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Open-source software tools for TESOL professionals — Part II
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Open-source platforms can be beneficial to TESOL professionals because they allow for adaptability, are flexible with how you can use them, provide sensory stimulation that activates important domains for English language acquisition, are designed for collaborative engagement, and can be shared and used generally without restrictions. Here are a few open-source platforms that TESOL professionals can use for various aspects of content preparation, classroom instruction, activities for skills development and more.
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International students flock to US high schools
USA Today
Tens of thousands of students from foreign countries are enrolling in U.S. high schools, in most cases as a first step toward applying to U.S. colleges and universities, a study out Tuesday says. Most are from China. Last year, more than 73,000 international students enrolled in U.S. high schools, federal data show. About two thirds, nearly 49,000, received visas enabling them to pursue a U.S. high school diploma. That's more than triple the number since 2004, when just under 16,000 foreign students held such visas, says the study by the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit organization.
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Organized in partnership with Sookmyung Women's University (SMU), this 2-day academy provides ELT teachers, teacher trainers, and administrators with the latest thinking on building quality ELT organizations and programs through effective leadership, management and teacher training. Participants will receive TESOL's ELT Leadership Management Certificate. Register today and save!

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Develop the skills you need to effectively teach English language courses online or blend online segments with your traditional face-to-face courses. The foundation course (PP100) introduces participants to the major design parameters of online courses. PP100 reflects the communicative nature of the online environment and is based on asynchronous discussion and collaboration. Space is limited and registration closes 8 October.

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Study: Gaming kids better at English
The Local
Sweden: A new Swedish study revealed that children aged 10-11 who play computer games are better at English than their peers, with researchers saying they were "very surprised" at the kids' vocabulary level.

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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
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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.




Obama asks teachers for help with education policy. What did they tell him?
Education Week
What if you got a chance to sit down with the president of the United States and the secretary of education over lunch and tell them where you think the nation is going wrong — and right — when it comes to K-12 policy? Four teachers — all of whom have spent at least a decade teaching at high-need schools, many in the same communities that they grew up in — got the opportunity to do just that. So what did they tell President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan?
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Connecting school spending and student achievement
The Washington Post
In the roiling national debate about the best ways to improve public education, one aspect gets scant attention: the relationship between the tax dollars school systems spend and academic results. In a report, the left-leaning Center for American Progress looks at how much "bang for the buck" taxpayers are getting from public schools. Ulrich Boser, who wrote the report, analyzed budgets of 7,000 school districts across about 40 states — which enroll about about 80 percent of U.S. public school students — and found some surprising results.
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LA Unified to add more dual language immersion programs
LA School Report
The LA Unified school district plans to expand its dual language immersion program next fall, adding Spanish language programs to three elementary schools in the district. According to LAUSD officials, that brings the total number of dual language programs offered by the district to 57, including 43 in Spanish, 10 in Korean and four in Mandarin.
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OSU receives grant to study Oregon English language learners
Jefferson Public Radio
Oregon State University and the state Department of Education will soon learn more about grade school students who begin school as English language learners due to a federal grant. The $400,000 grant will be used for research about how Oregon students who enter school without speaking English proficiently are doing over a number of years. Karen Thompson, an assistant professor in the College of Education at OSU, will lead the study.
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English language test: 'No xtra time'
The New Zealand Herald
New Zealand: A Kiwi nurse required to sit a three-hour English exam before practicing in Britain says candidates were told on a noticeboard they would be allowed "no xtra time.” Hospital intensive care nurse Kathryn Carey said the spelling error was written three times under separate headings in an exam room at Auckland University at the weekend, injecting light relief into what became a six-hour ordeal after she had to wait around for a 15-minute interview.
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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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Study: Gaming kids better at English
The Local
Sweden: A new Swedish study revealed that children aged 10-11 who play computer games are better at English than their peers, with researchers saying they were "very surprised" at the kids' vocabulary level.
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These graphs show the major teaching inequality that exists in many American classrooms
The Huffington Post
Recently, the Obama administration announced a new plan to make sure low-income students have access to quality teachers. While the No Child Left Behind Act previously mandated that states ensure poor and minority students receive instruction from high-caliber teachers, the mandate was never consistently enforced, and thus low-income children have continued to be taught in classrooms with less experienced and qualified teachers than their affluent peers.
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Where have all the summer reading assignments gone?
eSchool News
Summer: a time in a child's life where they are no longer bound by mandates to attend school or do anything school-related. To do so, in some children's eyes, would be to commit a global faux pas. Those stuck on this idea are in for a rude awakening. Studies have proven that children who do not read during the summer lose much of the valuable knowledge they gained during the school year. In an odd way, brains are turning into mush.
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What makes an 'extreme learner'?
MindShift
When Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski was dissecting a sheep's heart during an eighth-grade science class, she had an epiphany that changed her life. "That heart told the story of anatomy and physiology!" she said. Realizing that science is best communicated through stories, Cueva-Dabkoski, now just 19 years old, went on to explore beetles in China. She's now at Johns Hopkins University, and continues to do research during breaks. Cueva-Dabkoski is considered an "extreme learner," a designation applied to just 12 individuals by the Institute for the Future, for her radical and gutsy approach to learning.
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