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Just off press: New Pragmatics book
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"Pragmatics: Teaching Natural Conversation" offers English language teachers some of the first published materials for guiding learners past grammar into authentic-sounding (conventional) utterances and sequences, replacing the scripted unnatural or stilted dialogue provided in many textbooks. Teachers will find a range of pedagogical activities to put to immediate use in the classroom. This volume taken together with the previous volume, "Pragmatics: Teaching Speech Acts," provides teachers with a comprehensive basis for the theoretically sound and pedagogically effective teaching of this important, but often neglected, area of language. To read a free chapter and order your copy, please click here.

Call for proposals: 'Differentiated Instruction and Implications for Teaching'
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The goal of this volume is to provide a resource for classroom teachers and teacher educators in the area of differentiated instruction practices and processes. The volume seeks to explore possible approaches, models, principles and techniques related to effective differentiated instruction at the classroom and program levels. It will reflect current theory, address the topic of differentiated instruction within the context of English language learning, and be of practical value to classroom teachers and teacher educators. The deadline for proposals in Dec. 1. For more information, click here.

Republican challenges administration on plans to override education law
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In a sharp rebuke to the Obama administration, the Republican chairman of the House education committee challenged plans by the education secretary to override provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Law, and he said he would use a House rewrite of it this year to rein in the secretary's influence on America's schools. Responding to Education Secretary Arne Duncan's promise to grant states waivers to the education law's most onerous provisions if Congress failed to rewrite it, the committee chairman, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., sent Duncan a letter demanding that he explain by July 1 the legal authority that he believed he had to issue the waivers. More

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Arizona reports gap in English learning compliance
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A new review says many Arizona public schools don't comply with requirements for instruction of students learning the English language, and the state's top education official says he plans to start reporting noncompliant districts starting in the fall. That could subject those districts to possible withholding of some state funding provided for English Language Learning programs. More

New spelling test for 11-year-olds in England
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England: Some 600,000 pupils will take the toughen-up literacy exam at the end of primary school as part of a major overhaul of Sats tests. It will replace an existing exam in writing composition which has been branded "pointless" by teachers because of inconsistent marking and fears young children struggle to come up with creative prose in formal test conditions. An independent review of assessment in English primary schools said a more focused exam based on fundamental literacy skills would "raise attainment" in these areas and give teachers more freedom to monitor children's composition throughout the year. More

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Leeds, UK, pupils face English language hurdle
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United Kingdom: More than 1 in 10 school children across Leeds, United Kingdom do not speak English as their first language. Over 7,500 primary and 4,581 secondary school students in Leeds do not speak English as their mother tongue. The figures, which were collected from schools in January, were released by the Department for Education to help give a snapshot of the makeup of England's state schools. More

Educators push efforts to get more Latino men into college
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Latino men are "vanishing" from the higher education pipeline, a trend that could spell serious trouble given current demographic trends. That was the message delivered to more than 250 educators, counselors, students and community leaders at the Latino Male Symposium. More

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Queen's speech, desi style
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India: Like all popular trends, "Indian English" is constantly growing and evolving. Where does it stand right now? Aneesha Coelho speaks to the urban youth to find out what exactly it means to be an English-speaking Indian. More

My life as an undocumented immigrant
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One August morning nearly two decades ago, my mother woke me and put me in a cab. She handed me a jacket. "Baka malamig doon" were among the few words she said. ("It might be cold there.") When I arrived at the Philippines' Ninoy Aquino International Airport with her, my aunt and a family friend, I was introduced to a man I'd never seen. They told me he was my uncle. He held my hand as I boarded an airplane for the first time. It was 1993, and I was 12. More

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Many educators find Twitter a useful tool
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Gerald Aungst, Meenoo Rami and Kevin Jarrett are three educators among a growing number in the Philadelphia region who are using Twitter, the social networking and micro-blogging service, to enhance their teaching, often on their own time. More

Mobile devices in classroom give English learners a leg-up
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On a rainy morning at Tyrrell Elementary in Hayward, Calif., sixth-grade teacher Francisco Nieto was giving his students — all English language learners — an in-class assignment: To fill in the blanks of sentences with new words they learned from reading Lois Lowry's book, "The Giver." "Intricate," said Nieto. "What does it mean?" "Very complicated but detailed!" screamed one student from the other end of the classroom, iPod in hand, after looking up the word quickly online. More

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