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Call for contributions: 'New Ways in Teaching Reading' (revised edition)
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One of TESOL's bestselling books, "New Ways in Teaching Reading" is undergoing revision for a second edition under the direction of Richard R. Day, editor. The volume is a collection of activities and exercises contributed by teachers who have used them in their teaching of reading in ESL and EFL classrooms around the world. Two areas have been identified for new contributions: teaching reading to young learners and teaching reading using the Internet. If you would like to contribute, please contact the editor, Richard R. Day. The full call for contributions is available on the TESOL Web site. More



TESOL partners with Wiley-Blackwell to publish TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal
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Beginning in 2012, Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, will partner with TESOL to publish its two scholarly journals, TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal. "What began for TESOL as a search for a more robust platform to host its online journals culminated in a partnership with Wiley-Blackwell to provide that and so much more," said Carol Edwards, publishing manager, TESOL Publications. "The new partnership allows us the best of both worlds. TESOL maintains its identity and control of its journals while benefiting from Wiley-Blackwell's services and expertise on a scale that TESOL's small staff could not accomplish on its own." The full press release is available on TESOL's Web site. More

Former TESOL Board Member Suchada Nimmannit receives Outstanding Professor and Model Instructor Award
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TESOL is pleased to announce that Suchada Nimmannit, associate professor in the Division of English for Business at the Chulalongkorn University Language Institute, has been honored as an outstanding model teacher in the humanities. Professor Nimmannit is known to her colleagues as a committed educator who is devoted to her students and a tireless promoter of English language education. She also served as the president of Thailand TESOL from 2000 to 2003, as a member of the TESOL Board of Directors from 2004 to 2007, and as chair of the TESOL Nominating Committee in 2010. She was the first Thai teacher to be elected to the TESOL Board. Congratulations, Suchada! More

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Introducing The English Language Professional's Resource Guide and the new Directory of Degree and Certificate Programs
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TESOL now provides a great resource for its members and English language educators worldwide. The English Language Professional's Resource Guide is a digital buyer's guide that allows you to find the English education-related products and services you need — without the unrelated clutter of a general Internet search engine. Easily accessible from a link on the TESOL homepage, the English Language Professional's Resource Guide enables educators like you to conveniently perform targeted searches for English education-related products and services using either a user-defined keyword search or an alphabetized directory search by product categories. Both methods produce the most relevant results for English language educators on the web.

The Directory of Degree and Certificate Programs has for years been a useful guide to programs from across North America. Going forward, the new DDCP will be part of the Resource Guide, and it will help you expand your search to programs worldwide. TESOL is confident you will find the English Language Professional's Resource Guide along with the new DDCP a valuable tool for researching, selecting and purchasing the resources you’re looking for.
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Back-to-school special: Duncan goes off script
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As a new school year begins, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan plans to use waivers to rewrite parts of the nation's signature federal education law, whose reauthorization has been stalled in Congress. Meanwhile, states are struggling to meet their ambitious Race to the Top goals as they look for ways to cut spending. More

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Ministry ropes in private varsities to help train English teachers
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Malaysia: The Education Ministry has roped in private universities to help train English language teachers. Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong said that with the Upholding Bahasa Malaysia and Strengthening English policy, the hours for teaching English in primary schools would increase and more language teachers were needed. More

English teachers fail to make the grade
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VietNam: A regulation stipulating that English language teachers must achieve required scores on international English tests come into force with the start of the new academic year, but many teachers are unable to meet the new requirements. According to the Ministry of Education and Training, all English language teachers are required to score at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System. More



How Obama's new job bill can do a better job
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When President Barack Obama announces his new jobs program, ironically after Labor Day, it needs to include education and workforce training for the some 30 million American adults that have a below third grade reading level. Too many of these adults lack the basic reading, writing, math, computer, and English language skills to even be considered for a new job. The president and Congress need to boost funding for the Workforce Investment Act, the largest source of federal funding for adult literacy and basic education programs. More



Motivation key to English
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Malaysia: No matter how competent and dedicated teachers are, their mood to teach will be affected when students show little interest in learning the English language. Many committed teachers, having failed to win over the students' attention, have even left the profession. Studies have shown that, among many other factors, the lack of motivation, self initiative and practice are some of the foremost reasons for students not being able to grasp even the rudiments after years of studying the language. More

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Warring learning theories: Choose yours
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The rich philanthropists, hedge fund managers, state governors, big-city mayors and syndicated columnists now shaping national education policy have reached a firm conclusion. The Number One factor in student performance is teacher performance. Poverty, broken homes, lead and mercury poisoning, bad teeth, poor eyesight, language difficulties, hunger, low self-esteem, run-down schools, frequent moving, cultural differences, class size — well, yes, those are problems — but a teacher who is really on the ball can lift those scores. More



Stricter visa rules in UK put some colleges in bind
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United Kingdom: Less than six months after the British government announced tighter restrictions on student visas, at least one university has said it is being forced to close one of its campuses as a result of the new regulations. Schiller International University, which is based in Florida and has four other international campuses, is closing its London campus and will not start its autumn semester. More



Researchers dispute differences in auditory, visual learning styles
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VideoBrief Most people have heard the theory that some students are visual learners, while others are auditory learners. And still other kids learn best when lessons involve movement. But should teachers target instruction based on perceptions of students' strengths? Several psychologists say education could use some "evidence-based" teaching techniques, not unlike the way doctors try to use "evidence-based medicine." More

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Report: Children start learning English by age 4
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Korea: Children in and around Seoul start learning to speak English at an average age of 3.7 years, the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education said. Its latest survey of 1,200 elementary school first- and second-graders in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, found that 92.7 percent received their first-ever English education around 3-5 years old. Only 7.3 percent in the same age bracket said they had not studied English at all by that age. More

Warning as children shun books in favor of Facebook
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United Kingdom: One in 6 children is failing to read books as they spend an increasing amount of time text messaging friends, sending emails and browsing social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, a study has found. More

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Study: Bilingual environment aids babies' language capacity
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Young children raised in bilingual homes have a greater ability to prolong their capacity to learn languages compared to other children, according to a study. Earlier studies have shown that children have a special capacity for learning a second language, but this ability begins to disappear about when they have their first birthday. This latest research concluded, however, that children raised in bilingual households prolong the time during which they are especially sensitive to learning a second language. More



More English language learners, more ELLs with disabilities?
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By 2030, English language learners are expected to make up 40 percent of America's school population. With some states experiencing a 700 percent growth in the number of English learners in their schools between 1994 and 2005, the department expects the number of English learners with disabilities to increase, too. So how should schools work with a potentially growing number of students learning English who also have a disability? More

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Addressing parent fears about the changing classroom
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It's Back to School Night at our middle school, and as I finish my five-minute overview for parents about what their kids will learn in in my math and science classes this year, I can see the questions start bubbling up. Their faces say it all. Since their kids were in kindergarten, they've been through half a dozen rounds of homework assignments, projects and solving the logistics of getting things to and from school. But these parents haven't had much experience with teaching practices that weren't in use when they went to school. They're concerned. More

ELL 'shadowing' brings instructional gaps to light
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It's a professional development tool that stems from the concept of taking a walk in someone else's — in this case a student's — shoes. And in one California school, it has reportedly helped close the achievement gap for English language learners. The technique, which second-language acquisition expert Ivannia Soto began using in 2003, is called ELL shadowing. More


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