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Showcasing English
The Star Online
Malaysia: The recent English Language Unity Carnival held recently in Kuantan, Pahang drew a large crowd of participants, including teachers, parents and students from all over the country. For the second year running, the three-day national carnival was held alongside the challenge trophy which is named after the Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. More than 1,000 participants, mainly from primary schools, took part in the challenge trophy which comprised competitions in storytelling, poetry
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Three decades after order, Denver schools still struggle to teach English
The Denver Post
Three decades after federal courts ordered Denver Public Schools to better serve English learners, its efforts remain plagued by inconsistencies and a large number of students who haven't shown progress in learning the language. The district is two years into its latest plan to educate English learners, who make up nearly 35 percent of the district's 90,000 students. But based on the most recent annual tests, nearly one in three of the district's English learners who have been in the system for the past two years failed to make progress on their English skills.
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Pleasure of learning new words
Universidad de Barcelona via Science Daily
From our very first years, we are intrinsically motivated to learn new words and their meanings. First language acquisition occurs within a permanent emotional interaction between parents and children. However, the exact mechanism behind the human drive to acquire communicative linguistic skills is yet to be established.
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Halloween writing: A scary jumble story
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Use this classic story writing activity with a scary Halloween twist, and get your English language learners writing and having fun at the same time. Other recent TESOL Blog posts: 8 Major Trends in the Global ELT Field; Making Connections to Improve EL Reading Comprehension; Sowing Seeds for Career Success; and Google+ Education: Part 5.
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Call for author: Grammar columnist, deadline 31 October
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TESOL is seeking a quarterly grammar columnist for TESOL Connections, its membership newsletter. The columnist will address difficult or tricky English grammar and usage issues, including how to teach the grammar point to English language learners, and will receive a small honorarium as well as free membership in TESOL. Open to all. Deadline: 31 October 2014.
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TESOL Awards & Grants: Applications due 1 November
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TESOL is accepting applications/nominations for several different awards and grants. Funding for TESOL 2015 in Toronto, Canada is available. Applications must be received by 1 November 2014.
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White House is root of test-reduction rhetoric, sources say
Education Week
President Barack Obama appears to be behind his administration's recent rhetorical push on the need to reconsider the number of tests students take, sources say. And the president's new thinking on tests would seem to put U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a pretty awkward position. For the first six years of his term in office, Duncan has bet big on student scores on state tests, pressing states to use them in pivotal decisions, such as teacher evaluations.
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Common Core revolt goes local
POLITICO
School districts from New Hampshire to Oregon are revolting against the coming Common Core tests. Even as political leaders in both red and blue states continue to back away from the standards — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest example — the hottest battles have shifted to the local level, where education officials are staging public revolts against state and federal mandates to administer Common Core exams.
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Class helps students with their sewing and their English
Pioneer Press
Margarita Garcia smiled broadly as she showed off a small cloth bag that could hold pencils, makeup or a cellphone. It looks deceptively simple, but to create it she had to learn to make a lining and put in a zipper. Luckily, those are skills she mastered in a new course for adults who want to improve both their English and their sewing skills.
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English language learners spell success with AMAO
Fort Morgan Times
English language learners in Fort Morgan, Alabama, hit a new mark of success, three marks actually, for the first time since 2008. English language learners, or ELL students, make up about 37 percent of the Fort Morgan School District. About 798 of these students were tested according to state and federal regulations, and the results showed some promising growth, said assistant superintendent Joy Perry. The students were tested, and later assessed on three different levels called Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives, or AMAO.
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Summarizing the research on dual language learners
EdCentral
It's impossible to have a conversation about dual language learners in the United States without being drawn into questions about their "difference," and just how much it should be taken into account at school. For years, English-only advocates have argued that these differences should be ignored or erased, that we need to educate DLLs much as we educate monolingual English students — with English instruction.
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What's going on inside the brain of a curious child?
MindShift
How does a sunset work? Jolanda Blackwell wanted her eighth graders to really think about sunsets, to wonder and question. So she had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of a physics lesson on motion. Blackwell, like many other teachers, understands that when kids are curious, they're much more likely to stay engaged. But why? What, exactly, is curiosity and how does it work? A study published in the October issue of the journal Neuron suggests that the brain's chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information.
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Deeper learning improves student outcomes
Edutopia
When educators learn about the work of Envision Schools and the work of our partner schools in the Deeper Learning Network, they almost always ask for evidence or data to show that this approach is better than traditional approaches to learning.
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