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Costa Rica as an ESL kick-start
The Costa Rican Times
Costa Rica: One of the more frustrating aspects of attempts at entering a new field is a lack of experience. Potential employers look for that intangible amount of experience but would rather not provide the opportunity to reach that requisite. The ESL world is no different. There is big money to be made and large contracts to be signed around the world to teach the elite and affluent. To have your signature on such contracts you will require relevant experience.
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Apps for English language learning: Photo apps for customized learning content
By Beth Crumpler
The first article of this series was an introduction to photo-editing apps for instructional support. This second article covers the use of photo apps for creating customized images in learning content. Learning content can be created by instructors for lessons and for homework. Creating customized images using photo apps can enhance your instructional content. Images are much easier to modify and customize using a photo app compared to using a computer.
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GAO finds: Many charters not reporting English learners
Education Week
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office has found that over a third of charter schools in 2010-2011 did not report the number of English language learners in their data collections for the federal government. About 37 percent of the data collected from charter schools left the field where the number of ELL students was to be recorded blank, the GAO found. And while a blank field could mean that the charter did not have any ELL students, because of the high number of blank fields, the GAO suspects that it is a result of nonreporting instead.
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Call for TESOL award and grant applications
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Submit an application or nomination for several different awards and grants. Funding is available to attend the 2014 TESOL International Convention in Portland, Oregon, USA. Deadline is 1 November 2013. Visit TESOL Awards & Grants for more information.
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Review: For young ELLs, learning in 2 languages best
Education Week
Instruction in English and in a child's home language in the preschool and early elementary years leads to the best outcomes for the youngest dual-language learners, both in terms of academic-content achievement and as English-language proficiency, a new research review and policy brief concludes.

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Apps that snap and tools that rule
Langauge Magazine
The old adage "the best things in life are free" has never been truer than in the world of Web-based tools and apps that are useful in the language classroom. As computers and mobile devices become an increasingly valued, accepted, and expected part of language classes, the number, variety, and value of free online tools and apps continue to grow.

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Does geography influence how a language sounds?
National Geographic
Languages spoken at high altitudes are more likely to contain a certain kind of sound made using short bursts of air, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, is the first to show that geography can influence how a language sounds.

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GCSE pupils penalized for poor spelling and grammar
The Telegraph
United Kingdom: The number of pupils given A to C grades may drop after it was revealed that candidates will lose marks for poor standards of literacy for the first time this summer. The changes — being applied to English literature, history, geography and religious studies — will see 5 percent of marks deducted for misspelling words, sloppy sentence structure and poor use of full stops, question marks, commas and apostrophes. Pupils will also be penalized for failing to adopt specialist vocabulary in their answers. Spelling, punctuation and grammar is already worth 12 percent of total marks in English and English language — reflecting the importance of these skills in the subjects.
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California upends school funding to give poor kids a boost
Texas Public Radio
As the school year begins, districts in cities such as Oakland, Fresno and Los Angeles have not gone on a hiring spree. But they might soon. California has revamped its school funding formula in ways that will send billions more dollars to districts that educate large numbers of children who are poor, disabled in some way or still learning to speak English. It's an approach that numerous other states, from New York to Hawaii, have looked into lately. But none has matched the scale of the change now underway in the nation's largest state.
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Review: For young ELLs, learning in 2 languages best
Education Week
Instruction in English and in a child's home language in the preschool and early elementary years leads to the best outcomes for the youngest dual-language learners, both in terms of academic-content achievement and as English-language proficiency, a new research review and policy brief concludes. In fact, evidence suggests that total immersion in English in the preschool years for students who speak another language at home leads to a loss of their first language, as well as lower academic achievement in the long run, writes Linda M. Espinosa, an early childhood and dual-language expert. This latest review — which is an update to a policy brief that Espinosa wrote five years ago — draws on newer evidence about young dual-language learners to counter what the author calls "common myths" about these students.
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Financial implications for NCLB waiver states on 'high-risk' status
Education Week
For the three high-risk states placed on "high-risk status," losing their No Child Left Behind Act waiver is probably the ultimate penalty. But it's not the only penalty that U.S. Department of Education has at its disposal. In the press call announcing that Kansas, Oregon and Washington are on "high-risk status" for teacher-evaluation woes linked to their waivers, federal officials said there could be some financial penalties, which could lead up to the ultimate loss of the waiver.
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New school year means more funding for kindergarten, ELL
KTVN-TV
Even though school started for the rest of the grades last week, this is the first week of class for kindergartners. This year most of the classes are full-day instead of half-day — and they're quite a bit smaller. This year the Nevada Legislature approved a bill that allocated extra funding for full-day kindergarten. That means that classes went from as many as 36 children down to 20 or 21 in schools like Echo Loder Elementary School.
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English language learner training mandate kicks in this fall
The MetroWest Daily News
Starting this fall, hundreds of teachers and school administrators in the region will have to begin taking state-mandated courses on how to better serve students who are learning English. The new requirement will not cost teachers or their districts anything, however, and some officials in MetroWest say they wish even more of their staff could be trained how to deal with the growing population of non-native English speakers in their schools.
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English learners face many lessons at school
The Associated Press via Omaha World-Herald
Imagine the first day of school, when you don't even know the language on the wall signs that could guide you to your classroom. That's what faced scores of new students who began their classes in Lincoln, Neb. The Lincoln Public Schools had more than 2,100 English language learners last year. The designation is given to students from other countries who can't speak English proficiently. There were 53 languages among those 2,100-plus students. This year's figures aren't yet available.
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Many students go to school not knowing English language
KGNS-TV
It's back to school in one week for Laredo students, and Associated Press is showing a state average of 16 percent of students will return to school not knowing the English language. But the numbers are much higher here in the gateway city. Laredo independent school district reports nearly 60 percent of their students speak little to no English, and they strive to change that. "For many of the kids, their family has sacrificed so they can come from Mexico to achieve the American Dream which is the right to a quality education and being able to go to college and peruse any profession they want to achieve so we support that." Dr. Nelson says their teachers are heavily trained every year to deal with the growing number of students who speak little to no English.
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Do some have an overly idealistic view of internationalization?
University World News
Most international educators have a very positive feeling about the contribution their work will make to students’ personal and professional development, and to peace and mutual understanding in the world. They are driven by their enthusiasm and by the opportunities that European programs such as Erasmus+ and other scholarship schemes offer. For them, international education is not only a job but an ideal. There is in nothing wrong with this approach. It gives people an enthusiastic and positive drive, and students and staff they work with can benefit from this.
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For foreigners, Australia offers the most expensive education
The New York Times
Australia Australia is the most expensive country for foreign students to pursue a higher education, surpassing the United States and Britain, a report by HSBC has found. Average annual tuition fees for foreign students in Australia and the United States are roughly the same, about $25,000, the report, released last week, found, but a higher cost of living pushed Australia to the top of the list. A year of study in Australia costs about $38,000 when living expenses are factored in, while foreign students in the United States pay around $35,000. Britain ranked third, with an average cost of about $30,000.
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Tuition aid limit may slash ESL classes at 2-year colleges
The Journal News
Community colleges are concerned they could lose millions of dollars in State University of New York aid for English as a second language classes because of a 2012 law intended to reduce the need — and funding — for remedial education at the 30 institutions statewide. Westchester and Rockland community colleges and many state lawmakers from the region are asking SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to exempt non-credit ESL courses from draft guidelines that would limit state aid for remedial education to two sequential courses in any specific discipline, and that would permit aid only for courses that led to credit-bearing studies.
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Learning English in 'virtual classrooms'
SBS
Sitting in a classroom and taking directions from a teacher may still be considered the normal way of learning, but the internet is continuing to change the way education is being delivered. The expansion of the National Broadband Network is also allowing a growing number of new migrants and refugees to access English language lessons away from a formal classroom. Peggy Giakoumelos reports. For new migrants and refugees, acquiring or improving their English remains a priority on arrival. How this is done depends on a range of factors such as finding the time outside of work and personal responsibilities to study and attend classes.
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Study: Students split by language
The Associated Press via The Brownsville Herald
When public school teachers return to classrooms this month, they know one of the biggest challenges they'll face is the growing number of students who will speak little or no English. The proportion of students who need extra attention and schooling because of their limited language skills has been growing for years, adding to the workload of teachers who have seen per-student spending by the state slide over the past five years.
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Poll: Demographics divide schools as minority, low-income parents see serious problems in education
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Minority and low-income parents are more likely to see serious problems in their schools — from low expectations to bullying to out-of-date technology and textbooks — than those who are affluent or white, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll. Overall impressions of the nation's schools and teachers are similarly positive among all groups of parents, but deep demographic differences emerge in the details of how parents see teachers, schools and even their own roles in their children's education.
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Most Americans who speak non-English languages at home also speak English 'very well'
AllGov.com
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the majority of immigrants and others who speak non-English languages in their homes also are very proficient in English. In a new Census Bureau report, the government calculated that 58.2 percent of U.S. residents age five and older who speak a language other than English at home speak English "very well" and another 19.4 percent speak English "well." The percentage who speak English "less than very well" increased from 8.1 percent in 2000 to 8.7 percent in 2007, but stayed at 8.7 percent in 2011, according to the report. Also, those speaking a language other than English at home went up from 17.9 percent in 2000 to 20.8 percent in 2011.
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Most Americans unaware of Common Core, PDK/Gallup poll finds
Education Week
Nearly two out of three Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards, and among those who have, fewer than half believe the new, more rigorous academic goals in English/language arts and mathematics adopted by all but four states so far will make the United States more competitive in the world, according to a new poll from Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup. Sixty-two percent of respondents in PDK/Gallup's annual national survey on public education hadn't heard of the common core.
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10 ideas to get those back-to-school juices flowing
MindShift
Educators are getting prepared to welcome students back to school this month. Many have spent the summer reading up on new teaching strategies or getting inspired by colleagues across the country. To help get those idea juices flowing, here are some MindShift articles that delve into creative work, tools and methodologies. Happy back to school.
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From texting to plagiarism, how to stop high-tech cheating
THE Journal
The 21st century classroom is a wonder of online tools and content that students can access from an ever-evolving range of personal mobile devices with capabilities only dreamed of less than a decade ago. But the anywhere/anytime access these devices provide to vast web resources, sprawling social networks, and real-time communication has spawned a new kind of cheating in K-12 environments — an easier, tech-enabled version of bad behavior that is as old as the classroom, but with the potential to compromise virtually every aspect of modern student assessment.
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