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Foreign students contribute €330 million to economy
The Irish Times
Ireland: Almost 100,000 foreign students contributed €330 million to the economy last year, according to the association that represents English language schools in Ireland. Marketing English in Ireland, which represents 52 language schools and colleges nationwide, released the information ahead of its annual general meeting. Of the schools' 97,610 students, 80 percent came from EU or European Economic Area countries, 12 percent came from non-EU countries that did not require a visa, and the remaining 8 percent came from countries requiring a visa.
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The customer is not always right: A case for teacher autonomy in the classroom
By: Debra Abrams
According to both Immigration and Customs Enforcement and English Language Program requirements, students are supposed to be "active learners." In reality, many come and go at will. There may be all sorts of reasons behind their behavior: Perhaps, because their countries or parents are sponsoring them, the "students" have no vested interest in their education. Perhaps, as is the case where I worked until recently, it is because administrators equate students with customers who are to be served, and as businessman Harry Selfridge asserted, "the customer is always right."
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'Teaching artists': Creative ways to teach English to immigrant kids
The Conversation
Bringing professional actors and dancers into the classroom may seem an unusual strategy for boosting the speaking skills of children who speak a language other than English at home. Yet, these creative drama and movement activities can help children struggling to improve their fluency in the English language. English language learners face a daunting challenge in today’s classrooms, which have an increased focus on written work. To improve their English language skills, these children need frequent opportunities to engage in verbal interactions. Children who do not become proficient in reading by the end of third grade are at an increased risk of dropping out of school.
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28 teaching positions eliminated at English board
CBC News
Canada: Twenty-eight teaching positions are being eliminated at P.E.I.'s English Language School Board, and a further 13 positions at the board and Department of Education levels. News of the cuts comes in the wake of the provincial budget. The grant to the English Language School Board was up less than one per cent, not enough to cover the cost of inflation.
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Education Department approves ESEA flexibility renewal for 7 states, leaving only 3 to be decided
The U.S. Department of Education announced that 7 more states received multiple years of continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — also known as No Child Left Behind — leaving only 3 states that submitted requests for ESEA flexibility to be decided. Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia all received ESEA flexibility. This means the Department granted flexibility and approved waivers for 42 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia from the burdens of the existing law in order to support improved achievement in schools.
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Teens make film in broken English to explain why they'll fail English
The film examines one of the oldest debates in African education. Should classes be taught in the colonial language of English (or French) or in local languages that students speak and understand more fluently? For the filmmakers, this question charts their future. Tourism is one of Zanzibar's main industries, and learning English is vital to attain a highly-prized hotel job. It's their ticket out of the hardscrabble life their parents lead in the fishing industry.
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Officials weigh how to meet federal standards with ESL students on the rise
The Virginian-Pilot
As the number of students with limited English skills soars, school divisions have an added concern — new federal guidelines on how to educate those students that, some say, could drive down success rates and increase costs. About one in every 10 students nationwide and in Virginia is labeled an "English learner," or EL — someone whose proficiency in the language is limited. The numbers are smaller in South Hampton Roads — just over 2 percent of all students — but growing swiftly. The five cities combined now count more than 3,500 such students, up from 1,700 a decade earlier.
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5 useful tips for international students with dependents in the US
U.S. News & World Report
Each year, according to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, more than one million international students study in the U.S. Many of these students bring their spouses and children — also known as dependents — with them when they travel to the U.S. Any dependent who accompanies an international student to the U.S. will need an F-2 or M-2 visa. The type of visa depends on whether the international student — the person who serves as the primary visa holder — plans to pursue vocational or academic studies while studying in the U.S. The F visas are awarded to international students enrolled in academic course work, and M visas are issued to international students enrolled in vocational course work.
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Minority students are underrepresented in special education
AERA via Science Daily
A new federally funded study finds that racial, ethnic and language minority elementary- and middle-school students are less likely than otherwise similar white, English-speaking children to be identified as having disabilities and, as a result, are disproportionately underrepresented in special education. These findings differ from most prior education research and contrast with current federal legislation and policies.
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4 stages of curiosity
Where curiosity comes from isn't entirely clear. That's probably because there is no single source for it any more than there is a single source for entertainment, anxiety or confidence. There are strategies to promote curiosity in the classroom — even those that consider how the brain works. Ideally, teaching and learning wouldn't benefit from having curiosity "added in," but rather would fail completely without it. There is also no single "look" for curiosity. The things teachers look for as indicators of "engagement" — waving hands in the air, locked eye contact, or good grades on tests — may not be the result of curiosity at all.
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