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TESOL hosts US Department of Education discussion group
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On Oct. 24, approximately 20 TESOL members from the Washington, D.C., area participated in a discussion group at the TESOL International Association office in Alexandria, Va., led by staff from the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the discussion was to share ideas and receive feedback from classroom teachers and other educators on new policy ideas concerning the teaching profession.

Prior to the meeting, participants were given background reading including articles and statements from the Department of Education on the teaching profession, as well as articles from researchers and others. At the meeting, participants were given a document that presented some broad-based ideas on ways the teaching profession could meet the new challenges of the 21st century and were invited to respond. Ultimately, the ideas generated in the discussion will be used to inform policies under development at the Department of Education.

For more advocacy updates, visit the November issue of TESOL Connections and the TESOL Advocacy Action Center.

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American Councils for International Education offers programs for teachers and administrators worldwide
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These three fully funded programs are supported by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by American Councils for International Education.

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The Educational Seminars Program provides short-term professional development opportunities to teachers and administrators from around the world, for 2-3 week reciprocal exchange programs and one-way professional development programs. Participating countries include Argentina, Brazil, Thailand and Uruguay for reciprocal exchanges and Greece, India and Italy for one-way programs. All Educational Seminars provide airfare, training, health care and living costs. For more information, please visit www.americancouncils.org/es or email edseminars@americancouncils.org.

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The Teachers of Critical Languages Program places EFL teachers from China and Egypt in U.S. K-12 host schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture. TCLP provides teachers' salaries, health care, roundtrip airfare, training, professional development funds and ongoing program support. To increase the number of Americans teaching and learning these critical languages, selected host schools also receive access to grant opportunities to support language learning projects. For more information, please visit www.tclprogram.org or email tclp@americancouncils.org.

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Intensive Summer Language Institutes provides fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend 6 weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt and Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K-12 teachers, community college instructors of Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach these languages can apply. Participants earn 10 hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College and are provided with peer tutors and roundtrip airfare. All travel and study-related costs are fully covered. For more information, please visit www.americancouncils.org/isli or email isli@americancouncils.org.

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TESOL offers virtual seminar on Separating Difference and Disability
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Dr. Catherine Collier, who works closely with school districts on professional and program development for at-risk diverse learners, will lead a virtual seminar titled "Separating Difference and Disability: Special Needs Among English Language Learners," on Friday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. EST; 8 p.m.–9:30 p.m. GMT. The seminar is free for TESOL members; nonmembers pay $45. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 28. For more information or to register, please visit the TESOL Web site. To find out more about TESOL's education programs, visit the education programs Web page or contact edprograms@tesol.org.

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Nation's report card: How ELLs fared in 2011
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As the education-world now well knows, the 2011 NAEP results are out and the news is somewhat promising in math and disappointing in reading. Let's take a look at how English language learners fared on this year's exam. In fourth-grade reading, 70 percent of ELLs scored below basic and 7 percent were at or above proficient, an ever so slight uptick from 2009 when those percentages were 71 and 6, respectively. In eighth-grade reading, 71 percent of ELLs were below basic and just 3 percent scored at or above proficient. In 2009, 75 percent of eighth-grade ELLs were below basic, with 3 percent scoring at or above proficient. More

Vietnam demands English language teaching 'miracle'
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Vietnam: All school leavers will have a minimum level of English by 2020 under ambitious education reforms, but teachers fear that they are not getting the help they need to upgrade their own skills. More than 80,000 English language teachers in Vietnam's state schools are expected to be confident, intermediate-level users of English, and to pass a test to prove it, as part of an ambitious initiative by the ministry of education to ensure that all young people leaving school by 2020 have a good grasp of the language. More



Duncan on ESEA: You don't want a weak bill
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So, after pushing Congress for years to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it doesn't sound like Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is such a fan of the bill that passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. More



Smartphones and handheld computers: The new battleground in UK schools
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United Kingdom: Children's learning could "hugely improve" if all pupils were given smartphones to use in the classroom, technology experts say but, instead, the U.K. risks falling behind because "the government doesn't seem that interested in it". Research shows that in many areas, the majority of pupils own a smartphone, but many schools ban the devices and the National Association of Head Teachers says they hold "potential for mischief and distraction." More

What teachers can learn from English language learners
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While blogging from the Education Trust conference in Arlington, Va., where one of the few presentations focused on English language learners featured student voices. Dr. Betty Smallwood from the Center on Applied Linguistics presented a fascinating video of students from Arlington County, Va., talking about what teachers can do better to teach them English. More

Teacher exchange for a 21st century education
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Preparing our students for the 21st century and its demands is a global challenge. We cannot forget the importance of preparing a citizenry who will be able to work across borders and join with international colleagues in a global society, and we need teachers who are taught themselves to support intercultural understanding. This is a tall order, but these elements are at the center of the international project we are conducting at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. More



US graduate schools see significant increase in foreign enrollments
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Enrollments of new international students at American graduate schools grew by 8 percent this fall, the strongest showing since 2006, according to a report released by the Council of Graduate Schools. While the news is clearly good for American higher education, much of that growth came from a single country: China. More

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Student numbers grow, but not English language support
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Australia: Universities are failing to match growing student numbers with more English language support staff, the Association for Academic Language and Learning has warned. AALL's just-completed 2011 survey of the sector shows staffing at university centers for academic language and learning rose by only 4.4 percent last year compared with an 8.7 percent rise in student numbers. International student numbers increased by 10.2 percent. More

The China conundrum
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Dozens of new students crowded into a lobby of the University of Delaware's student center at the start of the school year. Many were stylishly attired in distressed jeans and bright-colored sneakers; half tapped away silently on smartphones while the rest engaged in boisterous conversations. Eavesdropping on those conversations, however, would have been difficult for an observer not fluent in Mandarin. That's because, with the exception of one lost-looking soul from Colombia, all the students were from China. More



New Census measure finds fed programs lower child poverty
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Federal social programs are keeping nearly 2 million American children out of poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's first new poverty calculation measure in more than four decades. The Census Bureau released its new poverty measure, intended to supplement the official count used by the education field for everything from achievement research to setting eligibility for education programs like the Head Start preschool program and Title I school grants for disadvantaged students. More

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New study says teachers aren't underpaid
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For years, leaders such as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and former first lady Laura Bush have said teachers need to be paid more. But researchers from two conservative think tanks say otherwise in a report released. In 2003, Bush argued, "Salaries are too low. We all know that ... we need to figure out a way to pay teachers more." And just last month, Duncan said in a speech at a Detroit school that teachers are "desperately underpaid" and that their salaries should be doubled. More

The problem with paying teachers less
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It's not often that you hear teachers should be paid less. In fact, it's almost always the exact opposite. From teachers unions to education reformers to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the refrain that teachers are underpaid is a constant. So, when conservative thinkers at the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation issued a paper arguing not only that teachers are overpaid, but when you factor in pensions, health care and other benefits, that total compensation for teachers is 52 percent higher than fair market value, it was bound to be controversial. More

Study: Dyslexia not related to intelligence
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One's intelligence appears unrelated to the specific brain pattern that causes dyslexia, researchers reported. The findings are important because they suggest that IQ shouldn't be considered by education specialists when diagnosing dyslexia. In fact, doing say may bar some children from receiving special education services to improve reading comprehension. More



Focus on standardized tests may be pushing some teachers to cheat
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This year, some three dozen California teachers from 23 schools and 21 districts have been accused of cheating on standardized achievement tests. In the worst alleged cases, teachers are accused of changing incorrect responses or filling in missing ones after students returned answer booklets. Many accused teachers have denied doing anything wrong. But documents and interviews suggest that an increasing focus on test scores has created an atmosphere of such intimidation that the idea teachers would cheat has become plausible. More

Good relationship with teacher can protect 1st-graders from aggression
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Children who have a good relationship with their teacher may be protected from expressing aggression and being the target of aggression at school. That's the key finding in a new study of Canadian first graders that appears in the journal Child Development. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Quebec at Montreal, Laval University, the University of Alabama, the University of Montreal and University College Dublin. More



Teacher training should start before iPad deployment
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English language learner instructors, like those in other disciplines, are discovering the benefits of iPads in the classroom. With some advance planning and appropriate training for teachers, schools can avoid an awkward or stressful deployment. More


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