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English language classes overlap in primary, secondary schools
VietNamNet Bridge
Vietnam: A parent complained on an Internet education forum that her son, who had studied English for five years at the Le Van Sy Primary School in Tan Binh District, now has to follow an English learning curriculum for beginners in the sixth grade. "I cannot understand why students have to repeat the lessons they learned five years ago," she said. "It is really a great waste of parents' money and students' time and efforts." "I had to pay big money to fund my son's English learning at primary school. Parents were asked to pay money for material facilities, software products and foreign teachers. I know the students made great efforts to follow the program, hoping to obtain English international certificates," she said.
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Easy conversational activities for teaching pronunciation
By: Douglas Magrath
The perfection of pronunciation is an ongoing process in any language-learning situation. Both problems with grammar and accent can interfere with communication. The instructor can intervene and help the learners improve their pronunciation through skill-building exercises. This article offers a few suggestions to ESL instructors for teaching pronunciation using mainly interactive conversational activities.
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K–12 Dream Day in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TESOL invites all mainstream teachers and administrators to join a group of distinguished international and local ESL experts for a day of interactive training designed to equip attendees with new strategies and resources for working with ELLs. The day features 20 workshops, a keynote address from Dr. Jim Cummins, and a STEM panel discussion. Register for both K–12 Dream Day and the full TESOL convention by 30 November and receive 10 percent off! Group discounts also available.

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From the U.S. Department of Education: What innovative things are your local schools doing?
The U.S. Department of Education is soliciting submissions that describe cutting-edge programming being implemented in schools and districts around the country. Secretary Arne Duncan wants to know what's happening in your community and wants you to share the innovative things the schools in your area are doing — or what you'd like to see happen. Submit your examples or ideas through the Web form on the White House website.

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Even if you don't major in English or a humanities field, improving your writing skills as an international student will help you in many ways and can open doors for you, such as with applications for scholarships.

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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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Cutting to the Common Core: The key to English standards
Language Magazine
What is the most important standard among California's English language arts and English language development standards?

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Business leaders think these are the best states for education
The Huffington Post
States with the highest academic achievement are mostly located north of the Mason-Dixon line, according to a new report from business leaders. The report, out this month from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, looks at the state of education in America through the eyes of business leaders. The report looks at multiple measures, such as students' academic achievement, international competitiveness and workforce readiness to grade states on their educational effectiveness.
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Common Core assessment group revises testing time
Education Week
The PARCC testing consortium has announced that schools will need to schedule about 10 hours of testing time this spring for elementary school students, and nearly 11 hours or more for middle and high school students. Recently released, the new time projections are higher than the estimates that PARCC issued in March of 2013: eight to 10 hours of testing. But that's because the earlier figures reflected something different: the amount of time "typical" students would need to complete the English/language arts and mathematics tests.
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Number of English as additional language students on rise
CBC News
Canada: Prince Edward Island education officials say they have about 100 more English as an additional language or French as an additional language students in island schools this year, compared to last year. There were about 850 last year and that number has now risen to 960.
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What urban districts need to know to get their English language learners up to Common Core standards
The Hechinger Report
California's large urban school districts are failing to consistently provide quality instruction to students with limited English language proficiency, according to Patricia Gardara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. "The large urban districts tend to have highly disproportionate poverty, transiency, and urban problems, which must be dealt with in addition to the regular instructional challenges," Gardara told The Hechinger Report's Pat Wingert. That's a problem The Council of the Great City Schools wants to fix.
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College essay tips for English language learners
U.S. News & World Report
Even if you don't major in English or a humanities field, improving your writing skills as an international student will help you in many ways and can open doors for you, such as with applications for scholarships. The academic essays you write in your classes at a U.S. college offer a basic way to start to eventually master this lifelong skill. Take a look at some of the common mistakes below that many international students make when writing an academic essay.
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Investing in English skills: The limited English proficient workforce in US metropolitan areas
Brookings
An analysis of the labor market characteristics of the working-age limited English proficient population in the United States and its largest metropolitan areas reveals that: Nearly one in 10 working-age U.S. adults — 19.2 million persons aged 16 to 64 — is considered limited English proficient. Two-thirds of this population speaks Spanish, but speakers of Asian and Pacific Island languages are most likely to be LEP. The vast majority of working-age LEP adults are immigrants, and those who entered the United States more recently are more likely to be LEP.
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Study: lack of sleep increases risk of failure in school
Medical News Today
A new Swedish study shows that adolescents who suffer from sleep disturbance or habitual short sleep duration are less likely to succeed academically compared to those who enjoy a good night's sleep. The results have recently been published in the journal Sleep Medicine. In a new study involving more than 20,000 adolescents aged between 12 and 19 from Uppsala County, researchers from Uppsala University demonstrate that reports of sleep disturbance and habitual short sleep duration (less than 7 hours per day) increased the risk of failure in school.
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Trees of knowledge
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Piaget watched children develop very closely in the mid-20th century, and he realized that they weren't passively internalizing knowledge, like empty vessels to be filled. He proposed that people create knowledge by building mental structures, which he called schema, in a way that makes sense to them. The focus on the construction of knowledge, as opposed to its transmission, led Piaget to develop the theory of constructivism.
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