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    A TESOL online discussion: Putting research into practice
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    Join your colleagues worldwide for a free interactive TESOL online discussion. Don't miss this opportunity to share your ideas, questions, papers and other resources on putting research into practice, Sept. 14 - Oct. 21. To sign up for the online discussion, click here, then click on the "Register" button in the lower right-hand corner of the page. After you sign up, TESOL will contact you on Sept. 14 with details on how to participate. This program is free for TESOL members and nonmembers. If you have any questions, please contact edprograms@tesol.org.

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    Former TESOL Board Member named Fulbright Senior Scholar
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    Former TESOL board member Yilin Sun has been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar. Sun is a full-time tenured faculty member at South Seattle Community College, where she teaches ESL and teacher training courses in the Basic and Transitional Studies Division. The recipient of numerous awards for her teaching, research and service to the profession, Sun also served on TESOL's Board of Directors and as chair of TESOL's Standing Committee on Membership. According to the press release, Sun will spend the year in Taiwan, where she will "coordinate and provide weekly training workshops to young Fulbright English Teaching Assistants," and "she will conduct seminars for graduate students and engage in curriculum and assessment initiatives at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei." Congratulations, Dr. Sun! More



    Making 'common core' tests accessible to all students
    Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The idea of a set of interoperability technology standards that permit states to share data and test items across states and that enables the tagging of test content in a way to make test questions more accessible to different kinds of English language learners and students with disabilities got a lot of play yesterday in a public meeting about the tests being developed for the states' common core academic standards. More

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    Colleges to challenge student visa clampdown
    Press Association via The Guardian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    United Kingdom: Private colleges were given the go-ahead to mount a legal challenge against a government clampdown on "bogus" foreign students. A judge gave the Association of U.K. Private Schools and Colleges permission to ask the high court to review plans to cut student visas. The home secretary Theresa May announced the proposals earlier this year and said ministers wanted to restore "sanity" to the student visa system. She said the "radical" clampdown would close fake colleges, block entry for those who could not speak good English and make it tougher for non-EU students to stay after courses finish. More

    State challenges seen as whittling away federal education law
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As hundreds of schools here and across the nation faced being labeled failures under the federal No Child Left Behind law, Montana education officials defiantly informed Washington this spring that they would stop raising testing targets as the law requires, despite warnings that doing so could cost the state millions of dollars in federal aid. But in an agreement to be announced, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will allow Montana to keep most of the schools off the law's blacklist, and the state will pay no penalty. More



    English: We need action, not talk
    The Sun Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Malaysia: Reams of newsprint have been gobbled up by newspapers to highlight the poor command of English. It is one problem that seems to have defied a solution. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is the latest to rekindle the "Why the bad English" debate. Muhyiddin, who is also the education minister, is quoted to have said: "I have no answers to the problem. I will ask the (Education) director-general to review the English curriculum to find out the reasons behind the problem." More

    Gates joins stanford ELL project as details emerge
    Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $1 million to a Stanford University-led effort to develop English-language-proficiency resources for the states' common-core academic standards. The announcement comes as details begin to emerge about the project, which launched last month with a separate $1 million grant from the Carnegie Foundation of New York. More

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    Students in California show gains in English and math scores
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California students showed moderate gains in English and math on standardized test scores released by the state Department of Education, continuing a long-term trend. But the results also reveal that the state has a long way to go to bring students up to grade level. Overall, 54 percent of California students scored at the "proficient" level or higher in English language arts, compared with 52 percent last year; and 50 percent scored proficient or better in math, compared with 48 percent last year. The scores are the highest since the standards-based testing began in 2003. More

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    College 101 for non-native speakers
    The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    James Gregory Friedman stands at the front of an Oregon State University classroom and writes two words on a white board: disposable income. "What does that mean?" he asks, looking expectantly at his students, who are mostly male, Asian, and, for the moment, silent. Friedman is an English language instructor, but these days he is spending much of his time discussing business theory and basic engineering principles, as part of a new program here for international students. More

    Fulbright Scholar Program Deadline Approaching

    Application deadline for the 2012-13 competition is August 1, 2011. More than 800 awards are available. All program information is located at www.iie.org/cies.
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    Text speak
    Gettysburg Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Since more communication has moved to text messages and Internet slang in the last decade via cellphones, online chats and emails, the language of these messages has moved to abbreviations and other shorthand for easier and faster typing. This abbreviated texting and Internet language has migrated into the verbal dictionary of this society's language. More

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    10 skills every student should learn
    eSchool News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    What students should learn in school is at the forefront of the education reform debates taking place across the U.S. and elsewhere. Education technology stakeholders for years have been touting the need for students to learn so-called "21st century skills" such as problem solving, critical thinking and media literacy to prepare for the new global, digital economy, while others are calling for students to have strong math and science skills. More


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