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English language tests inquiry declares thousands of results invalid
The Guardian
United Kingdom: More than 50,000 English language tests taken by overseas students to extend their British visas have been declared invalid or questionable as a result of an official investigation into cheating on a huge scale. Home Office ministers have suspended the overseas student sponsorship licenses of one university — Glyndwr, near Wrexham — and 57 private further education colleges as a result of the investigation. Two further universities — West London and Bedfordshire — are no longer allowed to sponsor new students and, pending, further investigations may also have their licenses suspended.
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Teaching English language learners in preschool
By: Alanna Mazzon
I cannot stress this enough: Teaching preschool is not for everyone. It takes a special kind of person to be "on" for children Monday through Friday for eight hours a day. It's exhausting, but so worth it when you see how quickly they can learn and grow. My first classroom was a class of 2- and 3-year-olds, with more than 80 percent being speakers of a language other than English. It was interesting at first since I had never worked with this many children who weren't English speakers. Here are some tips that I learned fairly quickly.
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Language delay likely due more to nature than nurture
Medical News Today
A study of 473 sets of twins followed since birth found that compared to single-born children, 47 percent of 24-month-old identical twins had language delay compared to 31 percent of non-identical twins. Overall, twins had twice the rate of late language emergence of single-born children. None of the children had disabilities affecting language acquisition. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.
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Why adults struggle to pick up new languages
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Many adults struggle to learn a second language, but not for lack of effort — the problem may actually be that they're trying too hard, a new study suggests.

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Cutting to the Common Core: The key to English standards
Language Magazine
What is the most important standard among California's English language arts and English language development standards?

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Flexibility with English language learners
The Denver Post
The question of how to teach immigrant students has provoked perhaps the most bitter, rancorous debates in American education over the past 40 years.

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Troubled path forward for education spending bill
Education Week
Remember when congressional appropriators were adamant about this year being the year they would finally pass a real spending bill for the upcoming federal fiscal year? Well, it's safe to say the odds of that actually happening are nil. First, let's take stock of how far each chamber has advanced its fiscal 2015 appropriations bills: The House made the most progress, passing six (or half) of its spending bills. The appropriations committee itself cleared every spending bill except for the education funding proposal, which hasn't yet made it out of subcommittee.
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States with the costliest teacher attrition
eSchool News
Teacher attrition costs the United States up to $2.2 billion a year, and states including California and Texas are among the top when it comes to financial impact. A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education examines the reasons teachers leave their profession, analyzes the costs of recruitment and teacher replacement, and offers recommendations to help prevent educator turnover. About 500,000 teachers move or leave the field entirely each year. High-poverty and urban schools experience a higher rate of turnover, with about 20 percent of teachers in these schools leaving each calendar year. This rate is roughly 50 percent higher than educator turnover in more affluent schools, according to the report.
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Vietnam province says it will not discipline substandard English teachers
Tuoi Tre/Tuoi Tre News
Vietnam: Authorities of a province in the Mekong Delta have said they will request that a regulation that penalizes English teachers who fail to meet European standards be lifted, following teacher complaints. The People's Committee of Ben Tre Province confirmed that it will instruct the provincial Department of Education and Training not to discipline local English teachers who do not pass a qualification test that follows European benchmarks.
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Race to the Top at 5: States' spending plans
Education Week
Race to the Top — the Obama administration's signature education-redesign initiative — officially turns 5 years old at the end of July. The anniversary marks the time period in which competition winners were supposed to finish spending their last competitive-grant dollars and implementing their proposed education policy changes. Most states, however, secured a one-year, no-cost extension from the U.S. Department of Education to continue spending their winnings through a fifth year in order to finalize specific policy overhauls.
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The ABCs of English learning students
Voice of San Diego
Parents at Hoover High in California don't care why the only teacher at the school assigned specifically to help English learners is going away next year. They care about the impact: They don't want their kids to be mediocre. Hoover's new principal, Joe Austin, had only been on the job a couple of months when he learned about the district's plan to save money. Instead of hiring new teachers to replace those who left or retired, superintendent Cindy Marten made a last-minute call to move support teachers out of supplementary positions, and make lead classroom teachers out of them.
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English language learners in Vermont schools
Vermont Public Radio
If you had to take a standardized test right now, how do you think you would score? Now imagine that test is in a language you can barely read. Since the English language dominates our educational system, a gap in English language ability is often equated with a gap in intelligence. We talk to Shawna Shapiro, assistant Professor of Writing & Linguistics at Middlebury College, and Susan Blethen, an ELL teacher at Burlington High School, about the challenges facing English language learners and what some educators are doing to bridge the gap.
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How my students learned English by making movie shorts
EdSurge
Lourdes Lopez had a conversation with her mother that she had never had before. The focus of that conversation was not the young woman's immigration struggles or even her undocumented status. The conversation was about her mother's opinion of Lourdes' level of English. The sixteen-year old Honduran was surprised when her mother said that she thought that now, after six years in the United States, Lourdes' English should be better. The comment surprised and insulted the rambunctious but thoughtful teen. She was a good student but lacked the confidence to speak her mind outside of the EL classroom.
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Teachers prepare as English language learner population grows
WHO-TV
English language learners are one of Iowa's fastest growing student populations and teachers from all over the state are in the metro learning new strategies for the classroom. More than 300 educators are at Waukee High School for the two-day "Our Kids Summer Institute," which gives participants the chance to network with other ELL teachers in Iowa. An Iowa education report showed nearly 24,000 Iowa students are considered English languages learners, which is why more instructors are needed.
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Improving language skills, the Cambridge way
The New Indian Express
India: The first batch of 100 teachers, who underwent the Cambridge English Language assessment program, was awarded certificates at a function by Mayor Saidai Duraisamy. The program, in collaboration with Tech Mahindra Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Tech Mahindra Ltd, offered a 48-hour program to improve teachers' English speaking, writing, listening and reading skills. The teachers, who were introduced to the program last year, were evaluated in March and emerged successful. Duraisamy praised the joint efforts of the teachers, Tech Mahindra and Cambridge, which aided the government's pursuit to improve the standard of education in Corporation schools.
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Why adults struggle to pick up new languages
LiveScience
Many adults struggle to learn a second language, but not for lack of effort — the problem may actually be that they're trying too hard, a new study suggests. Scientists have long suspected that adults' superior cognitive function might actually be a drawback in picking up a new language, giving kids the upper hand. In the new study, when adults were told to try to learn the proper sentence structure and grammar of a new language, the participants actually learned less than those who were not told they would have to take a quiz.
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Unpacking the science: How playing music changes the learning brain
MindShift
Remember "Mozart Makes You Smarter"? A 1993 study of college students showed them performing better on spatial reasoning tests after listening to a Mozart sonata. That led to claims that listening to Mozart temporarily increases IQs — and to a raft of products purporting to provide all sorts of benefits to the brain. In 1998, Zell Miller, then the governor of Georgia, even proposed providing every newborn in his state with a CD of classical music. But subsequent research has cast doubt on the claims.
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How acting out in school boosts learning
Scientific America
Acting out in school is often a prelude to parents receiving a call from the principal. But, there are ways of acting out that tremendously increase learning — namely acting out as a way of grounding, or making sense of, abstract information. There is a growing body of research showing the value of this sort of acting out. One example is the Moved by Reading intervention for teaching reading comprehension. Using the intervention, children act out the meaning of sentences by moving images on a computer screen. If the child reads, "The farmer drove the tractor to the barn," then she would move pictures of the farmer to the tractor, and both of them to the barn. This can double reading comprehension.
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