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 Hot Topics

Building better English
The Star
Malaysia: Realizing the importance of the universal language, a German company is sponsoring NiE pullouts worth RM10,000 to some schools in the Klang Valley. English is key in the global economy. And international engineering and technology services company Siemens, which has a presence in over 190 countries, recognizes the importance of English in its daily communications. With a focus on education and science in its corporate responsibilities, Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd has shown support for The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education program with a sponsorship worth RM10,000.
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More than reading: Integrating art into your curriculum
By Debra Josephson Abrams
Overwhelming evidence undergirds the need for integrated curriculum based in multiple intelligences and learning styles. However, too often, curricula rely instead on artificially compartmentalized courses — usually categorized as reading-writing and listening-speaking, with grammar awkwardly given its own class. What, then, can a teacher do to integrate compartmentalized classes with positive, purposeful activities while fulfilling the requirements of the curriculum?
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  We fine-tune your listening comprehension

People communicate with each other through reading, writing, speaking and listening. ESL students generally find that the most difficult skill, and the last to be really street-ready, is to just understand what people are saying to them, especially if that person is speaking quickly. Help With Listening, used regularly, will shorten the time for you to understand everything you hear.

 Professional Development Calendar

Engaging Immigrant Parent, Families, and Concerned Adults: Webinar #3
27 August 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm EST.
To support the work of the White House Task Force on New Americans, the U.S. Department of Education is offering the third in a series of seven webinars that are focused on the educational and linguistic integration of immigrants and refugees.
Click here for the webinar link. Dial-in number: 1-888-390-0781. Participant passcode: 1096770

FREE TESOL Virtual Seminar: 26 August 2015
"Culture in the Classroom for English Language Learners." Register by 21 August.

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

Elementary ESL Teacher, Boston Ivy, Beijing, China

English Language Program Manager, AAMIDEAST, Jordan

English as a Second Language Tutor, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

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

 Language and Education Policy

California supports leaders in ELL education
Language Magazine
The 2014 California Language Census found that over 22 percent of California public school students are English language learners and over 43 percent speak a language other than English at home. The California Department of Education provides assistance for schools to achieve the following goals: (1) Ensure that English learners acquire full proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible and attain parity with native speakers of English. (2) Ensure that English learners, within a reasonable period of time, achieve the same rigorous grade-level academic standards that are expected of all students.
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 K-12 Education

Network for immigrant students to open first middle school
Education Week
Officials in the Alexandria, Va., school system just outside Washington will open a new middle school this fall for English language learners in partnership with the Internationals Network for Public Schools. The district will open the Francis Hammond International Academy for about 150 students in grades 6 through 8. The move marks the Internationals Network's first foray into middle school education. The New York City-based group, which already operates high school campuses in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Washington area, specializes in English language learner education, as well as providing services that many recently arrived immigrant students and their families need.
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 Post-Secondary Education

English learning with Chinese characteristics
EJ Insight
China: If you are admitted to a university in China, regardless of whatever discipline you choose as your major, there's one compulsory course that you can't avoid: English. The fact is that you can probably play hooky when other courses are taught, but you'd better take English seriously. The reason: If you fail in the national College English Test, you may not be able to secure your Bachelor's degree, even if you do well in your own major. By the time young freshmen start their college life, they may probably have spent 12 years learning English already: six years in primary school and then the same amount of years in high school.
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    How long does it take ELLs to develop English proficiency? (Education Week)
English teaching faces crisis as standards slip (Viet Nam News)
How can we support kids in learning more than one language? (The Conversation)
Cultural competence in the classroom: A key 21st-century skill (By: Erick Herrmann)
The not-so-secret ELL summer slide problem that no one has quantified (Chalkbeat Colorado)

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 Adult Education

Connecting through language: Helping migrants integrate
Europe: How can host countries help immigrants integrate? The question looms large in Europe, which is experiencing a migration emergency that many are calling the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War. In 2015 alone over 100,000 migrants have landed on shores around Italy, Greece, Spain and France, and according to UN estimates, over 60 percent of these have been refugees fleeing conflict zones. "I sat down with members of our vibrant, elderly volunteer force, and we decided that we would welcome these people into our organization," she recounts. "By teaching them conversational English, perhaps we could help immigrants to integrate into the community." Calling itself Fáilte Isteach (which translates to "welcome in" in Gaelic), the English teaching program spread by word-of-mouth and within a year was rolled out to new communities.
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The benefits of learning in a second language outweigh the negatives
South China Morning Post (commentary)
China: My eight-year-old son has been attending a Cantonese school but has just got a place at an international school. His English skills are not that good, and I'm worried that he won't keep up with his classmates. He is upset about leaving his friends and doesn't want to go.
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 In The Classroom

Cultivating creativity in standards-based classrooms
How do students learn to challenge ideas and think beyond the status quo? Can creativity be fostered in classrooms that follow Common Core standards and test for conformity? At first glance, these questions may seem at odds. And, in fact, many educators believe that today's schools have abandoned the concept of creativity. Yet teachers can and do foster creativity in standards-based classrooms every day.
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