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A TESOL Online Discussion: Putting Research into Practice
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Just one week away! Sign up to participate in the TESOL online discussion on Putting Research into Practice, Sept. 14 - Oct. 21. Don't miss an opportunity to share your questions, comments and resources on how you bring research into your classroom. Once you've signed up, TESOL will contact you the week of Sept. 12 with details on how to take full advantage of this online discussion. And the best part — this program is free for TESOL members and nonmembers. Questions? Please contact

TESOL virtual seminar — 'Research: People, Practices and Processes'
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Register today for the TESOL virtual seminar "Research: People, Practices and Processes" presented by Anne Burns on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m. EST. This program is a great compliment to the online discussion on Putting Research into Practice that starts on Sept. 14. The virtual seminar is free for TESOL members ($45 for nonmembers), but you must preregister. The online discussion is free for everyone.

The preregistration deadline for the virtual seminar is Sept. 8. For complete program and registration information, visit TESOL's website.

Declare your commitment to excellence: TESOL convention registration is now open
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Already?! Yes, it's time to register for the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo to be held March 28–31, in Philadelphia. At the TESOL international convention, you'll learn and network with colleagues from all over the world. And at the English Language Expo, you'll find abundant resources to support your daily work. Declare your commitment to excellence — register today! For complete convention and registration information, please go to the TESOL Convention Web page.

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Lee Kuan Yew: US English will become new standard
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Singapore: There might soon come a day when schools in Singapore will teach students American English, rather than British English which has been the norm for decades now. Making this point was former minister mentor Lee Kuan Yew, whose comments on this issue drew an audible gasp from his audience of English language teachers at a conference. The 87-year-old cited two reasons for his position. One is the growing dominance of American media in society, which meant that teachers, students and Singaporeans in general were increasingly being exposed to American English. More

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Arizona agrees to stop forcing schools to reassign English teachers with accents
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Editor's Note: In May 2010, TESOL and its affiliate Arizona TESOL released their "Joint Statement on the Teacher English Fluency Issue in Arizona."

Arizona education officials will no longer force schools to retrain — or reassign — English immersion teachers because they speak with an accent. In an agreement with two federal agencies, the Arizona Department of Education will stop trying to single out teachers it believes do not have a good command of the English language. That practice resulted in complaints that the state was illegally discriminating against teachers solely because they are Hispanic or are not native-English speakers.

ELL assessment: One size does not fit all
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¿Qué es lo que hace que una rama del gobierno no se vuelva demasiado poderosa? If you know the answer to this question, congratulations! If you don't, why not? Is it because you don't understand the checks and balances built into the U.S. system of government, or because you don’t understand Spanish? Every year, some 5 million public school students who are still mastering English take assessments to determine how much they know, how much progress they've made, and where they need support. More

Gov. John Kitzhaber unveils schools plan with focus on individuals, flexibility
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Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to "reset" Oregon's education system, including placing more emphasis on the pre-kindergarten years and changing the way the state pays for English language learners. In what was billed as a "state of the schools" address, Kitzhaber said he wants to get beyond the constant battles over how much money schools get and "have a relentless focus on results for students." More

Majority of states' standards don't mention 9/11
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Ten years after terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the profound impact on the United States is not hard to see, from heightened domestic-security measures to the U.S. role in conflicts deemed part of a war on terror. What's less obvious is how the attacks have filtered into American classrooms. Some observers and educators suggest the effects on instruction are generally at the margins, that the events of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City, suburban Washington and southwest Pennsylvania appear to get little or no attention in most social studies classes. More

US colleges seek foreign students for intellectual stimulus, bottom line
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As vistas of suburban grocery stores gave way to exurban mansions and then hay farms during a ride to the University of Virginia early one summer morning, George Wu sat on a plush bus seat and faced two dozen students aboard the U-Va. Express. Nearly all were Chinese, and hardly any had set foot in Virginia before their plane landed at Dulles International Airport a few hours earlier. Wu knew they were nervous. Three years ago, he was in their place — a teenager far from home, unsure of his English, headed to the school in Charlottesville, Va. More

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No decline in international enrollments
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Australia: University study continues to be the only area of international education that has not suffered significant decline in the past year. New enrollment data released by the federal government shows that despite an overall drop in international students of 9.4 percent between July 2010 and July 2011, higher education continues to maintain enrollments, and even grow slightly on last year. It is vocational training — including TAFE and courses like hospitality and hairdressing — and English language courses that have suffered the greatest drop in student numbers over the past year. More

UCL: Teaching grammar to the iPhone generation
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United Kingdom: An innovative iPhone application (the interactive Grammar of English, "iGE"), which provides a complete interactive course in English grammar, has been brought to market by UCL Business PLC. The app was developed by academics at UCL's "Survey of English Usage" and enables English language students to develop knowledge and skills at their own pace, using mobile technology to study more effectively and with greater flexibility. More

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Cross-cultural skills: Essential for expatriate success
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The ability to work with others from different cultures is a key skill for academics with jobs outside their home countries, but it is a kind of competence that is rarely well defined. Neither is the path to attaining it. Being an adept communicator is important in any job, but it is particularly so for expatriates. Although learning a language or spending time abroad may be a good start in improving intercultural communication skills, it is not enough. More

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The power of a bilingual brain
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Mariela Dabbah has been an English language learner since she was 6-years-old, first in her native Argentina and then as a young adult in the United States. Dabbah studied the language in an academic environment, thus she has almost perfect fluency. "Almost" being the operative word here. A few years ago when Dabbah began a career as a writer and public speaker, she decided to publicly acknowledge that she was prepositionally challenged. More

English-only thwarts Utah refugees seeking driver licenses
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Utah's driver license law continues to force most refugees to take the exam in English, despite efforts to make the process easier for new arrivals. The language requirement has apparently led hundreds of refugees living in Utah to illegally drive with licenses from Arizona and Colorado, where translation is allowed. The new Utah law, which took effect in July, was expected to allow most refugees to use interpreters during the test. But the law specifies that only those who have recently arrived qualify to use translators, whom they must pay. More

Language speed versus efficiency: Is faster better?
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A recent study of the speech information rate of seven languages concludes that there is considerable variation in the speed at which languages are spoken, but much less variation in how efficiently languages communicate the same information. The study, "A cross-linguistic perspective on speech information rate," is published in the journal Language. More

Opportunity ripe for online ELL education
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Among special populations of students, English language learners may represent virtual learning's last frontier. With the dual challenges of grasping a new language and keeping up with other academic studies, ELLs would seem poised to benefit greatly from the prospect of self-paced study, direct teacher correspondence without other students observing and an adaptive curriculum. Yet, such students appear to represent one of the smallest slices of virtual student enrollment, and they typically encounter online learning through pathways that differ from the experiences of most online learners. More

Spanish-speaking K-2 Reading Assessment

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Bilingual babies' vocabulary linked to early brain differentiation
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Babies and children are whizzes at learning a second language, but that ability begins to fade as early as their first birthdays. Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences are investigating the brain mechanisms that contribute to infants' prowess at learning languages, with the hope that the findings could boost bilingualism in adults, too. More

Study: Pinpoints areas of the brain used exclusively for language
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New research from MIT suggests that there are parts of our brain dedicated to language and only language, a finding that marks a major advance in the search for brain regions specialized for sophisticated mental functions. Functional specificity, as it's known to cognitive scientists, refers to the idea that discrete parts of the brain handle distinct tasks. Scientists have long known that functional specificity exists in certain domains: in the motor system, for example, there is one patch of neurons that controls the fingers of your left hand, and another that controls your tongue. More

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