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Minister expects more English language school closures
The Irish Times
Ireland: Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan has said she expects more English language schools in Ireland to close as reform of the sector continues. The Labour Party Minister said she and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald of Fine Gael had jointly brought proposals to Government to "clean up" the system. A number of language schools have closed abruptly recently leaving many international students out of pocket for fees paid and without the qualifications they were studying for. The staff who worked in a number of these colleges have also been left unpaid.
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Language schools abroad attract many more Turkish students despite high fees
Today's Zaman
Turkey: With English language teaching in Turkish state schools not going far beyond a few memorized sentences and words, the advent of the summer holiday has sparked the latest wave of Turkish students, who prefer to receive their foreign language education abroad, to start such courses despite the high fees. An increasing number of private companies are arranging language schools abroad for an ever-increasing number of Turkish students who want to learn a foreign language during the summer holidays and have a fun-filled summer in a foreign country.
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Last Chance! ESL for the Secondary Science Teacher
6 July - 2 August
Last chance to register for TESOL's online course ESL for the Secondary Science Teacher, which begins 6 July! Participants will explore the role of cultural perspectives in learning science, guiding principles of second language acquisition, and methods of instructional design and assessment. Register today!

TESOL Online Course: Grammar 1: Phrasal Structures
13 July - 9 August
Learn how to define basic grammatical terms, identify grammatical structures, and explain the structure of noun and verb phrases and the functions of verb tenses. Discuss principles to keep in mind when planning grammar instruction and prepare and share plans for grammar teaching activities. TESOL Grammar Partner: Oxford University Press

TESOL Online Course: Grammar 2: Multiclause Structures
13 July - 9 August
Learn how to identify and explain active and passive voice; adjective, adverb and noun clauses; the use of participial phrases and subjunctive mood; and more. Write and share teaching plans for complex grammatical structures and come away with tools and resources for use in the classroom. TESOL Grammar Partner: Oxford University Press

TESOL Symposium in Cancún, México
4 November 2015
Join TESOL, in collaboration with MEXTESOL, for Innovations and Breakthroughs in English Language Teaching, a TESOL Symposium in Cancún, México. Examine how English language teaching and learning have changed since the beginning of the 21st century, and explore current breakthroughs that have shaped the classroom of today through practice-oriented, interactive sessions led by experts in the field. Register today!

TESOL Conference in Singapore
3-5 December 2015
Join TESOL for Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning, a TESOL conference in Singapore. Organized in partnership with the National Institute of Education, this 2½ day event will feature leading experts in teacher education, classroom instruction, and international assessment. Six preconference institutes will also be available for participants to dive deeper into content that affects their day-to-day practice. Register today!

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English as a Foreign Language, Assistant Professor (April 2016), Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata, Osaka, Japan

Director, American Language and Culture Institute, California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, California, USA

Recruiting full-time, long term, certified TEFL/TELOL teachers to work in China, Russell Education, Jiangsu province, Nanjing, China

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Australia should tread cautiously on UK-inspired English language tests
The Conversation
Australia: One reform the Abbott government is considering as part of sweeping changes to Australia’s citizenship regime is the introduction of English tests for all new citizens. Migrants learning English can be crucial to integration, whether in Australia, the U.K. or any other Western country. But Australia should be cautious in how closely it follows the U.K. in this reform.
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Education organizations to Congress: Keep vouchers out of ESEA rewrite
Education Week
The U.S. Senate is slated to start debating a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. One of the big points of contention to watch? Expanding school choice. And that prospect does not make a coalition of more than 50 organizations — ranging from AASA, the School Superintendents Association to the Texas Freedom Network very happy. Those organizations sent a letter to lawmakers reiterating their opposition to vouchers and Title I portability, which would allow federal money for disadvantaged children to follow students to any school they choose.
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For the first time, Denver students to get diploma recognition for language skills
Chalkbeat Colorado
If you're one of the approximately 34,600 Spanish-speaking students in Denver Public Schools you already know that sentence means: "Denver Public Schools high schoolers will be able to graduate with a 'Seal of Biliteracy' on their diplomas beginning next year." What's changing is that for the first time the district will formally acknowledge those students' skills in both English and Spanish. Students can also earn the new diploma seal for any other language of their choosing.
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Using a second language to land the job
By: Stefano Tromba
As the economy continues to slowly improve and unemployment levels drop, more and more job seekers are finding the task of getting hired less daunting. This trend signals a slow, yet steadily growing confidence in the economy and a positive future outlook from many companies. Now, that doesn't mean a new job will fall into your lap. You'll still need to get noticed. That "extra something" to stand out could be anything from being proficient in graphic design to even speaking a second language.
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Who needs words when you have an emoji?
The Irish Times
Ireland: There was once a time when English language experts feared that text speak was signalling the demise of the English language. By text speak, we mean phrases such as "Hw r u", "C u l8er", and "I g2go", which dominated the majority of text message conversations in the early 2000s. So much so that in 2003, a 13-year-old Scottish schoolgirl handed in an essay written completely in text message shorthand.
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