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What language does soccer speak?
AlJazeera
Late last year, the Public Broadcasting Services of the small Mediterranean island of Malta decided against transmitting the matches of the 2014 World Cup in the Maltese language. Instead, the tournament will be shown in English commentary beamed live from stadia in Brazil. Many of Malta’s inhabitants are multilingual, fluent in English and Italian, so the broadcaster reasoned it could save the expense of offering commentary in the national language. It wasn’t just penny-pinching that motivated the decision, but sheer embarrassment: Maltese commentators, PBS suggested, were just not up to the job.
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Combating the education gap
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress has been quite an eye-opener. While it showed great progress in regions where the authorities have worked hard to bring in change, the overall report is not encouraging when comparing U.S. education to our competitors.
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A simple solution for America's achievement gap
NationSwell
The difference in achievement between high and low-income students at every education level is staggering. So what are educational professions to do? Despite providing all children with the same teachers and curriculum, they can't do anything about the circumstances that kids are saddled with before and after the bell. One way to narrow this so-called achievement gap? Exercise.
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TESOL and the Ohio State University host academy
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Last weekend, TESOL and the Ohio State University hosted six 10-hour workshops for English language educators. Topics included separating difference from disability, second language writing, helping ELLs succeed with the Next Generation Science Standards, and assessment. The photos from the event are available on TESOL's Facebook page.
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TESOL Executive Director meets with US Secretary of Education
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Recently, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan invited executives from 11 organizations focused on English language education to share their thoughts on how to ensure that English learners succeed in the classroom. Among them was TESOL Executive Director Rosa Aronson. You can read her account of her testimony in her blog post, "Finally, a Focus on English Learners."
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TESOL accepting application for 2015 Teacher of Year award
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Know an outstanding teacher? Want to see them get the recognition they deserve? Encourage them to apply for TESOL's 2015 Teacher of the Year award! TESOL is accepting applications until 15 July 2014.
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Knowledge gaps expose more people to money problems
USA Today
Five years into an economic recovery, many Americans aren't feeling good about their progress, with the gap apparently widening between rich and poor. Jobs explain part of the discrepancy — people with college degrees have a much lower unemployment rate, for example — but so might differences in financial literacy or understanding.

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The 'common' in Common Core fractures as state support falters
The Hechinger Report
The Common Core's main selling point was that new, shared standards would ensure American students were learning at the same rates across state lines. Common standards — linked to common tests — would tell schools in Illinois how they stacked up against schools in Massachusetts or California. Now, as more states back out of the tests, the "common" in Common Core is threatened.

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More educational services needed for immigrants and English learners
Contra Costa Times
California's future success depends on its ability to integrate immigrants and their children into colleges and the workforce, according to a recent report.

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Florida board adopts new English-language-proficiency standards
Education Week
After a recent vote by the state board of education, Florida has adopted a new set of standards to guide the language instruction of its 250,000 English-language learners. The board approved Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart's recommendation that the state adopt common-core aligned English-language-proficiency standards by WIDA, a group of 35 states that share the standards, as well as English-language-proficiency assessments.
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Key education issues face Indiana policy makers
The Indianopolis Star via Lafayette Journal & Courier
The Indiana State Board of Education and Education Roundtable are scheduled to meet back-to-back to consider and vote on a handful of the state's most critical and controversial education issues. The meetings bring together Gov. Mike Pence and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. They and others will discuss plans for new statewide standardized tests for K-12 students and proposed guides to help teachers plan curriculum based on the new academic standards recently adopted to replace the national Common Core standards.
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Not so 'Common Core': The reforming of educational reform
The Huffington Post
From 2009 to 2013, there was a rush to develop, embrace and implement the Common Core State Standards for K-12 education. Since then, there has been a rush to reject, resist and rewrite the CCSS. The rush to judgment in both instances was and is probably misplaced. It's time to take a deep breath and put this attempt at meaningful educational reform into perspective. Or, as Simon and Garfunkel might say it, "Slow down you move too fast. Got to make the standards last now."
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Hispanic students lack college and career preparedness, despite most wanting college degrees
Latin Post
Careers in the sciences, in teaching or in many creative fields begin with a college education. However, to access college, students must be ready to contend. Hispanic students are not: While 83 percent of Hispanic students aspire to earn a postsecondary degree, less than one-quarter are academically prepared to meet that goal, says a joint report released by ACT and Excelencia in Education.
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Does learning a second language lead to a new identity?
Oxford University Press
Arturo Hernandez writes: Every day I get asked why second language learning is so hard and what can be done to make it easier. One day a student came up to me after class and asked me how his mother could learn to speak English better. She did not seem to be able to breakthrough and start speaking. Perhaps you or someone you know has found learning another language difficult. So why is it so hard?
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New research report finds that language training improves job performance, boosts employee morale
The Wall Street Journal
Rosetta Stone Inc., the leading provider of education technology and language-learning solutions, recently announced the results of a new survey of a cross-section of the company's 12,000 global enterprise customers. The Rosetta Stone Business Employee Use Insights Survey finds that both employees and companies benefit enormously from language training programs in the workplace.
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Speaking 2 languages slows brain aging
Daily News Egypt
Being bilingual improves cognitive skills and delays the onset of dementia, independent of education and immigration status, says a recently published study by the American Academy of Neurology. Bilingualism might have been the norm for early human communities, explaining the brain's capacity to support it, the study authors wrote.
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US courts struggle to provide court-certified interpreters due to cost and availability
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As the country's Limited English Proficient population grows, the ability of U.S. court systems to supply qualified interpreters has become increasingly difficult and more expensive than many jurisdictions can handle — a fact which some say has caused less-than-qualified interpreters to be used in court proceedings and has subsequently led to overturned convictions due to claims of poor language services.
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Applying the right technology for English Language Learners
The Huffington Post
There are numerous barriers in place when it comes to the instruction of English Language Learners in America's K-12 schools. There is the obvious barrier — the language one — along with cultural differences that may impact the way these students learn in comparison to their peers who are native English speakers. There are also some superficial and deep-seated barriers that can hinder the progress of ELLs in the classroom — ones that are all-too-familiar to educators.
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