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How to better serve English language learners
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Students, parents and teachers are often skeptical about the value of standardized tests. However, if tests are designed and used thoughtfully, they can be a positive force for teaching and learning, and this is particularly true for English language learners. ELL students, many of whom are born in the United States, come to school with diverse cultural backgrounds and varying command of the English language. Accurate and useful information about students' English-language proficiency is needed to identify students who are ELLs, provide them with appropriate instructional support, track their progress in learning English and inform decisions about when they are ready to exit ELL programs.
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Teachers favor Common Core, not the testing
Gallup
The large majority of U.S. public school teachers, 76 percent, react positively to the primary goal of the Common Core — to have all states use the same set of academic standards for reading, writing and math in grades K-12. However, this positivity fades when the topic turns to using computerized tests to measure student performance (27 percent) and linking those test scores to teacher evaluations (9 percent).
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Children should start learning languages at age three
The Telegraph
For years it was thought that teaching foreign languages to children as young as three was futile. Research findings indicate quite the opposite. There are incredible psychological benefits of learning another language. These benefits extend way beyond being able to order a cup of tea abroad. Longitudinal studies by Harvard University confirm that learning additional languages increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind in young children. Pupils who learn a foreign language outscore their non-foreign language learning peers in verbal and maths standardized tests, indicating that learning an additional language is a cognitive activity, not just a linguistic one.
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When English learners can make connections between the texts they are reading and themselves, other texts, and the world, they deepen their understanding of the content. Other recent TESOL Blogs: 8 Major Trends in the Global ELT Field; Sowing Seeds for Career Success; ESL Games: Name Ten; and An Update on Two Important TESOL Initiatives: the New Strategic Plan and the Governance Structure Review.
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Gain a better understanding of international students' needs through quotes, anecdotes, and reflection questions, and learn specific strategies, resources, and activities that serve as tools for responding to common instructional challenges.
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Call for Proposals for the 2015 Electronic Village event
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For those who are looking for a presentation opportunity at the TESOL conference in Toronto, the EV events are an excellent chance to show others how you use technology with your students, both in the classroom and outside it. Please consider sharing your expertise with your peers from around the world by sending in a proposal. If you have any questions, please contact Roger Drury (roger.drury@pe.gatech.edu) or Chris Sauer (chris.s.sauer@gmail.com).
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The perfect complement to language lessons
The Star Online
Malaysia: UEM Sunrise Berhad has been supporting the The Star's Newspaper-in-Education program since 2010. This support has been given in line with the company's aim to promote English proficiency among students, particularly those attending its adopted schools, located in the vicinity of Nusajaya, Johor. The schools were adopted under the PINTAR (Promoting Intelligence, Nurturing Talent and Advocating Responsibility) school program. This year, UEM Sunrise sponsored 36,630 copies of The Star newspaper (NiE included) and the sponsorship has been proven to enhance students' level of understanding, speaking habits and fluency in English.
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States slashing education spending
24/7 Wall St.
State-level K-12 education spending has fallen dramatically in many states since 2008. In that time, 29 states cut per pupil spending, shifting the burden of financing education to local school districts and, in many instances, forcing schools to cut costs and even teachers. Based on the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities 2014 report, "Most States Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession," 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 14 states with at least 10 percent declines in state general education funding between fiscal year 2008 and fiscal year 2015. In Oklahoma, per pupil spending fell by nearly 24 percent, the largest decline nationwide. These are the states slashing school spending.
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Family night for English language learners
Chicago Tribune
Friendship, fun, language and culture were the key ingredients at Grand Prairie Elementary School recently during an English language learner family night. Students and their families came out to enjoy pizza, crafts, games, pumpkin painting, reading together and having fun with their classmates.
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7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free)
The Washington Post
Since 1985, U.S. college costs have surged by about 500 percent, and tuition fees keep rising. In Germany, they've done the opposite. The country's universities have been tuition-free since the beginning of October, when Lower Saxony became the last state to scrap the fees. Tuition rates were always low in Germany, but now the German government fully funds the education of its citizens — and even of foreigners. Explaining the change, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a senator in the northern city of Hamburg, said tuition fees "discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study.
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Nurses 'will have to be able to speak English to work in UK'
The Telegraph
United Kingdom: Nurses will have to be able to speak English to work in Britain, under new rules allowing language tests on those who come here from elsewhere in the EU. The clampdown follows concerns by ministers that patients have suffered poor care from staff who were unable to communicate with them. The new proposals, launched for public consultation, mean that for the first time, regulators will be allowed to insist on language tests for any nurse applying to work in this country.
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These are the states with the most students for every teacher
The Huffington Post
There are substantially more students per every teacher in California than there are in Vermont. New data released this week from the National Center for Education Statistics shows how student-teacher ratio varied by state in the 2012-2013 school year. On average, there were 16 students per every public school teacher in the country that year.
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The value of connecting the dots to create 'real learning'
MindShift
While leading problem-solving and creativity workshops for a company called Synectics in the 1970s, former schoolteacher Peter Bergson had a revelation. "I realized learning is a creative process — you are creating understanding," he said. "The Synectics process was remedial, helping middle-aged businessmen develop thinking patterns that are natural to young people but get schooled out of them. What the Synectics process was doing was what the school process should have been doing — helping people develop their innate abilities to create and collaborate."
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