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Toxic visa rules could sink South Africa language schools within months
South Africa: The English language school industry in South Africa could collapse within weeks or months, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Fatima Chohan was told. She took part in a workshop on South African visa requirements, hosted by Wesgro (the destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape). A number of English language schools in South Africa might have to close their doors soon, because of the silo approach between the Departments of Labor, Home Affairs and Higher Education, said a school owner during question time at the workshop.
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Understanding English as a life skill
The Hindu
India: Remember the old Rajnikanth dialogue in the film "Velaikaran" — "I can talk English, I can walk English." If you are aspiring for the same kind of skill, remember, it all depends on your teacher. For students to have a passion for English, teachers need to change the way they teach, experts say. English has become more than just a subject; it has become a skill required for life, according to Vijayapadma Srinivas, Senior Assessment Services Manager, Cambridge English Language Assessment. "Other subjects such as mathematics, science, or even social sciences may or may not be used in everyday life after a child leaves school, but English is a requirement in every field," she says.
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Report: Half of immigrants in the US have limited English proficiency
According to the most recent data, of the total 41.3 million immigrants in the United States in 2013 about half, 20.4 million, spoke English less than "very well." The report notes that LEP individuals tend to be less educated and poorer than English speakers. "Compared to the English-proficient population, the LEP population was less educated and more likely to live in poverty," the Migration Policy Institute reports. "Employed LEP men in 2013 were more likely to work in construction, natural resources, and maintenance occupations than English-proficient men, while LEP women were much more likely to be employed in service and personal-care occupations than English-proficient women."
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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 1-year TESOL membership, registration to TESOL 2016 International Convention in Baltimore, round-trip air fare and accommodations for TESOL 2016, and much more! Applications are due 19 July 2015. Apply today!
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TESOL Awards & Grants: Now accepting applications
TESOL is now accepting applications for several different awards and grants. Awards for excellence and service, a teaching materials grant, and funding for TESOL 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland are available. Applications must be received by 1 November 2015. Apply today!
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Graduate students: Call for proposals
The Master's Student Forum and Doctoral Research Forum: This miniconference and research forum, two important events at the 2016 TESOL Annual Convention, seek submissions by 18 September 2015. Get the detailed submission guidelines.
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If so, we greatly appreciate your time and effort. Your Thank You letters will be sent via email on Monday, 27 July.

House Wheat This Hound!: The Problem of Listening
Understand the effect language has on hearing when it is not visual, and vice-versa, and check out these resources and tips for improving your ESL/EFL teaching. Other recent TESOL Blogs:
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TESOL Connections: Special professional development issue
The July issue of TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association's monthly e-newsletter, focuses on professional development for English language educators. Along with excellent resources, check out articles on DIY professional development, résumé and cover letter writing, building a professional learning network (PLN), grant writing, and more!
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White House Task Force on New Americans Educational and Linguistic Integration: Webinar series
As part of their continued work with the White House Task Force on New Americans (WHTFNA), the U.S. Department of Education invites you to join them for the second webinar in their series on the educational and linguistic integration of immigrants and refugees.

Webinar #2: Creating Welcoming Schools: 16 July 2015, 2:00-3:00pm EST
Panelists: Deborah Short, Director, Academic Language and Research Training; Joe Luft, International Network for Public Schools; Ambreen Tariq, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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Dial in number: 1-888-664-9855
Participant passcode: 8275103

To find out more about the webinar series you can visit:
To find out more about the work of the WHTFNA you can visit: or #NewAmericans | #NuevosCiudadanos.

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US Department of Education releases fourth chapter of English Learner Tool Kit for state and local agencies
Tools and Resources for Providing English Learners Equal Access to Core Curricular and Extracurricular Programs, the fourth chapter of the English Learner Tool Kit, has been published online by the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education. The Tool Kit is intended to help state and local education agencies in meeting their obligations to ELs. It should be read in conjunction with the joint Dear Colleague Letter on "English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents" from the Department's Office for Civil Rights and the Department of Justice, published in January 2015, which outlines SEAs' and LEAs' legal obligations to ELs under civil rights laws and other federal requirements. More Tool Kit chapters will be made available in the coming months on the OELA English Learner Tool Kit web page, and will be announced in Nexus and on the NCELA website.
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New from TESOL Press: CCSS in Math for ELLs, High School
Copublished with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 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: 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.

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.

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New report urges Connecticut to ensure opportunities for growing ELL population
Education Week
A new report from a Hartford, Connecticut-based philanthropic group encourages the state to ensure equitable opportunities for its nearly 35,000 English language learners. The policy paper from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's Latino Endowment Fund documents the struggles and barriers the state's ELLs encounter: Nearly 80 percent of them attend schools in the 30 lowest-performing districts, and they are more likely to be placed in special education classes than their native English speaking peers.
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In SMMUSD, giving English language learners a 'sé'
Santa Monica Daily Press
The student had come 2,500 miles from Guatemala to the Santa Monica-Malibu school district, a traumatic transition in and of itself. Already lacking in social and emotional support, the student was struggling to overcome language barriers. Oscar de la Torre relayed the the student's story last month as he and his fellow Board of Education members debated how the school district should develop the skills of its English learners, evaluate their progress and assist them beyond the classroom.
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Report from charter group suggests English learners do better at charters
LA School Report
English learner students are performing better in charter schools than in traditional schools, according to a new report by the California Charter Schools Association. The report, "Success for English Learners in Charter Schools," found that throughout the state, independent charter schools are serving nearly 2 percent more English learner students than traditional schools.
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Delhi teams up with NGO to boost English language education in government school
India: Municipal schools in south Delhi could soon be functioning in partnership with non-governmental organizations or private entities, seeking to boost the quality of education, especially the imparting of English language learning to its students. As part of its "School Excellence Program", the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has teamed up with NGO — Arc Foundation — on a pilot basis for a school in Lajpat Nagar, following which the enrolment in the school has jumped "manifold."
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Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb has stressed adult education
Education Week
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb has declared that he will seek the presidency in 2016 as a Democrat. Webb, who also served as the Secretary of the Navy, was a Democratic senator from Virginia from 2007 to 2013. He doesn't have the kind of thick record on K-12 issues that Hillary Clinton does. But in his 2007 response to the State of the Union speech delivered by then-President George W. Bush, Webb stated near the start of his speech that "we in the Democratic Party hope that this administration is serious about improving education and healthcare for all Americans." In 2007, Webb, along with Republican Sen. John Warner, introduced a bill that would have delayed sanctions under No Child Left Behind for Virginia school districts based on how they tested English language learners.
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Universities urged to help improve English proficiency
University World News
Taiwa: Taiwan's Consumers' Foundation has called on local universities to take responsibility for improving English language skills among their students, in view of the fact that a certain standard of English proficiency is a prerequisite to obtaining a degree, reports Focus Taiwan. Language training and testing have become a business with tremendous market value in Taiwan since 90 percent of the country's universities require their students to present proof of a certain level of English language proficiency before they can graduate.
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Study says reading aloud to children, more than talking, builds literacy
In "The Pout-Pout Fish" children's picture book, the author weaves words like "aghast" and "grimace" into a story about a fish who thought he was destined to "spread the dreary-wearies all over the place" until ... well, no need to spoil the ending. Finding such rich language in a picture book is not unusual, and reading those stories aloud will introduce children to an extensive vocabulary, according to new research conducted by Dominic Massaro, a professor emeritus in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He said although parents can build their children's vocabularies by talking to them, reading to them is more effective.
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Does class size matter in education?
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
Texas school districts were in the spotlight again as recent reports revealed thousands of elementary classes exceeding their set 22-pupil maximum size limit. The number of classrooms that exceeded this limit in 2014 was up to 5,883, meaning 130,000 K-4 students were crammed in together. The fast-growing school districts in the state have sought more funding so they can hire more teachers and deal with the influx of students. But Texas is not the only state facing such a dilemma.
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