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Have you read a TESOL blog lately?
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If you haven't, you've missed some interesting stuff. TESOL's blog page hosts the President's Blog, and TESOL's current president, Christine Coombe, recently wrote a post titled "A New Professional Journey" about achieving her goal of becoming TESOL president. Last month, she invited Liz Englund to write a guest post, and Liz wrote about retirement: "Retire in TESOL Style!" Heidi Caspar, another TESOL blogger, took on the thorny issue of illegal immigration, and bloggers Kendra Johnson and Lydia Kuniholm have discussed other issues of interest. When you have a few minutes, please check out these TESOL bloggers and, if you feel inclined, post a comment or two. More

Arne Duncan: How Dream Act can reduce deficit
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During Obama's Twitter Town Hall meeting, several questions focused on United States schools' needs and budgets. Host Michel Martin and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discuss No Child Left Behind, the plan aimed to improve failing public schools; as well as the Dream Act, which would create a path to citizenship for some undocumented youth. More

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Partisan fights, budget cuts complicate school funding
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After months of negotiation and partisan squabbling, states across the country have produced budgets for the new fiscal year that in many cases will bring deep cuts to state spending, including money for schools. Numerous states' budgets were postscripts to divisive legislative sessions that saw newly elected Republican governors and lawmakers successfully push for big policy changes, including reductions in teachers' collective bargaining rights. More

Lack of proficiency in English contributes to high failure rate
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Namibia: About 100 linguistics experts from all over the world are attending the annual Poetics and Language Association Conference which is currently taking place at the Polytechnic of Namibia in the capital. In a speech read on his behalf the Education Minister, Dr. Abraham Iyambo, said English is being taught from the cradle to the grave in many parts of the world. More

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Rhode Island regents set minimum English language standard for teachers
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Teachers who are suspected of not speaking English intelligibly will be required to take a language-competency test to determine whether they should be allowed in the classroom, and they must score in the midrange to keep their job, according to a new requirement adopted by state education officials. More

Teachers in middle of debate over immigrant kids
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When an award-winning journalist recently revealed he's an illegal immigrant, two of the key players in his tale turned out to be educators who helped keep his secret. It's the kind of story teachers and principals scattered across the country know well. With some 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., educators increasingly find themselves caught between their obligation to educate each child and conflicting guidance, or simply no direction at all, about whether to help such students beyond the classroom. More

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UK could lose $3.8 billion from tougher student visa rules
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Britain: The British economy could lose up to $3.8 billion as tougher student visa rules start to take effect, according to a report commissioned by the minister responsible for the visa changes, Damian Green. An impact assessment report by the Home Office says the new policy will deter bogus students and improve compliance, but the expected 230,000 reduction in the numbers of applicants for the Tier 4 student visa from outside the EU over the next four years will have wider costs. More

The importance of teaching English in public schools
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Saudi Arabia: Teaching English as a foreign language in our public schools is vital to our success, as it will deepen our global understanding and competitiveness in an increasingly interdependent and competitive world. Teaching English language from fourth-grade in boys and girls primary schools, beginning from the 2011-2012 academic year, and the possibility of teaching English below fourth-grade if the Ministry of Education makes the necessary arrangements, is a step toward making English a mandatory component of basic education in Saudi Arabia. More

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ELLs less likely to take advanced math and science
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English language learners are almost as likely as students fluent in English to attend high schools that offer advanced math and science courses, but they're less likely than their fluent peers to be enrolled in those courses, data from the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights show. More

English for advanced learners: Linguists examine obstacles to native-like proficiency in foreign language acquisition
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The use of English as a second and foreign language is steadily increasing, and although English and German have common roots, even advanced German learners of English find it difficult to achieve a native-like level of proficiency in English. 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 has concluded 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 to 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, says that it is the first statistical research into the benefits of English in developing countries. More

Speech gene has say in brain connections
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A gene best known for its role in enabling speech and language also controls how brains are wired. The latest research reveals that Foxp2 acts as a genetic dimmer switch, turning up or down the amount of protein product made by nerve cells. A researcher explains that the data will confirm suspicions that people who are affected by Foxp2 mutations have much broader speech problems than those attributed to dyspraxia. More

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