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Students urged to master English language
Jamaica Observer
Jamaica: Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education Dr. Franklin Johnston is urging students to ensure they master the English language, as this is one skill which demonstrates their competence in many areas. "It is extremely important to your future that each of you masters English, because you are not just going to remain here, you're going to go right up to the top of some organization ... you're going to go abroad, and one of the things that will always serve you well is if you know your English well, you speak it well and you can do it well," he said.
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Raising proficiency in English pivotal to next gen's future
The Sun Daily
Malaysia: Improving English language proficiency in the country will prove pivotal in improving employment opportunities for our next generation. Education Ministry secretary general Tan Sri Madinah Mohamad said the future generations need to be equal or better in their English proficiency to compete in the rapidly changing globalized world. She also added that prowess in the English language does not make one less patriotic, but that it would gain respect for Malaysians when they go abroad because they will be able to communicate and represent the country to the best of their abilities.
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Telling stories
Language Magazine
Thanks in large part to the success of Jim Trealease's Read-Aloud Handbook, now in its 7th edition, reading aloud has become a popular activity. According to Scholastic's 2015 Kids and Family Reading Report, over 75 percent of American children age five and younger are read to at least four times a week, and the vast majority of parents and children enjoy read-aloud sessions. Read alouds are not only pleasant, they are also the first step on the road to literacy development. But it is possible to push reading aloud too far and actually harm literacy development.
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 TESOL Association News

TESOL Employment Issues survey
The Employment Issues Committee is collecting information on employment issues affecting TESOL educators worldwide so that they can make recommendations to the Board of Directors on how such issues can be addressed in the association’s new organizational structure. Information is being collected through 15 August 2015. Thanks for taking this quick survey.
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 Professional Development Calendar

Free TESOL Virtual Seminars: Sponsored by VIF International Education
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Culture in the Classroom for English Language Learners: 26 August 2015, 10:30am ET
Supporting English Language Learners Through Parental and Community Engagement: 23 September 2015, 10:30am ET
Leading Your Leader: How to talk to Administrators about Your English Learners' Needs: 28 October 2015, 10:30am ET

TESOL Conference in Singapore: 3-5 December 2015
Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning
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

Assistant Professor of English, Zamorano University, Zamorano, Honduras

Test Development Assistant, Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Washington, D.C.

Academic Supervisor, AUA Language Center, Bangkok, Thailand

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

 Language and Education Policy

Federal government shutdown on the horizon?
Education Week
When Congress returns from its five-week summer break Sept. 8, lawmakers will scramble to avert a government shutdown before Oct. 1, when the curtain closes on the current fiscal year. To do so, they'll have to broker a deal to either continue current spending levels for a certain period of time — something known as a continuing resolution, or CR — or hash out a broader, all-inclusive spending plan called an omnibus. They could also settle on a combination of the two, in which they agree on an all-inclusive spending plan for a limited period of time, a hybrid fiscal fix known inside the Beltway as a "cromnibus."
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 K-12 Education

High expulsion rates, lower test scores for Oregon English language learners
Education Week
Middle and high school English language learners in six Oregon school districts are suspended and expelled at slightly higher rates than their native English-speaking peers, a new study from the Regional Education Laboratory Northwest found. The study also found that ELLs subjected to suspension or expulsion had "substantially" lower achievement on state tests than English learners who weren't. The analysis shows that ELLs in middle and high school mare suspended more often for aggression and insubordination, but does not explain why.
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 Post-Secondary Education

Sydney University weighs compulsory English courses for foreign students
The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia: The University of Sydney's prestigious business school may introduce compulsory language courses for foreign students with poor English skills after more than 400 students, mostly from China, failed a core unit of their masters degrees. About 37 percent of more than 1200 students studying the Critical Thinking in Business course at the business school failed the subject last semester and about 12 percent of students in the Succeeding in Business course also failed.
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Want to be smart? Learn a foreign language
Brian Blogger
In an interconnected world, being multilingual helps you forge valuable global connections and increase your chances of making it big in the world of business. But being multilingual is good for your brain too. In a recent study, scientists report that people who speak two languages have more gray matter in the executive control region of their brains — the area that controls higher cognitive processes like thinking, analyzing, making connections and synthesizing information—than monolinguals. The findings of this study corroborate and bolster data from earlier investigations that suggested bilingualism can not only improve brain functioning but also keep age-related neural disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at bay.
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    Learning English, with an accent on communication (The Hindu)
The teacher's guide to Open Educational Resources (Edudemic)
Babies' brains show that social skills linked to second language learning (University of Washington via Medical Xpress)
Introducing grammar exercises for English language learners (By: Douglas Magrath)
Report offers guiding principles to support ELLs with disabilities (Education Week)

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Study: Poverty harms brain development in children
By: Dorothy L. Tengler
Between 2009 and 2010, 1 million more children in America joined the ranks of those living in poverty, bringing the total to an estimated 15.7 million poor children. Poverty can impede a child's ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as poor health and mental health. In fact, new research shows poverty appears to affect the brain development of children, hampering the growth of gray matter and impairing their academic performance.
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 In The Classroom

Teachers from Mexico and California collaborate to teach algebra
A group of Los Angeles students who are new to the United States spent part of their summer break learning algebra in a pilot program with materials that are lacking in most places nationwide — Common Core aligned lessons in Spanish. For five weeks, high school students completed an algebra class given in both English and Spanish by teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District and the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. All of the Los Angeles Unified students in the class have lived in the United States for less than a year, speak Spanish as their native language and have minimal English skills. In the end, 36 students completed the class in July.
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