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Just off press — 'TESOL Technology Standards: Description, Implementation, Integration'
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The "TESOL Technology Standards" are applicable in a wide range of contexts: foreign language, second language, child, teen, adult, higher education, vocational education, language for specific purposes and fully online programs; and in settings with even limited access to communication technologies. Students, teachers, teacher educators, administrators and researchers will find this an easy guide through the technology standards and how they can be applied in the varied contexts in which language instruction occurs. The book is organized around two strands of standards: Technology Standards for Language Learners and Technology Standards for Language Teachers. Useful supplemental material includes vignettes, a comparison of the TESOL Technology Standards with other technology-focused standards, extensive reference lists, a glossary and an index. For more information and to order your copy, please click here.

TESOL Quarterly September special topic issue: Narrative Research in TESOL
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In September, TESOL Quarterly will publish a special topic issue titled Narrative Research in TESOL and edited by Gary Barkhuizen. Contributors include Bonny Norton and Margaret Early, Kate Cadman and Jill Brown, Cynthia D. Nelson, Karen E. Johnson and Paula R. Golombek, and Janet Holmes and Meredith Marra. Click here for the table of contents. Gary Barkhuizen's introduction to the issue is available here. For information on ordering TESOL Quarterly special topic issues, click here. Individual subscriptions to TQ are available to TESOL members for $50 (online) and $70 (print and online). For information on library subscriptions, please contact

Arne Duncan boosts merit pay at teaching conference
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Teachers should have salaries starting at $60,000 and the opportunity to make up to $150,000 based on performance, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told educators at the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards conference. "The field of teaching is poised for change," Duncan said. "Many bright and committed young people are attracted to teaching, but surveys show they are reluctant to enter the field for the long-haul. They see it as low-paying and low-prestige." More

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Education takes a beating nationwide
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After a particularly brutal budgeting season this summer, states and school districts across the country have fired thousands of teachers, raised college tuition, relaxed standards, slashed days off the academic calendar and gutted pre-kindergarten and summer school programs. Slashed budgets are nothing new for educators, but experts say this year stands out. More

Among twists in budget woes, tensions over teaching the deaf
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Editor's note: At its 2009 annual convention, TESOL passed the TESOL Member Resolution on the Right of Deaf Learners to Acquire Full Proficiency in a Native Signed Language and Written and Spoken Languages.

Politicians have seen plenty of demonstrators outside the Indiana Statehouse. But the crowd that gathered was a bit different from the usual shouting protesters. Scores of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families assembled to complain in American Sign Language. Parents also have confronted new board members of the state's school for the deaf in pointed, awkward exchanges.

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States struggle with linking teacher-student data
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Connecting teachers to their students — and vice versa — remains one of the thorniest problems for state longitudinal data systems, both technically and politically, and more states and districts seem to be trying to get teachers invested in the process. More

UK proposes tougher English language test for family migration
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United Kingdom: Spouses and family members of migrants in the U.K. could face tougher English language tests before they are allowed to settle permanently in the country if the government goes ahead with changes to immigration rules announced last month. The government says that current rules are undermining public confidence in the system that allows family members to reunite and live with migrants who have already achieved full settlement status. More

ELL students learn about agriculture
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Nicholas Gomez thinks pigs are funny. "They talk funny," 6-year-old Nicholas said. The boy was one of 60 Fremont kindergarten- through third-grade English Language Learners hanging out at the Saunders County Fair in Wahoo, Neb. Janet Lowe, whose ELL program at Linden Elementary School includes Milliken Park students, said the school annually takes ELL students to the fair. More

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Federal agents raid Virginia institution that draws many students from India
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security raided the University of Northern Virginia, hauling away computers and boxes of paperwork and notifying the suburban Washington institution that it may lose its ability to accept foreign students. More

'The College Writing Toolkit'
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Many of the students in today's college writing classroom are career-oriented and have little interest in literature; they also may not be native speakers of English. A traditional approach to teaching writing — through reading and writing about classic literature — may not reach these students. More

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Purdue creates English Language Learners new certification
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As Indiana has become the state with the third-highest increase in English language learners, the College of Education is taking steps to prepare its teachers for changing Hoosier school populations. According to a 2006 report by the National Clearinghouse on English Language Acquisition, from 1994 to 1995 and 2004 to 2005, Indiana saw a 408 percent increase in the number of English language learners — the third-highest in the United States. More

China's drive to teach English stalls in the west
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China: Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu province, held its first international marathon. While this relatively remote city in north-west China has been attempting to raise its profile through the athletics event, thousands, if not millions, of students in the region are running their own personal marathons as they race to learn English. More

Teacher quality: Are incentive programs enough?
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Two Republican lawmakers involved in education issues said last week that teacher quality initiatives should be largely a state activity rather than a federal one. "I'm a big advocate of rewarding outstanding teaching," said Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. More

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Teachers take 'save our schools' plea to DC
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The "Save Our Schools March" was part of a four-day event including a two-day conference at American University in Washington, D.C., with dozens of workshops, such as "Winning the Testing War" and "Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline." There was also a half-day strategy session and a film festival, headlined by the documentary "The Inconvenient Truth About Waiting for Superman." More
Related story: 'Save Our Schools' Leaders Craft Next Steps (Education Week)

Reports: ELLs can integrate effectively
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A report recently released by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, by contrast, puts forth the idea that the expansion of charter schools is good for educational equality. But it urges charter authorizers to do more to ensure that English language learners have equal access to charter schools and that the schools serve them well. More

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