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More pupils speaking English as a second language
The Telegraph
United Kingdom: Official figures show that almost 1-in-5 pupils in primary education now speak another language in the home following a sharp hike in the number of foreign-born pupils over the last 12 months. In inner London, native English speakers are now in a minority, with the proportion as low as a quarter in boroughs such as Tower Hamlets, Newham and Westminster. Across England, the number of children who do not have English as their mother tongue has increased by 54,000 in the last 12 months and around 228,000 since 2008. The number stands at almost 1.1m in 2012-2013.
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PARCC approves testing policies for English language learners
Education Week
A group of states designing common assessments to measure how well students have mastered the Common Core State Standards gave its first round of approval to a series of test supports to help English language learners and students with disabilities demonstrate what they've learned. The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC — made up of 22 states — agreed on what will be a "first edition" of the accommodations and accessibility policies that will be field-tested with student test-takers in the 2013-2014 school year.
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Response to intervention and instruction for ELLs
By Erick Herrmann
In an effort to meet the needs of all students and to prevent students from falling behind academically, many schools have adopted response to intervention and instruction. According to the RTI Action Network, "Response to intervention is a multitier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs." RTI works from two key, foundational premises: that all students can learn if they are provided appropriate, effective instruction, and most academic difficulties can be prevented or remedied when there is early identification and immediate intervention. These premises apply to all students, including English learners.
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Call for authors: New TESOL book series
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The TESOL Book Publications Committee is now accepting proposals for a new series on Perspectives on Teaching in Different Contexts. The series consists of 80-page books addressing the challenges specific to certain contexts for teaching English language learners. Deadline for proposals is 30 September 2013.
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The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language is proud to present a series of monthly webinars. Coming next is Jeremy Harmer—"Yes, but why do we need teachers at all?" 27 July 2013, 3 p.m. BST, which explores the teacher's role in student success. See the full list of upcoming free webinars.
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For ELLs, what does effective instruction look like?
Education Week
Answering that complex and urgent question is an unmet challenge that authors, in a hot-off-the-presses issue of American Educator, take a crack at answering (and acknowledging when they can't).

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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.

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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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Study: US education spending tops global list
CBS News
The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students' education each year, with parents and private foundations picking up more of the costs, an international survey released found. Despite the spending, U.S. students still trail their rivals on international tests. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — which groups the world's most developed countries — writes in its annual report that brand-new and experienced teachers alike in the United States out-earn most of their counterparts around the globe. But U.S. salaries have not risen at the same pace as other nations.
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Among conservatives, concerns grow over new school standards
NPR
"Common Core" is one of the biggest phrases in education today. To many educators and policymakers, it's a big, exciting idea that will ensure that America's students have the tools to succeed after graduation. But a growing number of conservatives see things differently. For years, states used their own, state-specific standards to lay out what K-12 students should be learning, for everything from punctuation to algebra. But those standards varied wildly, so the Common Core replaces them with one set of national standards for math and English language arts.
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No matter the cost, English language requirements aren't going anywhere
National Journal
United Kingdom: In a sweeping new program to slash the welfare state, a government announced a statute that will prevent people who are not proficient in English — or at least enrolled in English language classes — from drawing unemployment benefits. This isn't happening in the United States. This is a British proposal, announced in the United Kingdom, by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
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Iowa to spend more to help English language learners
Des Moines Register
Iowa schools will soon be eligible for more money to educate children who are learning to speak English. A provision included in a bill signed by Gov. Terry Branstad extends to five years the time period that districts can receive additional funding to serve English language learners. Previously, school districts could receive extra dollars to help such students for a maximum of four years. The extension applies to children who first received ELL services in 2010, so the additional funding won't become available until the 2014-2015 academic year.
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Case to revive English medium schools
The Malaysian Insider
Malaysia: English medium schools can be a neutral language acceptable to all races, who are now divided between Malay medium government schools and vernacular schools. The Straits Times reported that if there were Chinese and Tamil primary schools alongside national schools, then the government should allow the use of English as a medium too.
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Achievement gap narrows on long-term NAEP
Education Week
Achievement gaps for black and Hispanic youths have declined by substantial margins in reading and math since the early 1970s, according to new federal data. The gaps with their white peers, while still in evidence, have narrowed across all three age levels tested as part of a national assessment of long-term trends that offers a look at test data spanning some 40 years.
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As English language learning goes, so goes Nevada
Las Vegas Review-Journal
At the intersection of immigration, tax, economic development and education policy is Nevada's most important issue: English Language Learning in the Clark County School District. If Nevada's leaders can't figure out how to make high school graduates — never mind high-achieving graduates — out of the tens of thousands of valley K-12 students who aren't proficient in English, then perceptions of this community, as well as its long-term economic prospects, will never change.
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More than 2,000 students gain English proficiency
San Bernardino County Sun
Nearly a third of school district students are classified as English language learners. But on May 18, thousands of those students were taken off the list. That Saturday, San Bernardino City Unified in California held a district-wide ceremony at Indian Springs High School honoring more than 2,000 English learner students who had achieved English language proficiency during the school year, complete with certificates and medals recognizing their achievement.
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Access to public preschool matters
Center for American Progress
Preschool is essential to school readiness and can significantly impact a child's chance of reading at grade level, of graduating high school and of obtaining the necessary skills to be college and career ready. Yet too many children do not have access to high-quality, publicly funded preschool, which means they arrive at kindergarten classroom doors without the skills they need to succeed. By letting this situation persist we are allowing these children to start the life race two steps behind. Preschool attendance has also been associated with benefits for English language learners and for students of color. In Georgia Spanish-speaking children experienced significant growth in both English and Spanish domains, including in language, literacy and math skills.
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5 reasons international students should consider MOOCs
U.S. News & World Report
At 15, it seems unlikely Priya Prabhakar would know much about college. But the rising high school sophomore has already taken six college courses from some of America's best universities, earning high marks in everything from poetry to computer programming. Prabhakar, from Chennai, India, is one of thousands of students across the globe taking massive open online courses. And she can't get enough of them.
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UNT, Denton ISD team up to boost English studies
Denton Record-Chronicle
With an increase in immigration over the last few decades, the University of North Texas and the Denton, Texas, school district have partnered to offer extra help to students whose primary language is not English. Denton's Spanish-speaking community, for example, is growing rapidly. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county's Latino population has almost doubled from 2000 to 2010, jumping from 52,619 to 90,967.
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Make the US student visa process painless
U.S. News & World Report
Paperwork: It's the part of a life-changing experience that no one likes. However, if you're planning on studying abroad, it's something you're going to have to wade through before you can jump on that plane. For international students, getting your student visa in order is one of the most important tasks when preparing to travel to the U.S. The paperwork can take quite a while to process. Once you've applied to your American colleges, make sure to get your initial visa forms in early.
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English language requirement for claimants may be welcomed by strivers
The Guardian
United Kingdom: When the chancellor announced that welfare claimants who don't speak English will have their benefits cut if they fail to attend language courses, it immediately attracted accusations of "dog-whistle politics" and peddling populist myths about "benefit tourism." "From now on, if claimants don't speak English, they will have to attend language courses until they do. This is a reasonable requirement in this country. It will help people find work," said George Osborne. "But if you're not prepared to learn English, your benefits will be cut."
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English lessons for unemployed foreigners: how many should we book?
The Guardian
United Kingdom: The chancellor announced "if you're not prepared to learn English, your benefits will be cut." How many benefit claimants can't speak English and how much money will we save by teaching them?
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Portland, Ore., adult education helps English language learners adjust to new world
Portland Press Herald (commentary)
Last winter, when the Portland, Ore., Adult Education school scheduled the placement test for new students, I woke up at 4 a.m. waiting for the friend who would take me to 57 Douglass St. Teacher Judy Storer, now retired, sounds out letters to Natalina Olim and other English language students at Portland Adult Education in 2007. The school that's housed the program is being closed.
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For ELLs, what does effective instruction look like?
Education Week
Answering that complex and urgent question is an unmet challenge that authors, in a hot-off-the-presses issue of American Educator, take a crack at answering (and acknowledging when they can't). The summer issue of the quarterly publication from the American Federation of Teachers is focused on English learners. It explores what the research tells us so far about what works and what doesn't in effective instruction, and identifies the questions that still haven't been adequately examined.
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Learning about a subject content while learning English as a second language
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Can English language learners simultaneously learn about the subject content of Science while learning English as a second language? And can the learning of English as a second language coupled with the learning of the subject content of Science be attained simultaneously with maximum proficiency? And by what means can both subject areas of study attain this maximum proficiency?
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Seize the summer: Keep kids active and engaged in learning
ED.gov Blog
Students can experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. On average, students lose the equivalent of two months of math and reading skills during the summer months. More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.
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America's testing culture: How did we get here?
TakePart (commentary)
For the last three decades, our schools have been shaped by so-called accountability measures. Standardized tests were meant to make sure students were learning, and schools and teachers were held responsible if kids did not meet the standards. But lately, criticism of the accountability movement and its consequences, intended and otherwise, has reached a crescendo. Parents are pushing back against the testing culture (too much time spent on preparation, testing, and test analysis and not enough on deeper learning).
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Report: Professional development for mobile learning improves student engagement and interest in STEM subjects
THE Journal
A professional development program to provide teachers with tools and strategies for using mobile learning in the classroom has had a positive effect on student engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects, according to new research from the International Society for Technology in Education and the Verizon Foundation. The research findings, which were announced at the International Society for Technology in Education 2013 conference and expo taking place in San Antonio, Texas, report on results from the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program.
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