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Easy listening exercise for ESL students
By: Douglas Magrath
Students need to bridge the gap between short ESL exercises and real lectures. The trend is now toward authentic texts, radio broadcasts and real lectures for college ESL to promote student learning and interest by stressing communication skills and presenting culture in a natural way. Listening is considered an active skill, and is emphasized in today's proficiency-oriented classrooms. Due to poor listening skills, students may not be ready to follow academic lectures and demonstrations when competing with native speakers.
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Oregon State University researchers study English language learners: By the numbers
The Oregonian
Oregon State University is working with the Oregon Department of Education and WedEd, an education research nonprofit, on a study of the academic performance of current and former English language learners to determine what type of instruction best supports their achievement. The two-year study begins Aug. 1, financed by $400,000 in federal funds and another $29,000 from other sources. Students are classified as English language learners when they start school unable to comprehend English. The students are reclassified once they are deemed proficient.
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Report: School districts are paying teachers incorrectly
The Huffington Post
Nearly 90 percent of America's school districts have a major problem, according to a report. They're paying teachers incorrectly. TNTP, a nonprofit formerly known as The New Teacher Project that advocates equal access to effective teachers, argues in the report that the prevailing system of paying teachers based on experience and education should be revamped. The organization, founded by former Washington, D.C., schools chief Michelle Rhee, instead urges a system that gives teachers higher starting pay, and gives consistently higher increases to those deemed the most effective.
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Report: School districts are paying teachers incorrectly
The Huffington Post
Nearly 90 percent of America's school districts have a major problem, according to a report. They're paying teachers incorrectly.

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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
TESOL
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.




Teacher evaluation support report released
District Administration Magazine
School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness systems, announced a report on teacher professional development policy in all 50 states showing a dearth of guiding support for districts in the majority of states. Taken as a whole, the report findings indicate that schools, districts and states lack the professional development and support needed to make soon mandated teacher evaluations a meaningful part of professional growth towards educator effectiveness.
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National foreign-language teaching program needs revamp
VietNamNet Bridge
Vietnam: Reviewing the three-year implementation of the national foreign-language teaching program, Vu Tu Anh, deputy head of the program's management board, said the biggest achievement is that Vietnam has jumped by 12 grades in the international ranking on English skills. However, Anh admitted that too many problems had arisen during the English teaching program. The majority of English teachers are unqualified to teach English at general schools. The only solution to the problem is to send substandard teachers to re-training courses. However, it is very difficult.
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Some Race to Top states tinker with teacher evaluations
Education Week
New Jersey recently became the sixth state with a Race to the Top grant (albeit a smaller, "bridesmaid"-sized grant) to alter or put the brakes on new teacher evaluations, a major policy shift required of the competition's winners. Recently, the state department of education watered-down the use of scores from new Common Core State Standards-aligned exams in its teacher evaluations. With Gov. Chris Christie's backing, the state lessened the weight given to the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, or PARCC, for the next two years.
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Prince George's receives grant to help young English language learners
The Washington Post
Prince George's County will open two high schools in 2015 that are specifically designed to help recent immigrant students and second-generation students who are struggling academically to adapt, school system officials say. Schools chief executive Kevin M. Maxwell and representatives from the Internationals Network for Public Schools and CASA of Maryland announced that they have been awarded a $3 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to open the schools for English language learners.
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Delco, Del., students improve English language skills
Delaware County Daily Times
They come from all parts of the world to feel like they belong to at least this small part of the United States. They come from places such as Nigeria, El Savador, Ghana, Guinea, Greece, Guatemala, Liberia, Jordan, China, Vietnam, Turkey, India, Kosovo and Morocco. They come hoping to find at least someone else they can somewhat relate to. But they do all have one common goal: To learn the English language a little bit better.
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Build academic English skills before arriving at a US college
U.S. News & World Report
It is not a new topic to discuss how to improve language skills before studying abroad in the U.S. Watching English-language TV episodes and movies, chatting with foreign friends and even spending some time in English-speaking countries such as the U.S., U.K. or Australia are all helpful ways for nonnative English speakers to improve their skills. However, when international students actually arrive on campus and sit in a classroom, they might find it still very difficult to communicate with professors and classmates. They might need extra effort to improve academic English. Here are some of the most important reasons to expand your English proficiency before ever setting foot in an American classroom — and ways to do so.
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English opens up a whole new world
Taranaki Daily News
New Zealand: Learning English has opened a whole new world for Shao Ting. He's just graduated from English Language Partners Taranaki ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) Intensive Program. This means he can now communicate the basics with people around him with confidence. He moved to New Zealand two years ago from Guangdong in China to be with his daughter Xia Wang and her family. Although the family can communicate in their native tongue together, when Ting stepped out his door it was another story.
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What researchers learned from kindergarten: 17 states have more than 20 percent Latino enrollment
Fox News Latino
Most of us look at children running around on a kindergarten playground and imagine the future that lies ahead of them. At the Pew Research Center, they do the inverse: they imagine what the future holds for the kindergarten. According to new data analysis from Pew, today's kindergartners provide more than just a glimpse into the future, they provide the key to the changing face of the country. The study finds a significant increase over the past decade in the number of states in which at least 1 in 5 kindergartners are Latino.
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Hear Jane read: New meaning given to semantics
Rutgers University via Science Daily
There are different ways to be a good reader. There has been much discussion over the years about some readers having more of a sound-based style and others having more of a meaning-based style. But until now, there has been very little evidence of this, particularly evidence connecting brain behavior and reading behavior.
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New research: Students benefit from learning that intelligence is not fixed
MindShift
Teaching students that intelligence can grow and blossom with effort — rather than being a fixed trait they're just born with — is gaining traction in progressive education circles. And new research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a "growth mindset" can help many kids understand their true potential. The new research involves larger, more rigorous field trials that provide some of the first evidence that the social psychology strategy can be effective when implemented in schools on a wide scale. Even a one-time, 30-minute online intervention can spur academic gains for many students, particularly those with poor grades. The premise is that these positive effects can stick over years, leading for example to higher graduation rates; but long-term data is still needed to confirm that.
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For most kids, nice finishes last
NPR
A new study holds up a mirror to America's parents. A surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students in 33 different schools around the nation about what they thought their folks cared about most: that they achieve at a high level, that they are happy (defined as "feeling good most of the time"), or that they care for others. Almost 80 percent of youth picked high achievement or happiness as their top choice, while about 20 percent selected caring for others. The survey also shows that about 80 percent of kids themselves rank achievement or happiness as most important, paralleling what they believe their parents value most.
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