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Dubai students, teacher helping kids in Uganda learn English
7 Days in Dubai
Uganda: Rescued children in Uganda are being taught English as a second language thanks to a group of students from the University of Wollongong in Dubai and a teacher at Deira International School. The software allows underprivileged children to interact with technology in a way they would never normally experience. Along with the software, the university donated a laptop and touchscreen to the Home for Rescued Children in Uganda.
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Cutting to the Common Core: Making vocabulary No. 1
Language Magazine
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) call upon students to tackle increasingly complex informational and narrative texts and articulate their comprehension using academic register. Beyond the primary grades, developing readers must digest detailed concept- and data-driven passages and extract essential content in order to respond to text-dependent questions. Whether countering an argument during a formal class debate or crafting an evidence-based constructed written response, students must adeptly draw from sources using advanced syntax, precise vocabulary, and accurate grammar.
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Help or hindrance? Use of native language in the English classroom
By Erick Herrmann
The population of English learners is the U.S. has grown significantly over the past two decades, increasing by approximately 81 percent since 1990. This represents 25.3 million individuals, born abroad and in the United States, who are still developing English proficiency. In U.S. schools, teachers are faced with the challenge of teaching students both academic content and English at a variety of English proficiency levels, from beginners to fluent English speakers. The practice of allowing students to speak other languages in U.S. classrooms for or during instruction has been a controversial subject.
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The Information for Authors area of tesol.org is the place to find active calls for books and proposals. Currently, two of TESOL's bestselling books, "New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary" and "New Ways in Teaching Adults," are undergoing revision and looking for submissions of classroom ideas (deadline15 October 2013). The TESOL Book Publications Committee is also looking for contributors to a new book on "Integrating Pronunciation With Other Skills Areas" and to a new series on Perspectives on Teaching in Different Contexts. Deadline for proposals is 30 September 2013.
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ESL teachers and Common Core: What's their role?
Education Week
In most discussions about English language learners and the common core, you will hear or read some version of this statement: Teaching literacy and supporting English-language acquisition will no longer be the sole province of English as a second language teachers.

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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.

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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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US Department of Education proposes ending testing under modified standards
Education Week
This school year would be the last one where states could test students under modified academic achievement standards and have those tests count toward No Child Left Behind accountability rules, according to proposed rules published in the Federal Register. The department is soliciting comments on the proposed change through Oct. 7. The alternate assessments are sometimes shorthanded as "2 percent tests," instead of their official name, "alternate assessments based on modified academic achievement standards." Regulations currently allow 2 percent of all students, or about 20 percent of students with disabilities, to take such assessments and be counted as proficient under the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Guinean government orders English teaching in all secondary schools
Xinhua via China Central Television
Guinean: The Guinean government has ordered English teaching in all secondary schools across the French- speaking country in West Africa, once the 2013-2014 academic year begins in October. Guinea's Pre-University and Civic Education Minister Ibrahima Kourouma met with teachers of the English language to discuss their new assignment before classes begin, an official disclosed.
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America's kids need a better education law
ED.gov Blog
The Secretary of Education Arne Duncan writes: "The nation's most sweeping education law — the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, better known as No Child Left Behind — is outmoded and broken. Congress has gone home for its summer recess without passing a responsible replacement. That's too bad. America deserves a better law. At the heart of No Child Left Behind is a promise: to set a high bar for all students and to protect the most vulnerable. Success in that effort will be measured in the opportunities for our nation's children, in a time when a solid education is the surest path to a middle-class life. Tight global economic competition means that jobs will go where the skills are. Raising student performance could not be more urgent."
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Sequestration nation: Back to school with budget cuts
ThinkProgress
As children begin to head back to school for the 2013-2014 school year, many could find larger class sizes, less staff, and fewer upgrades to things like computers or textbooks when they arrive. That's because the coming school year will be the first in which sequestration will make itself felt in all of the public school districts across the country. The first schools to feel the impact were those on or near military bases and Native American reservations who receive Impact Aid to make up for lower tax revenues. Head Start programs also had to start reducing the number of slots available to low-income preschoolers. But now cuts to all federal funding for education, including money that goes to special education, programs for English language learners, low-income students, teachers' professional development and many others will start to hit.
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New Zoom Schools target English language learners
KLAS-TV
More than 300,000 students will head back to the classroom in Clark County, Nev., and thousands of them don't speak English. Some teachers say that's preventing them from succeeding. School district leaders hope to reach these children through a new initiative called "Zoom Schools," putting extra funding where kids are struggling the most. New CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky gathered hundreds of teachers from the newly designated schools Friday morning.
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Easing young students into English
Reading Eagle Press
Paula Florez entered Reading's 13th & Union Elementary School to start her first day of first grade. Sarah Steiner, an English language learner resource teacher for the school, greeted the 6-year-old girl in the office with wide eyes and a bright smile. "Come on, girlfriend," Steiner said as she led Paula by the hand to her second-floor classroom. "Let's go." Earlier that morning, Paula had visited the Reading Opportunity Center for Children to test her English skills. She is one of 180 ELL students in the school.
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More teachers need training for English language learners
The Sun Chronicle
When school resumes for thousands of public school students next week, children won't be the only ones reporting to class. Almost 100 Attleboro and North Attleboro teachers, and dozens more in other districts, will be going to school in their spare time to earn a special credential in teaching non-English-speaking students. Core teachers in elementary and secondary schools are required to obtain the training as part of the state's RETELL initiative (for Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners). Classes will be held outside of normal school hours and will be paid for by the state.
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Bilingual education: What does it mean for Austin, Texas' Spanish speakers?
KUT News
Nearly a third of all AISD students — about 25,000 — are so-called English learning students, a 35 percent increase over the last five years. Despite programs aimed at encouraging high English proficiency, the district still finds low academic performance among Hispanic students. But with the need for qualified bilingual workers and a Hispanic population that is on track to become the majority in Texas by 2040, some wonder what the future of bilingual education means for students in Austin.
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Foreign graduate admissions rise, applications slow
University World News
American graduate schools are showing continued interest in students from overseas, but there are signs that the feelings aren't mutual. A report released last Thursday by the Council of Graduate Schools says offers of admissions to international applicants grew at a steady pace of 9 percent from 2012 to 2013, making it the fourth consecutive year of growth.
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Study: Language can reveal the invisible
University of Wisconsin-Madison via Science Daily
It is natural to imagine that the sense of sight takes in the world as it is — simply passing on what the eyes collect from light reflected by the objects around us. But the eyes do not work alone. What we see is a function not only of incoming visual information, but also how that information is interpreted in light of other visual experiences, and may even be influenced by language.
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Report: Public fuzzy on Common Core State Standards
eSchool News
At a time when most U.S. public schools are implementing the Common Core State Standards, a new report finds that Americans don't know what the Common Core State Standards are, and that they say more testing is not going to help students. These are just some of the findings of the 45th annual PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools — the longest-running survey of American attitudes toward education, providing an extensive repository of data.
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Report: Gaps between Rhode Island's Latino and white students' achievement are among worst in nation
Providence Journal
Rhode Island's English language learners are facing a crisis. They have some of the lowest scores in the country, and they face some of the nation's largest achievement gaps, according to a study by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. "We're not a special population anymore," said Latino Policy Institute director Anna Cano Morales. In Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls, "we are the population." Latinos are the fastest-growing demographic group in Rhode Island, and they are responsible for all of the state's population growth between 2000 and 2010. The state proportionally has the 13th-largest Latino population in the nation.
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10 things we've learned about learning
Smithsonian Magazine
It's the time of year when learning seems remarkably possible. Students are excited, teachers are motivated — let the learnfest begin. But by next month, it will become clear once again that the teaching/learning routine is a tricky dance, that all kinds of things, both in our heads and in our lives, can knock it off balance. Fortunately, scientists have kept busy analyzing how and why people learn. Here are 10 examples of recent research into what works and what doesn't.
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ESL teachers and Common Core: What's their role?
Education Week
In most discussions about English language learners and the common core, you will hear or read some version of this statement: Teaching literacy and supporting English-language acquisition will no longer be the sole province of English as a second language teachers. But what about the flip side of that statement? What new and changing roles must ESL teachers embrace in the common core era? There are nearly 50,000 ESL teachers working in the nation's public schools, and they are on the front lines of ensuring that English learners, who are the fastest growing student subgroup, learn the language.
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Test yourself — ELL practice
The New York Times
Recently, we'll be publishing a new type of Test Yourself question, one just for English language learners, each Monday morning this school year. Each will feature an interactive quiz for students as well as a few short, related ideas for teachers interested in taking the content of the quiz further.
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Building classroom community amongst the machines
Edutopia
There's no denying that most of us are engrossed daily with technology. The attachment is evident in just about every public place. Mobile devices, for many of us, have become our closest friend. In April, the Telegraph reported on toddlers becoming so addicted to their iPads that they required therapy. While this is an extreme case, it's not too far from reality. The mobile device has become our community hub. It's where we go for information and to socialize. It's the new water cooler. In short, our most intimate relationship is with a machine.
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5 education trends for the new school year
eClassroom News
Trends in education are always appearing, such as iPads and online testing (and remember virtual reality classrooms?), but with recent developments in national standards and a new federal emphasis on equity, the 2013-2014 school year will have a set of trends all its own. From issues surrounding Common Core State Standards implementation to the number of tools available to create customized, affordable ebooks, educators and administrators this year will certainly have their hands full with adapting to these national education trends.
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Making mistakes: Why they're crucial for learning
MindShift
We try so hard to be perfect, to never make mistakes and to avoid failure at all costs. But mistakes happen — and when they do — how do we deal with being wrong? In this episode, TED speakers look at those difficult moments in our lives, and consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head-on. What can teachers and the education system as a whole correlate from these talks to how kids learn?
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Culturally responsive teaching
MiddleWeb (commentary)
In the early years of the 21st century, we are constantly and unconsciously bombarded with messages from the various societies that surround us. From restaurant choices, music, sports, fashion, and all forms of popular media to proceedings as significant as wars and threats of terrorism, we adults function in a culturally diverse world. Our students share that world with us, and they need our help in learning to negotiate the complexities of a multicultural society.
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4 essential principles of blended learning
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As schools become more savvy about blended-learning tactics– the practice of mixing online and in-person instruction — guidelines and best practices are emerging from lessons learned. Here are four crucial factors to keep in mind as schools plunge in.
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