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English language courses soar by 35 percent
University World News
Europe: The number of English language-based courses taught in countries such as Germany, France, The Netherlands and Sweden has soared by 38% in just more than a year. Masters courses in English — covering the full range of disciplines including science, the arts and humanities — now account for almost a third of those advertised in continental Europe, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
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K-12 advocates braced for fresh budget battles
Education Week
School districts anxiously awaiting another round of across-the-board cuts to federal education programs will have to endure another few months of uncertainty, under a bipartisan deal that put an end to the first government shutdown in nearly two decades and prevented the nation from defaulting on its debt. Instead of breathing a sigh of relief as the impasse came to an end, education advocates are steeling themselves for yet another high-stakes budget battle. The agreement signed by President Barack Obama Oct. 17 to end the partial shutdown would keep all programs in the U.S. Department of Education running at current funding levels until Jan. 15.
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English language courses soar by 35 percent
University World News
The number of English language-based courses taught in countries such as Germany, France, The Netherlands and Sweden has soared by 38 percent in just more than a year. Masters courses in English — covering the full range of disciplines including science, the arts and humanities — now account for almost a third of those advertised in continental Europe, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.

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What does the possible government shutdown mean for schools?
Education Week
Brokedown Congress appears likely to spend the weekend attempting to keep the government from shutting down and the U.S. from defaulting on its debt. The sticking point this time isn't schools. Instead, education is getting caught in the crosshairs.

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Cutting to the Common Core: Making vocabulary No. 1
Language Magazine
The Common Core State Standards call upon students to tackle increasingly complex informational and narrative texts and articulate their comprehension using academic register. Beyond the primary grades, developing readers must digest detailed concept- and data-driven passages and extract essential content in order to respond to text-dependent questions.

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What do Common Core and the fiscal fight have in common?
Education Week (commentary)
Quick political quiz for education nerds: What do the shutdown/almost-default-on-the-national-debt and common core have in common? I'll give you a minute ... Give up? They're both issues that divide the GOP. In particular, they are areas on which the grassrootsy, tea party, activisty side of the Republican Party doesn't exactly see eye-to-eye with the business community.
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Stop blaming immigrants: Even English children struggle to learn English now
Yahoo News
United Kingdom: Teaching children who do not have English as a first language can be incredibly challenging. Teaching children to read and write correct English can be very difficult anyway even if they were born and raised here. Some schools have many students that do not use English as their first language and this will create problems for teachers and students alike. While the diversity in the classroom can bring many benefits, unless we are to have teachers who speak two languages in schools, this will continue to pose a threat to literacy and student's potential to learn.
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Seattle Public Schools prepares English language learners for success in a globalized world, new alliance report finds
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Using Seattle Public Schools as a model, a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education shows how high-quality curriculum and innovative school designs that support the use of students' home languages, as well as English, produce better outcomes for English language learners. The report, Embracing Linguistic Diversity: The Role of Teacher Leaders in Building Seattle's Pipeline of International Schools, also shows how SPS develops educators who value diversity and emphasize language development to further a districtwide focus on international education and global competency.
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Diversity is good for your English
Phys.org
United Kingdom: New research from experts at The University of Manchester has revealed that as the country's linguistic diversity increases, speakers of other languages are also becoming more proficient in English. Professor Yaron Matras and Deepthi Gopal say England and Wales' ethnic minorities are now much more likely to know English well. Their proficiency in English, they add, is not necessarily lower in areas with a high concentration of speakers of other languages, such as London.
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How cultural sensibilities in the English language can affect business negotiations
Real Business
United Kingdom: Organizations working across cultures often adopt a corporate language in the belief that it makes business easier if their global employees speak the same language. In most multinational organizations, English is usually the chosen corporate language. But many organizations can be lulled into a false sense of security that, due to use of a common language, business communication should be easy.
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Mother-tongue classrooms give a better boost to English study later
Mail & Guardian
South Africa: What language should South African children be taught in? The ongoing debates about the language of instruction in schools evoke strong (and often emotional) responses, as has again been seen in the various contributions in the media. However, these responses are seldom backed by evidence. A more scientific approach is required to address such an explosive topic and Mail & Guardian released a working paper that we believe offers this.
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Study finds most English teachers lacking in English
Times of Israel
Israel: The study also found that just half of the English teachers working in Israel have a degree in English, and a strong majority of English teachers think the level of English teaching in the country is only "reasonable." The poll, conducted by the Youth Renewal Fund, an Israeli NGO that, according to its website, "seeks to empower students on the geographic and social periphery of Israel," found that 50 percent of English teachers have an English degree and 25 percent of teachers learned English independently. Only 18 percent speak English at the mother tongue level, the Israel Hayom daily reported.
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How to create effective homework
MindShift
Based on a recent spate of articles on homework, it's clear that the homework wars — how much? how often? — are still a topic of big interest to both parents and teachers. Some teachers hate to give homework; others see it as a vital necessity. But according to some research presented by Annie Murphy Paul, the question isn't how much, but whether the homework that teachers do give actually advances learning.
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