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American English becoming more popular in former British colony
Voice of America
Hong Kong was a British colony for 156 years before reverting to Chinese control in 1997. English is still widely spoken and taught today, but many are now opting to learn American English instead of the British variety. Hong Kong resident Victor Chan's children, who attend an English class on weekends, are learning to pronounce words the American way. Chan feels this is most advantageous for their future.
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LEP student learning struggles: Language or disability assessment
By Beth Crumpler
Limited English proficient students struggle with academic and content-area concepts. When these students have lower proficiency levels and show little to no increase in their English academic abilities, it sets off a red flag to content-area teachers. LEP student struggles within the content area could be a result of not having developed academic English yet, or could be a result of an unidentified disability. ESL teachers must work closely with content-area teachers and educators involved in the student data collection, study and intervention processes to make sure LEP student struggles receive proper review.
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Taking Common Core's temperature
EdTech Magazine
It's difficult to find anyone who works in K–12 education who hasn't heard of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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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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What will Common Core assessments cost states?
eSchool News
Many states that once adopted Common Core State Standards are now pressing the pause button on implementation, in light of the cost of CCSS-aligned assessments. State leaders and stakeholders wonder how assessments aligned to the Common Core compare to assessments currently in place, and are trying to decide to what extent cost factors into CCSS adoption.
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Gains in teacher quality
Education Next
The quality of the teacher workforce in the United States is of considerable concern to education stakeholders and policymakers. Numerous studies show that student academic success depends in no small part on access to high-quality teachers. Many pundits point to the fact that in the United States, teachers tend not to be drawn from the top of the academic-performance distribution, as is the case in countries with higher student achievement, such as Finland, Korea and Singapore.
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Taking Common Core's temperature
EdTech Magazine
It's difficult to find anyone who works in K–12 education who hasn't heard of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. For months, schools have been working to ensure that their networks can handle the online student assessments that the standards require; that there are enough computers for all students to complete the test; that teachers and staff are trained to administer the test; and that their English language arts and mathematics curricula align to the standards.
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Malaysia's English language crisis
The Nation
Malaysia: In Perak on the northern Peninsular Malaysia, an English teacher uses textbooks meant for seven-year-olds to teach her Form One class of students, mostly aged 13. "When I first taught them, they could not even tell the difference between 'when' and 'what'," the teacher, who wants to be known only as Yee, told The Straits Times recently. "I had to put my planned lessons aside and start with the basics." It is the type of story many English teachers in Malaysia share, but are reluctant to speak openly about because they worry about being sanctioned by the education ministry.
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Budget cuts hurt English language learners in higher grades
KLAS-TV
The Clark County School District now says the state can do better to help English language learning students, especially those in middle and high school. Up until a few years ago, there were English language learning specialists at every school in the district; however, with the recent budget cuts that is no longer the case. The cuts could be hurting ELL high school students the most. Seventeen-year-old Jing Wang moved to Las Vegas from her native China in June. The high school sophomore is doing everything she can to learn English.
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Common Core ratchets up language demands for English learners
Education Week
No one is a native speaker of academic English. As the formal written and spoken language of classrooms and professional workplaces, academic English often bears little resemblance to the social, everyday language one needs to communicate effectively in most situations. It encompasses precise vocabulary, complex grammatical structures, and sophisticated forms of discourse. For English language learners, acquiring academic language is often the highest hurdle to clear before they can be deemed proficient in English and be able to fully engage in the kind of rich and rigorous content necessary to succeed later in college and a professional work life.
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Adapt to online learning or become obsolete
University World News
To understand how online delivery affects transnational education, it is important to understand the impact that innovations in online delivery, and educational technology more widely, are currently having on the higher education sector. These impacts will be felt around the world and transnational education programmes need to adapt to the changing environment to remain competitive.
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Study: State defections from Common Core testing consortia won't greatly affect costs
The Washington Post
When Florida decided to withdraw from a consortium of states that is writing tests for the new Common Core academic standards in math and reading, it sent a ripple of concern through the remaining states. Florida's departure from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers came after two other states, Oklahoma and Georgia, decided to stay loosely connected to the consortium but not participate in its tests.
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Report: Teacher-evaluation policies becoming increasingly 'rigorous'
Education Week
The Washington-based National Council on Teacher Quality released its annual report rounding up states' teacher-evaluation policies, which have become increasingly stringent over the last few years. Notably, this year's "State of the State" report indicates that 35 states and the District of Columbia now require student achievement to be a "significant" or the "most significant" factor in teacher evaluations. In 2011, such requirements only applied in 30 states. In fact, the number of states requiring achievement to be the most significant factor in evaluations has jumped from 4 states to 19 in the last four years
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Sharing real-world projects sharpens the literacy skills of connected students
Powerful Learning Practice
When students are connected (and this is especially valuable for second language learners), everything you do has the potential for being language intense. Opportunities arise that motivate your students to interact at a high level and require them to be articulate to be understood.
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