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Curing the summertime blues
Language Magazine
Summer vacation often evokes childhood memories of lazy days spent relaxing and exploring the outdoors. The romanticism of a long summer break from school, however, has met its match in the realities of the achievement gap and the significant loss of academic skills that occurs every summer for students. Multilingual families, who may have a more difficult time engaging in school functions and homework assistance due to language barriers, can struggle even more over the summer months.
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Teaching writing to ELLs across the curriculum: Strategies for success
By: Erick Herrmann
Reading, writing, listening and speaking. Educators know the importance of these essential skills for student success, and a brief review of instructional standards will show an emphasis on these four skills. Traditionally, the instruction on reading and writing skills has been relegated to language arts classes and teachers. In more recent times, however, the importance of writing the content areas has been emphasized, as a means to help students think deeply about a topic and demonstrate their knowledge.
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Principal surveys to help build better ELL policy
Education Week
Advocates and researchers have launched a new tool to help policymakers better analyze and report the needs of shifting English learner populations at schools from year to year. The English Language Learner Program Survey for Principals, created by the English Language Learners Alliance and the Regional Education Laboratory Northeast & Islands at the Education Development Corp., collects data on how schools serve English learners in an array of areas.
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Curing the summertime blues
Language Magazine
Summer vacation often evokes childhood memories of lazy days spent relaxing and exploring the outdoors. The romanticism of a long summer break from school, however, has met its match in the realities of the achievement gap and the significant loss of academic skills that occurs every summer for students.

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Knowledge gaps expose more people to money problems
USA Today
Five years into an economic recovery, many Americans aren't feeling good about their progress, with the gap apparently widening between rich and poor. Jobs explain part of the discrepancy — people with college degrees have a much lower unemployment rate, for example — but so might differences in financial literacy or understanding.

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TESOL and the Ohio State University host academy
TESOL
Last weekend, TESOL and the Ohio State University hosted six 10-hour workshops for English language educators. Topics included separating difference from disability, second language writing, helping ELLs succeed with the Next Generation Science Standards, and assessment. The photos from the event are available on TESOL's Facebook page.




US states greet new fiscal year with more spending, school funding
Reuters
Days before most U.S. states' new fiscal year begins, 40 states have passed budgets that boost spending and dedicate extra funding primarily for education, according to a brief by the National Association of State Budget Officers. But in many states spending increases and tax cuts are not as dramatic as their governors proposed this winter, due to softer-than-expected revenue, NASBO found. Typically, governors suggest budgets in January that legislatures use as starting points to negotiate.
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Hindi or English? Contentious language issue resurfaces in India
Voice of America
India: The contentious language issue, of whether to use Hindi or English, has resurfaced in India, where the new government is proposing giving Hindi primacy in official communications. India's southern states, which do not speak the language of the north, have rejected such moves, but the bureaucracy in the Indian capital is scrambling to brush up its Hindi skills.
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Can the Maker movement infiltrate mainstream classrooms?
MindShift
At the White House Maker Faire recently, where Obama invited "makers" of all ages to display their creations, the president investigated a robotic giraffe and a red weather balloon, and shot a marshmallow cannon made by a student. With so much fanfare and media attention on the event, some educators are hopeful that the idea of tinkering as a way of learning might finally have made it back to the mainstream. But will the same philosophy of discovery and hands-on learning make it into classrooms?
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Task force pushes for new school funding formula
KLAS-TV
The Nevada Task Force on K-12 Public Education voted to recommend changing the funding formula for Nevada public schools. The recommendations ask the state to revise Nevada's current funding formula and allocate more money to ELL students, special needs students, and students who live in poverty. According to the Nevada Department of Public Education, more than 166,000 students in Clark County are on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Around 51,000 students speak English as a second language and 33,000 are classified as special needs students.
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Teachers HELP trains teachers in English learner techniques
The Chattanoogan
The Teachers HELP (Helping English Language Proficiency) Summer Academy, which is a part of a five year program to offer high-quality English learner endorsement and professional development opportunities, opened with a science lesson. Anjelika Riano, the ESL (English as a second language) coach with the Hamilton County Department of Education, lectured the group of in-service and pre-service teachers about the parts of a plant. The "students" were expected to keep up with the lesson and to take notes ... all in Russian.
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The joy of reading and the benefits it brings to youngsters
The National
United Arab Emirates: The diversity of cultures in the UAE is evident in the mix of children in education in the country. One of the best ways to celebrate the diversity of children's backgrounds — as well as develop an understanding of the customs, culture and language of the UAE — is through reading. For children, learning to read fluently is essential for their academic success in school. American education expert Stephen Krashen suggests that bilingual children learn how to read in their first language in order to further their reading skills in English. Many expatriate families in the UAE recognize the importance of bilingualism for their children and opt to send them to schools where lessons are taught in English.
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English language tests: Poor preparation?
Times Higher Education
United Kingdom: The Home Office moved to prevent three universities from sponsoring new international students amid concerns about widespread cheating in English. In the wake of this, one thought is that even if the universities involved could not have known about what was apparently going on in Educational Testing Service test centers before BBC Panorama's investigation, aired in February, they should have realized something was wrong from the poor English of the students they were admitting on the basis of their Test of English as a Foreign Language scores.
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The triumph of English
Le Monde diplomatique
Netherlands: When, back in 1989, the Netherlands education minister suggested more university courses in English, public outrage caused parliament to pass a law making Dutch the official language of education. Yet the Netherlands is now Europe's biggest non-Anglophone provider of university courses taught in English; it is used in most masters degrees in life sciences, engineering and economics, though to a limited extent in BA courses and MAs in applied subjects.
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What will the classroom and curriculum of the future look like?
eSchool News
It's an interesting question: What will something look like or be able to do 5, 10 or 20 years down the road? Classrooms and curriculum are no different. With education stakeholders calling for reform and a stronger focus on measuring 21st-century skills, classrooms and curriculum must change.
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Using mobile apps to learn English
CRIEnglish.com
The ways in which young people learn English has made technological leaps and bounds within the last 5 years. Before the smartphone era, students were pretty limited to English classes and good old fashioned text books. Nowadays, computers, mobile tablets and smartphones offer a vast number of resources to aid the learning process. Several popular English language apps include Wordpower, Englishpod and Hello-Hello. The mobile universe provides consumers with so much more than digital textbooks. They offer specialized applications that focus on reading, grammar, vocabulary, and listening, and of course there are foreign language radio apps that allow listeners in China to hear real time conversations in English.
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