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Children learning English: An educational revolution
Oxford University Press
Did you know that the introduction of languages into primary schools has been dubbed the world's biggest development in education? And, of course, overwhelmingly, the language taught is English. Already the world's most popular second language, the desire for English continues apace, at least in the short term, and with this desire has come a rapid decrease in the age at which early language learning starts. From the kindergartens of South Korea to classes of 70 plus in Tanzania, very young children are now being taught English. So is it a good idea to learn English from an early age? Many people believe that in terms of learning language, the younger the better.
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Why we need frameworks to evaluate our learners' English
By :Jon Jilani and Christopher Puma
The face of college campuses in the United States is changing. More students from other countries are enrolling in American colleges and universities today than ever before. According to the U.S. News and World Report, 819,644 international students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs during the 2012-2013 academic year. In 2003, that total number was 572,509, which is an increase of over 30 percent. Naturally, this has led to a nationwide spike in demand for more English language education courses for international students. One essential, but challenging, issue that educational institutions serving the TESOL community must face is establishing assessment protocols that will serve academic departments and their students throughout the learning process.
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Schools brace for up to 50,000 migrant kids
USA Today
Schools across the USA are bracing for as many as 50,000 immigrant children who would start school this fall, most of them unaccompanied by their families. "We haven't started school yet, so we are all just holding our breath to see what's going to come on the first day of school," says Caroline Woodason, assistant director of school support for Dalton Public Schools in Georgia. Under federal law, all children are entitled to a free public education, regardless of their immigration status.
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New York City libraries struggle to meet demand for English language classes
The New York Times
They came, one after another, through the glass doors of the Bronx Library Center, the largest public library in the borough.

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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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US reviews of standards, tests enter new phase
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is on the verge of releasing the first draft of new guidance on the peer-review process for standards and tests, a document that could exert a powerful influence on how states set academic expectations. Little known outside the assessment world, the process is wonky and technical. But it is an important tool for the federal agency in reviewing — and shaping — states' academic standards and testing systems.
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Teacher collaboration for the sake of academic development in pre-K-6 English language learners
The Huffington Post
Research shows that the most common problem English language learners face is that of understanding meaning of academic texts. As they acquire more academic vocabulary across content areas, teachers need to ensure they are also helping their students make important literary and deeper comprehension connections. For example, ELL students need to hear targeted academic vocabulary in various reading and read-aloud contexts.
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New York City libraries struggle to meet demand for English language classes
The New York Times
They came, one after another, through the glass doors of the Bronx Library Center, the largest public library in the borough. Some rode multiple trains or buses from home; others took precious time away from work. A few struggled with young children in tow. It was not books they wanted, but something more basic: to learn English. The Bronx library on East Kingsbridge Road has become a hub of English instruction at a time when many of New York City's public libraries are seeking to expand their language and literacy programs to better serve patrons who increasingly come from all over the world.
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Huntington, NY, school district aims to bridge the learning gap
Times Beacon Record
Huntington, New York, students who are new to the country and to a formal education system will have a little extra help starting this year, as the school board approved a new yearlong class geared toward transitioning those English language learners into a traditional classroom setting. The class, called the Bridge program, will provide a contained learning environment for a maximum of 25 students from different countries who may have never been inside a classroom before, according to Kenneth Card, the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
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White students to no longer be majority at school
The Associated Press via The Arizona Republic
The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished but cheerful handwriting. Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. This poster and classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are a subtle representation of America's changing school demographics. For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than white students enrolled, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children.
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English learners get jump on language skills
The Kingsburg Recorder
What does a mouse have to do with improving English language learner student's test scores? Plenty. Just ask 8-year-old Esmeralda Hernandez. "The mouse fills the piñata with candy," Esmeralda said of a character in the children's book "Mice and Beans." As one of the incoming third- and fourth-graders at Lincoln Elementary School in California, Esmeralda is one of 40 students getting three weeks of extra practice with speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Her class is reading "Mice and Beans" and will re-enact portions of the book at an end-of-session party.
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New insights into how young and developing readers make sense of words
University of Leicester via Science Daily
Skilled readers are often able to make sense of words suffering from "typos" and jumbled up letter orders as long as the beginning and end letters of the words are correct.
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These are the states with the best and worst school systems, according to new rankings
The Huffington Post
A new education ranking found that students in New Jersey are receiving a much better education than students in Mississippi. The ranking, from the personal finance site Wallethub, outlines the best and worst states for K-12 education, given the connection between one's education and future earning potential. The ranking was based on 12 factors, including student dropout rate, pupil/teacher ratio, test scores, rates of bullying and school safety measures.
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Scientists say child's play helps build a better brain
NPR
When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground. "The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain," says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. "And without play experience, those neurons aren't changed," he says.
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Keeping it real
Language Magazine
For years, theorists and cutting-edge language educators alike have been advocating a move away from rote learning and grammar-centered instruction. Many believe that facilitating content-driven, learner-centered acquisition is a better approach. However, until recently, there were few resources available to achieve this. But as language learning moves from textbooks to the online realm, a great opportunity has presented itself: easily and inexpensively immersing the student in a wide variety of authentic language produced by and for native speakers. Sure, there have been offline resources in the past, but they tended to be costly and cumbersome.
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What are the most powerful uses of tech for learning?
MindShift
When we talk about the digital divide in education, the discussions revolve mainly around two factors: lack of access to the internet and lack of knowing how to use that access in powerful ways that can fuel learning beyond consuming content. There are a lot of powerful tools for change available to educators and plenty of creative, inspired educators working hard to put available technology to work in classrooms. A lack of excellence is not the problem in education; access to technology and guidance for participating in the digital space in powerful ways are much bigger challenges.
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