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Success at TESOL Advocacy Day 2011
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TESOL held its sixth annual — and largest ever — Advocacy Day on June 6–7. More than 40 participants from across the United States came to Washington, D.C., to learn more about the legislative process and key issues affecting the field, and to meet with their members of Congress.

This year's event featured an expanded format and new activities to train and engage participants in elements of advocacy and the legislative process. Click here to read more and see pictures.





Education secretary tells Congress: Change No Child Left Behind —
or I will

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The Obama administration is raising the stakes for Congress to act on reforming No Child Left Behind. If Congress won't move to reauthorize and amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — then the administration will start addressing some of the act's flaws itself, Education Secretary Arne Duncan warned. The law, which was up for reauthorization more than three years ago, expects all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014, among other things. More

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English language barrier to education in Namibia
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Namibia: Language barriers, especially the English language, have major adverse consequences for the education sector in Namibia because the country has more than nine major local languages. This is the biggest challenge to the quality of education in Namibia, as the teachers' and learners' display their disability to master the English language, said a senior educational official. More

Georgia immigration law could affect school enrollment
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Metro Atlanta school officials plan to closely monitor their enrollment figures over the summer now that Georgia's tough new immigration enforcement law is about to take effect. The reason: Many illegal immigrants could leave the state and pull their children out of public schools if opponents are unable to block the law in federal court. Proponents of the law say Georgia taxpayers will save money in the long run by reducing the state's student population growth and the need for programming for non-English speaking students. More

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Minister: Traditional approaches to English education should be changed
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Taiwan: English language proficiency is considered one of the key elements in developing international competitiveness. Taiwan ranks 25 out of 44 non-native English speaking countries around the world, according to a study. Despite the vast amounts of money spent by the government on English education, the ubiquitous presence of English cram schools and President Ma Ying-jou's pledge to increase the nation's international competitiveness, many college graduates in Taiwan with more than a decade of learning English still have difficulty having basic conversations in English. More

In teaching, pink slips are a way of life
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VideoBrief For many teachers, job uncertainty is one of the biggest downsides of their profession. Recent estimates show that about a quarter-million educators could face layoffs in the coming year as states cut education spending in an effort to balance their budgets. That has left many teachers wondering where their next paycheck will come from. More



After-school programs help improve ELLs English skills
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After-school programs might be a solution for helping the growing number of English language learners in the country practice their English outside the classroom, a policy brief from the Afterschool Alliance reports. The number of ELLs in the United States has dramatically increased in the past decade-plus, leaving many schools unable to meet the needs of students whose limited English capabilities put them further behind academically. More

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Young refugee completes his first year in a US school
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Midway through the second semester, 8-year-old Jackson Hakizimana starts bringing a guest with him to school: his father. Adult refugees to the United States must take English language classes and vocational training to receive social services. So principal Jay Piper sets up a program for parents to meet those requirements right at School 15, also known as The Children's School. Piper knows that any student's success starts well before arriving in the classroom. A child's past, home life and parents' involvement can all influence whether they do well. More

Students lack confidence to use English
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VietNam: Many Vietnamese students face the common problem that although they spent six or seven years studying English at school, they can't pronounce an English sentence correctly, and they are not confident enough to communicate in the language. Nguyen Duy, a former student at Nguyen Trai High School in Ha Noi, VietNam, says he struggles to speak in English, even though he studied the language from sixth- to 12th-grade. More

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A bigger bet on languages in China
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China: The MSAR needs to put more effort into improving the language skills of the population, said University of Saint Joseph Professor Leanda Lee. With an overwhelming majority of visitors coming from Greater China, "like it or not, the two languages that are more needed at the moment are Cantonese and Mandarin," she stressed. But, Lee added, "we need other languages to be able to interact with all the international visitors we have." "English is an important language for us in terms of international communication and if we want to encourage a more broad international visitor base," Lee said. More


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