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TESOL applauds Obama's call for investment in education
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TESOL International Association applauds President Barack Obama's commitment to invest in education as part the American Jobs Act. His proposal to keep teachers in classrooms and modernize schools will immediately create jobs and, over the long term, ensure economic growth and prosperity in the United States. With this investment in education, TESOL encourages the president and the Congress not to overlook adult education, which helps many adult English learners improve their language skills and their prospects for employment. TESOL urges the U.S. Congress to pass this important legislation as soon as possible. The full press release is available on the TESOL website.

The September TESOL Journal is available
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The September 2011 issue of TESOL Journal is now available online, free for members. In this issue, read about using literature for intermediate language acquisition, ESL students' summarizing in English, and much more.

A TESOL member benefit, TJ is a forum for second and foreign language educators at all levels to engage in the ways that research and theorizing can inform, shape and ground teaching practices and perspectives. Articles enable an active and vibrant professional dialogue about research- and theory-based practices as well as practice-oriented theorizing and research.

Attention returning Peace Corps volunteers
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The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and TESOL plans to join the celebration. Are you an RPCV and a member of TESOL? If so, please contact Sarah Sahr (RPCV Ethiopia, 1996-1998). Include your name, country of service, years of service, your job in PC and current position. Also, if you are interested in sending us 300 words or so about how your PC service relates to your current TESOL job, we'd love to read it. TESOL will highlight RPCV/TESOL professionals in the coming months.

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Online course on separating difference from disability with students learning English as an additional language
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Advocate for your students! Led by Catherine Collier, this course engages education professionals with the challenges of working with English language learners who have learning and behavior problems and shows how to separate difference from disability in identification, intervention, assessment, and service within both special education and integrated classrooms.

The course runs from Oct. 24 to Nov. 20. Registration fees: $350 for TESOL members; $475 for nonmembers. Register now. If you have any questions, please contact the TESOL Education Department.

Jobs plan would help modernize schools
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Schools and teachers stand to benefit from an ambitious, $450 billion plan to boost jobs and put cash in the pockets of dispirited Americans, as President Barack Obama responded to an economy in peril by unveiling his larger-than-expected jobs plan before a joint session of Congress. Obama said his new plan would put thousands of teachers in every state back to work, and repair and modernize tens of thousands of schools. The president said it's not fair to American students that, while places such as South Korea are adding teachers, in the U.S. they're being laid off. "This has to stop," he said. More

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Sri Lanka, India join hands to teach English in schools
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Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka and India have come together in a major initiative to expand teaching English in schools in this country. Though launched in 2009 after President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared "English as a Life Skill," the joint initiative, which has reached out to about 23,000 teachers, will be expanded in a major way with the signing of a memorandum of understanding. More

New Jersey education officials look to cut back on high school standardized tests
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New Jersey high school students could face fewer standardized tests under an effort to streamline the state's education system, Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf said. The announcement came as an education task force released a report to Gov. Chris Christie that suggests eliminating about 45 regulations and making charter schools easier to open. More

Teaching students to ask their own questions
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Students in Hayley Dupuy's sixth-grade science class at the Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto, Calif., are beginning a unit on plate tectonics. In small groups, they are producing their own questions, quickly, one after another: What are plate tectonics? How fast do plates move? Why do plates move? Do plates affect temperature? What animals can sense the plates moving? They raise questions "that we never would have thought of if we started to answer the first question we asked," says one of the students. More

Opting out
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Nancy Flanagan is an education writer and consultant focusing on teacher leadership. In the article she writes, "My son had a horrendous experience in the third grade. It's a long, heart-breaking story, complicated by the fact that I was a teacher in the same district, but in the end we dragged him through the school year, beaten down and — no other word for it — miserable. One of the options we considered was homeschooling him in fourth-grade — getting him out of a toxic atmosphere and investing a year in his emotional and academic well-being." More

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International report highlights global shifts in higher education
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The global economic crisis that began in 2008 has underscored the value of higher education, disproportionately affecting people without college degrees, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The economic situation has also had a dampening effect on international student mobility. More

A photography professor struggles with Saudi culture in transition
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Saudi Arabia: Grappling with a different culture is often part of the challenge, and appeal, of teaching abroad. But imagine going to a country where many consider your discipline sinful or criminal, to teach a group of students whose freedom of movement is very limited. That's what Janice Levy embarked upon last year when she took a job teaching photography at a women's university in Saudi Arabia. More

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Cameron: Learn English to get a job or lose benefits
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United Kingdom: Unemployed people who cannot speak English will be forced to learn the language or risk losing their benefits, David Cameron said. The Prime Minister said that he and Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, were to target the 70,000 people who cannot get a job because of a language barrier. More

The vehicle of opportunity
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The world has come to the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts. The 2010 U.S. Census only validated what many already knew: Immigrants are the state's largest growing population segment, accounting for the state's overall population increase. And Boston remains a majority-minority city, with 53 percent of the city's inhabitants (a two point increase since 2000) identifying as a race/ethnicity other than non-Hispanic White. More

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Stanford researcher launches national K-12 English language learning initiative
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Schoolchildren struggling to learn English in American public schools, and the educators responsible for teaching the language to them, will soon have resources to help ensure they meet the nationwide Common Core State Standards, in an initiative led by Stanford education Professor Kenji Hakuta. "This initiative is really to give access to the standards to a growing group of the student population which are English language learners," said Hakuta, the Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education. More

Teachers cash in on their own expertise
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Georgia kindergarten teacher, Deanna Jump, has been teaching for 15 years, which by most people's math would mean that she has brightened the lives of something like 350 children. But in the past year, that number has gone through the schoolroom roof as Jump has sold the materials she uses to teach kindergarten via TeachersPayTeachers. More

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Teacher trainers transcend conflicts to share skills
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United Kingdom: "We discovered that in Israel and Iran the situation is the same." This was the comment that stopped teacher trainer Suzanne Mordue in her tracks and brought home the importance of the British Council's regional teacher training summer school held in Uludag, eastern Turkey, in July. Forty teacher trainers from 15 countries came together for nine days to develop their training skills, refresh their English teaching and share experiences with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. More

5 reasons why YouTube rocks the classroom
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Sixteen teachers from across the country got together at Google's Seattle office for the YouTube Teachers Studio — a sort of bootcamp to learn how to best use YouTube in the classroom. Jon Corippo, a Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator, was among the group, and came back with ideas about what YouTube was great for. More

Japan creates online 'chat robots' to converse with language students
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Japan: A Japanese company claims to have invented the world's first artificial intelligence "chat robots" designed specifically to converse with English language students. The online characters — dubbed "chatbots" — employ high-speed speech recognition technology enabling them to conduct real time spoken conversations directly with students. The chatbots, created by the language education company SpeakGlobal, can be accessed online and students are also able to participate in the "virtual world" in which the robots inhabit. More

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