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English language drives international study for Ukrainians
The PIE News
Ukraine: Learning English is the main motivator for young Ukrainians to study abroad, according to a report by the British Council that also surveyed young people on their political views and civic activity. Accessing better quality education systems, finding employment abroad and improving employment opportunities at home were also influential drivers mentioned in the survey of 1,600 Ukrainians aged 16-35. The study found that over half (56 percent) have a desire to study abroad and 12 percent actually have plans to do so — a percentage the British Council said is a "comparatively high proportion."
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Class struggles
Pacific Standards
The idea behind school choice is that parents can choose a school — including both public and charter schools — that best fits their child's needs. But such a choice can be a burden, even a danger, when children and parents don't know how to judge their options. That can be especially true for immigrants, many of whom have a hard time navigating the rules or finding the people to help them. Even for the middle class, talismanic terms like "zone" or "charter" or "IEP" can be confusing; for new arrivals, they can be incomprehensible.
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Modi urged to ensure compulsory teaching of three languages
The Shillong Times
India: An international think-tank urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that CBSE schools compulsorily teach three languages including the regional language of the state, Hindi and English. Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters, an International think-tank for North East India, in a letter to Modi urged the Center to ensure that a student should "compulsorily learn the National Language of the country (Hindi) and the regional language of the state where the school is situated, besides English."
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Reflecting forward: 50 years of TESOL
In 1966 a group representing five associations began what is now TESOL International Association. Through the rest of 2015 and all of 2016 TESOL will be reflecting on the past 50 years as well as looking forward to what the future holds for the profession. As a TESOL professional you can participate in the celebration by submitting nominations to three important opportunities for professional recognition: 50 at 50, 30 Up and Coming and TESOL Success Stories.
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50th Anniversary website
The new 50th Anniversary website features TESOL affiliates, as well as the history of TESOL International Association. You can participate by contributing an important milestone to the interactive timeline. Watch for founder's day events, 18 March 2016, and be sure to register for the 2016 TESOL Convention & English Language Expo, 5-8 April, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Join your colleagues for lots of fun and interesting 50th Anniversary activities — and some surprises!
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TESOL hosts Advocacy & Policy Summit
The 2015 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit was held 21–23 June at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia USA. Nearly 100 English language teachers and administrators gathered to discuss U.S. legislation affecting English language learners and learn what to expect when they visit legislators. On the final day, the advocates visited their legislators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to discuss the needs of English language learners in their schools and classrooms. For more information, please visit Highlights from the 2015 Advocacy & Policy Summit.
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Call for applications: TESOL Teacher of the Year
Are you the next TESOL Teacher of the Year? Awardee will receive US$1,000, a one-year TESOL membership, registration to TESOL 2016 International Convention in Baltimore, roundtrip air fare and accommodations for TESOL 2016, and much more! Applications are due 19 July. Apply today!
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New Release! The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for English Language Learners: High School
Copublished with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), this highly anticipated volume is the latest addition to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Learners series. This text explores some of the ways high school mathematics content can be made accessible to ELLs by building from their strengths and scaffolding their opportunities to learn more. The chapters included in this text describe specific lessons and instructional moves teachers may make that will not only support their students in learning the mathematical content, but also the associated English structures that accompany the content.

TESOL Press call for contributions: Voices from the TESOL Classroom Series
Submissions due 20 July 2015.

TESOL Press call for proposals: Instruction and Assessment for K–12 English Learners
TESOL Press is now accepting proposals for a book (200 pages) on instruction and assessment for K-12 English learners. Proposals due 15 September 2015.

TESOL Press call for proposals: Series Editor for Putting Research into Practice
TESOL Press is seeking an editor for a series that directly connects published research from TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal to classroom instruction. Proposals due 15 September 2015.

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Making English language accessible for schools
The New Indian Express
India: Rotary Club Of Madras East has entered into a partnership with British Council, in a bid to make English language learning accessible for schools. British Council's Learn English for schools is based on a research, which analyzed the learning needs of children in the age group between five and 15 years. Learn English comprises educational content, which has been made to suit the national curriculum framework of India. The program consists of a different approach to language and includes several aspects of learning.
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Senate braced for lengthy debate on ESEA
Education Week
After weeks of letting it languish in the legislative queue, the U.S. Senate is slated to begin debating a proposed bipartisan overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — the first such Senate debate since 2001, when Congress last updated the law in its current iteration, the No Child Left Behind Act. Notably, the announcement by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that he would call the bill to the floor July 7 came just one day after 10 major education groups, including the two national teachers' unions and the Council of Chief State School Officers, banded together amid mounting frustrations and demanded the Senate make the reauthorization a priority.
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A strong language foundation
The Star
Malaysia: Recognizing that education is a strong foundation for productivity, Malaysia Productivity Corporation is sponsoring Step Up, an educational pullout for primary schools. "Education is linked very closely to talent development and human resource. That is why we are contributing towards an educational cause," said MPC director general Datuk Mohd Razali Hussain after handing a mock check worth RM32,000 over to The Star education editor Karen Chapman. The sponsorship will see selected schools in Penang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Selangor and Johor receiving copies of Step Up. The 24-page syllabus-based English language pullout features Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese translations of English words.
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A boost for Oregon's English language learners
Public News Service
Oregon will soon be rethinking the way English language learner students are taught — and how funds are spent in support of that mission, after Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law to convene an advisory group on the matter. One state-sponsored program is already demonstrating success in keeping teens motivated to do well in middle school, high school and beyond, no matter what language they speak.
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Honda to set English as official language
The Wall Street Journal
If you work for Honda Motor Co. and don't speak English, now is a good time to start studying. The auto maker plans to switch its corporate lingua franca to English from Japanese by 2020, becoming the first Japanese auto maker to officially make such a move. The move follows in the footsteps of companies such as Fast Retailing Co., which operates Uniqlo clothing stores, and eCommerce company Rakuten Inc. Japan's top auto makers have been building plants overseas for decades and sell most of their cars outside of Japan.
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English language training market in China: Trends and forecast 2015-2019
Market Research Store
Language learning has gained momentum over the years. Among the numerous languages spoken worldwide, English has emerged as the most preferred language, after Mandarin. English is spoken by more than one billion people worldwide and is the most popular second language learned globally. The growing number of English language learners can be attributed to globalization, urbanization, and the prospects of better education and employment opportunities. The English language training market in China, mainly represented by the private institutes, comprises more than 50,000 English language schools, with 20,000 being registered players.
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How phonics is taught can affect how well a child learns to read
THE Journal
New readers who focus on sounding out letters rather than learning whole words tap into that part of the human brain best wired for developing reading skills. The phonics approach to teaching reading has long held sway in early learning; now educational neuroscience can prove that approach. That's the overall finding from research recently published by Stanford University, the Child Study Center at New York University's Langone Medical Center and the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Can technology solve America's literacy problem?
Roughly 36 million adults in the United States read English at or below a third-grade level. For a predominantly English speaking country, that's a massive problem. Without an elementary knowledge of the language, this huge portion of the adult population faces a struggle to get by. Finding a job and generally progressing in a career is an obvious issue, but everyday tasks are also difficult. Understanding taxes, helping a child with homework, filling out health care forms or following instructions on medication; these are skills that anyone reading this article takes for granted, but many others toil over daily. We know the situation, but what's the solution? XPRIZE, an organization best known for its efforts to send private rovers to the moon and create a real-life Tricorder, has created a competition to prove that technology is the answer.
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Maker Spaces: What can they do for ELL students?
Education Week (commentary)
At the start of each school year, I have always asked my students to fill out a survey about which kinds of technology they have used and how they have used it. Over the course of a decade, I have watched students go from no computers, mobile devices or Internet to having multiple devices, computers and their own personalized data plans. Despite our status as a Title One school, the immediate Digital Divide continues to close. Unfortunately, a different chasm has emerged. Overwhelmingly, year after year, students describe using their devices for purely entertainment purposes. Most of my students consume media on a daily (even hourly) while missing out on the creative potential of their devices.
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