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Fusing language acquisition with approaches to teaching music
By: Beth Crumpler
Most language teachers will agree that songs and chants help students master another language. In addition, language teachers will agree that using movement and hands-on learning experiences, such as in total physical response strategies, also help students acquire language. Just like language teaching, music teaching includes approaches that utilize movement and communication. The two most common approaches to music instruction are the Kodaly and Orff methods, which have similarities to language instructional approaches.
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Big gains made by English learners, their teachers
Chinook Observer
Students learning to speak, read and learn in English are making big strides in the Ocean Beach School District, according to state test results. The tests that apply to Ocean Beach School District examine student progress over time and show how students are transitioning, reaching new levels of fluency. Though the district is on an improvement plan, this year it met the state's achievement objectives — something only 25 percent of school districts across the state have accomplished, said Erin Glenn, coordinator for the district's English language learners program.
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Support for bilingual education grows as population shifts
Austin American-Statesman
The Lake Travis school district in Texas implemented two new programs this semester designed to increase the success of Spanish-speaking students. Hispanic students account for almost 20 percent of the student population of the Lake Travis school district. Because the majority of Spanish-speaking families live within the attendance zone of Lake Travis Elementary, the school is home to the district's newly implemented dual language program, the Gomez and Gomez Enrichment Model, applicable from pre-K until fifth grade. The program is designed to make students proficient in reading and in speaking in both English and Spanish by the time they complete the program.
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Older adults to tutor struggling students
The Arizona Republic
This school season brought the first day of school for an unusual crowd: adults 50 and older. About 70 of them are hitting the books at 10 Phoenix elementary schools to help bring first-, second- and third-graders up to speed in reading. Organizers hope to expand the program to 20 more schools by 2020. The volunteers are part of a nationwide AARP program that sends trained tutors to inner-city schools to help struggling kids catch up to their grade level.
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Spelling it out: Is it time English speakers loosened up?
The Guardian (commentary)
I can't remember exactly how often spelling tests happened at school — maybe every week or two – but I do remember I looked forward to them. We'd be tested, I'd do well, then I'd feel good about myself. Children who weren't good at spelling would feel bad about themselves. That's just how it worked. In some ways prescriptivism about spelling is falling out of fashion. Today, even the biggest pedants (I'm looking at you, Stephen Fry) will concede that it is in rather poor taste to emphasize the form of something as fluid as language over its function. But when it comes to the classroom, a lot of that understanding flies out the window. Children just have to learn how to spell — like it or lump it.
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Impacts of MOOCs on higher education
Inside Higher Ed
An international group of higher education institutions — including UT Arlington, Stanford University, Hong Kong University and Davidson College — convened by learning researcher and theorist George Siemens gathered to explore the impacts of MOOCs on higher education (full list of participating institutions below). The takeaway? Higher education is going digital, responding to the architecture of knowledge in a digital age, and MOOCs, while heavily criticized, have proven a much-needed catalyst for the development of progressive programs that respond to the changing world.
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19 percent of IIT Madras freshers fail in English test
Deccan Chronicle
India: All IITs conduct English proficiency tests to identify students who face difficulty in English language skills and help them with an additional course in it in the first semester. The exam, which mostly has objective-type questions and an essay, tests the student's skill in grammar and vocabulary.
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Study: Teachers a key source of Common Core curricula
Education Week
As schools and districts struggle to find good-quality curriculum aligned to the Common Core, they're turning most often to their own teachers for those instructional materials, a new survey shows. A report by the Center on Education Policy provides one of the first early glimpses of how districts are solving one of the most difficult problems of putting the Common Core State Standards into practice. Overwhelmingly, they're creating their curricula locally.
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5 tips for helping a student find the right book
Rebecca Alber, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "When I was a high school English language arts teacher, there was really no greater feeling than helping a kid find the book. When they wrote something that they truly owned and were proud of (an essay, poem, letter), that was a close second."
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