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Call for Proposals: TESOL Journal special topic issue
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TESOL Journal is seeking proposals for the 2013 and 2014 special topic issues. TJ seeks to present methodologically sound research that informs practice in a number of different contexts and at all levels of instruction (including but not limited to EFL, English for specific purposes, TESOL teacher education, international teaching assistants, higher education, adult education and pre-K–12 education). For more information about TJ, please click here.

TESOL submits comments to US Senate on WIA reauthorization bill
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Last month, TESOL provided comments on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions discussion draft for the Workforce Investment Act of 1988. Last authorized in 1998, WIA funds the federal government's primary programs for preparing the nation's workforce. It supports programs for adults, dislocated workers, and low-income youth ages 14 to 21. In addition, WIA contains the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, which is the primary federal funding vehicle for adult education and ESOL.

Read more about the discussion draft here. Read TESOL's comments here.

Race to the Top draft guidelines released for early learning grant money
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A $500 million federal competition for early education money will stress assessment, teacher training and program alignment, according to an announcement by officials from the White House, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. "We're really announcing something historic," Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for education in the White House Domestic Policy Council, said. More

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Research backs English as key to development
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United Kingdom: A study into the economic impact of learning English in developing countries claims that the language can increase the earning power of individuals by around 25 percent and that developing economies need access to English if they are grow and position themselves in the global economy. The British Council, the United Kingdom's education and cultural relations organization, which commissioned the report from Euromonitor, a leading research organization, claims that it is the first statistical research into the benefits of English in developing countries. More

Fear of more failing test scores sets off clash over No Child Left Behind
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With the clock ticking, federal education officials fear that calamity awaits. If Congress doesn't move quickly to change the No Child Left Behind law, they project that a whopping 82 percent of the nation's public schools could fail to meet proficiency targets this year, facing sanctions that ultimately can include a loss of federal aid. That's up from 37 percent last year. More

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Experts warn: Educators need training to understand common standards
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Experts urged states to take advantage of the ways in which new common standards are different from the state standards already in place, leveraging them to provide better learning for students and a path to better practice for teachers. Delegations of top curriculum leaders and board of education members from 13 states gathered here to brainstorm about implementing the common core standards, which have been adopted by all but four states, and to hear advice from experts. More

Exchange students use sports to learn more than just language    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Noorahaya Lahtee signed up for Morristown, N.J., sports tryouts this spring, her first question was: What is softball? An exchange student from Thailand, she'd never seen a softball game. But she wanted to be part of a team, and she was willing to learn. Lahtee had already joined the Morristown choir, and fenced for the high school during the winter, making fast friends while improving her English. More

Arlington school program helps immigrant families bridge language gap
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A few days after Mikal Siele's long journey from Eritrea ended in Arlington, Va., she found herself in a nondescript office building, staring at a series of drawings, trying to think of the right English words. "What's happening in this picture?" asked Monica Sugaray, who tests newly arrived students for Arlington, Va., public schools. More

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Diversity in schools is hitting suburbs
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Indiana University professor Annela Teemant specializes in teaching educators in urban settings how to teach English as a second language to immigrant children. But three years ago she expanded her efforts to reach teachers in the affluent suburban community of Avon, Ind. Her help couldn't have come soon enough. The number of students in Avon's elementary schools who don't speak English as their native tongue went from 87-to-127 in the last four years. At Avon's Hickory Elementary School, the number went from 1-to-64 students; more than 10 percent of the school's students are now classified as English language learners. More

Adult education classes in Florida now come with fees
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Florida educators worry that a new fee on adult education classes will force students to drop out of a program meant to help them secure work or higher-paying jobs. The state is requiring colleges, adult centers and other schools to charge $90 to $360 a year for adult education courses, an array of classes that help students master basic skills, prepare for the GED exam and learn to speak English. Previously, the program was free. More

For Burmese refugees, English lessons at work build school ties
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Laurel Conran filled a 2-inch binder with vocabulary sheets for a class she offers Burmese refugees who work in a Howard County, Md., warehouse. The first lesson was on basic introductions; the second, on American holidays. By Lesson 6, the topic was health insurance. For this elementary school teacher, there is a compelling reason to volunteer as an English instructor for the region's burgeoning Burmese refugee community: If you teach the parents, it helps teach their children. She has also built bridges in other ways. More

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Online alternatives to language classrooms open up to students
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Demand for English is set to grow and, according to ELT researcher David Gaddol, it will peak at around 2 billion learners in the next 10 to 15 years. Given the scale of learning it is unlikely that traditional, face to face language providers will be able to meet this need. The alternative for people who either cannot afford or get access to classroom-based lessons is likely to be online learning. So what does virtual teaching currently offer? More

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American immigrants, digital natives
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Project-based learning has been a subject du jour at this year's annual ISTE conference. But while building real-world, collaborative skills is certainly a desired focus for many tech-friendly educators, is it possible to do when those students are English language learners? It can be, so long as you measure expectations, said Vicki Reed, a digital-integration specialist at Lancaster County, Pa.'s, Hempfield High School, in a presentation. More

Bring chaos theory to English language teaching
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United Kingdom: A van pulls into a United Kingdom service area sporting in foot-high letters the query, "Does my broadband look big in this?" Nearby, McDonald's announces to the world: "I'm lovin' it." To the learner of English, often brought up on a diet of grammar rules and comfortably defined meanings, such instances of language use, while commonplace, often seem to defy analysis. More

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