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Report by young immigrants and refugees urges credit for ESL classes
Vancouver Free Press
Canada: A group of young immigrants and refugees has ranked improved language policies at the top of a list of recommendations that could improve the lives of newcomers to Canada. Their policy suggestions are outlined in an Oct. 1 report titled "Fresh Voices From Long Journeys: Insights of Immigrant and Refugee Youth." The document proposes allowing English language classes to count toward high-school graduation and implementing a credit program for foreign languages that students speak at home. "Immigrants and refugee youth feel the school system here is not really inclusive of other languages," the report states.
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Empowering connected learning in TESOL
By Beth Crumpler
The U. S. Department of Education has created Connected Educator Month to promote learning through peer-to-peer interactions online between educators. Although Connected Educator Month is promoted by the U.S. Department of Education, it is a global event in which educators worldwide are participating. Educators of TESOL are a globally connected audience by means of the profession. Connected Educator Month is an excellent time to expand connected learning in the field of TESOL through globally connected interactions that transcend content area boundaries.
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Let tech organize your teaching
Edutopia (commentary)
By now, many new and veteran teachers are settling into the routine of the new school year. Hopefully, the back-to-school anxiety levels have subsided and classrooms are alive with learning.

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Does geography influence how a language sounds?
National Geographic
Languages spoken at high altitudes are more likely to contain a certain kind of sound made using short bursts of air, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, is the first to show that geography can influence how a language sounds.

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Cutting to the Common Core: Making vocabulary No. 1
Language Magazine
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) call upon students to tackle increasingly complex informational and narrative texts and articulate their comprehension using academic register.

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Common Core and English learners: Teaching math and language
Education Week
The Understanding Language team at Stanford University has just released its first major collection of common core instructional resources in math meant for teachers who work with English language learners. A team of experts, including Judit Moschkovich, a professor of mathematics education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, used or adapted tasks from two series of curricula: Inside Mathematics and the Mathematics Assessment Project. Each lesson in the package includes detailed notes on how teachers can use them in classrooms with English learners.
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Why do English teachers have to be native speakers?
The Japan Times
Japan: In Japan, non-native English-language instructors from South Asian countries are challenging cultural stereotypes and putting a new face on the industry. And it hasn’t been any easy task. In Tokyo, North American-English and British-English have long been the standards taught in schools, and language testing is dominated by American exams such the TOEIC test, which attracts 1.5 million test-takers per year. This preference carries the assumption that only native speakers — specifically from Western countries such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Britain — can teach the language.
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Pupils prefer to be taught in English
Independent Online
South Africa: Most South African pupils prefer to be taught in English and Afrikaans, according to a report released by the Basic Education Department. This is after 65 percent of pupils enrolled at school in 2011 named English as their preferred language of instruction, with 10 percent opting for Afrikaans, 7.5 percent for Zulu and 6.6 percent for Xhosa. The department released its latest Annual School Surveys report, which contains statistics on various aspects of the schooling system.
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Schools offer new English acquisition program
Our Colorado News
A shift in how Colorado's Littleton Public Schools teaches kids who are learning English is going smoothly, say administrators. Rather than pulling students out of regular classrooms to focus on language acquisition, LPS is piloting co-teaching at two of its schools. Under that model at Field Elementary and Goddard Middle School, a second teacher comes into a classroom to work on English acquisition.
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Leading English language schools for Asian students
Asian Correspondent
English is the global language for meetings of the mind — for everything from international summits to scientific collaboration. Proficiency allows access to myriad cross-cultural experiences and professional opportunities. In fact, research commissioned by the British Council found that English speakers earn three times as much as their non-English-speaking counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa.
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Time for change: MOOCs and learning technology
Chief Learning Officer
Massive open online courses are transforming learning technology. During the past year we've all seen the explosive growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, produced by organizations such as EdX and Coursera. These new businesses started developing expert-led courses that cover typical university or college-level topics like introduction to computer science, psychology, history and many more.
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Uphill task mastering English
New Straits Times
Malaysia: Learning English as a second language can be a tedious process. Students may also portray a lack of interest while learning the language. You might find them sitting in the back row and avoiding eye contact with the teachers. As Malaysia is aspiring to attain a developed nation status by 2020, it is imperative that it has a generation of people who are able to communicate effectively in English to enable the nation to compete on an international platform. The government has realized the importance of English in securing business deals and opportunities in the long run for the country.
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Understanding how infants acquire new words across cultures
Northwestern University via Science Daily
Infants show strong universals as they acquire their native language, but a recent study with infants acquiring Korean also reveals that there are striking language differences. Sandra Waxman, Louis W. Menk Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, is senior author of a new study providing the first ever evidence comparing how infants (monolingual, from Korea) acquiring Korean learn new nouns and verbs.
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Let technology organize your teaching
Edutopia (commentary)
By now, many new and veteran teachers are settling into the routine of the new school year. Hopefully, the back-to-school anxiety levels have subsided and classrooms are alive with learning. Notice that I said "hopefully." Speaking as someone who spent nine years in the classroom, this was usually the point in the year where I started to feel unorganized and scattered. I had a plan, scope and sequence, but still felt like my organizational methods were beginning to spiral. This feeling occurred in classrooms where I had technology at my disposal and classrooms where I did not.
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