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Bring back English medium schools
Free Malaysia Today
Malaysia: Sarawak has called for the return of English medium schools. State Barisan Nasional's main party, Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu supreme council member and publicity chief Peter Minos said English medium schools are a "must" if the country aspires to be competitive and recognized internationally. "English cannot be taught half-heartedly or haphazardly. English medium schools are a 'must' to really learn the language. Those of us in schools in the 1950s and 1960s should know."
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Does geography influence how a language sounds?
National Geographic
Languages spoken at high altitudes are more likely to contain a certain kind of sound made using short bursts of air, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, is the first to show that geography can influence how a language sounds. "I had this hypothesis that [certain sounds] might be more common at high altitudes," said study author Caleb Everett, an anthropological linguist at the University of Miami.
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Struggling with the past tense: Verbal acquisition of -ed forms of verbs
By Beth Crumpler
English language learners often struggle with understanding when to use the various past tense pronunciations of the English sounds for –ed at the end of regular English verbs. They get confused with when they should use the [d], [əd] or [t] sounds. Explicit instruction is important for fluent verbal acquisition of these differing sounds. Instructional methodologies need to be clear and precise in order for students to understand.
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Seeing pictures of home can make it harder to speak a foreign language
Smithsonian Magazine
If you've ever attempted to move to a foreign country and learn to speak the local language, you're aware that successfully doing so is an enormous challenge.

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The current education policy may be hurting Latino students
ABC News
A group of Latino education experts from across the country urged policymakers in Washington, D.C., to take steps to improve education for Hispanic students.

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Native-speaking English teachers in decline
The Prague Post
Czech Republic: Kirsty Mooney, 40, was fresh out of university when she decided to leave her hometown of Rochdale, in north England, and move to the Czech Republic. Mooney quickly found work teaching English to Czech students.

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Duncan discusses influence of teacher voice on new flexibility decision
ED.gov Blog
Secretary Arne Duncan announced that ED is offering states flexibility around high stakes personnel decisions and double testing — a decision greatly influenced by educators' voices. His decision addresses two areas. First, states will be able to ask for an extra year beyond current plans for teacher evaluation systems before data from new assessments impacts personnel decisions for educators. Second, during next school year, some schools will field test new assessments. ED will work with states to avoid double-testing students.
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Central Vietnam province to spend $8.4 million on English teaching
Tuoi Tre News
Vietnam: A central Vietnam province plans to spend over VND176 billion (US$8.4 million) on a project to improve the learning and teaching of English from now until 2020. The People's Committee of Binh Dinh Province has said that most of the funding will come from the state coffers and the remaining will be raised from other sources.
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Experts urge states to stay course on high-quality assessments
Education Week
A bevy of heavy-hitting assessment experts has identified five things that make assessments high quality, and is urging states to hold out for such tests in the face of political and financial pressures that might weaken their resolve.
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Obama administration approves NCLB flexibility request for Alabama, 38 states, and DC now approved for waivers
U.S. Department of Education
The Obama administration approved the state of Alabama for a waiver from No Child Left Behind in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. Since fall 2011, 47 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education have requested waivers from NCLB in order to implement next-generation education reforms that go far beyond the law's rigid, top-down prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Education has now approved requests from 38 states and D.C., with other applications still pending.
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House committee passes partisan NCLB renewal bill
Education Week
Another markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, another totally predictable partisan vote. The Senate education committee passed an ESEA bill with just Democratic support. This time, it was the House Education panel's turn to consider a bill to revise the No Child Left Behind Act. Everyone agrees the law is in desperate need of a makeover, but partisan divisions continue to get in the way. And today's debate on the bill, which was written by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the committee, was no exception.
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Students bolster English skills during summer
Merced Sun-Star
More than 400 second- through fifth-grade students are bolstering their English-language skills through an English learner summer academy being run at Burbank and Sheehy elementary schools in Merced, Calif.
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Rwanda: What should be the language of instruction in lower primary?
AllAfrica
Rwanda: Even before the switch from French to English as the language of instruction in schools, many Rwandans rushed to learn English, a language that had clearly become the de-facto global language. In fact, many schools were running a dual English-French system.
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English language learners: Public school's forgotten kids
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High school graduation rates across the country are at a 40-year high, with 75 percent of students making it to the finish line. Between 2000 and 2010, 46 states saw substantial gains. And the upswing in graduates also spans minority students, even as the nation's schools become more diverse. More Latino and African-American students are taking hold of high school diplomas, shrinking the achievement gap (however slightly) with their white cohorts.
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How online education can create a 'global classroom'
CNN
Around the world, and in developing nations especially, there is an overwhelming demand for higher education. Despite worldwide increases in tertiary enrollment numbers, there still remains disparity between those with access to quality education and those without. In Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, only 6 percent of college-age students are enrolled in higher education.
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Workplace ESL Solutions teaches English to employees, instills confidence on the job
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ronna Timpa doesn't view her company, Workplace ESL Solutions, as just a business that teaches English to non-English-speaking employees. Timpa and her instructors instill workplace confidence. "There are all the soft skills, such as making eye contact and shaking hands firmly," said Timpa, who has been designing workplace education courses for more than two decades.
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More Quebecers speaking a mix of English and French at work
Montreal Gazette
Canada: The number of Quebecers who speak French at work has declined slightly as more people opt to use it in combination with English. According to the latest figures from Statistics Canada's National Household Survey, 93.9 percent of Quebecers spoke French at work in 2011, compared to 94.3 percent in 2006, according to census data from that year.
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Seeing pictures of home can make it harder to speak a foreign language
Smithsonian Magazine
If you've ever attempted to move to a foreign country and learn to speak the local language, you're aware that successfully doing so is an enormous challenge. But in our age of widely distributed Wi-Fi hotspots, free Skype video calls from one hemisphere to another and favorite TV shows available anywhere in the world over the Web, speaking a foreign language may be more difficult than ever.
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Study: Minority, poor students gain from charters
Nashville Ledger
Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows. Overall, charter school students are faring better than they were four years ago, surpassing those in traditional public schools in reading gains and keeping pace in math, according to the National Charter School Study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University.
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Language intervention levels playing field for English language learners
Vanderbilt University via Science Daily
A new approach to teaching pre-kindergarten could take a bite out of the achievement gap and level the playing field for America's growing population of English language learners, according to a recently published study by researchers at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of education and human development.
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Will new tests measure any valuable skills?
MindShift
After more than ten years of national education policies like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, the words accountability and assessment have become synonymous at many public schools with high-stakes testing. The two government programs have attached consequences and rewards to standardized test scores, leading many educators to believe they have to teach to the test. But, as the well-known argument goes, teaching prescribed math and reading content doesn't help students build the skills like creativity, problem-solving and adaptability they need to adapt in the world outside of school.
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For English language learners, a digital tool that tries to find the right turn of phrase
Gigaom
As a native Hebrew speaker, Yael Karov said she'd often search the Web for English phrases to make sure they were correct before including them in emails and other documents. Via the web, for example, she'd learn that "on July" should be "in July" or that "3 millions" should be "3 million." But given her background in statistical models and natural language processing, she knew that there should be a less tedious way to perfect her writing. Now, with her startup Ginger Software, she's putting algorithms to work to help other English language learners correct their writing and try to improve it.
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Report: The 4 pillars of the flipped classroom
THE Journal
Though all classrooms are different, there are four critical elements that successful flipped classrooms have in common, according to a new report developed by the Flipped Learning Network, George Mason University, and Pearson's Center for Educator Effectiveness. The report, "A Review of Flipped Learning," is designed to guide teachers and administrators through the concepts of flipped classrooms and provide definitions and examples of flipped learning in action. Among those concepts are four "pillars" that are required to support effective flipped learning.
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Summer learning loss study: Can 'summer slide' be prevented?
The Huffington Post
When summer relaxation is over and school starts back up, many students may find they've fallen behind. A recently released survey from the National Summer Learning Association confirms that teachers spend a significant amount of time reteaching material due to summer learning loss. The survey, which was based on answers from 500 teachers, found that 66 percent of teachers have to spend three to four weeks reteaching students course material at the beginning of the year, while 24 percent of teachers spend at least five to six weeks reteaching material from the previous school year.
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Educators: How to give your great ideas wings (and cash)
Edutopia
For many teachers, summer is peak season for generating ideas. When the daily classroom demands ease up, you can enjoy the luxury of unstructured time to reflect, explore, and brainstorm about the learning experiences you'd love to offer your students.
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Cracking a secret code to learning: Hand gestures
MindShift (commentary)
Annie Murphy Paul, a contributor for MindShift, writes: "Over the past few years, while working on my forthcoming book 'Brilliant,' I've been watching and taking note as a new conceptualization of intelligence takes shape in the social and biological sciences. This conceptualization involves many lines of inquiry that can be loosely grouped under the title situated cognition: the idea that thinking doesn't happen in some abstract, disembodied space, but always in a particular brain, in a particular body, located in a particular social and physical world. The moment-by-moment conditions that prevail in that brain, that body, and that world powerfully affect how well we think and perform."
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