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More than a million immigrant youth eligible for deportation relief
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Editor's note: TESOL International Association supports the DREAM Act.

With more than 1.3 million unauthorized immigrants under the age of 30 now able to seek relief from deportation under the Obama administration's new policy, the federal agency that oversees immigration matters faces big challenges in implementing a program of such scale, says the Migration Policy Institute. MPI, which has done extensive analysis on what the impacts of the long-stalled DREAM Act would be, estimates that roughly 800,000 children school-age children could benefit from the policy shift, along with nearly 600,000 youth under the age of 30 who have high school degrees, a GED or some college.
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Related story: The best resources on the Obama administration's plan to partially implement the DREAM Act (Edublogs.org)




Obama's new immigration policy: Disappointment is in the details
The Chronicle of Higher Education (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Within the niche where I reside, most of my friends and colleagues are supporters of President Barack Obama. He is one of us: a former law professor, a liberal and — a point of pride for many of us — a person of color who has navigated his way in the whitest of worlds. But among those of us who teach immigration law, the jury is still out. He has not pursued immigration reform as aggressively as he promised, while he has been among the most aggressive enforcers of immigration law in history. More






TESOL advocates storm Capitol Hill
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On 19 June, nearly 50 TESOL members — teachers, administrators and teacher educators — from affiliates across the United States met with legislators in Washington, DC, to discuss the impact of current and pending legislation on English language learners. The meetings followed a day of briefings to help advocates focus their messages and prepare to talk to busy legislators. Photos from Advocacy Day 2012 are available on TESOL's Facebook page.

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How do you get your students talking?
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On 18 July, Noël Hauck and Donna Tatsuki will host a virtual seminar to help answer that question. Titled 7 Ways to Get Your Students Talking in the EFL Classroom, this virtual seminar will provide the resources, structures, and insights that you need to renovate and energize your speaking class. The early registration deadline is 12 July. For more information and to register, please visit TESOL's website.

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Register today for TESOL Academy in California
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Each TESOL Academy features six 10-hour workshops focused on key issues and areas of practice in English language teaching and learning. Register now for the TESOL academy at California State University, 13-14 July. Each academy workshop is limited to 35 participants, so register early to get your first choice.



Senate panel OKs slight funding hike for education department
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Two key K-12 formula program — Title I grants for districts and state grants for special education — would see slight boosts in a bill approved on a party line vote by the Senate subcommittee that oversees education spending. The bill, which passed by a vote of 10-7, includes a $100 million increase each for Title I grants to districts, which are currently funded at $14.5 billion. And special education state grants would also see $100 million increase, on top of $11.6 billion this year — fiscal year 2012. Overall, the U.S. Department of Education would get a tiny increase to $68.5 billion, up from $68.1 billion currently. More



Vouchers unspoken, Romney hails school choice
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"Voucher" is a fighting word in education, so it may be understandable that when Mitt Romney speaks about improving the nation's schools, he never uses that term. Nonetheless, as president, Romney would seek to overhaul the federal government's largest programs for kindergarten through 12th grade into a voucherlike system. Students would be free to use $25 billion in federal money to attend any school they choose — public, charter, online or private — a system, he said, that would introduce marketplace dynamics into education to drive academic gains. More

US mayors back parents seizing control of schools
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Hundreds of mayors from across the United States this weekend called for new laws letting parents seize control of low-performing public schools and fire the teachers, oust the administrators or turn the schools over to private management. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting in Orlando, Florida, unanimously endorsed "parent trigger" laws aimed at bypassing elected school boards and giving parents at the worst public schools the opportunity to band together and force immediate change. More

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Ethnic 'enclaves' limit newcomers' earning potential
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Immigrants who work in ethnic "enclaves" in major cities earn less than other Canadians and have a tougher time adapting to this country's economy, according to an internal federal government document. "Studies found that enclaves have a negative impact on the earnings growth for male and female immigrants," says a report obtained under the Access to Information Act by immigration lawyer Richard Kurland. The point was included in a federal report prepared in early 2011 to assess minimum language standards for immigrants brought to Canada under the provincial nominee program. More



How can schools best communicate with immigrant parents?
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Technology can be a powerful tool for helping close the communication gap between parents and schools. But for low-income, immigrant parents of school-age kids, just having access to the internet might not be enough. At Think College Now Elementary School in Oakland, Calif., where 95 percent of students' families live at or near the poverty line and more than two-thirds are Latino, the school is combining technology and one-on-one communication to help families through a variety of issues. More

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Hispanic girls face special barriers on road to college
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After 15-year-old Valerie Sanchez spent a day of her spring break in Fort Worth touring the well-manicured grounds of Texas Christian University and listening to an inspirational talk from members of a Latina sorority, she felt sure of her future. "I'm going to college," says the teenager after the visit organized by the Dallas center of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit group. "I want to be the first in my family." But like many young Latinas, she faces a host of challenges in the coming years, as she works to graduate from high school, go on to community college and then enroll in a four-year institution. Sanchez moved from Mexico when she was 9 years old and enrolled in the 156,000-student Dallas Independent School District. After taking bilingual classes taught in Spanish and English, she found the transition to all-English classes in middle school difficult. More

Gwinnett County Schools teachers work for free during summer months to help Georgia students read
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A group of teachers at Benefield Elementary School in Lawrenceville, Ga. are offering free reading classes to students this summer. Led by teacher Karon Stocks, more than 40 teachers are volunteering three hours once a week during the summer months to keep kids' minds sharp, helping them review what they learned during the academic year. Around 100 families have already shown up for the classes in the three weeks the teachers have been operating. More



American children, now struggling to adjust to life in Mexico
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Jeffrey Isidoro sat near the door of his fifth-grade classroom here in central Mexico, staring outside through designer glasses that, like his Nike sneakers and Nike backpack, signaled a life lived almost entirely in the United States. His parents are at home in Mexico. Jeffrey is lost. When his teacher asked in Spanish how dolphins communicate, a boy next to him reached over to underline the right answer. When it was Jeffrey's turn to read, his classmates laughed and shouted "en inglés, en inglés" — causing Jeffrey to blush. More

Florida's Collier schools don't keep pace with others with high number of English language learners
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More than 6,000 students in Collier County Public Schools don't speak English as their first language. That's 14 percent of the total 43,000 students in the district. That lofty number places Collier schools fourth from the top of all of Florida's 67 counties with the highest number of English language learners, according to 2010-2011 state data. The conclusion could be that Collier schools is achieving well academically, considering the high population of ELL students. More



Friendless in America
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Part of the ideal of recruiting foreign students to American campuses is that the friendships formed across international lines will leave those from many countries (including the United States) with new perspectives and personal connections in many nations. For many foreign students in the United States, that's just not happening, according to a new study. The research — which appears in the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication — finds that nearly 40 percent of international students report having no close American friends and say that they wish they had more meaningful interaction with those born in the United States. More

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Research in class can solve problems
The Guardian (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
United Kingdom: Yasmin Dar, 48, from the U.K., started teaching English to migrants in Leicester, England, in 2005. She now teaches English for academic purposes at the University of Leicester. In this brief interview, she offers tips for keeping students motivated and discusses using research to solve problems in the classroom. More



Study: Class size increases should focus on higher grades, smaller classes critical in early years
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Small class sizes are crucial for learning at the younger grades, but may be less important as children mature, according to a new study. The report, called "Smart Class-Size Policies for Lean Times" and released by the Southern Regional Educational Board, comes as state education departments have repeatedly cut costs by increasing class sizes, and when critics are questioning the significance of small classes and the success of liberal education reform policies. More

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Does obesity affect school performance?
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Obese children and teenagers face a slew of potential health problems as they get older, including an increased risk of diabetes, heart attacks and certain cancers. As if that weren't enough, obesity may harm young people's long-term college and career prospects, too. In recent years, an uneven yet growing body of research has suggested that obesity is associated with poorer academic performance beginning as early as kindergarten. Studies have variously found that obese students — and especially girls — tend to have lower test scores than their slimmer peers, are more likely to be held back a grade and are less likely to go on to college. More



The art of making jokes in a second language needs careful nurturing
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United Kingdom: How can it be that with one group of people you unfailingly delight with your special brand of hilarity, whereas with another crowd those same casual asides can leave you feeling dejected, misunderstood and the propagator of great gusts of tumbleweed? And how does one negotiate a misguided attempt at combining humor with controversy? The kind that leaves you with the certainty that the people you are going to spend the rest of an evening with "actually thought you were serious when you said that". As we know to our cost, once that "smart remark" has been fired off it is impossible to retrieve and we are left feeling exposed to the glare of unimpressed onlookers. More



Strategic mentoring
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The task of supporting new teachers to work with the growing population of culturally and linguistically diverse students has generated widespread interest in mentoring programs. Despite this fervor, such programs often provide emotional support and generic advice giving, and lack a focus on meeting the needs of English language learners. There is also a problematic assumption that mentors come ready-made or just need tuning up with technical tips, rather than situating mentoring in a complex knowledge base and repertoire of quality mentor practices. While attention turns to mentoring to develop novices, little is known about mentor professional development to strategically support new teachers to meet the needs of English learners. More

Technology leads in English language teaching innovation awards
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United Kingdom: Hand-held devices and computer games took center stage at ELTons awards in London, demonstrating that technology continues to set the agenda for change in English language teaching. Judges in the British Council's awards for innovation in ELT, better known as the ELTons, decided on winners in six main categories from a field of over 35 nominees. The first smartphone app to receive an ELTon, The Pronunciation App, from Macmillan Education, took the Innovation in Learner Resources Award, signalling the growing importance of hand-held devices as learning tools. More




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