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Need a roommate for the TESOL Convention?
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Well, you are in luck. TESOL is introducing a new roommate matching service for the 2012 International Convention & English Language Expo. To take advantage of this free service, you will need to register for the convention first. After you have registered, you will find the "Looking for a Roommate" information on the registration summary page. If you have already registered, you can reach this page by logging in to your registration as if you were going to update your information. You will also find the "Looking for a Roommate" information on the hotel reservation page. The service allows you to enter gender and smoking preferences, and you can use the comment area to specify how much you are willing to spend, how many nights you will be staying, and other information. Attendees looking for a roommate will contact you via the email address you provide, or you can search the listings yourself to find and contact another attendee looking for a roommate. The hotel reservation deadline is Feb. 21. So get started by registering for the convention today.

Graduate and doctoral student forums seek proposals
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Every year, TESOL graduate students plan conferences held in conjunction with the TESOL convention: the Graduate Student Forum for students in master's degree programs, and the Doctoral Forum for students in doctoral programs. These forums allow graduate students to gain experience in planning a conference, adjudicating proposals, and other professional activities and to participate in the annual convention without having to compete with experienced professionals. This year's forums will be held on March 28, the day before the 2012 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, in Philadelphia. Both forums are seeking proposals. For more information, please read the Graduate Student Forum 2012 Call for Proposals and the 2012 Doctoral Forum Proposal Guidelines.

TESOL statement on announcement of NCLB waivers proposal
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TESOL International Association appreciates the efforts by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to provide flexibility and temporary relief to states from some of the more punitive provisions of No Child Left Behind. The package of waivers outlined by the administration will help support reform efforts in states and develop more realistic goals for schools. The full text of the statement is available on the TESOL website.

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TESOL offers grammar courses
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Do you feel confident discussing grammar? If not, TESOL has two online courses to help you develop the metalinguistic competence — and confidence — necessary to discuss grammar in the classroom. One course focuses on phrasal structures and the other focuses on multiclause structures. These courses, which can be taken in any order, are not about how to teach grammar because how you teach grammar depends very much on your students and the goals of your program. However, the course does suggest principles to keep in mind when planning grammar instruction. You will also prepare plans for grammar teaching activities and share them with the rest of the class so that everyone develops a bigger bag of tricks to use in their own teaching. Nancy Ackles will teach the courses. Nancy has a doctorate in linguistics and 30 years of experience teaching English language learners. For more information, please visit the TESOL website.

Obama prepares to revamp 'No Child Left Behind'
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President Barack Obama is poised to broaden federal influence in local schools by scrapping key elements of No Child Left Behind, the Bush administration's signature education law, and substituting his own brand of school reform. The move will bypass Congress, drawing fire from Republicans on Capitol Hill and some in the educational establishment but winning applause from governors across the country struggling to meet the demands of the nine-year-old law. More

Reader's Theater Helps Increase Achievement

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Early learning legislation in the 112th Congress
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Members of the 112th Congress have introduced a number of bills related to early education that, if passed, could have a big influence on states' early learning systems. A few of the bills are making a reappearance, meaning they've been introduced in previous Congressional sessions, and a few are new. The future of these bills is, of course, uncertain. Sometimes it takes years for bills to become laws, and many never become laws at all. More

Florida Board of Education approves English learner, pre-K rules
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The Florida Board of Education approved rules granting parents of students classified as English language learners the authority to opt out of services, a decision opponents said would put students at risk of being denied language instruction they are federally entitled to. The board also adopted standards for the state's voluntary pre-kindergarten providers, which will require that 70 percent of students test as kindergarten ready on two exams. The decision is expected to significantly increase the number of providers that are classified as low performing and in danger of being closed if improvements are not made. More

Musician helps immigrant students learn English
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Mary McLaurin and her 12-string guitar have been training immigrant students' ears to the peculiar rhythms of the English language for more than a decade. Lately, the musical pair has also helped coax students' hopes and fears into original songs that resonate with the heartbreak and uncertainty of leaving home for a new land. More

The art of acquiring English language skills
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India: College students who can reproduce excerpts from Shakespeare but cringe at the idea of carrying a simple conversation in English? Graduates from various disciplines sporting seventy plus scores in English but struggling to frame simple questions? All is not what it seems when it comes to language, as marks are poor indicators of competency in language. We may have moved from mere textbook reading to assignments, seminars and viva-voce in teaching the English language in our colleges and universities but how many students can use the language in real-life situations? More

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Admissions group wants to hear all views on the ethics of paying international-student recruiters
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The director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Washington will lead a special panel to study the ethics of paying per-student commissions to overseas recruiters, the National Association for College Admission Counseling announced. The director, Philip A. Ballinger, who is widely regarded as one of his profession's most thoughtful members, will co-chair the commission created to explore the contentious issue. James L. Miller, NACAC's departing president, said he expects to name the panel's other co-chair, as well as 15 to 20 commission members, by the end of October. More

Fear for jobs ignites 'English crisis' in Japan
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Japan: It's eight in the morning in a Tokyo office building, and a dozen middle-aged Japanese businessmen sit inside small booths, sweating as they try to talk English to the instructors in front of them. "I hope my wife will understand my hobby," one 40-something man says, opening his mouth widely around the English words. He is one of legions of Japanese businessmen, or "salarymen," struggling with a language they thought they had left behind them in school as fears mount that the growing push by Japanese companies into overseas business will mean a dark future for them without usable English. More

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DPS offers parents free lessons in the English language via the radio
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Denver Public Schools, working to find new ways to reach out to parents and the community, renewed its partnership with a Texas-based group that offers free English language lessons to parents via the radio. "As we try to reach our 80,000 families, we know how important it is to be able to reach out in their home language," said superintendent Tom Boasberg. In DPS, of the now close to 80,000 students, more than 30,000 speak a language other than English More

Study: Top students lose steam under No Child Left Behind
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Many high-achieving children in the U.S. fail to sustain their academic performance over time, a study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute showed. Thirty percent to 50 percent of the country's top students scored lower in math and reading as they moved from third- through eighth-grade and from sixth- through 10th-grade, according to the study, which was released. The report followed the progress of more than 120,000 students in over 1,500 U.S. public schools. It builds on an earlier study by the institute and the Northwest Evaluation Association that showed top students aren't improving under the nation's No Child Left Behind public school law. More

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Researchers: Allowing native language in school benefits Mexican-American students
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A new University of Missouri study shows that Mexican-American students who identify and practice speaking their native language have higher grades than those who are put in English-only environments in their schools. More

Study: Single-sex schools have negative impact on kids
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Boys and girls may be opposites, but new research shows that in the classroom, separating the two sexes may not be the best way for either gender to learn and grow. A new study from Penn State researchers states that students who attend single-sex schools are no better educated than those who attend co-ed schools. Plus, children are more likely to accept gender stereotypes when they go to an all-boys or all-girls school. More

Hoarse teachers find talking is an occupational hazard    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By the end of her first day of school this month, Theresa Simon's voice was already starting to go. "You can hear a little bit of rasp," said the 48-year-old teacher at Cecelia Snyder Middle School in Bensalem, Pa. But the frog in her throat now is nothing compared to what Simon used to suffer every fall when she was among scores of teachers who find themselves going hoarse after heading back to the classroom. More

Spanish-speaking K-2 Reading Assessment

Fountas & Pinnell's Sistema de evaluación de la lectura is the new one-on-one assessment featuring culturally-authentic materials for the K-2 Spanish-speaking reader.

In Arizona, complaints that an accent can hinder a teacher's career
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When Guadalupe V. Aguayo puts her hand to her heart, faces the American flag in the corner of her classroom and leads her second-graders in the Pledge of Allegiance, she says some of the words — like allegiance, republic and indivisible — with a noticeable accent. When she tells her mostly Latino students to finish their breakfasts, quiet down, pull out their homework or capitalize the first letter in a sentence, the same accent can be heard. More

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