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May and June 2011 TESOL Virtual Seminars Now Available
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The May and June 2011 TESOL Virtual Seminars are now available to all members. Here are the titles:
  • "Teaching Large Heterogeneous Classes in ELT Contexts Worldwide," Penny Ur
  • "Tech Tools for Busy Teachers," Robert Elliot and Deborah Healey
  • "Effective Strategies for Collaboration Between ESL/ELP and K-12 Classroom Teachers," Margarita Calderón
  • "Developing Effective Family Literacy Programs that Serve the Needs of ELLs of All Ages," Catherine Porter and Laura Bercovitz
To access these Virtual Seminars and much more, please visit the TESOL Resource Center.

States continue push to toughen teacher policies
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As the majority of legislative sessions around the country come to a close, many states will finish the season having pushed through policy changes that are likely to have a notable impact on teachers. Building on the momentum from the previous two years, in which lawmakers began aggressively pursuing teacher-related reforms, about a dozen states passed laws since January that curb or otherwise modify teacher tenure, teacher evaluations, last-in-first-out policies and collective bargaining. And several more states are on the verge of passing similar laws as they wrap up their legislative sessions. More

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Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Education has recommended that its administrative wings speed up the training of teachers in schools where English will be taught in the first stage with the beginning of the upcoming academic year. The ministry said it would send assessment-skills booklets for the English language curriculum in the first week of the next academic year. More

Schools chiefs see path to proposing their own accountability systems
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Some state education chiefs say that if Congress does not overhaul No Child Left Behind, the main federal law governing public education, by the fall, they may be allowed to propose their own accountability systems as an alternative. These education chiefs said this week that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his aides have signaled that they may grant a waiver on a crucial provision in the law, a requirement that all children be proficient in English and math by 2014, a goal widely seen as unrealistic. More

Striving for good English in Malaysia
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Malaysia: Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is in a hurry to improve English proficiency in the schools. Malaysia has requested for 300 Fulbright scholars from the United States to teach English at selected Malaysian schools in urban and rural areas, starting next year with 50 volunteers coming on board. Earlier, the Education Ministry introduced the master teachers program where master teachers from the United Kingdom guide Malaysian teachers teaching English-related subjects. More

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New details emerge on Duncan's NCLB waiver plan
Education Week (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's been about a month since U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that, since Congress wasn't making significant progress on reauthorizing the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education, he would step in and offer waivers to states from parts of the law. Now, of course, the big question is: What exactly would that mean? The department has been mum so far (even to some members of Congress) but speculation about the specifics is high, particularily among state chiefs. More

They come to Korea to learn English
Korea JoongAng Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Korea: More foreigners are coming to Korea for language studies — but the language is English, not Korean. The JoongAng Ilbo surveyed six English camps nationwide and found that roughly 1,000 foreigners took courses at them from January to July. The number of foreign students studying English sharply increased over the past three years from 92 in 2008 to 497 in 2010. More

Refugees a growing challenge
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A military junta in Myanmar, civil war in Nepal, factional fighting in Somalia. These places and their problems may seem far away, but the turmoil there and elsewhere around the globe has reached metro Atlanta schools. A growing number of refugees have come to Georgia in recent years, with most settling in and around DeKalb County. By law, they deserve an education. More

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Using blogs to engage English language learners
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Jon Schwartz teaches fourth-grade in Oceanside, Calif. He is also a writer and a professional photographer. "Robbie doesn't write," his mom told Schwartz. When he first came into my fourth-grade class, asking him for 20 words was like pulling teeth. He actually scribbled a number on top of each word to keep track so he wouldn’t write any more than the absolute minimum. More

Catholic education about to go bilingual
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For the 119 years St. Mary Star of the Sea School has been around, it has reflected the community. Generations of Italian, Irish, Polish and French Canadian parents sent their children. Gradually the heritage of the students changed, along with the city, to predominantly Latino and African American. And the school has adapted. More

Indiana University center selected for $3.5 million US State Department grant to create new master's degree program in Afghanistan
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The U.S. State Department has awarded The Center for Social Studies and International Education at Indiana University nearly $3.5 million to develop and implement a master's degree in English language teaching at Kabul Education University in Afghanistan. More

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TalktoCanada Reports: Growing number of students learn English online over mobile devices
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TalktoCanada has reported a surge in students using mobile devices to learn English online. The company has spearheaded using WebEx and Skype to connect with students around the globe. With the rise of the tablet, students are increasingly relying on downloadable apps for Skype and Facebook to connect to TalktoCanada's language training solutions. More

English language digital library to feature works of 'father of manga'
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Tezuka Productions Co. and its technical partner SOBA Project Inc. announced the launch of an English language version of the "Osamu Tezuka Magazine Club," a manga digital library featuring various works by "the father of manga." The two firms said at a news conference in Tokyo that the new product is a cloud-based storage service and features 62 volumes in English of the popular cartoonist's massive volumes such as "Astro Boy" as well as 39 episodes including "Black Jack" in the form of "Motion Manga," or an audio manga service with English subtitles. More

Beyond the bubble test: How will we measure learning in the future?
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Last September, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced: "Today is a great day! I have looked forward to this day for a long time–and so have America's teachers, parents, students and school leaders." Duncan was excited about a new way of testing students, one that goes "beyond the bubble test," the standardized assessments students take every year that have long been criticized as not only useless in measuring any kind of real learning, but actually detrimental to the entire education system. More

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Valuing teachers: How much is a good teacher worth?
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For some time, people have recognized that the academic achievement of schoolchildren in this country threatens, to borrow President Barack Obama's words, "the U.S.'s role as an engine of scientific discovery" and ultimately its success in the global economy. The low achievement of American students, as reflected in the Program for International Student Assessment, will prevent them from accessing good, high-paying jobs. And lower achievement means slower growth in the economy. More

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