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English proficiency the way forward
The Borneo Post
Malaysia: The announcement by Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that students in public universities must pass an English proficiency test to graduate has been long overdue. Ever since the language was replaced as the medium of instruction in Malaysian schools in the early 1970s, the command of the language among Malaysians has been on a downward spiral. This, in spite of the several surveys that found Malaysians ranking higher in the proficiency of the language among Asian countries. What is apparent is that many who graduate from public universities have a hard time finding jobs in the private sector, particularly with large corporations.
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Big-city districts delve into Common Core teaching for English learners
Education Week
The Common Core standards are dramatically reshaping teaching and learning, but some of the biggest changes are arguably happening for English language learners and their teachers. That's because English learners, no matter their level of proficiency, are expected to engage with demanding content and demonstrate more sophisticated skills with language even when their English is still developing. Those higher expectations, ELL experts say, mean every educator working with English learners must take responsibility for developing their language.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of English Language Bulletin, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of TESOL, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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2015 TESOL convention registration now open
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Online registration for the 2015 TESOL Convention & English Language Expo, 25–28 March, in Toronto, Canada is now open. For the best rates, register by 15 January 2015. Special discounts for K-12 Dream Day and the new Adult Ed Day are available through 30 November 2014. Visit the convention website for complete details.


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2015 TESOL convention keynote speakers announced
TESOL
TESOL 2015 in Toronto, Canada, promises to be a great educational experience. Keynote speakers include Sonia Nieto, professor emerita of language, literacy, and culture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Jun Liu, Lourdes Ortega, and Michael Byrum in a panel session; current TESOL President Yilin Sun; and Jim Cummins, professor emeritus in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. A prominent slate of invited speakers is also scheduled.
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Open call for the 2017 TESOL Annual Convention Program Chair
TESOL
The Convention Program Chair, who is a member of TESOL, works with the Convention Committee to assemble a dynamic, well-balanced academic program for TESOL's annual convention. Applications are due 14 September 2014. Make your voice heard and apply today.
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TESOL seeks awards reviewers: Apply today!
TESOL
Apply to serve as an awards reviewer for one of the TESOL's 16 Awards. Deadline: 20 September 2014.
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TESOL supports additional flexibility for state teacher evaluation systems
TESOL
TESOL Executive Director, Rosa Aronson, responds to the U.S. Department of Education's new flexibility on assessment. Read Dr. Aronson's statement.
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TOEFL Small Grants for Doctoral Research in Second or Foreign Language Assessment
TESOL
The deadline for applications for the TOEFL Small Grants for Doctoral Research in Second or Foreign Language Assessment is 15 October. The award makes available cash awards up to US$2000 to promising students working in the field of foreign or second language assessment that will help them finish their dissertations in a timely manner. Applications received after 15 October will be considered for the next application deadline of 15 February.
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Time to revive our love for the English language
Free Malaysia Today
The government's decision to improve the standard of English by making it compulsory to obtain a pass at public universities is certainly laudable.

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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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Raising the standards in English language use in Malta
Gozo News
Malta: A program of the Ministry for Education and Employment announces strategic collaboration with Cambridge English, U.K., to strengthen the teaching of scientific literacy through English. The Ministry said that the English language has a special status in bilingual Malta and plays an important role in a number of economic, educational, cultural, and professional contexts. There are persistent concerns about the standards in English language use, within the school system, the media and beyond.
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Education looms large in pivotal US Senate races
Education Week
Education policy issues are at the heart of a handful of highly competitive U.S. Senate races that could help determine which party controls the chamber next year. In North Carolina, candidates are locking horns over education spending and teacher pay; in Georgia, the Common Core State Standards are taking center stage; and in Iowa, higher education and student loans are the subject of the latest skirmish between Senate hopefuls.
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New reports grade schools on reading, writing and recess
Education Week
When parents in Colorado check state-mandated reports to see how their child's school is faring academically, they can also quickly learn if that school has a nurse, if it offers 30 minutes of daily physical activity for students, and if it has a school-based health center. Though school-level report cards typically feature information about standardized-test scores and student demographics, the Rocky Mountain State also requires schools to report a variety of other factors that affect students' health and wellness.
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ELL education progressing on justice department orders
Stamford Advocate
School officials say meeting the district's obligations under a U.S. Department of Justice settlement is improving education for its non-English-speaking students. At the end of February, the Justice Department agreed to suspend its investigation into allegations that Stamford Public Schools in Connecticut was violating non-English-speaking students' civil rights by not providing an adequate English language learners program if the district agreed to implement improvements.
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Do students learn more when their teachers work well together?
The Washington Post
Debates about how to improve educational outcomes for students often involve two camps — those who focus on the impact of in-school factors on student achievement and those who focus on out-of-school factors. There are many in-school factors discussed but improving the quality of individual teachers (or teachers' human capital) is almost always touted as the main strategy for school improvement. Social capital is malleable; policies can and do shape teachers' professional networks and how they function. For example, Gamoran, Gunter and Williams (2005) showed that sustained and coherent professional development can be used to create strong collegial ties (or social capital) among teachers.
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4 early-year keys for effective classroom discipline
Edutopia
Nothing can undermine a classroom climate that's conducive to learning more quickly than a host of minor disruptive behaviors. These behaviors alone may be no big deal, but collectively they steal instructional time and the positive energy that our students need to attain success. Although effectively managing student behavior is a multifaceted practice, there are four central things that you can — and should — do very early in the school year to set the proper tone.
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Project-based learning moves into classrooms
eSchool News
When it comes to classrooms today, students want more than the lectures and quiet classrooms of the past. They want technology to use as learning tools, they want to collaborate, and they want to work on projects that are relevant to their learning and the real world. Through project-based learning, students achieve a deeper understanding of lessons as they investigate and attempt to solve real-world problems. Part of this approach's appeal is its ability to impact students of all ages — kindergarten students can collaborate on and explore problems just the same as high school students.
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