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Competitive edge in learning language
New Straits Times Online
Malaysia: English is the dominant business language and it has become almost a necessity for people to speak English if they are to join a global workforce. Research from all over the world shows that cross-border business communication is most often conducted in English. Its importance in the global market cannot be understated. Many of the world's top films, books and music are published and produced in English. Through the language, you will have access to a wealth of entertainment and a greater cultural understanding of the world. More than 50 per cent of the content produced on the Internet is in English. So, a good command of English will allow a person access to an incredible amount of information.
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Cultural competence in the classroom: A key 21st-century skill
By: Erick Herrmann
Schools today are becoming increasingly diverse. Any educator who has been working in schools for a long time has likely seen the differences between students who were in their classrooms 20 years ago and students who are in their classrooms today. As racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity in the classroom and school widens, so does the need for educators to be responsive to diverse student and family needs, beliefs, values and attitudes.
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The not-so-secret ELL summer slide problem that no one has quantified
Chalkbeat Colorado
Joey Casas doesn't like speaking English. "It's too hard," Joey mumbled in Spanish. "I don't like when teachers make me speak it." The 8-year-old is one of more than 14,000 Aurora Public Schools students who is classified as an English language learner. He speaks primarily Spanish at home, which is where he spends a majority of his summertime. Occasionally, Joey goes to the park or plays with friends, but they also speak Spanish, which means the student usually doesn't utter a word of English between the end of school and the beginning of the next academic year.
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 TESOL Association News

TESOL seeks awards reviewers — apply today!
Apply to serve as an awards reviewer for one of the TESOLs Awards and Grants. Deadline: 25 September 2015.
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 Professional Development Calendar

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.

Fundamentals of TESOL
8 October - 18 November 2015
Fundamentals of TESOL provides theoretical and practical knowledge of language, language learning, teaching methodologies, and classroom practice necessary for prospective and newly practicing ESL/EFL teachers. Register online.

Separating Difference From Disability With Students Learning English as an Additional Language
26 October - 22 November 2015
Explore assessment, intervention, and identification techniques effective in separating difference from disability, and learn what tools and strategies are available and appropriate to use. Space is limited. Register today.

TESOL Symposium: Innovations and Breakthroughs in English Language Teaching
4 November 2015, Cancún, México
Leading experts in the field will conduct sessions on how teaching methodology has changed in the last decade, what an effective language teacher looks like today, and how to successfully engage today's English learner. Learn more.

Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning
3 - 5 December 2015, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Learn about the latest trends in international language instruction and assessment from experts in the field through more than 180 engaging and thought-provoking sessions. Read more.

For more TESOL education programs, please visit the TESOL website.

 TESOL Career Center

Director Undergraduate Program: Teaching English in High School, Universidad de Talca, Linares, Chile

Language Testing Specialist, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, D.C., USA

Teacher, English to Speakers of Other Languages, Greater Southern Tier, BOCES, Elmira, NY, USA

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

 Language and Education Policy

Connecticut wins flexibility in accountability for ELLs
Education Week
And now there are 31. The U.S. Department of Education just approved seven additional renewals of state flexibility from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act. The states are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Alabama, Connecticut, Mississipp and Wisconsin each got three-year renewals through the 2017-2018 school year, meaning they won't have to make another ask during President Barack Obama's tenure (if waivers even last that long.)
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Teacher shortages spur a nationwide hiring scramble (credentials optional)
The New York Times
In a stark about-face from just a few years ago, school districts have gone from handing out pink slips to scrambling to hire teachers. Across the country, districts are struggling with shortages of teachers, particularly in math, science and special education — a result of the layoffs of the recession years combined with an improving economy in which fewer people are training to be teachers. At the same time, a growing number of English language learners are entering public schools, yet it is increasingly difficult to find bilingual teachers. So schools are looking for applicants everywhere they can — whether out of state or out of country — and wooing candidates earlier and quicker.
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 K-12 Education

For second year in a row, test scores soar at low-income Arlington, Va., school
The Washington Post
As Virginia's English language learners fell further behind in state test scores this year, one poor, largely Hispanic school in Arlington County again recorded big gains in scores after ramping up test preparation for the second year in a row. Some grades at Carlin Springs Elementary had double-digit increases in their state test passage rates after a concerted effort to prepare disadvantaged students for the exams and closely track student performance on practice tests. The repeat success suggests that the school's efforts might be paying off, boosting scores among groups of students whose success on standardized tests has proved elusive.
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    The first thing schools often get wrong for English language learners is their names (Chalkbeat Indiana)
Public sector workers 'must have fluent English' (BBC News)
Top 5 reasons to study English as a second language (Study International News)
Minding your English is hard, but it pays off (New Straits Times Online)
Telling stories (Language Magazine)

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 Adult Education

How English-speaking skills are keeping Indian engineers away from their dream jobs
The Economic Times
India: Poor spoken English may be keeping a large number of India's engineers from landing some of the best paid jobs in the country. A study has found that an overwhelming 97 percent of engineers in the country cannot speak English, required for high-end jobs in corporate sales and business consulting. Moreover, as per the report based on the study, about 67 percent of engineers graduating from India's colleges do not possess spoken English skills required for any job in knowledge economy.
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The brain-boosting benefits of learning English as a second language
Asian Correspondent
The current global population stands at seven billion people. An ever growing populace brings with it a rich diversity of culture, and it's this that has allowed a Universal communication to flourish. The advantages of learning a second language are abundant; from breaking social boundaries, to exercising mental muscles you nearly forgot you had — the realm of multilingualism presents an undeniable wealth of opportunity. With over 360 million people speaking English across the world, it is not surprising that the language has been accepted as the global lingua franca. Dubbed the language of business, its international presence has also earned it the title of the world's most influential language.
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 In The Classroom

Making the most of back-to-school communications
We all know that the back-to-school season is exciting — not just for students and educators, but for parents, businesses, and the media as well. It's a time when the greater community is primed to pay attention to its schools. As Nora Carr, Chief of Staff for Guilford County in North Carolina Schools and former president of the National School Public Relations Association has written, "In terms of PR heaven, it doesn't get any better than this." So it's important that educators consider back-to-school communications a key part of their work, taking advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to spread the word about what's happening in their school (or district) and set the tone for the engagement of families and other stakeholders for the rest of the school year.
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