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How we kill languages and fail our cleverest children
The Conversation
Australia: It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry every time (predominantly monolingual) politicians and policy makers lament the fact that we don't have enough students in schools studying foreign languages, whilst they simultaneously ignore the fact that about a third of the school population already speaks a "foreign" language at home. These are our bilingual children — and often they speak even more than two languages. Being bilingual means that, cognitively, they are the most advantaged learners in our schools. Bilingual brains are more flexible, more creative and better at problem solving.
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Cutting to the Common Core: The positive side of the digital divide
Language Magazine
Why use digital text? Imagine this challenge: Mr. Reed's class of 30 students includes a mix of learners with diverse abilities and needs. Some students are reading at grade level, those reading above grade level want to be challenged, the struggling readers need help with vocabulary and comprehension, and the English language learners have trouble connecting their first language and knowledge to the new concepts presented in the class. In addition, four students have identified learning disabilities. How can one dedicated teacher differentiate and personalize instruction in ways that help every student to succeed?
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Survey results show teachers need more professional development
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
Teachers who are open to knowledge are the ones best suited to deliver knowledge. In this regard, professionals who are constantly looking at improving teaching practices and developing their teaching skills will be the foundation for a powerful and positive school community. After all, great teachers help create great students. So how are American teachers faring in this regard? The latest findings by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in their Teaching and Learning International Survey are eye-opening.
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Related Resource: Bringing the hashtag to teacher professional development (By: Brian Stack)


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TESOL announces 2015 election slate for Board of Directors and Nominating Committee
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TESOL has finalized the 2015 election slate for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee. Candidate bios will be available in mid-September. The election will run from 15 October to 3 December. If you have any questions, please contact Rita Gainer.
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Ruth Crymes TESOL Fellowship for Graduate Study
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This award was created to support recent or current graduate students in the development of projects with direct application to ESOL language classroom instruction. Award recipient will receive US$1,500 and a convention registration for a subsequent year, when the project is presented. Applications must be received by 1 November 2014.
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TESOL Preservice Teacher's Survey
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TESOL is seeking input via electronic survey from individuals interested in pursuing a career in teaching English as a second language, foreign language or additional language. The goal of the 10-minute survey is to better understand your needs, expectations and perspectives related to education and training in ESL/EFL/EAL. To thank you for your contribution, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a US$50 American Express gift card and a year-long TESOL membership. Thank you for your assistance with this project and for your support of TESOL's efforts.
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Looking to share your expertise?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the English Language Bulletin, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of TESOL, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Cutting to the Common Core: The positive side of the digital divide
Language Magazine
Why use digital text? Imagine this challenge: Mr. Reed’s class of 30 students includes a mix of learners with diverse abilities and needs.

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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.

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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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Feds back English learner lawsuit against state
The Hechinger Report
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has found an ally in the U.S. Department of Justice for its lawsuit charging that the state abdicated its obligation to ensure all students classified as English learners get extra instructional services to become fluent in English. The lawsuit, filed in April 2013, is set for a one-day trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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40 teachers for English language training in US
AllAfrica.com
Rwanda: At least 40 primary and secondary school teachers have left the country for the United States for a one-month training in the English language. The teachers, who departed in two batches on Thursday and Friday, are part of a program jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the University of Hartford, based in Connecticut. "Out of the 1,000 mentors we have countrywide, only about 300 are Rwandans; so we believe this move will help reduce dependence on foreign mentors," said Damian Ntaganzwa, the Rwanda Education Board Deputy director general in charge of Teachers Management.
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For schools with child immigrants, what resources are available?
Education Week
While the Obama administration takes action to stem the flow of unaccompanied minors across the Southwest border and contain the mounting political blowback, many of these children have already turned up in public schools and will continue to do so in the months ahead. Under federal law, they are entitled to a free public education regardless of their immigration status. Just two months ago, the U.S. Department of Education reminded school districts of their legal obligations when it comes to undocumented students.
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What a Common Core lesson sounds like in a 10th-grade English class
NPR
The Common Core State Standards in literacy and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom?
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German university to teach in English
The Times
Germany: One of Germany's top universities has announced plans to switch all its masters courses into English, despite political resistance to the conquest of academia by the language of Shakespeare. Munich Technical University, which is consistently ranked among the best in Germany, said that its decision was based on demand from students rather than a desire to compete for the best brains globally.
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Migrant program on North Coast helps English language learners catch up
The Daily Astorian via The Republic
The halls of John Jacob Astor Elementary School overflow with tiny chairs, desks, tables and other classroom furniture. Maintenance crews install carpet, wash the walls, paint the gym and otherwise spruce up the school. But while most students take a break for the summer, about 85 to 90 migrant and English language learner students spend much of their July in the basement of Astor during the five-week ELL/Migrant Summer School.
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Better English equals better pay
Gulf News
United Arab Emirates: English is a widely used language, especially in commerce and media. In the UAE, where more than 200 nationalities live and work, English has become the dominant lingua franca and each year, more and more companies are opting to pursue new candidates who speak the language well. But does this mean that applicants with the right technical skills and experience are being passed over due to poor English skills? Is proficiency of the language now a major determining factor for hiring employees?
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Childhood reading skills linked to 'higher intelligence' in young adults
Medical News Today
A new study published in the journal Child Development finds that having strong reading skills as a child is a predictor for higher intelligence levels as a young adult. In previous studies, reading ability has been associated with improved health, education, socioeconomic status and creativity. The ability to read well can directly improve some of these factors. An example is that by being able to extract information from texts, individuals are better able to gain educational qualifications.
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Report: Low salaries keep many teachers out of the middle class
The Huffington Post
Teachers' starting salaries may be nothing to brag about, but a big problem lies in the fact that these salaries barely grow over time, says a new report. Released by the Center for American Progress, the report says many areas of the country barely pay teachers more as they gain experience. This problem might be contributing to high teacher turnover rates and keeping educators out of the middle class. While the report recognizes that low teacher pay is not news — especially when it comes to low entry-level salaries — researchers were interested in seeing if the salaries of mid- and late-career teachers "were high enough to attract and keep the nation's most talented individuals."
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Study: About half of kids' learning ability is in their DNA
eSchool News
You may think you're better at reading than you are at math (or vice versa), but new research suggests you're probably equally good (or bad) at both. The reason: The genes that determine a person's ability to tackle one subject influence their aptitude at the other, accounting for about half of a person's overall learning ability. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, used nearly 1,500 pairs of 12-year-old twins to tease apart the effects of genetic inheritance and environmental variables on math and reading ability. Twin studies provide a clever way of assessing the balance of nature versus nurture.
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Learning to read may take longer than we thought
NPR
Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself. The latest example: new research in the journal suggests a famous phenomenon known as the "fourth-grade shift" isn't so clear-cut.
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