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ELLs trail significantly on national writing exam
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English language learners scored more than 50 points below their non-ELL peers in the 12th grade on a national writing assessment known as the "nation's report card." The gap between ELLs and non-ELLs at the 8th grade level was only slightly smaller — more than 40 points — on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, writing exam. More
Related story: NAEP shows most students lack writing proficiency (Education Week)

New report shows US lagging on education indicators
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A new report shows that Americans are lagging behind their peers in education but are still reaping big benefits from their diplomas. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 2012 Education at a Glance report shows that the U.S. falls behind many of its peers and below OECD averages on several measures of educational progress. More

TESOL seeks proposals for book series for ESOL for different professions
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TESOL is now accepting proposals for a new book series that will consist of 120-page handbooks addressing the needs of professionals outside the field of language education whose work brings them into contact with English language learners. The deadline is 1 December. For more information, please read the call for proposals.

TESOL seeks volunteers for standing committees
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Looking for a way to get more involved with TESOL? Or maybe you are looking for a leadership opportunity in the field? You should consider volunteering for a TESOL standing committee. Service on a standing committee provides members with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and use their expertise and experience to help guide TESOL programs, services, and publications. The deadline for applications is 30 September. For more information on individual committees, please read the call for volunteers.

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Need to start or revitalize an English language program?
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Then the TESOL: Training of Trainers, Strengthening English Language Programs online course can help. This course allows you to reflect on your current (or would-be) program, learn how to boost your program's capacity, and, most importantly, bring your program into the 21st century. Participants will receive several free online resources. Deadline for registration is 28 September. To register, please visit the TESOL website. Please send questions to Education Programs and put "Training of Trainers" in the subject line.

TESOL giving away free memberships on Facebook
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Do you love free stuff? Then enter to win a free TESOL membership. TESOL is giving away five free membership to its fans on facebook. To enter the giveaway, "Like" the TESOL Facebook page and submit your information for a chance to win. If you have never been a TESOL member, don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the great membership benefits that TESOL offers. Good luck, TESOLers.

White House outlines impact of looming sequestration cuts
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All summer, folks in Washington have been wondering just how that series of planned, across-the-board budget cuts, known by the wonky, catchy name of "sequestration," would impact education programs. And, finally, the Office of Management of Budget, the White House's green-eyeshade arm, has released a list detailing just what the cuts would be and which programs they would effect. More

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United Nations agency lauds government tablet policy
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Thailand: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has lauded the Pheu Thai government's One Tablet PC Per Child program as "a good initiative," but says it needs close monitoring. UNESCO Bangkok Director Gwang-jo Kim said he was pleased to see the government had the political will and commitment to implement the project and said other countries should follow suit. More

'Must try harder' Dubai and Northern Emirates school told
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United Arab Emirates: Lack of good leadership and effective teaching methods are the most common faults among schools in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, inspectors say. Since starting its evaluation process in 2009, the Ministry of Education has visited 223 schools across the six emirates, excluding Abu Dhabi, rating them as "highly effective," "effective" or "not yet effective." More

California schools help students master English
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Sue Ramirez and Sandy Shillo, both English as a second language teachers, are among eight ESL teachers that the Danville, Calif., School District employs. These ESL teachers travel between schools in order to provide ESL education for the district's students. In this article, Ramirez and Shillo discuss their teaching methods, the common issues with teaching ESL, the program and their history in ESL. More

Tucson, Ariz., schools overhaul a program to help struggling Hispanic students
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The forecast for the year ahead is dire, so officials in the public school district in Tucson, the oldest in the Arizona, summoned parents to an urgent meeting one evening to lay out the options: Close schools and increase class sizes or impose across-the-board pay cuts, making it harder for the district to recruit quality teachers. More

Fairness for English language learners in our schools
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The School Board of Miami-Dade County has a history of supporting educational accountability. However, earlier this year the Florida Department of Education initiated rulemaking related to changes in Florida's Accountability system in order to secure a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education from certain requirements under No Child Left Behind. A number of those changes unreasonably affected students who are English Language Learners, including the requirement that children who had been in our schools just one year would have their performance on the reading and math FCAT included in the calculations for school grades. Many educators and advocates across the state raised concerns and the State Board of Education directed that a task force be formed to hear from all involved. More

Schools see mixed trends in ELL
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More than 1 in every 5 Jerome, Idaho, students is an English language learner. It's a number that has increased significantly compared with 10 or 15 years ago, school district Superintendent Dale Layne said. This year, about 21 percent of students in the Jerome School District have been identified as "Limited English Proficient." That's a 2 percent increase over last school year. At Horizon Elementary School, the numbers are even higher. About 38 percent of students — or about 250 — are English language learners. "It continues to grow," Principal Teresa Jones said. More

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Immigration law hasn't hurt Hispanic enrollment in local schools
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After the immigration law took effect in June 2011, many school systems across Alabama, as well as the Alabama Department of Education, reported incidents of Hispanic parents pulling their kids out of classrooms. Because many of Alabama's immigrants are believed to be from Mexico or Central America, school officials expected a dip in Hispanic enrollment. However, for Calhoun County schools at least, the law has had no apparent impact on enrollment, even a year later. And for one sponsor of the law, that does not come as a surprise, due to recent challenges from federal courts. More

Report on looming federal budget cuts 'confirms the worst' for higher education
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The dire consequences of looming automatic cuts in the federal budget came into sharper focus with the release of a 394-page report by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The report contains preliminary details of cuts set to fall on agencies across the federal government, including most programs related to higher education. More

Universities 'losing track' of English language skills
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Great Britain: The withdrawal last month by U.K. immigration authorities of London Metropolitan University's right to enroll foreign students from outside the EU sent shock waves across the higher education sector. One reason given for the cancellation was that the English language ability of some of LMU's students did not meet the minimum set under U.K. Border Agency visa rules. Launching its legal challenge to the ban, LMU said: "The university has been conducting checks on its international students, specifically in relation to English language and educational ability, that not only meet UKBA's published requirements, but exceed those requirements in a number of areas." More

Blindness no barrier in English language classroom when needs are shared
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Chen Guangcheng, the 40-year-old Chinese civil rights campaigner, is no ordinary student of English. Earlier this year, following protracted negotiations between Washington and Beijing, he was allowed to leave China with his family to study abroad. He had suffered years of harassment from the authorities and his departure put a severe strain on diplomatic relations. But his back story, which he has been keen to play down since enrolling at New York University's law school and settling in Manhattan, is not what makes him an unusual learner. Rather it is his blindness and the challenges visual impairment present in the English language classroom. More

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Literacy class teaches skills in family-centered approach
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The Winnebago County Literacy Council will offer a Family Literacy Class this fall to improve skills, attitudes, values and behaviors linked to literacy. The needs of parents and children are addressed both separately and together. "The premise of family literacy draws on the impact that parent skills and practices have on the school achievement of their children," said WCLC education coordinator Jan Edelstein. "Learning should be fun and interactive for both parents and children." More

Aptis helps companies test the English language skills of the executives
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Great Britain: Whether your requirement is benchmarking, recruiting, workforce development or training, if you're the HR honcho of a company, you can now turn to an international English language test that addresses all the needs. The British Council has developed a global English language assessment tool designed to help organizations reach more people, connect with them, and raise the spoken and written English standards of their staff. More

Report: Schools not meeting students' technology needs
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A new survey commissioned by Dell suggests that schools are not meeting students' technology needs and that China is ahead of the United States and Germany when it comes to using technology in learning. Comprising interviews with nearly 1,600 students, teachers, and parents, the survey was designed to gauge opinions in the United States, China and Germany. More

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How will students perform? Depends on teachers' expectations
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Teacher expectations can affect the performance of the children they teach. The first psychologist to systematically study this was a Harvard professor named Robert Rosenthal, who in 1964 did a wonderful experiment at an elementary school south of San Francisco. The idea was to figure out what would happen if teachers were told that certain kids in their class were destined to succeed, so Rosenthal took a normal IQ test and dressed it up as a different test. More

Babies' ability to detect complex rules in language outshines that of adults
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New research examining auditory mechanisms of language learning in babies has revealed that infants as young as 3 months of age are able to automatically detect and learn complex dependencies between syllables in spoken language. By contrast, adults only recognized the same dependencies when asked to actively search for them. The study by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig also highlights the important role of basic pitch discrimination abilities for early language development. More

Teachers, school climate key to Latino immigrants' academic success
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Teachers and schools that value diversity have a big impact on the academic experiences of Latino immigrant children living in predominantly White communities. That's the finding of a new study by researchers at the University of Kentucky. The study appears in a special section of the September/October 2012 issue of Child Development on children from immigrant families. Children who had a teacher who valued diversity felt more positively about their ethnicity than children who had a teacher who felt uncomfortable with diversity, the study found. More

Using iPads with mixed-ability students, teachers must 'give up some control'
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The power in today's classroom, according to Amanda Allen and David Lopez, who introduced iPads to their Los Angeles school, is no longer in the teacher's hands. In 2010, when Allen and Lopez helped to pioneer the implementation of 1-to-1 iPads at St. Genevieve Elementary, they found that students outperformed instructors when it came to using the device, and that this role reversal required the two of them, and their colleagues, to change the way they orchestrated lessons and viewed their students. More

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Cultural-linguistic context for language learning
Foreign Policy Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"English as She Is Spoke" was the unfortunate title of a 19th-century Portuguese-English conversational phrase book, for English learners, written by Pedro Carolino. In the translation community, this book has attained almost legendary status, as a cautionary tale of how not to write a language book and how not to translate. Growing up, whenever Antonio Graceffo had a difficult school exam coming up, his Italian grandmother would say to me, "nella bocca del lupo" or "in the mouth of the wolf." One thing that "nella bocca del lupo" and "English as She Is Spoke" have in common is that they both made a lot more sense in the original language than they did when translated directly into English. More

100 video sites educators should bookmark
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It doesn't matter if you're a veteran teacher or a newbie just now taking college courses — finding new ways to get students engaged in the classroom is always a great thing. One way many teachers are reaching out is with the multitude of material found on the Web, allowing them to turn everyday lessons into a multimedia experience. You can find a great amount of helpful material on these sites, including videos to augment your lessons, lectures to inspire students, documentaries to show them how things work and loads of additional videos to help you become a better, smarter teacher. More

Time to stop avoiding grammar rules
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Great Britain: The straightforward, pre-planned teaching of grammar in English language teaching has been under attack for years. Various alternatives have been proposed: to expose learners to language that is just a bit more advanced than what they currently produce; to wait until a communicative situation demands a certain structure before introducing it; to let the grammar emerge naturally from vocabulary learning or from the lived context of the classroom. Each approach has been defended with carefully structured arguments, and some approaches have been embraced enthusiastically by ministries of education around the world. More

The machines are taking over
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Neil Heffernan was listening to his fiancée, Cristina Lindquist, tutor one of her students in mathematics when he had an idea. Heffernan was a graduate student in computer science, and by this point — the summer of 1997 — he had been working for two years with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University on developing computer software to help students improve their skills. But he had come to believe that the programs did little to assist their users. They were built on elaborate theories of the student mind — attempts to simulate the learning brain. Then it dawned on him: what was missing from the programs was the interventions teachers made to promote and accelerate learning. Why not model a computer program on a human tutor like Lindquist? More

Kindle's English language teaching role 're-examined'
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Great Britain: Days before US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos were due to launch a partnership to promote U.S. culture and provide English lessons to young learners around the world via 35,000 Kindle e-readers, the event was quietly cancelled. The proposed partnership with Amazon to develop the Kindle Mobile Learning Initiative was officially terminated on 15 August. The cancellation notice stated that the state department "intends to conduct additional market research and re-examine its requirements for this program." More

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