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Yeo Jin Jung wins Third Annual Franklin Spell Event Championship
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On Aug. 17, 15 students ages 15 and under competed for a grand prize of $10,000 in the Third Annual Franklin Spell Event Championship at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. Each competitor won a local or regional competition in his or her home country and earned a trip to the championship round in New York. Sponsored by Franklin Electronics, local and regional competitions were held this year in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The local spell events were open to nonnative-English-speaking students age 15 and under. To assist with the local competitions, Franklin partnered with TESOL, which has a worldwide network of 100 affiliates. The year's grand prize winner was Yeo Jin Jung from South Korea. The winning word was "repetitious." For video of the championship and an interview with the winner, click here. The other winners were second place, Jiri Hof, Czech Republic; third place, Julia Harumi Namba, Brazil; and fourth place, Juli Fritsch, Germany. More

TESOL's school break survey
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In the Aug. 17 issue of TESOL English Language Bulletin, TESOL asked readers, When you are on your school break, how do you spend your time?

Here's how our readers responded:

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Obama administration to halt low-priority youth deportations
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The Obama administration announced it will halt deportations of many undocumented students and other low-priority immigration offenders through a new policy that will not require Congressional approval. Under the new policy, deportations will be suspended on a case-by-case basis for those individuals who pose no threat to national security. The federal government will review 300,000 pending cases to determine who qualifies for relief under the new proceedings and who should be expelled from the country immediately. More

Reader's Theater Helps Increase Achievement

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English too easy for Hungarians
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Hungary: Hungary's government wants to dethrone English as the most common foreign language taught in Hungarian schools. The reason: It's just too easy to learn. "It is fortunate if the first foreign language learned is not English. The initial, very quick and spectacular successes of English learning may evoke the false image in students that learning any foreign language is that simple," reads a draft bill that would amend Hungary's education laws. More

Duncan: States don't need to join common core for waiver
Education Week (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you were worried that the administration's plan to offer No Child Left Behind waivers to states who adopt college-and-career ready standards would somehow doom the Common Core State Initiative, you can rest easy. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, unequivocally and in no uncertain terms, said that states absolutely do not have to participate in Common Core in order to qualify for one of the department's to-be-determined NCLB waivers. More

South Sudan: Arabic to be phased out from secondary schools in 3 Years
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South Sudan: The caretaker minister for General Education, Hon Dr Michael Milli Hussein has announced that Arabic will be replaced by English as the sole medium of instruction in secondary schools in the Republic of South Sudan within the next three years. He reported that the ministry is already working on mainstreaming English language in its syllabi. He said that the ministry is currently reviewing 240 English book titles from Kenya. "We have chosen a panel of English teachers to review the books and advise on which ones can be acquired", he said. More

Bilingual youth: Language demands of a globalized future
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We might ask: who is more limited — those who are growing up with two languages, both in formation, or those who only have access to one code? Many English Learners use their skills in the English they are learning, and in their home language, to speak, read, write and do things for others. They serve as "language brokers" for their families — as well as for their teachers and many monolingual English speakers. More

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States miss a social-media education opportunity
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In classrooms across the country, teachers are embracing new technology to reach their students. From social media, like Facebook and Twitter, to messenger programs such as Skype, teachers are more equipped to communicate with their students than ever before. However, in some places, new laws and proposed measures are impeding teacher communication with students outside of school-sanctioned email systems. More

Cambridge English approved in Australia and UK
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United Kingdom: The U.K. Border Agency and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australia, have recently approved the Cambridge English qualifications and examinations for student visa and immigration purposes. The UKBA has made English language requirements mandatory for students applying for visa under Tier 4, Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories. Hence, all students planning to pursue higher education in the U.K. or migrate to the U.K. under any category must provide a proof of their language proficiency as per the UKBA requirements. More

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Study: 26 percent of teachers cite cyberbullying by parents
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United Kingdom: Countless stories of bullying, from the sad to the ridiculous, have surfaced over the years as the online community has become more and more connected. Now a new study from Plymouth University in the U.K. shows that teachers are subject to an unusual amount of cyberbullying. According to a survey of almost 400 teachers by professor Andy Phippen, 35 percent cited experience with some form of cyberbullying. Of that group, 72 percent of the abuse came from students or former students, but more surprisingly, 26 percent came from parents. More

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Poll: Americans love teachers but split over teachers' unions
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Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, have at least a few things they can agree on in education reform, according to a new poll released: They have confidence in teachers — and believe the nation should be doing its utmost to recruit and encourage good ones — and they want more choice in what public schools or charters their children can attend. More

Report: 'Academic vocabulary' lessons boost reading skills
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The meanings behind academic vocabulary words can take longer to understand than common nouns and adjectives for many young students, particularly non-native English speakers. Often complex and intangible concepts, these words are generally not used in everyday conversation but they may be scattered throughout textbooks and scholarly articles, making those readings that much more difficult for students to grasp. More

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All together now? Educating high and low achievers in the same classroom
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The greatest challenge facing America's schools today isn't the budget crisis, or standardized testing, or "teacher quality." It's the enormous variation in the academic level of students coming into any given classroom. How we as a country handle this challenge says a lot about our values and priorities, for good and ill. Unfortunately, the issue has become enmeshed in polarizing arguments about race, class, excellence and equity. What's needed instead is some honest, frank discussion about the trade-offs associated with any possible solution. More

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