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What we (don't) know about English learners and special education
English-language learners are one of the nation's fastest-growing student populations. But when it comes to English-learners who may also have learning disabilities, states and districts are struggling both to identify these children and to steer them to effective programs.
A document released this month from the federal Institute of Education Sciences outlines the challenges facing schools around English-learners and students with disabilities.
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Do unto others: Advice for job interviewers in education
By Debra Josephson Abrams
Lying. Sleeping. Antagonizing. Talking on the phone. Talking and talking — and not listening. Asking illegal questions. Interviewers have a lot to learn. Throughout my 30-year career in higher education, I've had my share of interviews. I've also witnessed open fora in which others were interviewed, and colleagues have shared with me their interview stories. Job candidates are given a surfeit of advice for how to be their best during an interview. But what about interviewers?
TESOL Conference in Singapore: Advance Registration Ends 3 August
Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning, a TESOL conference in Singapore. Organized in partnership with the National Institute of Education, this 2½ day event will feature leading experts in teacher education, classroom instruction, and international assessment. Six preconference institutes will also be available for participants to dive deeper into content that affects their day-to-day practice. Register today!
TESOL Symposium in Cancún, México: 4 November 2015
Join TESOL, in collaboration with MEXTESOL, for Innovations and Breakthroughs in English Language Teaching, a TESOL Symposium in Canún, México. Examine how English language teaching and learning have changed since the beginning of the 21st century, and explore current breakthroughs that have shaped the classroom of today through practice-oriented, interactive sessions led by experts in the field. Register today!
Online Course: Teaching and Assessing Adult Learners
12 August - 22 September
Explore appropriate methods and techniques for teaching language skills, vocabulary, and grammar to adult learners, and understand assessment approaches and tools when evaluating students' learning and proficiency.
Online Course: Teaching and Assessing Young Learners
9 September - 20 October
Learn methods and techniques for teaching language skills to school-age learners in an EFL context, and learn about the importance of language acquisition for young learners' physical, social, and cognitive development. Discuss the factors that contribute to these learners' success, including cultural aspects of language acquisition and learn how to address diverse students' needs.
For more TESOL education programs, please visit the TESOL website.
Intensive English Program (IEP) Coordinator, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, USA
Multiple Positions Available for ESL Instructors, Skyline Global Solutions, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
English Professor for High School Teacher Education Program, Universidad de Talca, Talca, Chile
For more available positions, please visit the TESOL Career Center.
College to help government school teachers learn English
India:The Government Mahindra College has decided to train the district's government school teachers in speaking and writing in English, weeks after the latter angered education minister Daljit Singh Cheema by failing to converse in the language.
The college management said they will be organizing a 40-day English language course for the teachers.
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US government pilots pipeline for international high schoolers
The Pie News
The EducationUSA Academy, operated by the U.S. Department of State, this month has welcomed international students to the U.S., from Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in a bid to attract students at a younger age to the U.S. education system. The high school students, aged between 15 and 17, will participate in a four-week long intensive English and college preparation program.
When should ELL test results matter under the ESEA?
When should English-language learners test results matter for accountability purposes? It's an issue to watch as Congress rewrites the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — and as states are approved for waiver renewals under the current law.
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3 transfer pitfalls for international community college students to avoid
U.S. News and World Report
Beginning undergraduate work at a community college is a gateway toward a bachelor's degree that many international — and U.S. — students pursue for many great reasons.
I had initially moved to the U.S. to advance my career in ballet. I decided to enroll at Miami Dade College, a community college, in order to extricate myself from my nonacademic background and live the life of books, caffeine and countless research papers. Miami Dade offered the flexibility I needed for a smooth and enjoyable transition from the world of ballet to the world of politics.
However, there are some quirks about community college that may grow into pitfalls at the end of your community college years.
Employment main motivation behind English language learning
Schools and Agents
Employment acts as the main driver to learn English in Latin America, new research by the British Council has shown.
The "English in Latin America" research revealed that for non-English speakers in all seven of the countries surveyed (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina), improved employment prospects were recognized as the main motivation to learn English. On average, 75 percent of respondents recognized this as the main reason that they would be encouraged to learn the language
Ministry focuses on placing trained English teachers in rural schools
Malaysia: The education ministry continuously focuses on placing trained and expert English teachers at rural schools to improve and strengthen student learning skills.
Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said the move was to support implementation of a compulsory pass in English at the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia level next year.
He said sending trained and expert English teachers to rural schools — among the programs under the National Education Blueprint — was an ongoing process to ensure teachers were given enough training to strengthen the language.
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Latest language tech innovations come from synergies among entrepreneurs, academics and Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh seems to have become a center for automated language learning with such companies as Duolingo, Carnegie Speech, Safaba Translation Solutions, and WeSpeke headquartered there. In all, twelve language-based businesses have been identified as being started in the Pittsburgh area. The probable cause? Professor Jaime Carbonell founded the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 1996. The LTI does research on speech recognition and speech synthesis, machine translation, computational linguistics, search engines, text mining, and language tutoring systems.
Literacy groups help students turn page toward better life
Navigating through everyday life involves innumerable small tasks that many take for granted.
Signing forms, filling out bank deposit slips, reading information about one’s health care or sharing a bedtime story with a child are just a few examples of the kinds of activities to which most people don’t give a second thought.
For 30 million adults throughout the country, however, those tasks are insurmountable. According to the nonprofit Literacy New Jersey, that’s how many individuals lack basic prose literacy skills. In New Jersey alone, 17 percent of the adult population lacks such skills, the organization states.
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