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English not the first language in 240 schools — with five primary schools having no native-speakers at all
The Independent
United Kingdom: There are 240 schools in England where over 90 per cent of pupils do not speak English as a first language, with five primary schools having absolutely no first language English speakers at all. The numbers — revealed in Department of Education census figures obtained by Sky News — puts the total number of children without English as their mother tongue at 1.1 million, a rise of 54,000 in the last year.
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Fostering STEM vocabulary development in ESL students
By Beth Crumpler
With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, content-area literacy is a huge focus right now. The Common Core State Standards emphasize the literacy of math, science and technical subjects in English language arts. Science, technology, engineering and math content areas are difficult for ESL students. To meet the literacy objectives under the Common Core State Standards, ESL and content-area teachers must work together in teaching STEM content-area vocabulary.
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TESOL Core Certificate Program—Now Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted for TESOL's popular Core Certificate Program, which will commence in January 2014. This 130-hour online training program is designed for current or prospective teachers or administrators worldwide. It provides a foundation in the theory and practice of English language teaching. For more information and to apply, visit TESOL Core Certificate Program online. Applications are due 17 November 2013.

TESOL International Symposium in Guangzhou, China

TESOL is coming to Guangzhou, China, 15–16 November 2013 for the international symposium Envisioning and Creating the Future for English Language Teaching and Learning. Come together with ELT teachers, teacher trainers, and administrators to discuss practical, research-based ideas, strategies and tools to facilitate ongoing improvement in the ELT field. Register by 20 October and take advantage of early registration discounts.

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Refocusing students: How to get their attention back
Edutopia
Did you know that when reading, one's mind will wander 20 to 40 percent of the time while perusing a text, regardless of whether it is a book, blog, email, narrative, essay, or anything else?

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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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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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Arne Duncan to Education Department: Next few weeks won't be easy
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is back up and running — and employees have returned to a mile-long to-do list, according to an email from U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan that was sent out to employees (and reporters) on Oct. 17. Duncan thanks the "ED family" for all of its hard work and patience during the 16-day partial government shutdown.
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Budget deal would allow alternate-route teachers to be deemed 'highly qualified'
Education Week
The federal government didn't shut down over the question of whether teachers in alternative-certification programs should be considered "highly qualified" — but the bill to end the budget stalemate addresses the question anyway. The legislation, which is expected to be approved by both houses of Congress very soon, would allow teachers participating in alternative-certification programs (for example, Teach for America) to be considered "highly qualified" for an additional two years, through the 2015-2016 school year.
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ESL students become published authors through Research Labs program
My Suburban Life
While some writers struggle for years to get their big break, three Glen Ellyn, Ill., students can now call themselves published authors, thanks to their own hard work and a little help from the American Reading Company. As part of their English as a second language classes last year, the Hadley Junior High School students researched and wrote 15- to 20-page nonfiction books on the topics of their choice.
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How a radical new teaching method could unleash a generation of geniuses
Wired
José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the U.S. border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked city of 489,000 that is a flash point in the war on drugs. There are regular shoot-outs, and it's not uncommon for locals to find bodies scattered in the street in the morning. To get to the school, students walk along a white dirt road that parallels a fetid canal. On a recent morning there was a 1940s-era tractor, a decaying boat in a ditch, and a herd of goats nibbling gray strands of grass.
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International students to reach 3.8 million by 2024
University World News
A new British Council report has predicted that there will be 3.8 million mobile higher education students globally by 2024, up from just over three million two years ago. India and China will contribute 35 percent of the global growth in international students. The most popular destination countries for students — the United States, United Kingdom and Australia — will continue to attract the largest numbers of students, but there will be more competition from emerging host countries such as China and Malaysia. Also, new major sending countries are arising such as Nigeria, Saudia Arabia and Indonesia.
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Student works with English-language program in Africa
Penn State News
Colleen Shaughnessy, a doctoral student in adult education, is no stranger to the African continent. This College of Education scholar has spent almost five years in total, in countries such as Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Africa and Rwanda. This past summer, Shaughnessy spent nearly four weeks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo working for the U.S. State Department as an English language specialist. In this position, Shaughnessy traveled throughout the country speaking with high school teachers, teacher trainers and professors conducting a needs analysis of English language programs.
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Bird study finds key info about human speech-language development
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center via Science Daily
A study led by Dr. Xiaoching Li at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence, has shown for the first time how two tiny molecules regulate a gene implicated in speech and language impairments as well as autism disorders, and that social context of vocal behavior governs their function. The findings are published in The Journal of Neuroscience.
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Refocusing students: How to get their attention back
Edutopia
Did you know that when reading, one's mind will wander 20 to 40 percent of the time while perusing a text, regardless of whether it is a book, blog, email, narrative, essay, or anything else? This is one of many fascinating findings reported in Dan Goleman's new book, "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence" and it calls us to remember that students can't learn what they are not paying attention to.
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