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Parents give kids early start in English
The Japan Times
Japan: More and more parents are interested in having their children start studying English even before they turn 1, with an eye on giving them an advantage in their future careers. At S&S International School, an English school for infants in Yokohama, 2-year-olds were fluently pronouncing the English word "carbon" as a native English instructor showed them chemical symbols. In the education program targeting children aged up to about 5, teachers get the young children to read English words repeatedly and help them strengthen their writing skills and acquire the ability to think in English.
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Supporting English learners in the primary classroom
2013 Teaching Channel
Common Core Standards ask students to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others in math; ask and answer questions about key details in a text; and participate in collaborative conversations about topics and texts. Students are expected to explain their thinking and build on others' talk in conversation. But what if your students don't speak English?
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ELL pre-service teacher training: MA/TESL and SOE partnership
By Mary Martha Savage
The growing numbers of ELLs in schools today is paramount to schools of education as they face the challenge of training future teachers. In already-packed programs, the task of incorporating state and federal requirements of cultural competency coursework is daunting. SOEs are charged to respond with authentic and responsive ELL instruction while at the same time maintaining timely graduation rates. Embedded in this challenge is the need for ELL expertise and culturally appropriate resources to provide authentic field experiences and placements.
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TESOL comments on Student Success Act (HR 5)
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TESOL International Association recently sent a letter to U.S. Representative John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, commenting on the Student Success Act (HR 5).
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The TESOL Book Publications Committee is looking for contributors to a new book on "Integrating Pronunciation With Other Skills Areas." The book will consist of separately authored units that address the connections between pronunciation and other skills areas, such as Pronunciation and Grammar or Pronunciation and Reading. Deadline for proposals is 30 September 2013.
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Supporting English learners in the primary classroom
2013 Teaching Channel
Common Core Standards ask students to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others in math; ask and answer questions about key details in a text; and participate in collaborative conversations about topics and texts.

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Storytelling: A good way to learn English
The Star Online
Malaysia: Every effort by the Education Ministry to improve the English proficiency of our students and teachers alike, must be lauded. Storytelling is a common activity used in teaching English to primary as well as secondary students.

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Does geography influence how a language sounds?
National Geographic
Languages spoken at high altitudes are more likely to contain a certain kind of sound made using short bursts of air, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, is the first to show that geography can influence how a language sounds.

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Is a Title I funding-formula fight on the horizon?
Education Week
If a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act goes to the floor of the House, look for a hot policy debate over ... funding formulas. Advocates for rural schools, including the American Association of School Administrators and the Rural School and Community Trust, have long bemoaned the Title I funding formula, which they say shortchanges rural areas because it takes into account a district's population, and not just concentrations of poverty.
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Education minister urges to improve English education
The Japan News
Japan: The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry is considering beginning English education earlier in primary school, as well as making English an official primary school subject. In an interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said he plans to introduce English education in the third or fourth year of primary school, and to better utilize assistant language teachers and human resources with English language skills in local communities.
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Department of Education panel says test consortia need sharper focus on accessibility
Education Week
A technical review panel set up by the U.S. Department of Education is urging both Common Core assessment consortia to pay better attention to ensuring that their tests are accessible to students with disabilities and those whose native language is not English. That is one of the more stern outcomes of the panel's first appraisal of the work so far of PARCC and Smarter Balanced. The review panel, created in March, issued its reports on July 3. You can read them on a special page of the department's website.
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Common strategies for uncommon achievement
Center for American Progress
What does it take to improve a school? What kinds of programs, systems and people need to be in place for educational outcomes to improve overall? These and other questions continue to vex policymakers who — along with researchers, reformers, and advocates — pore over data and case studies looking for tools to transform schools into places where all students achieve. Sadly, there is no silver bullet. But there are features and structures of schools that have shown improvement that can help educational leaders see a path forward.
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Selling the NCLB Act rewrite to conservatives
Education Week
Now that a new version of the No Child Left Behind Act looks headed to the House floor, the bill's sponsors, U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., and Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., are in full-on member-education mode, meeting with rank-and-file Republicans who may not be familiar with the key pieces of the bill — and may have campaigned on dismantling the U.S. Department of Education, which the bill wouldn't do. A big question going forward is on how the measure will handle school choice.
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Can new panel help save English language learner program?
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada needs another education panel about as much as it needs another wildfire. The state's flow chart of school commissions and councils, and how they interact with one another, looks like something out of a Sunday "Dilbert" comic strip. Obviously, this bureaucratic maze hasn't served Nevada students especially well. Yet some advocates of school reform are betting that a new board can help turn around Nevada's dismal K-12 English language learner achievement.
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Language program is a blooming success
NJ.com
In preparation for a visit to the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, the students in New Jersey's Westfield Public School's English language learners summer program learned the parts of a plant and the many different plant sizes, colors and textures. The in-class lesson concluded with a fun art project in which the students created paper flowers and sang a song about nature. The 10 participants in the federally funded three week summer program are entering first, second and third grade in Westfield in the fall and are from six different countries: Germany, Albania, Ukraine, China, Japan and Mexico.
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Set the bar high for English language learners
South Coast Today
English language learners present the New Bedford Public Schools District in Massachusetts with one of its biggest challenges. Some students enter the system in kindergarten, some in high school and plenty in between, and they all have a different skill level, advantage, challenge or circumstance. Superintendent Pia Durkin notes that the Attleboro system she just left for New Bedford had more languages to deal with, but New Bedford's size assures that the level of complexity in helping ELL students succeed is comparable.
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Students immersed in US culture, English language
Hispanic Business
A language school at California Lutheran University is teaching English to students from all over the world. Many of them are getting ready to attend CLU, once they're fluent enough to take college classes in English. But, especially over the summer, some are high school students or travelers who just want to brush up on their English. Bader Alotaibi, 24, is there because he wants to be an international pilot.
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Why is Spain experiencing an English language boom?
New Statesman
Spain: Take a trip on Madrid's Metro during the morning rush hour and you will be struck by two things: the number of suited commuters burying their heads in English language textbooks, and the amount of wall space taken up by private schools, or academias, advertising English courses. Twenty-seven percent of the population is unemployed; that's over six million people. In a ferociously competitive job market, Spaniards see learning a foreign language as the best way of distinguishing themselves from others. While many here struggle to make ends meet, while angry protests against politicians, austerity and banks take place almost daily, English language schools have never had it so good.
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Bilingual children have a 2-tracked mind
Ithaca College via Science Daily
Adults learning a foreign language often need flash cards, tapes, and practice, practice, practice. Children, on the other hand, seem to pick up their native language out of thin air. The learning process is even more remarkable when two languages are involved. In a study examining how bilingual children learn the two different sound systems of languages they are acquiring simultaneously, Ithaca College faculty member Skott Freedman has discovered insights that indicate children can learn two native languages as easily as they can learn one.
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Storytelling: A good way to learn English (The Star Online)
Do international students need better English skills? (Maclean's)
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Inner speech speaks volumes about the brain
Association for Psychological Science via Science Daily
Whether you're reading the paper or thinking through your schedule for the day, chances are that you're hearing yourself speak even if you're not saying words out loud. This internal speech — the monologue you "hear" inside your head — is a ubiquitous but largely unexamined phenomenon. A new study looks at a possible brain mechanism that could explain how we hear this inner voice in the absence of actual sound.
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Cutting to the Common Core: Decoding complex text
Language Magazine
The adoption of the Common Core Standards by many states has brought the issue of complex texts to the forefront. The questions for teachers, administrators and teacher educators have become "How does one revise the curriculum so that complex texts are included as a part of everyday school life?" and "How does one teach students to interact with complex texts, particularly those who are struggling readers?" These questions are intensified for English learners, who now make up 21 percent or more of the public school population, depending on the region or school district.
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WizIQ to host free English language MOOC for teachers
THE Journal
An online education platform company will host a free Massive Open Online Course, dubbed English Language Teaching Techniques, focused on English language teaching and beginning July 29. The course, which runs until Aug. 23, is offered by Royalston, Mass.-based WizIQ.
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9 tips for teaching English to non-English speakers
Dhaka Tribune
Bangladesh: Students applying to the U.S., U.K. or Australia often do not have English as their first language. Hence classrooms in these countries are becoming increasingly diverse with increasing numbers of students whose primary language is not English. Today these students are referred to as English language learners or just English learners. Support is provided in the foreign land for ELs, but local teachers are also responsible in aiding them with the right learning techniques and atmosphere for their English proficiency.
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Getting teachers ready to teach
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A growing number of states are trying to improve the quality of teachers by transforming the programs that are supposed to prepare them for the classroom. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill requiring his state's teacher preparation programs to include at least 10 weeks of full-time student teaching and to collect and report data on the performance and effectiveness of their graduates. In the last two years, Connecticut, Indiana, Colorado, Ohio and North Carolina have approved similar measures aimed at improving teacher preparation. Massachusetts and Minnesota have also had long reputations for making sure teachers are well-prepared to teach.
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Tougher requirements ahead for teacher prep
Education Week
A panel tapped by the national accreditation body for teacher preparation has finalized a set of standards that, for the first time, establishes minimum admissions criteria and requires programs to use much-debated "value added" measures, where available. The action promises to have major ramifications for how programs select, prepare, and gauge the success of new teachers. Already, programs planning to seek the seal of approval from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation say the standards are significantly more demanding than those used by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, one of two accreditors that preceded CAEP.
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