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Tools for achieving oral fluency
Language Magazine
Many new English language learner instructors first begin teaching with the idea that their students will be terrified to speak English. Like many other teachers, these instructors may have even imagined that each of their students would have the same level of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills; that the students would never ask, while the instructor is explaining a task, if they can go to the bathroom (code for using their cell phones); that they would be eager to participate, never arrive late nor leave class early.
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Easy vocabulary for English learners
By: Douglas Magrath
Vocabulary is part of all aspects of language learning. As students create, read and write, they are using and assimilating necessary words. Students focus on the meaning of the material and begin to develop a feel for the word-building process and the overall grammar. Second-language learners need about 2,000 words for conversation, 3,000 words for reading and 10,000 words to read academic texts, making vocabulary one of the most challenging aspects of learning a second language.
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Back-to-school stress: How to recognize it and help kids manage it
The Washington Post
Yes, kids get super-stressed, too, but it isn't always easy to tell what is bothering them because they hide symptoms or explain them in vague ways. As the 2014-2015 school year gears up, it's a good time to learn how to identify stress in children and teens and help them manage it.
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TESOL executive director presents at SPELT Conference: 'Global Trends in ELT'
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TESOL on the Road: TESOL Executive Director Rosa Aronson will be giving a keynote address entitled "Global Trends in ELT" and leading a workshop at the SPELT Conference in Karachi, Pakistan, 5–7 September. Follow her on Twitter @RosaAronson for updates throughout the event!
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TESOL awards & grants: Now accepting applications
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TESOL is now accepting applications and nominations for several different awards and grants. Funding for TESOL 2015 in Toronto, Canada is available. Applications must be received by 1 November 2014. Apply today!
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5 apps to keep parents and teachers connected
eSchool News
As we prepare for a new school year, many parents would like to know how they can better connect with teachers and stay informed of their child's progress.

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English language tests inquiry declares thousands of results invalid
The Guardian
United Kingdom: More than 50,000 English language tests taken by overseas students to extend their British visas have been declared invalid or questionable as a result of an official investigation into cheating on a huge scale.

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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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States escaping No Child Left Behind can get more time on teacher evaluations
The Huffington Post
For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educators partially in accordance with students' standardized test scores. But, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced most states will get a reprieve of sorts. Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, wrote in a Thursday letter to state school chiefs that states that have received waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act will be able to continue to evade the law even if they did not use test scores in this year's teacher evaluations. But states are still required to show the test scores to teachers.
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Common Core is becoming even more unpopular
The Atlantic
The Common Core State Standards initiative, arguably the most sweeping change to public education in at least a generation, is facing mounting skepticism — and still drawing many blanks. A pair of national polls out this week asked similar questions of voters about key education issues including the Common Core, which once had widespread bipartisan support but is now under attack. Both polls — one by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup and one by Harvard researchers for Education Next — found public support eroding for the common standards, which set grade-level expectations for student learning but do not dictate classroom instruction.
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After journey from Honduras, boy starts school in US
Education Week
David, a husky 12-year-old, left San Pedro Sula, his violence-racked home city in northwestern Honduras, in the middle of May. Departing with three other boys — the oldest was 17 and equipped with a map of Mexico — David and his traveling companions joined the rushing exodus of young Central American migrants traveling alone from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States. David's ultimate destination: an efficiency apartment in Washington where his father and mother, whom he had not seen since he was 4, live with the 6-year-old U.S.-born brother he had never met.
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A picture of language: The fading art of diagramming sentences
NPR
When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not lines. But sentence diagramming brings geometry into grammar. If you weren't taught to diagram a sentence, this might sound a little zany. But the practice has a long — and controversial — history in U.S. schools. And while it was once commonplace, many people today don't even know what it is.
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Unis and language experts at odds over English proficiency
The Australian
Australia: The peak universities body has questioned whether English language proficiency needs to be spelled out as something to be expected of the students they enroll. Under new draft standards, universities must not take on students who lack the necessary academic preparation and skills — and a footnote says this includes proficiency in English. Experts in academic language have criticized the relegation of English language standards to a footnote, pointing out the long history of concern and debate about this issue in a sector heavily dependent on overseas students.
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English language testing options continue
Cayman 27
Cayman Islands: Prospective employees whose first language is not English will continue to have the option of taking an English language test in their native country or here in the Cayman Islands. The Department of Immigration, during a review of a requirement for overseas English Language Testing, will for the next few months allow both options for the benefit of both businesses and potential employees.
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Auditory awareness: Are students hearing the lesson?
Edutopia (commentary)
How many choir performances, or especially school plays have you attended where you could not hear the performers clearly? No matter how well they performed, I benefitted little from the experience if the sound system was poor. Nothing is more frustrating than attending your own child's performance and not being able to hear them.
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How does the brain learn best? Smart studying strategies
MindShift
In his new book, "How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens," author Benedict Carey informs us that "most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong" and "rooted more in superstition than in science." That's a disconcerting message, and hard to believe at first. But it's also unexpectedly liberating, because Carey further explains that many things we think of as detractors from learning — like forgetting, distractions, interruptions or sleeping rather than hitting the books — aren't necessarily bad after all. They can actually work in your favor, according to a body of research that offers surprising insights and simple, doable strategies for learning more effectively.
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5 apps to keep parents and teachers connected
eSchool News
As we prepare for a new school year, many parents would like to know how they can better connect with teachers and stay informed of their child's progress. Maintaining open channels of communication is important and can help prevent a student from falling behind. There is no shortage of social media and mobile application tools for receiving instant news and communication, and eSchool News has compiled a list of apps to connect and network with educators during the school year.
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