yes and no?
Linguistic Society of America via Science Daily
The words "yes" and "no" may seem like two of the easiest expressions to understand in any language, but their actual behavior and interpretation are surprisingly difficult to pin down. In a new paper, two linguists examine the workings of "yes" and "no" and show that understanding them leads to new insights concerning the understanding of questions and statements more generally.
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For teachers of English learners, Common Core means double the work
The Hechinger Report
On a recent chilly spring morning at John F. Kennedy Magnet School, fourth-grade bilingual teacher Kristin Pascuzzi distributed a series of "mystery" photos to her excited students and asked them to discover what they had in common. They gabbed and scratched their heads, studying the images that included a doorknob, a tiger's razor-sharp incisor, a seesaw and a flagpole. "You guys are going to go crazy when you see this," said Pascuzzi, raising her effervescent voice to build suspense through the classroom. "These are all simple machines!" As "oohs and ahhs" filled the air, Pascuzzi revealed related science vocabulary in Spanish and English on the smartboard. She asked them to repeat: "force," or "fuerza," and "effort," or "esfuerzo."
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