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Tokyo English teachers to study abroad for Olympics
The Japan News
Tokyo: The Tokyo metropolitan government will send about 200 young English teachers from middle and high schools to English-speaking countries every year for three months to brush up their English teaching abilities in anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, sources said. The program, designed to beef up the English ability of teachers as well as their teaching abilities, will start in the next academic year in April. Many foreign visitors are expected to come to Tokyo during the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, according to the sources. The number of assistant language teachers at metropolitan-run high schools will also be increased.
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Scaffolding: Helping all students reach academic excellence
By Erick Herrmann
Education can be seen as the act of helping students learn new content, concepts and skills over time by teaching the steps necessary to master the skills being taught. Teachers need to provide scaffolding for students to reach each skill or concept and achieve at higher levels. In the field of education, scaffolding refers to the support systems and instructional techniques teachers employ to help take students from where they are to higher levels of academic achievement.
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Early childhood educators hold key to children's communication skills
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute via Science Daily
Researchers at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute have completed a new examination of peer-reviewed science that reveals how early childhood educators can ignite the growth of language and communication skills in infants and toddlers.

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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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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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US students show incremental progress on national test
The Washington Post
The nation's fourth- and eighth-graders made incremental progress on math and reading tests administered earlier this year by the federal government, according to data. The results detail performance in 2013 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, that U.S. students have taken every two years since the early 1990s. The test, also known as the Nation's Report Card, is the country's most consistent measure of K-12 academic progress.
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Standardized test results are only one measure of our work
Education Week
Standardized tests measure only one facet of our work. Why not measure and report a broader view of our work? This would put standardized test results in their place among all the other measures of our efforts. Educators are not purveyors of information. We are responsible for the intellectual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of our students. Our teaching includes their academic learning, civic conduct and social behaviors.
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10 facts about teacher evaluation policies
eSchool News
New teacher evaluation policies are being developed across states, but states still have a long way to go in connecting the data from these evaluations to action — specifically when it comes to either rewarding or disciplining teachers, and developing professional development programs, according to a new report. Spurred partly by federal Race to the Top program funds, as well as by federal conditions to be followed by states pursuing waivers of No Child Left Behind, "the widespread adoption of more rigorous teacher evaluation policies represents a seismic shift rarely seen in education policy in general or state teacher policy specifically," according to the report.
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English in Kindergarten project expanded
Austrian Times
Austria: English language is to be taught more in Kindergartens in Styria in a new pilot project to help improve children's foreign language learning. A project launched by the the Economic Chamber in Styria last year is now being supported by the state meaning it will be expanded to reach more children and help them learn about the English language and culture from the earliest age possible.
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What we can learn from teaching English abroad
The Guardian
Great Britain: Ellie Colegate spent five years studying French at school in Kent, but opted not to continue beyond Year 9. "Learning a new language was never something my teachers made appealing or entertaining. My experience was purely an academic one. My French teacher just made us copy and complete exercises from books. And this is a top set French class." Colegate, 15, has taken some of her GCSEs early and is already looking ahead to a bright future at university, but it's clear that the British approach to language education has failed to engage her. "During lessons, my teacher spent little time speaking the language herself and she would only ever get a handful of the best students to speak in class."
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English may be losing its luster in China
The Wall Street Journal
China: Marina Wang used English every day when she worked at a British company in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. But her use of the language dropped to virtually zero when she quit to work for a Chinese bank in her home province of Hubei. Though she majored in English in college, she doesn’t miss speaking it. "My new job offers greater economic stability and allows me to live near my parents," she said. "English is not required because I communicate mainly with Chinese customers."
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English literacy rising as gateway to good jobs in global economy
People's Daily Online
China: English literacy in the Chinese mainland is expanding as people view mastery of the language as an invaluable bargaining tool for jobs. But the country still ranks low globally, a recent report shows. The mainland climbed two notches from 36th place last year to 34th on an annual list showing the English proficiency of adults in 60 countries and territories. The report was released on Wednesday by EF Education First, a global language training company.
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Speaking a 2nd language may delay different dementias
American Academy of Neurology via Science Daily
In the largest study on the topic to date, research shows that speaking a second language may delay the onset of three types of dementias. The research is published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study found that people who spoke two languages developed dementia four and a half years later than people who only spoke one language.
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Early childhood educators hold key to children's communication skills
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute via Science Daily
Researchers at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute have completed a new examination of peer-reviewed science that reveals how early childhood educators can ignite the growth of language and communication skills in infants and toddlers. Nicole Gardner-Neblett and Kathleen Cranley Gallagher published the FPG team's research-based recommendations online.
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How the power of interest drives learning
MindShift
In recent years researchers have begun to build a science of interest, investigating what interest is, how interest develops, what makes things interesting, and how we can cultivate interest in ourselves and others. They are finding that interest can help us think more clearly, understand more deeply, and remember more accurately. Interest has the power to transform struggling performers, and to lift high achievers to a new plane. So what is interest? Interest is a psychological state of engagement, experienced in the moment, and also a predisposition to engage repeatedly with particular ideas, events, or objects over time.
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