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Honing language skills
The Star Online
Malaysia: The progress made by government school teachers in an English language program to upskill their learning and teaching methods has been encouraging. It was an occasion to celebrate for more than 200 educators who attended a recent event showcasing the success of an English language training program, a collaboration between the Education Ministry and the British Council. The teachers from primary and secondary schools in the country together with the trainers from the British Council were from a previous and current cohort of teachers involved in the Professional Up-Skilling of English Language Teachers.
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New Obama initiative stresses equal access to good teachers
The Huffington Post
The Obama administration will announce plans to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds equal access to good teachers. The new initiative, called "Excellent Educators for All," aims to bring states into compliance with a teacher equity mandate in the No Child Left Behind Act, the George W. Bush-era law that requires states to reward and punish schools based on standardized test scores.
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ESL students in the majority at more than 60 schools in Metro Vancouver
Vancouver Sun
Canada: ESL students are in the majority at more than 60 schools across Metro Vancouver, according to data from B.C.'s Ministry of Education. And at a dozen schools in the region, more than one in six students has special needs. At The Vancouver Sun's request, the ministry provided data on the number of English as a second language, special needs and gifted students at each school district and public school in B.C. Of the 560,000 students attending public schools in B.C., about one in 10 are classified as English language learners or ELL, the term the ministry uses instead of ESL. Another one in 10 are classified as "special needs."
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Is education for pre-K-5 ELs equitable? (Part 1)
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On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Judie Haynes discusses the classroom conditions that make for inequitable education for English language learners. Other recent TESOL Blog posts: Trust, Leadership, and Project-Based Learning (PBL); ESL Games: Name 5; and 21st Century Flashcards with Quizlet.
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TESOL International Association: Update on Governance Review
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TESOL President Yilin Sun shares an overview of the feedback given by the TESOL membership in response to the association's Governance Review report. While the report provided a very comprehensive list of options and alternatives for consideration, the feedback has provided some clarity as the Governance Task Force moves forward. Read about the feedback and the next steps.
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The future of English in multilingual Morocco
Morocco World News
Morocco: Recently, relatively subtle or, rather, unpublicized debate has arisen among educators and politicians over the importance of English as a global language in the Moroccan linguistic market.

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The 'common' in Common Core fractures as state support falters
The Hechinger Report
The Common Core's main selling point was that new, shared standards would ensure American students were learning at the same rates across state lines. Common standards — linked to common tests — would tell schools in Illinois how they stacked up against schools in Massachusetts or California. Now, as more states back out of the tests, the "common" in Common Core is threatened.

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More educational services needed for immigrants and English learners
Contra Costa Times
California's future success depends on its ability to integrate immigrants and their children into colleges and the workforce, according to a recent report.

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Education Department building partnerships to explore ELL supports
Education Week
As classrooms nationwide grapple with rising numbers of English language learners, several research partnerships will focus on ways to improve achievement for these students.
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Report: English language teaching in state faulty
The New Indian Express
India: A report of the Joint Review Mission on teacher education in the state has pointed out serious flaws in the teaching of the English language in the educational institutions in the state. The report availed by "Express" states that the team observed a lack of coordination between institutions of higher learning such as universities, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Council for Teachers Education and SCERT on the one hand, and DIETs, BRCs, CRCs etc on the other. According to the report, since the functionaries of these agencies treat their own "turfs" as autonomous and exclusive, the language education had been left in a sorry state.
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The future of English in multilingual Morocco
Morocco World News
Morocco: Recently, relatively subtle or, rather, unpublicized debate has arisen among educators and politicians over the importance of English as a global language in the Moroccan linguistic market. Some political and business figures have voiced that it is high time the English language replaced, or at least rivaled, French in its supremacy in the educational and economic spheres of Morocco. Regardless of the purely educational aspect and significance regarding the Moroccan language policy, it seems that political ideologies fuel the surfacing of such controversial stances and heated debates; it brings practical profit sought by these figures in order to gain the public attention.
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Jefferson's younger English learning students outperform older peers, but still lag behind native speakers
The Times-Picayune
Given time, Jefferson Parish's younger English language learners do better on English tests. But older students still have trouble, new data show, and all these students perform slightly worse than their English-proficient peers. Data released by Jefferson public school officials show that third through eighth graders struggling with English continually improved on state tests over a five-year period. But after that, performance declines. Among students who have been in English-proficiency programs seven or more years, only one quarter pass state English tests.
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All the way to America with a mission to learn English
The New Indian Express
India: It was a dream trip to the United States for 18-year-olds Anuraja Murugan and Vinith Rajendran, both students at a polytechnic college run by Ramakrishna Mission Students' Home, Mylapore. Speaking confidently in English — a language they began to learn only a year ago through the English Access Microscholarship Program funded by the US State Department — the teenagers excitedly recall their 21-day trip to the Big Apple and other cities.
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DOLE: English language testing a requirement for Cayman Islands-bound OFWs
GMA News
Cayman Islands: Filipinos seeking work in the Cayman Islands will now have to undergo an overseas English language testing as a requirement for their temporary or full work permit, the Department of Labor and Employment said. But DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said she is confident Filipinos can easily pass the test, a requirement for prospective foreign employees who are not native English speakers. "English is the second language of instruction in our schools and a language we use in the workplace. We are confident that our OFWs can pass the test easily," she said.
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A dominant hemisphere for handedness and language?
CNRS via Science Daily
Through an innovative approach using a large psychometric and brain imaging database, researchers have demonstrated that the location of language areas in the brain is independent of left- or right-handedness, except for a very small proportion of left-handed individuals whose right hemisphere is dominant for both manual work and language.
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The elephant in the language classroom
Edutopia
Peter Smith, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "At an impressionable age, I was sent to a boarding school run by ex-servicemen on strict Victorian principles and the rules of cricket. Corporal punishment and bullying were rife, but the cane was a lesser threat if you were a good cricketer and got good exam grades. You could also reduce the bullying hazard by conforming to accepted behaviors such as Elvis Presley impersonations and participation in the swapping of James Bond literature."
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    Cutting to the Common Core: The key to English standards (Language Magazine)
Real equality in education remains elusive (Homeroom)
US schools gear up for surge of young immigrants (Education Week)
Teaching writing to ELLs across the curriculum: Strategies for success (By: Erick Herrmann)
English language tests: Poor preparation? (Times Higher Education)

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5 gaming dynamics that truly engage students
eSchool News
Gaming. It's more than a buzzword in today's schools, but it still sometimes carries a stigma — is gaming really an effective way for students to learn? The answer, according to computer science teacher Douglas Kiang: Games are powerful motivators. "As teachers, we need to learn how games do what they do, and how we make that into productive learning by using those game dynamics to accomplish our purpose," Kiang said during an in-demand ISTE 2014 session.
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What we don't know about summer school
NPR
It's a warning echoed in countless teen movies — "If you don't pass this class, you'll go to summer school!" Kids for generations have been threatened with the elusive summer school: fail this test, miss this day and kiss your vacation goodbye. This summer is no exception, with districts around the country pulling students in for all sorts of programs. But surprisingly, it's really hard to get a head count — either nationally or at the district level — of how many kids are going to summer school. So as the July heat kicks in, we started wondering about the whole idea. What, exactly, is summer school? How much does it cost? And, the biggest question, does it work? In a nutshell, we have no idea.
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