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TESOL seeks volunteers
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Are you interested in expanding your leadership skills and getting more involved in TESOL International Association? Then volunteer for a TESOL standing committee. Service on a committee is a great way to strengthen your ties with the TESOL community and give back to the TESOL field. TESOL standing committees advise the Board of Directors and staff of TESOL International Association. For more information about TESOL's committees, including each committee's charge, visit TESOL's website. The application deadline is Nov. 14. Download your application and volunteer today.

For more information about how you can serve the association, contact members@tesol.org.
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English for Specific Purposes and Intercultural Communication host joint online discussion
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TESOL's English for Specific Purposes and Intercultural Communication Interest Sections invite TESOL members to join the first joint IS online discussion, The Impact of Culture on Effective Communication in ESP Contexts. This online discussion will explore the cultural dimensions of verbal and nonverbal communication in the workplace. Our conversation starts Nov. 2 in the TESOL Community. It will help us prepare for an exciting Intersection panel sponsored by ESPIS and ICIS at the upcoming TESOL convention in Philadelphia. We hope to see you there. More

TESOL Doctoral Forum: Call for proposals
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The TESOL Doctoral Forum is a student-run conference held every year the day before the annual TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. The forum provides a venue for doctoral students to share research methods, dissertation processes, teaching and learning, and resources; meet and network with doctoral students and faculty from other universities; gain experience organizing a conference, adjudicating proposals and other professional activities; and participate in formal presentations about their research at the TESOL convention. Deadline for proposal is Dec. 15. For more information visit TESOL's website or read the 2012 Doctoral Forum Proposals Guidelines. More

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Reminder: TESOL Electronic Village Special Events Proposals Due
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TESOL's Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section will host the Electronic Village at the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, March 28-31 in Philadelphia. The CALL Interest Section seeks proposals for special events at the Electronic Village: EV Fairs, Hardware and Mobile Technology Fair, Mini-Workshops, Developers' Showcase and Mobile Apps for Education. Deadline for proposals is Nov. 15. For more information, including proposal submissions forms, please visit the CALL Interest Section website. More



Clock ticking on Senate bill to overhaul NCLB
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Leaders of the Senate education committee still aim to push a bipartisan revision of the much-criticized No Child Left Behind Act through Congress by year's end, in time to stave off the Obama administration's move to offer states waivers of parts of the nearly decade-old law. That appears to be a tall order, given the short and crowded legislative calendar, polarized political climate, and lack of consensus within the K-12 community on issues — such as accountability and teacher quality — at the heart of the law, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. More

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Economy, changes cut interest in teaching careers
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The economy and changes in how teachers are assessed and paid are being blamed for a drop in the number of education majors at many colleges across Indiana. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne saw the number of education majors drop 19 percent this fall. Ball State University saw an 8 percent decline and Trine University is reporting an 18 percent drop. More

English language policy still salvageable
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Malaysia: All education stakeholders are urged to lend their support to the campaign to make the Government allow for the PPSMI to be retained in schools that want it. The Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia is on its last leg in appealing for the visionary policy of the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English to be given as an option in national primary and secondary schools where parents wish it. The Education Act 1996 stipulates that "pupils are to be educated according to the wishes of their parents," not teachers, not principals, not PTAs and, most definitely, not politicians or deluded national language linguists. More



Muhyiddin: Emphasis on English not to replace Bahasa Malaysia as national language
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Malaysia: The emphasis on English by the government in the scholastic development of the younger generation is not to replace the importance of Bahasa Malaysia as the national language, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said measures taken to uphold both languages were demonstrated through the policy, "Memartabatkan Bahasa Malaysia dan Memperkukuhkan Bahasa Inggeris" (Upholding Bahasa Malaysia Status and Strengthening English), launched in 2009, which underscored the government's commitment in this matter. More

Ombudsman: Get tough on language skills
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Australia: The Victorian Ombudsman's sometimes scathing assessment of English standards at universities has sparked fresh calls for the regulator to adopt tougher rules. New draft standards, including early assessment of English ability and embedding language skills into courses, were submitted to the federal government as long ago as July last year. They have since been passed to the new Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, which is developing new teaching and learning standards. More

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South Sudan schools to teach in English, not Arabic
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South Sudan: South Sudan said its schools will start teaching English, phasing out Arabic that had been used as a tool to spread Islamic law and Arab heritage by former civil war foe Khartoum. The mainly Muslim north imposed Islamic law and Arabic on the south, which seceded in July to become the world's newest nation, and where most follow Christian and traditional beliefs. More



Record number of Oregon English language learners meet state standards
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Learning English as a second language is no easy feat for many young students. But the Oregon Annual Measurable Achievment Objectives results released, show a record number of students statewide improved their English language skills. That's even with higher benchmarks set by the state. More

Language link helps Haitian teens adapt to US school
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Thousands of Haitians sought refuge in the United States after last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti. Many are young people, now enrolled in U.S. schools, surrounded by a new language and culture. One high school in Florida is helping the students adjust. More

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Report: Shortened school year shortchanges students
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Student test scores drop when school years are shortened, especially among low-income students and English language learners, according to a report released. Yet, the California Legislature decided in 2009 to allow school districts to shorten the year by five days — from 180 to 175 days — due to budget cuts. If state revenues fail to meet projections this year, schools could cut another seven days as part of a trigger authorized under the state budget. More

Massachusetts 4th- and 8th-graders lead the nation in reading and mathematics
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Gov. Deval Patrick announced that Massachusetts fourth- and eighth-graders lead the nation in reading and mathematics performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam. This is the fourth NAEP test in a row in which Massachusetts students have scored first or tied for first place. More



Beaten by the language barrier
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Australia: For some international students, passing their university course is worth offering their body. Desperate to up her grades, one student proposed such a deal with her lecturer. "This is an offer that will change her life in terms of her potential in the future in her society or whether she could get married at the right level and everything else. Because that's how important [the grade] was for her," a Deakin university academic is quoted as saying in a state Ombudsman's report tabled in Parliament. More

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Poll: Workers fear English
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Taiwan: A majority of office workers feel they speak English poorly, which is compounded by their fear of speaking the language, according to the results of a survey. In a recent online survey of office workers and their English proficiency and language study plans, the 1111 Job Bank found that 57 percent of respondents felt they do not speak English well. Among those 57 percent, a quarter described their spoken English as "very poor." The respondents said the "scariest" thing was to speak in English to foreigners, whether face to face or over the telephone, the poll found. Meanwhile, 83 percent of those polled said they would or have already attended classes to improve their English proficiency because they felt improving their language ability would make them more competitive in the job market and make it easier to communicate with English speakers. More



Study: More than half of young children use digital media
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Fifty-two percent of children ages 5-8 use smart phones, video iPods, iPads or similar devices, and 4 in 10 2- to 4-year-olds use the same devices, according to a new national study on young children's use of media. "Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America" documents young children's use of new digital media devices such as iPads or other tablet devices and mobile apps, along with older media platforms such as television, computers and books. More



Preschoolers' language skills improve more when they're placed with more-skilled peers
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Preschool children with relatively poor language skills improve more if they are placed in classrooms with high-achieving students, a new study found. Researchers found that children with relatively poor language skills either didn't improve over the course of one academic year, or actually lost ground in development of language skills, when they were placed with other low-achieving students. More

Pew study: College plagiarism reaches all time high
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Cyber-plagiarism is at an all time high among college students, according to a survey of college presidents from the Pew Research Center. It appears college students are finding it more tempting than ever to cheat from the Web. A majority of college presidents (55 percent) said that plagiarism in students' papers has increased over the past ten years. Among those who have seen an increase in plagiarism, 89 percent said computers and the internet have played a major role. More



Professional learning networks taking off
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Face-to-face interaction has its benefits, but busy educators who want to ask advice, offer opinions and engage in deep discussions with colleagues are increasingly turning to professional learning networks — online communities that allow the sharing of lesson plans, teaching strategies and student work, as well as collaboration across grade levels and departments. More


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