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Guide: Tying Common Core and English-proficiency
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As school districts forge ahead in putting the common academic standards into practice, many states are still revising or creating new English-language-proficiency standards to spell out for teachers the sophisticated language skills that their English learner students will need to succeed with the rigorous new academic expectations. More

States punch reset button with NCLB waivers
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Given the flexibility to revise their academic goals under the No Child Left Behind Act, a vast majority of the states that received federal waivers are setting different expectations for different subgroups of students, an Education Week analysis shows. That marks a dramatic shift in policy and philosophy from the original law. The waivers issued by the U.S. Department of Education let states abandon the goal of 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics for all students and instead hold schools accountable for passing rates that vary by subgroup — as long as those schools make significant gains in closing gaps in achievement. More

The National Center for Literacy Education
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TESOL International Association, along with other top foundations and professional associations serving educators, has partnered with the National Center for Literacy Education to assist with developing literacy in the United States. If interested in learning more about this partnership, please visit the Literacy in Learning Exchange. If interested in participating in the movement, please register here. All NCLE resources are free!

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Preparing your ESL licensure program for NCATE review
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Is your ESL teacher education program preparing for recognition by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education? This interactive webinar presents an overview of the recently revised TESOL/NCATE P–12 Teacher Education Standards and helps guide you through the process of preparing a TESOL program report for NCATE review. More

Award for Excellence in Leadership in International Education
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TESOL member Paul Mahony received the Award for Excellence in Leadership in International Education. The awards ceremony took place during the Australian International Education Conference in Melbourne 2–5 October. Paul Mahony served on the Standards Committee for TESOL International Association and is the driving force behind Cambodia TESOL. The award serves as a wonderful and very deserved acknowledgment of all he has done and continues to do. Photos of the ceremony will be available soon on the aiec website.

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Giving teachers and administrators an informed voice around the Common Core
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When it comes to transitioning to the Common Core, this is not the time for hesitation. There is too much at stake and too much to accomplish in the very short time before the 2014-2015 assessments are administered by SMARTER Balanced and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Of course, no one wants to hurry into a mistake that would be costly. So what do you do if you haven't yet put all of the pieces together to transition to the Common Core State Standards? More

Teaching jobs finally coming back
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After four years of layoffs, teaching jobs are finally coming back. Public school hiring rose this summer to its highest level in six years. But even with the small hiring spurt, it's still not nearly enough to keep up with the growing number of students in American classrooms. "The data suggest that at least we're not shedding a lot of teacher jobs any more. That's a really nice first step, but there's still so much to make up," said Heidi Shierholz, economist with the Economic Policy Institute. More

Are new online standardized tests revolutionary? Decide for yourself
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New high-tech standardized tests are coming soon to schools across the country, but will these new tests really revolutionize how we measure whether children are learning? The designers of the new tests, which a majority of states plan to adopt in two years, are allowing a sneak peek at sample questions, so you can decide for yourself. Two competing state coalitions have taken on the job of designing the new tests, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and both have posted examples of what's coming on their websites. More

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Test for teachers kicks off Malaysia's push for English
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Malaysia: In the same month that Malaysia committed itself to ensuring that every child will be proficient in Bahasa Malaysia and English by 2025, teachers of English were told that they must pass a test of English proficiency within two years or be moved to other roles. Ambitious plans to overhaul the education system were recently announced by prime minister Najib Tun Razak, but a decade of policies intended to spread English language skills have foundered because teachers in rural areas have limited command of the language. More

Using photos with English language learners
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Though the origin of the popular adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words." is unclear, one thing is clear: Using photos with English language learners can be enormously effective in helping them learn far more than a thousand words — and how to use them. Usable images for lessons can be found online or teachers and students can take and use their own. More

Talking E-Books Help ELs Succeed

E-Books with synchronized audio make content accessible, link spoken words to text, and build on in-class use of printed books. FREE online trial subscription and printed sample.

Parenting program aims to help Latinos close early-learning gaps
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Recent studies are finding that immigrant Latino families provide some of the best starts for young children, even when those families face disadvantages because of poverty. They are more often than not two-parent households, more likely to have mothers who don't experience mental health issues, and tend to provide a strong foundation for social-emotional learning in their young children, which is a well-documented set of skills necessary for success in school. More

San Francisco teachers collaborate to narrow achievement gap for Latino students
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The San Francisco Unified School District is spotlighting James Lick Middle School, profiling the school's rising standardized test scores and narrowing achievement gap for Latino students. Lick is teaching students "academic language" — abstract words and phrases that are common in tests but uncommon in everyday English. The school is also reaching out to families and emphasizing teacher collaboration. "For me, the number-one biggest factor is the collaboration amongst the teachers," Principal Bita Nazarian said. "We have daily common planning times, so grade-level teachers can discuss student progress, talk about kids' needs, meet with families and plan their lessons together." More

School reaches out to immigrant parents
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Parents of English language learners were at attention, taking a crash course in the school rules and getting homework of sorts that could help their children succeed. School officials talked about the discipline code, attendance rules and how students are graded, as well as supports available to students, during the nearly two-hour workshop, mainly presented in Spanish. More

English language teachers discuss new training methods
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Pakistan: The 28th annual three-day Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers conference continued at the Habib Public School, with the participants, including overseas delegates, discussing the latest trends in training of English language and linguistics teachers. More

Master English prepares teachers for teaching IELTS
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Saudi Arabia: Master English, an affiliated teacher training institute of London Teacher Training College, offers convenient learning programs for learners willing to learn the English language. The International English Language Testing System is the world's leading test of English for higher education, employment, immigration, among others. Master English offers IELTS preparation, courses in business English and letter writing, academic research writing workshops, conversation classes, standard English level classes, TEFL tasters and two-day workshops for new teachers. More

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No GED? Some undocumented immigrants hit barriers in quest for legal status
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The government's new program offering young undocumented immigrants a reprieve from deportation presents an opportunity but also many challenges for an estimated 350,000 youths who didn't finish high school, many of whom may not be able to qualify because the barriers are too high, experts say. The key hurdle is the educational requirement of the deferred action program. Immigrants must be enrolled in school, graduated from high school or have served in the military, and if they haven't, they'll need to get a GED, the equivalent of a high school degree, or enroll in an education, literacy or career training program. More

London's migrants offered English lessons by phone
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United Kingdom: The image of London as a successful multicultural world city was at the heart of the campaign to host this summer's Olympic Games, but a report published by the mayor of London reveals that many of the capital's most vulnerable migrants cannot access English language training that is vital for integration and employment. The study, English Language for All, is part of mayor Boris Johnson's wider integration strategy for a city that is home to nearly half of the U.K.'s migrant population. More

Studies link students' boredom to stress
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One glance, and any teacher knows the score: That student, halfway down the row, staring blankly at his tapping pen, fidgeting, sneaking glances at the wall clock roughly every 30 seconds, is practically screaming, "I'm bored!" While boredom is a perennial student complaint, emerging research shows it is more than students' not feeling entertained, but rather a "flavor of stress" that can interfere with their ability to learn and even their health. An international group of researchers argues this month in Perspectives on Psychological Science that the experience of boredom directly connects to a student's inability to focus attention. More

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Language is shaped by brain's desire for clarity and ease
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Cognitive scientists have good news for linguistic purists terrified about the corruption of their mother tongue. Using an artificial language in a carefully controlled laboratory experiment, a team from the University of Rochester and Georgetown University has found that many changes to language are simply the brain's way of ensuring that communication is as precise and concise as possible. More

What you hear could depend on what your hands are doing
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New research links motor skills and perception, specifically as it relates to a second finding — a new understanding of what the left and right brain hemispheres "hear." Georgetown University Medical Center researchers say these findings may eventually point to strategies to help stroke patients recover their language abilities, and to improve speech recognition in children with dyslexia. More

Study: Language structure arises from balance of clear and effective communication
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When learning a new language, we automatically organize words into sentences that will be both clearly understood and efficient (quick) to communicate. That's the finding of a new study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences which challenges opposing theories on why and how languages come to be organized the way they are. More

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How useful is TESOL academic research?
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Ask a teacher of English as a foreign or second language: "What is the main source of your professional teaching knowledge?" and the answer you are most likely to get is: "Reflection on classroom experience." If you ask academic experts on ELT, they are more likely to say: "The research." This is of course an overgeneralization, but I think it represents a genuine dichotomy, and raises the question: what is the place of research-based theory in the knowledge base underlying ELT? More

The challenge of assessing project-based learning
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Ask high school juniors at Da Vinci Charter Academy in the Davis, Calif., Joint Unified School District, to explain the causes and consequences of war in American history, and you won't get a rote recitation of dates and places. Instead, these students are able to demonstrate their learning by screening the preview for a feature film they produced on the conflict in Afghanistan through the eyes of a young American soldier. They can offer highlights of their interviews with Vietnam veterans, which they contributed to the Library of Congress as primary source material. More

Dispelling the myths about 1:1 environments
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Andrew Marcinek, a instructional technology specialist, wants to dispel myths about 1:1 environments. His assertions are not based on opinion, but on evidence directly observed in secondary classrooms at Burlington High School in Massachusetts and from the students that traverse these halls daily. The school launched 1,000-plus iPads last year, and they are starting the second year with the device in the hands of all students and teachers. More

The future of education: Tablets vs. textbooks
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The federal government, book publishers and the technology industry are considering a large-scale effort to push tablets into public schools, raising questions about hidden costs to implement such a program. Apple, Intel and McGraw Hill representatives and other technology and publishing heavy hitters are working with Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to figure out effective ways to introduce digital technology into the emerging classroom. More

Teachers make money selling materials online
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Kristine Nannini spent her summer creating wall charts and student data sheets for her fifth grade class — and making $24,000 online by selling those same materials to other teachers. Teachers like Nannini are making extra money providing materials to their cash-strapped and time-limited colleagues on curriculum sharing sites like, providing an alternative to more traditional — and generally more expensive — school supply stores. Many districts, teachers and parents say these sites are saving teachers time and money, and giving educators a quick way to make extra income. More

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