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California lawmakers approve measure to repeal limits on bilingual education
Education Week
A piece of legislation aimed at asking California voters to overturn a 16-year-old state law that restricts the use of bilingual education in California's public schools has made it out of the legislature and now awaits action from Gov. Jerry Brown. The California State Assembly this week voted in favor of the measure that seeks to repeal Proposition 227, the 1998 voter-approved ballot measure that severely limited the availability of bilingual education programs for the state's large share of students who are still learning English.
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Computer games give a boost to English
Science Daily via University of Gothenburg
If you want to make a mark in the world of computer games you had better have a good English vocabulary. It has now also been scientifically proven that someone who is good at computer games has a larger English vocabulary. This is revealed by a study at the University of Gothenburg and Karlstad University. The study confirms what many parents and teachers already suspected: young people who play a lot of interactive English computer games gain an advantage in terms of their English vocabulary compared with those who do not play or only play a little.
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Refugees to be offered English language lessons
Malta Today
Malta: Refugees residing in Malta will be given the option to learn English at no cost, after an agreement was reached between the social solidarity and educatioh ministries, and English language school Elanguest. Announcing the pilot project, Social Solidarity Minister Michael Farrugia explained that the courses will consist of 15-hour weeks over a period of four weeks and will begin in October.
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TESOL Connections: Get connected to the field with the September issue
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Did you know that TESOL Connections, TESOL's monthly e-newsletter for English language teachers, is free and open to the public? Check out the September issue, and read about enlivening dialogue practice, supporting ELL transitions in early education and more. This issue also includes a free book chapter from "Teaching English for Academic Purposes" for download!
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Language check: English training and tests for newcomers
Times of India
Canada: It can't be stressed enough that having a strong command of the English language is important when it comes to settling in Canada.

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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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US Department of Education projects public schools will be 'majority-minority' this fall
Pew Research Center
A milestone is expected to be reached this fall when minorities outnumber whites among the nation's public school students for the first time, U.S. Department of Education projections show. This is due largely to fast growth in the number of Hispanic and Asian school-age children born in the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data. A steady demographic change over the years has resulted in a decline in the number of whites in classrooms even as the total number of public school students has increased. In 1997, the U.S. had 46.1 million public school students, of which 63.4 percent were white.
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Language check: English training and tests for newcomers
Times of India
Canada: It can't be stressed enough that having a strong command of the English language is important when it comes to settling in Canada. Language proficiency helps ease the process of getting a job, going to school, accessing services, meeting and interacting with new people, and even obtaining Canadian citizenship.
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Seoul and other Asian cities provide surge of foreign students to US universities
The Washington Post
Seoul is sending more students to U.S. universities than any other foreign city, followed by Beijing and Shanghai, according to a new analysis of federal data that shows in vivid detail a huge surge of visitors from overseas in recent years seeking higher education in the United States. From 2008 to 2012, the South Korean capital sent 56,503 students to the United States through F-1 visas. At the same time, Beijing sent 49,946 and Shanghai 29,145, reflecting the enormous demand in China for U.S. degrees.
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Providence language teacher helps newcomers from diverse backgrounds succeed in English
Providence Journal
Her parents met while serving in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone. She grew up in various countries, but not the United States until she was 15. As a little girl, she dreamed of serving in the Peace Corps, too, and she did, in Jamaica. Malaika Alexander, 33, teaches English to speakers of other languages. The Providence resident knows what it's like to be a stranger in a strange country, and she is most at home "surrounded by lots of diversity and different outlooks."
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English language school in Deer Park, NY, grows, wants to expand on Long Island
Newsday
Maria Morales, 33, wants to become a pharmacist. Tony Agurcia, 29, wants to help his daughter with her homework. Mariaes Quiñones, 53, wants to get a job in a day care center. Although their reasons vary, all of the students who come to El Centro Comunitario de Educación in Deer Park, New York, have one goal in common: improving their English skills. The group, which has a sister campus in Brentwood, celebrated its 10th anniversary last month and is preparing to take its mission across Long Island, New York.
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A plea for English
The Hindu (commentary)
India: It was disheartening to learn that English has been unceremoniously forked out of the Civil Services preliminary examination, at a time when academia is moving heaven and earth to help students acquire better English language skills. It is time we realized that English is here to stay, even if like a bride from another community who has moved into her husband's home awaiting acceptance by his family.
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Social class makes a difference in how children tackle classroom problems
Indiana University via Science Daily
Social class can account for differences in how parents coach their children to manage classroom challenges, a study shows. Such differences can affect a child's education by reproducing inequalities in the classroom. With the widening gaps in educational outcomes between social classes, the researcher in a new Indiana University study suggested that this study could help schools become more aware of these differences and make moves to reduce the inequalities.
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Operation accent
Language Magazine
After you get over the idea of sweet Felicity spying on the American government, the Cold War intrigues, complicated marriages, and fashion staples of the '80s make "The Americans" a dramatic and entertaining watch. But is it believable? With another season of FX's political drama just around the corner, let's look at the question from a linguistic point of view. "The Americans" tells the story of two Soviet KGB spies living undercover, as an all-American couple. In flashbacks to their late adolescent years in the USSR, we can hear them speak English with heavy Russian accents. Yet the Jenningses, the perfect couple, are somehow able to switch to flawless American English in the U.S. Could the language training they received as young adults in the USSR and the years spent in America be enough to rid them of any traces of a Russian accent, which does not slip out even in emotional moments?
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Taking charge of back-to-school fears
Psychology Today
"You're going to be fine. Don't worry! Of course you'll make friends. Of course you'll be able to do the work, you're a great student! Relax, it's going to be a great year!" What's wrong with this parent's response to their child's freak-out about starting back to school? On the surface, absolutely nothing. It's exactly what the child needs to think. But on the surface these good ideas will stay and won't sink in to your child's mind, for one reason. While well-intentioned mom is busy reassuring that everything will be fine, her son is in amygdala-overdrive, the anxiety like a force field blocking out logic and stirring up butterflies in the stomach and disaster in the mind's eye.
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Need help picking the right learning game? Some things to consider
MindShift
To make sense of the broad and complex world of games and learning, we're inclined to create neatly organized lists and categories. The truth is that there are so many different kinds of learning games, it's difficult to break them down into clear-cut categories. Especially in an atmosphere of ed-tech entrepreneurship that aims to disrupt our habitual way of thinking about education, familiar classification structures can sometimes hold us back more than they move us forward.
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