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Malawi schools to teach in English
Aljazeera
Malawi: A heated debate rages on in Malawi over the government's plans to implement the new Education Act in the next school calendar, which calls for the use of English language as the medium of instruction for learners from standard one — the point of entry into public primary schools. The medium of instruction for the first four classes of primary education in Malawi (standard one to four) has long been Chichewa — a widely spoken local language — and other languages familiar to both the teachers and students in the various regions. In these classes, English has only been taught as just another subject but it has been used as a medium of instruction in other subjects from standard five upwards.
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This fall, minorities will outnumber white students in US schools
The Atlantic
While 62 percent of the total U.S. population was classified as non-Hispanic white in 2013, when public schools start this fall their racial landscape will reflect a different America. According to a new report by the National Center for Education, minorities — Hispanics, Asians, African-American, Native Americans, and multiracial individuals — will account for 50.3 percent of public school students. To break this down by grade levels, minorities will make up 51 percent of pre-kindergarteners to eighth-graders and 48 percent of ninth- to 12th-graders.
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GCSE English language results 'stable' with last year
ITV
United Kingdom: Results in a new GCSE English language qualification for Welsh pupils are slightly down on grades from last year, after controversy surrounding shock low marks in January exams.

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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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Florida lawmakers take issue with USDOE position on English language learners
Tampa Bay Times
In extending Florida's No Child Left Behind waiver, the U.S. Department of Education made clear its displeasure with one key action added by Florida lawmakers. The state's decision not to count test scores of English language learners in school accountability ratings until the students had been in a U.S. school at least two years wasn't going to fly, assistant secretary Deborah Delisle informed education commissioner Pam Stewart.
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Common Core awareness skyrockets
eSchool News
Public awareness of the Common Core State Standards has skyrocketed, increasing from 38 percent to 81 percent in just one year, according to the 46th annual PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. But while awareness has seen a boost, 60 percent of Americans said they don't support the Common Core, with many saying they are worried that the standards will prevent teachers from teaching the material they think is most important for students.
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Could the lingua franca approach to learning break Japan's English curse?
The Japan Times
Japan: According to EF Education First's English Proficiency Index for 2013, English ability among Japanese is flat-lining — and may even be falling — "despite enormous private investment." In a damning assessment, EF concludes that "In the past six years, Japanese adults have not improved their English. If anything, their skills have declined slightly. During the same period, other Asian countries, most notably Indonesia and Vietnam, have made enormous progress. Despite being a far wealthier and more developed country, Japan is struggling to teach its students English for use in a competitive global economy."
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GCSE English language results 'stable' with last year
ITV
United Kingdom: Results in a new GCSE English language qualification for Welsh pupils are slightly down on grades from last year, after controversy surrounding shock low marks in January exams. The exam board WJEC says English language results have "remained stable" between 2013 and 2014 for 16-year-olds, and attributed drops overall to lower results for pupils aged 15 and 17. WJEC does acknowledge "some centres have experienced variability in their results" — with a number of schools seeing either significant rises — or falls — in the proportion of pupils achieving A-C grades compared to last year.
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Researchers can tell an incredible amount by analyzing English as a second language essays
Business Insider
Computer scientists at MIT and Israel's Technion recently developed an algorithm that analyzes quirks and errors in English as a second language essays to predict the author's native tongue, potentially unlocking new tools for translation and teaching and also producing an alternative map of language similarity. The breakthrough got us thinking: How do native speakers of different languages typically screw up English?
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Fitness may boost kids' brainpower
HealthDay News
Exercise and brainpower in children may not seem closely related, but a small new study hints that fitness may supercharge kids' minds. The finding doesn't prove that fitness actually makes children smarter, but it provides support for the idea, the researchers said. "Our work suggests that aerobically fit and physically fit children have improved brain health and superior cognitive [thinking] skills than their less-fit peers," said study author Laura Chaddock-Heyman, a postdoctoral researcher with the department of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Helping students start the year with a positive mindset
Edutopia
For students who have had trouble in school, or who have had a negative summer, it is especially important to get the school year off to a fresh start. And for all students, having a positive mindset makes learning much more likely. Here are three activities to help accomplish these goals.
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