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Ex-judge: Give more teaching time to English language
Daily Express
Malaysia: The English language is an important international language and should be given its due priority in the Malaysian education system, said retired Court of Appeal Judge, Dato' Wira Low Hop Bing. He said it was perhaps time the government consider giving more teaching time to the English language, adding however, this should be done without sacrificing the mother tongues. "Mother tongues must be continued to be preserved and the right to study must continue but the English language can still be made compulsory."
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One teacher's quest to build language skills ... and self-confidence
NPR
It's election season at Canaan Elementary's second grade, in Patchogue, N.Y., and tensions are running high. Today is speech day, and right now it's Chris Palaez's turn. The 8-year-old is the joker of the class. With a thick mohawk and a mischievous glimmer in his dark eyes, he seems like the kind of kid who would be unfazed by public speaking. But he's nervous. "I'm here to tell you today why you should ... should ..." Chris trips on the "-ld," a pronunciation landmine for many non-native English speakers. His teacher, Thomas Whaley, is next to him, whispering support. "... Vote for ... me ..."
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Arizona's English learner debate unlikely to wane, despite ruling
Education Week
A federal appeals court ruling handed down this week may signal the end of a long-standing legal fight over Arizona's approach to educating its English language learners, but the state remains at the epicenter of the national debate over how to best teach students who enter school speaking another language. Upholding a decision by a lower court, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday in favor of the state in Flores v. Arizona, a 23-year-old lawsuit challenging Arizona's requirement that English language learners spend more than half their school day learning English.
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Kentucky seeks waiver for English learners' scores
The Courier-Journal
Add Kentucky to the list of states asking the federal government for more leeway in how the scores of its English language learners are counted. Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education confirmed they are working on a waiver request that would give schools and districts more time before they have to count the state test results of students just learning English into accountability scores. "Language acquisition takes more than a year," said Rhonda Sims, an associate commissioner with KDE who oversees testing and accountability. She added that some of Kentucky's school districts have significant numbers of immigrants and refugees just learning English.
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Accountability for English language learners' bill in Oregon approved
Day News
Recently, the Oregon House unanimously approved the legislation co-drafted by Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver. HB 3499 directs the Oregon Department of Education to put in place a statewide program to report the progress of English language learners and have a uniform and transparent expenditure tracking system of the ELL funds. Whisnant said that regardless of socioeconomic background, all students in Oregon deserve to have access to quality education. The bill, he said, is a very important step to ensure that the learners of the English language are receiving and fully utilizing the resources and support provided for them. This is to help ensure that the achievement gap in Oregon is narrowed down.
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Vantaa to start teaching English from first grade
YLE News
Finland: In schools in the city of Vantaa, the English language will soon be taught starting from the first grade. The Education Committee decided that two more weekly English classes per year will be established in the first and second grades in the city's primary schools. The new education decree is grounded on giving children more opportunities to develop an international identity.
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Mark Zuckerberg donates $5 million to undocumented students
USA Today
In a joint financial decision with wife Priscilla Chan, Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg donated $5 million to a scholarship program that helps young undocumented students attend college. Called TheDream.US, the program is geared toward students who came to the U.S. as children with no authorization and wish to pursue higher education. It provides grants of up to $25,000 for immigrant students — referred to as "Dreamers" — attending four-year institutions and up to $12,500 for those wishing to obtain an associate degree.
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How should kids learn English: Through Old MacDonald's farm or Ali Baba's farm?
The Conversation
Children love to sing songs. Think about the time when you were a child. What was your favorite song? What songs did you learn at home and at school? Traditional children's songs introduce children to the world around them. They do this in a fun and developmentally appropriate way. In the U.S., preschool age kids learn about farm animals like cows, ducks and sheep as well as their sounds, like moo moo, quack quack, and baa baa through the popular, traditional song Old MacDonald Had a Farm. Without realizing it, children learn language and content simultaneously. Songs build skills that help children distinguish the sounds of a language, and connect sound to script and assist with vocabulary building.
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Study: Standing desks strengthen student concentration
District Administration Magazine
Students show stronger concentration when working at standing desks, according to new research. A recent study in the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education found that students using standing desks improved their ability to stay on task in class by 12 percent — the equivalent of gaining seven minutes per hour of instruction time. Researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Louisville studied 282 students in grades 2 through 4 for an academic year. Twenty-four classrooms were randomly chosen to receive standing desks or keep traditional seated desks.
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Engage all learners: Make students think visually
By: Savanna Flakes
One way to increase student engagement and facilitate deeper learning is to frequently check for student understanding throughout a lesson. Practitioners find many benefits in using frequent assessment techniques to simultaneously check all students' level of understanding. My three favorite technology tools increase student engagement and quickly get students thinking visually so teachers can adjust and differentiate instruction on the spot. All three technology tools are free, teacher-friendly, and the student data can be saved and graphed to facilitate data charts.
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