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Filipino students improve English skills
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: Philippine schools in the Saudi capital observed English Month in September to improve their students' speaking and writing skills. "Schools observe English language month in the Kingdom as per the requirements of the Department of Education in the Philippines, to improve the knowledge of students when it comes to speaking English properly," Perlita F. Ponciano, principal of Al-Taj International School, told Arab News.
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360 English teachers start classes in 33 municipalities
The Yucatan Times
Mexico: With games and songs, the 2013-2014 National English Program in Basic Education began, where students of 267 public schools from preschool, primary and secondary in 33 municipalities received their first English language class and textbooks to support their learning. The PNIEB is running in 49 preschools, 145 primary and 73 secondary schools benefiting over 88,000 children in basic education. The inauguration ceremony was held at the State Primary School Gabriela Mistral located in the Residencial Pensiones neighborhood in the City of Merida, where the pilot program began in 2008.
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Science, Maths subjects should be taught in English
New Straits Times
Malaysia: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggested that science and mathematics subjects should be taught in English. He believed this is vital in order to bring the nation further towards development. Pointing out that the two disciplines play important roles in developing a nation, he said it is crucial for the students to master English language where most researches were carried out in. "I agree that we should uphold our national language which is Malay language."
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Call for student proposals for the 2014 TESOL convention
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The Master's Student Forum and Doctoral Forum, at the 2014 TESOL Annual Convention, seek submissions by 1 November 2013. The Master's Student Forum is a 1-day miniconference for graduate students in TESOL teacher preparation programs to network and share their research. At the Doctoral Forum, students network with experienced TESOL researchers and educators and discuss their dissertation research through poster sessions, mentoring discussion sections and presentations on hot topics.
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Free online conference: Technology in Teaching — Principles in Practice
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This full-day conference runs 12 October 2013 and is hosted jointly by TESOL's Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section and IATEFL's Learning Technologies Special Interest Group. Topics are designed to provide grounding for classroom practice in principled application of technology. Information on guest speakers, format and registration is available here.
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TOEFL small grants for doctoral research in second or foreign language assessment
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The deadline is 15 October 2013 for applications for the TOEFL Small Grants for Doctoral Research in Second or Foreign Language Assessment. Cash awards up to US $2000 are available 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 2014.
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International students: Can we do more to welcome them?
The Guardian
United Kingdom: We know starting university can be a stressful time for many — new surroundings, new peers and a high level of academic expectation make even the most confident student a little anxious.

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Insufficient learning resources barrier to honing English skills
The Daily Star
Students find it difficult to learn English due to insufficient learning resources in schools and this is where the "English in Schools" program steps in, said speakers at a discussion.

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Costa Rica as an ESL kick-start
The Costa Rican Times
Costa Rica: One of the more frustrating aspects of attempts at entering a new field is a lack of experience. Potential employers look for that intangible amount of experience but would rather not provide the opportunity to reach that requisite.

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Shutdown's impact on schools limited for now
Education Week
The start of the first shutdown of the federal government in nearly two decades caused some anxiety for state and district education officials, but didn't interrupt business as usual for schools across the country, at least at first. To be sure, there have been headaches, particularly for the federal Head Start pre-K program, with a handful of centers in several states closing entirely because of Congress' failure to come up with a budget deal before the 2013 federal fiscal year expired on Sept. 30. And the closure has slowed the pace of federal research, put a monkey wrench in state and federal collaboration on key K-12 issues — and turned the U.S. Department of Education's headquarters in Washington into a virtual ghost town, with more than 90 percent of the staff furloughed as of Oct. 1.
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Mixed reviews to Common Core highlight of Education Nation town hall
The Hechinger Report
Students and teachers at the annual Education Nation town hall on Sunday expressed mixed reactions to the Common Core, mirroring divisions in the wider national conversation about new standards in math and English adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. "I see students rolling their eyes," said Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC host and moderator of the Student Town Hall, after College Board president David Coleman — who was deeply involved in writing the standards — promoted their value before several hundred students.
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ESL students need to master English language and also do well in regular studies
Press Connects
Two years ago, the only English that Crystal Lee knew was what she had learned in a classroom in Korea. She came to Maine-Endwell High School as a freshman and lived with a host family. Her second year at the school, Lee enrolled in English as a second language courses to help her master the language and keep her grades up. This fall, after a full-year of classes, Lee won first place in the statewide Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Essay Contest.
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Insufficient learning resources barrier to honing English skills
The Daily Star
Students find it difficult to learn English due to insufficient learning resources in schools and this is where the "English in Schools" program steps in, said speakers at a discussion. Robi and The Daily Star organized the consultation, on the latter's premises in the capital, among those empowering students with English language skills on the possible efficacy of the program they have undertaken. As per the Sept. 6 contract of the program, 1,000 secondary schools all over the country will get three copies of the newspaper five days a week (except Friday and Saturday). This will initially continue for six months.
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Mexican consulate closes gap between Spanish-speaking parents, DPS
The Denver Post
A partnership between the Mexican consulate and Denver Public Schools is working to close the gap between Spanish-speaking parents and Colorado's educational system with each school brochure and English-language kit they hand out. Hundreds of people have utilized the Educational Opportunities Information Booth since it opened just inside the doors of the consulate, 5350 Leetsdale Drive in Glendale, on Sept. 5. The booth — one of four run by the Mexican embassy in the U.S. — aims to serve visitors to the consulate who ask for school information. As many as 500 people visit the consulate each day.
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School addresses English language learner issues
Wicked Local Concord
Despite having only six English language learner students last year, the Lincoln-Sudbury school district in Massachusetts had to file a plan with the state to show how it will fix shortcomings the state Department of Education found in the high school's ELL program. After conducting a routine study of the district's student services last year, the state told L-S earlier this month the high school did not comply with four of 22 total categories related to ELL services.
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How boosting adult educational skills can grow the middle class
Center for American Progress
The basic skill level of American adults is incredibly important for our ability to grow and maintain a strong middle class. In an economy that increasingly relies on technology we must invest in policies that promote and strengthen the skills of our citizens so that they can continue to drive American economic growth.
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The language gap
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For a state famous for its exotic, international vibe, Hawaii isn't always paradise for people whose English language skills are lacking or weak. Laws that reach out to help new arrivals are on the books, but problems implementing the laws cause many people to slip through the cracks. The recent lawsuit challenging the lack of translated exams at the counties' driver licensing offices illustrates one such gap. The counties administer the tests, but the state Department of Transportation has oversight. And it's the DOT that was named in the suit, filed a month ago by Faith Action for Community Equity, a nonprofit group, on behalf of two unnamed residents.
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The order of words: Understanding differences in how children and adults learn
Sissa Medialab via Science Daily
There are words that convey a meaning, like verbs, nouns or adjectives, and others, like articles or conjunctions that sustain them, providing a structure for the sentence. A few years ago some scientists of the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste, together with collaborators from other universities, showed that the order of the two categories of words within a sentence is important for language acquisition in infants already in their first year of life. A study carried out by the same SISSA scientists, shows that adults have similar preferences. A phenomenon that may help understanding the differences between how children and adults learn.
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Report: Teachers in Common Core states 'enthusiastic' about implementation
THE Journal
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic have released the partial findings of their new report, "Primary Sources: America's Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change", which show that almost all teachers are aware of the Common Core State Standards and the majority of those in states adopting the standards are enthusiastic about the implementation. Of the 20,000 teachers surveyed for the report, 97 percent said they were aware of the standards and 100 percent from the 46 states implementing the standards reported the same. Among respondents who teach English language arts, math, science or social studies in the Common Core states, 73 percent told researchers they are enthusiastic about adopting the standards in their classrooms.
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Happiness: A key outcome of equitable schools
Edutopia
This year has begun with a lot of discussion about how Common Core will affect instruction, curriculum, and assessment, conversations that usually circle up to the intended outcomes of our K-12 education system. In my district in Oakland, Calif., we aim to prepare students to be "college and career ready." Explorations of the achievement gap and structural inequities also point to ways in which some of our students (primarily low income black and Latino students) end up at a disadvantage when competing for jobs after going through our schools.
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