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Report offers guiding principles to support ELLs with disabilities
Education Week
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 from the federal Institute of Education Sciences outlines the challenges facing schools around English learners and students with disabilities. The document offers examples of what some states are doing around student identification and support of English learners with disabilities.
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Introducing grammar exercises for English language learners
By: Douglas Magrath
By the process of using language to solve problems, English language learners obtain comprehensible input from the teacher as well as from each other and the materials they are using. A topical, hands-on approach involving realistic communication is more efficient than just practicing drills. Grammar should be introduced in a communication-based mode that replicates situations where students use the forms to meet real needs.
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Malaysia risks lagging behind unless STEM taught in English, says group
Malay Mail Online
Malaysia: Malaysia may fall behind other Asian countries if Putrajaya does not re-introduce the policy of teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects in English, a group of retired high-ranking civil servants said today. G25 pointed out that Japan's Honda has adopted English as its official language to survive in the very competitive automotive industry, while India and the Philippines continue to teach science and mathematics in English and have gained success.
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 Professional Development Calendar

TESOL Conference in Singapore: Advance Registration Ends 3 August
Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning
3-5 December 2015
This 2½ day event, organized in partnership with the National Institute of Education, features more than 200 concurrent sessions and 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 Cancún, 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.

 TESOL Career Center

English as a Second Language Instructors, IAP, Auburn University/Auburn Global, Auburn, Alabama, USA

Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Howdy Language School, Kyoto and Osaka, Japan

For more available positions, please visit the TESOL Career Center.

 Language and Education Policy

Arne Duncan on accountability in ESEA reauthorization
Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan may only have eighteen months left in office — but they're critical months when it comes to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The House and Senate each passed bills that take aim at the Obama administration's K-12 priorities when it comes to teacher evaluation, standards, and more. While the Republican-backed House bill was somewhat of a lost cause, the administration couldn't secure much of its ask-list in the Senate bill — particularly when it came to beefing up accountability — before it passed with big partisan support.
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 K-12 Education

Indiana charter schools not eligible for funding boost to help English learners
In the new budget passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year, school districts where English language learners make up at least 25 percent of enrollment can qualify for extra state aid. That is, unless they're a charter school. And it just so happens that a handful of charter schools do serve especially large shares of students still learning to speak English. Lawmakers doubled to $11 million an annual grant that supports English learners across the state, but they included a bonus for places where that challenge was the greatest with an added provision that increases funding through the state's poverty aid formula.
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 Post-Secondary Education

English as a second language in universities
The Nation
Sri Lanka: In Sri Lanka, universities offer higher education programs beyond the high school level for students from all over the country. Sri Lankan universities provide necessary training for individuals wishing to enter the professional level and provide unique opportunities for personal enrichment while also preparing students for future careers. All Sri Lankan universities provide remedial education — special instructions designed to help students catch up to a desired level of academic achievement. The most common remedial education programs focus on developing students' basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics.
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    States in holding pattern on ELL waiver request (Education Week)
Senate approves a bill to revamp 'No Child Left Behind' (The New York Times)
Closed captioning gives literacy a boost (Education Week (commentary))
The difficult path to implementing language access for ELL students (EdCentral (commentary))

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 Adult Education

Language skills crucial for global CEOs
The New Zealand Herald
Facing thousands of Deutsche Bank investors, many of them mutinous, Anshu Jain knew a lot was riding on his speech at the annual meeting of Germany's largest bank. "On this day, every word matters," Jain said in German at the May gathering. For that reason, he said he'd continue in his mother tongue. The Indian-born British national delivered the rest of the 2,000-word address in English.
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Charter schools are especially good for ELL students
National Journal
Charter schools, it turns out, are doing a better job of educating English language learners than traditional public schools. That's a bright spot in an otherwise bleak report on Texas charters. And that's an interesting finding because, as the number of English language learners in the United States, and in Texas specifically, has climbed so have the theories about how best to serve these students. According to government data, these students made up more than 9 percent of all students nationally in 2012 and more than 15 percent of the student body in Texas.
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Music class may help students' language skills, study finds
Education Week
Amid pressure to boost students' performance on standardized tests, some schools, districts, and states have shifted their focus away from teaching topics like music and towards English/language arts, which is more often tested as part of accountability initiatives. New research out of Northwestern University's Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, however, has concluded that instruction in the former subject may improve performance in the latter. The longitudinal study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at whether in-school music training had any effect on the brain and auditory system development of adolescents entering high school.
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 In The Classroom

7 learning zones every classroom must have
There are many elements to consider as you plan for the next school year. You always review critical pieces like standards, curriculum, instructional activities and testing, but you also think about the classroom space and how to arrange desks, set up bulletin boards and organize materials. You can bring these seemingly disconnected components together in a system of seven learning zones. The discovery, news, supplies, community, quiet, teacher and subject area zones will help you establish routines, save time and maintain your sanity from the first through the last days of school.
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