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What we talk about when we talk about best practices: Types of curricula
By: Debra Josephson Abrams
In Part 1 of this series on best practices in ESL programs, we looked at the overwhelming research that supports integrated curricula. Today, we will look at two types of integrated curricula: theme-based learning and culture-based curriculum. If you are revising your ESL curriculum or are establishing a new program, or if you are a teacher interested in teaching for a best practices program or a student eager to study in a best practices program, it is clearly advisable to consider a curriculum that is theme-based and/or culture-based.
Call for submissions: TESOL Connections feature articles and Quick Tips
TESOL Connections is seeking previously unpublished articles about English language teaching and learning that cover innovative, unusual, or interesting things you have found in your years of experience in ELT; trends in ELT and how they might influence teaching; and useful, tested classroom practice tips or strategies. Feature articles and lesson plans are 900–1,200 words; Quick Tips are 375–575 words. Read full submission guidelines and submit today!
K–12 Dream Day in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TESOL invites all mainstream teachers and administrators to join a group of distinguished international and local ESL experts for a day of interactive training designed to equip attendees with new strategies and resources for working with ELLs. The day features 20 workshops, a keynote address from Dr. Jim Cummins, and STEM panel discussion. Register for both K–12 Dream Day and the full TESOL convention by 30 November and receive 10 percent off! Group discounts also available.
NEW: Adult Ed Day in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
This brand-new, one-of-a-kind event is designed exclusively for adult education instructors and administrators as well as volunteers working in adult education programs. Participants can choose from 20 workshops on a variety of topics such as innovative teaching practices, administration and programming, funding, language standards and assessment, ways to remove barriers to language teaching and learning, and much more. Also included is a keynote address from Dr. Jim Cummins and an afternoon panel discussion on immigration policy. Register for both Adult Ed Day and the full TESOL convention by 30 November and receive 10 percent off! Group discounts also available.
New TESOL Certificate: Advanced Practitioner
Take your career to the next level; sharpen your skills in syllabus design, lesson planning and teaching; and contribute to the field by presenting or publishing. The TESOL Certificate: Advanced Practitioner program is designed to help you achieve all these goals while receiving ongoing support from an expert mentor. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Low introductory pricing available through 1 November. Apply today!
TESOL Online Course: Grammar 1. Phrasal Structures
2 February – 1 March 2015
Learn how to define the basic grammatical terms, identify grammatical structures within sentences, and explain the structure of noun and verb phrases and the functions of the English verb tenses. Explore ways to incorporate communicative practice into your teaching plans and write teaching plans for grammar points. Register today.
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Report urges revamping student testing
With a nod to California, a new report suggests overhauling how school and student success is measured in the United States. The report, by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the National Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky, recommends alternatives to annual standardized tests. It says there should be far more emphasis on ongoing assessments of students as part of regular classroom instruction. Schools should focus more on "formative assessments," the curriculum-based problems and quizzes that teachers give to students throughout the school year for feedback on how students are doing, in addition to locally developed alternatives to assessments, the report argues.
Georgia preschool providers to launch program for English learners
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is launching a new initiative designed to help preschool providers better identify and support children that are learning English. The initiative announced this week will assist practitioners in identifying dual language learners, children that are learning English and one or more languages, and supporting their language development — a key factor for school readiness. By providing training and technical assistance, DECAL aims to have early care and education practitioners as well as school district personnel equipped with tools and strategies to support English and home language development.
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3 hidden costs for international students at US colleges
U.S. News & World Report
International students preparing to attend college in the U.S. cannot avoid considering their budget. But there's more to consider than your future tuition, room and board or textbook fees. You already know these kinds of costs and probably have a plan to get scholarships to cover them at best, or you're at least aware of them. Instead, I would like to tell you about the following college costs that many international students only realize they'll have to account for once they set foot in the U.S.
Refugees need access to higher education
University World News
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees' 2013 Global Trends Report indicated that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide had, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million. This massive increase was driven both by the war in Syria, which by the end of 2013 had forced 2.5 million people to leave their countries as refugees, and by new displacement in Africa due to new conflicts, notably in the Central African Republic and South Sudan.
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English language learning represents 6 percent of tourist arrivals
English language learning in Malta is a significant tourism market segment which nowadays represents close to 6 percent of our tourist arrivals. Because of the typically longer length of stay, this equates to circa 230,000 spent nights, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis said. Addressing the Professional Quality Conference, he said Malta is an ideal host country when it comes to English language learning.
Strong vocabulary protects against cognitive decline
New research suggests a robust vocabulary may reduce mild cognitive impairment and lead to a lower risk of developing dementia. Mild cognitive impairment or incipient dementia is a condition that some people develop as they age. Many experts believe it is an intermediate state between normal cognition and dementia. MCI is defined as cognitive decline greater than expected for an individual's age and education level but that does not interfere notably with activities of daily life. Symptoms often include forgetfulness and a decline in executive skills.
How standing desks can help students focus in the classroom
The rise of the standing desk may appear to be a response to the modern, eat-at-your-desk, hunched-over worker chained to her computer, but history paints a different picture: Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson all stood while they worked. Donald Rumsfeld had a standing desk, and so did Charles Dickens. Workplaces are moving toward more standing desks, but schools have been slower to catch on for a variety of reasons, including cost, convenience, and perhaps the assumption that "sit down and pay attention" is the best way to learn.
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