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English school board in Montreal blames controversial Quebec language laws as enrolment hits all-time low
National Post
Canada: An English language school board in Montreal reported its enrolment will hit an all-time low this year, saying numbers have dropped by nearly 10,000 students since 2000. While the English Montreal School Board attributes some of its losses to an exodus of families from the expensive downtown core to the cheaper suburbs, the "main enemy is the Quebec language laws," said official Michael Cohen. This year's decrease is the latest fall in student numbers, dating back to a controversial, decade-old bill that further tightened restrictions on who is eligible to learn in English.
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Apps for English language learning: Speech-to-text for writing development
By Beth Crumpler
In this third installment of using regular apps to facilitate English language learning, apps that use speech-to-text technologies are discussed. Learn how to use the technology to assist in the writing development of students who have lower English language proficiency levels and for those who have more advanced proficiency levels but struggle with writing. Speech-to-text technologies can be used for assisting writing development for English language learners of any age, elementary through adults.
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New Common Core resources for educators
eClassroom News
New resources link Common Core-aligned curriculum with any school system's assessment data, and what's more, these resources for educators are also 100 percent free. The resources, housed on Activate Instruction, are part of an open platform where educators can browse, search, rate, add, share and organize their favorite Common Core-aligned resources, and put them together in personalized playlists for students. Parents and students can follow sets of resources educators have prescribed, or can search for the resource they like best.
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100,000 TESOLers on Facebook
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TESOL recently reached 100,000 fans on its Facebook page! TESOL wants to thank all the fans for their support and for making the page a great place to share resources and learn about English language teaching. If you haven't "liked" the page yet, join other TESOLers here today!
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CEA invites applications for site reviewers
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The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation invites applications from ESL professionals to become site reviewers for English language training programs. Faculty and program administrators are encouraged to apply and will gain much professionally by becoming a reviewer. The next CEA reviewer training workshop is 17–18 October 2013, in Alexandria, Va. Read the reviewer qualifications and access the application.
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Call for authors: New TESOL book series
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The TESOL Book Publications Committee is now accepting proposals for a new series on Perspectives on Teaching in Different Contexts. The series consists of 80-page books addressing the challenges specific to certain contexts for teaching English language learners. Please see the call and this article for details. Deadline for proposals is 30 September 2013.
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Looking for a way to become more involved in TESOL?
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The ISLC may be for you! The Interest Section Leadership Council fosters the professional relationship between TESOL's interest sections and other association entities, including other ISs, affiliates, the Board of Directors and standing committees. For more information on how you can be a part of this amazing TESOL council, click here.
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Call for submissions: Lesson plans
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Do you have a lesson plan that is innovative and interactive? A lesson plan that includes activities students love? TESOL Connections, the monthly newsletter of TESOL International Association, is seeking lesson plans on any English language teaching subject, for any level. Read the full guidelines, and submit today!
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6 ways to motivate students to learn
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Scientific research has provided us with a number of ways to get the learning juices flowing, none of which involve paying money for good grades. And most smart educators know this, even without scientific proof.

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Apps that snap and tools that rule
Langauge Magazine
The old adage "the best things in life are free" has never been truer than in the world of web-based tools and apps that are useful in the language classroom. As computers and mobile devices become an increasingly valued, accepted, and expected part of language classes, the number, variety, and value of free online tools and apps continue to grow.

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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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Arne Duncan attaches more strings to NCLB waiver renewals
Education Week
Two years after offering states waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education is expecting states to up the ante on teacher quality if they want another two years of flexibility. Barring a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the current version of the law, this waiver renewal process marks the last opportunity for the Obama administration to put its stamp on the ESEA and shape a future law. To get a two-year extension of their waivers, states must reaffirm their commitment to college- and career-ready standards and tests, and to implementing differentiated accountability systems that focus on closing achievement gaps, according to new state guidance issued.
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With Common Core, fewer topics covered more rigorously
The New York Times
If the new mathematics standards adopted by New York and 44 other states work as intended, then children, especially in the lower elementary grades, will learn less math this year. But by cutting back on a hodgepodge of topics and delving deeper into central concepts, the hope is that the children will understand it better. So, for Mayra Baldi, a kindergarten teacher at P.S. 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, that will mean focusing on numbers. "You have to deepen their understanding," she said. "You have to get them to think more."
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GCSE English to drop speaking and listening components
The Guardian
United Kingdom: Speaking and listening assessments will no longer count towards GCSE English grades, the exams regulator has announced, saying that last year's chaos over the qualification showed it was impossible to guarantee fair and consistent marking. Tens of thousands of students received lower grades than expected in English GCSE last year after the regulator, Ofqual, raised grade boundaries between exams in January and June, saying that too many teachers were overmarking work to ensure pupils achieved crucial C grades. The decision was unsuccessfully challenged in the high court by an alliance of councils and pupils.
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States worried about Common Core tests
eClassroom News
A new study highlights an interesting trend happening in states across the country: backtracking on Common Core State Standards. States say issues with development, as well as worries about students' pass rates, are making implementing Common Core tests difficult. The report "Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: States Prepare for the Common Core Assessments," is based on a survey of state deputy superintendents in 40 of the 46 states that have adopted the CCSS in math or English/language arts or both subjects, and was conducted by the Center on Education Policy.
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Debate: Do we need the Common Core State Standards in public schools?
Newsday
Back to school for millions of American children this year means a new set of academic standards. Called the Common Core State Standards Initiative, the new national benchmarks will help U.S. students compete with their peers internationally and leave them better prepared for college and work, proponents say. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia adopted the Common Core in 2010, enticed by Obama administration waivers to federal accountability rules as well as billions in Race to the Top funds. But a number of states, including Indiana, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania, are having second thoughts about the standards. Critics contend they're too expensive and too intrusive on state prerogatives.
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Study: Waivers leave behind at-risk students
The Associated Press via ABC News
Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind, according to a study education advocates released Tuesday. The Education Department has been giving states waivers from the education law's requirements, including those to collect and publish data about students from poor families, students whose native language is not English, those with learning disabilities and minority students.
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Zoom schools 'not enough' for 70,000 plus Nevada English language learners
Public News Service
Nevada has been a magnet for students who need help learning English — and this school year, educators say they are getting a little help, but not enough. Lawmakers and Gov. Brian Sandoval allocated $50 million for the next two years to assist students who are English language learners, said Gary Peck, executive director of the Nevada State Education Association. It's a help, Peck said, but far short of the $180 million per year that independent experts say is needed for these students to succeed and eventually help grow Nevada's economy.
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ASD cuts impact English language learners
Alaska Public Media
The number of immigrant, refugee and other students who need help with English is growing in parts of Anchorage, but the school district is spread thin because of last year's cuts and they don't have the money to hire any new teachers or tutors. This fall, Nester Cunanan entered Mears Middle School in South Anchorage with the odds stacked against him. "I learned English from the TV and watching Disney Channel. Yeah, I watched American movies a lot."
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Teenagers have to keep studying English and maths
BBC News
United Kingdom: Teenagers in England who fail to achieve at least a grade C in English and maths GCSEs will have to continue studying the subjects from this term. It means hundreds of thousands of youngsters in school and college will have to carry on with the subjects until the age of 18. Employers have warned that young people need to improve these skills. Education Secretary Michael Gove said the subjects were the ones "employers demand before all others." Head teachers said they supported the principle of the change but there was "genuine confusion" about how it would be implemented. The Association of Colleges says it will require 1,100 extra maths teachers and 1,000 more English teachers.
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China weighs ban on homework; teachers, students argue against
NPR
China: Chinese officials hope to rein in teachers who assign too much homework, as the country's Ministry of Education considers new rules that ban schools from requiring students to complete written tasks at home. Citing undue stress on students, the ministry would also limit the number of exams students take. The goal of relieving pressure on students was also cited in July, when China's Education agency issued a ban on written homework for first and second graders during the summer vacation. Readers may recall that last autumn, French President Francois Hollande declared his wish to ban homework, as well.
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Studying English in Vancouver, on a sheik's dime
Vancouver Courier
Canada: Amran Naser Alzaidi has photos of thermometers sitting at 54 degrees Celsius, taken in his hometown of Abu Dhabi. So when he learned earlier this year that he had the chance to study English in Canada, he packed his winter coat. "We thought there would be snow," he said, sharing a laugh with his friends Ahmed Mohammed Almarzooqi and A.J. Mohammed. "When we came here we weren't disappointed, but it was summer." Alzadi, 17, is one of 35 students from the United Arab Emirates who will spend four weeks studying English in Vancouver, thanks to a gift from the country's ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
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English language learners start classes
News-Press Now
A few weeks after school-aged children returned to school, another group of learners in the St. Joseph School District returned to classrooms. Participants in the district's Adult English language learner classes streamed into the Webster Learning Center to register and attend orientation for the program. Amy Whittaker, data specialist and testing coordinator, said school officials have been preregistering students and that interest in the classes has been high. Last year, more than 130 students took part. This year, that was just the pre-enrolled number.
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Learning a new language alters brain development
McGill University via Science Daily
The age at which children learn a second language can have a significant bearing on the structure of their adult brain, according to a new joint study by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital — The Neuro at McGill University and Oxford University. The majority of people in the world learn to speak more than one language during their lifetime. Many do so with great proficiency particularly if the languages are learned simultaneously or from early in development.
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How many hours do educators actually work?
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If you were offered a job that paid an average annual salary of $49,000 and required you to work 12- to 16-hour days, would you take it? Sounds like a lot of work for not much pay. But, as a new infographic shows, that's about what the average U.S. teacher can expect when walking into a classroom. Despite the conventional wisdom that K–12 teachers work shorter days (the average U.S. school day is 6.7 hours, according to the National Center for Education Statistics), the graphic, from BusyTeacher.org, shows that the average teacher workday is much longer than that.
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New guide to help states commonly define English learners
Education Week
Can Florida agree with California on who an English-language learner is? Can Texas and Illinois move closer to using the same criteria for deciding when a student is no longer an ELL? Will all, or at least most, states be able to share a more consistent way of defining different levels of English proficiency? Those questions may soon be answered. With a just-released set of recommendations from the Council of Chief State School Officers to help guide them, most states are now set to embark on an effort to bring much more uniformity to identifying who English learners are and when those students are no longer in need of language instruction. The goal is to move all states to a more consistent playing field over the next four to five years.
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Back to school: Teaching with authenticity
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Lisa Michelle Dabbs, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "When I was a new teacher, I came to my first teaching position with a tremendous sense of excitement. I was ready to embrace all that the work had to offer. I had many ideas about how I wanted to set up my classroom, which included a playhouse, blocks and easels. I wanted to teach concepts in new and authentic ways. Sometimes I couldn't slow down enough to get to sleep!"
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6 ways to motivate students to learn
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