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Beijing to remove English classes from early grades at elementary schools
South China Morning Post
China: All Beijing public elementary schools will stop teaching English language courses to students in grades one and two in a bid to reduce the study workload for children, local media reported. Currently most students in Beijing begin studying English from grade one and often have two English classes every week. However starting next year, newly-enrolled pupils will not study English until the third grade, several Beijing newspapers cited deputy director Fu Zhifeng of Beijing Municipal Commission of Education as saying in a forum.
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MAP assessments: The new way to gauge potential
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Measures of Academic Progress assessments are fairly recent entrants to the wide world of standardized achievement tests but have quickly become the norm due to their deceptively simple yet effective ways to gauge student performance and inherent abilities. Like all other standardized tests, MAP aims to find out how well students will perform in their subsequent educational settings. Similar to other tests, it is also formulated in a standard format and predetermined manner. But there is one aspect where it differs from the others.
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Education Department: English language learner clearinghouse to be revamped
Education Week
In the long and gripping saga of the National Clearinghouse for English-Language Acquisition, we may finally have an ending. And it's the same one we saw a year ago. The U.S. Department of Education has chosen Leed Management Consulting, a small Silver Spring, Md., company, to become the new manager of its $2 million contract for the clearinghouse better known as NCELA. Leed was the Education Department's first choice a year ago. But the contract was withdrawn after formal protests with the federal Small Business Administration and the Government Accountability Office prompted the department to take "corrective action" and review the procurement process that led up to the award being issued to Leed.
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K–12 Dream Day in Portland, Ore.

TESOL invites all mainstream teachers and administrators to join a host of ESL experts and educators for a day of interactive training. The day features 20 workshops, several practice-oriented sessions, keynote speaker NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen García, and ELPA21 Panel Discussion: A New Assessment for English Language Learners. Don't miss this hands-on event packed with new strategies and resources for working with English language learners. Registration is now open!

Pre- and Postconvention Institutes

Planning to arrive to the TESOL 2014 convention early? Sticking around town afterwards? Make the most of your stay by attending Pre- and Postconvention Institutes. PCIs offer in-depth, hands-on professional development. Topics for 2014 include content-based instruction, computer-assisted language learning, pronunciation, writing, materials development and much more. Register today!

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Talking in Order to Learn: Insights and Practical Strategies on Learner Anxiety and Motivation takes place 4 December 2013, 10:30 am–12:00 pm ET. This seminar examines hesitant students from the perspective of a collision between motivation and anxiety, and presents new methods and activities for promoting “talking in order to learn” among students. FREE for TESOL members, US$45 for nonmembers. Registration closes 30 November.

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Breaking the language barriers
The Clarion
It isn't easy to become a citizen of the United States, and Selma Ryan knows that first hand. Selma, who is originally from Brazil, met Chuck, her now husband, via the Internet several years ago.

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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. Beyond the primary grades, developing readers must digest detailed concepts.

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Language teachers use visual cues to engage students
The Columbus Dispatch
The second-graders applauded, cheered and even screamed for Scott Koehler's language-arts lesson. The teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Ohio explained the differences between fiction and nonfiction as he clapped, gestured and pointed to his eyes.

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Which states are most vulnerable to K-12 sequester cuts?
Education Week
Sequestration — those 5 percent across-the-board cuts that hit school districts this year and are slated to be in place for a decade — has affected some districts and states harder than others. Part of the reason? Some states are much more dependent on federal funding than others. So which states are the most vulnerable to federal cuts? The American Association of School Administrators took a look at that in a report.
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US Department of Education announces 31 applications as finalists for $120 million Race to the Top — District competition
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education announced that 31 applications have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District competition. The 2013 RTTT-D program will provide close to $120 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and improve student learning, directly increase student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers.
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More states are collecting and using student data to improve education
U.S. News & World Report
More now than ever, states are expanding the ways they use student data to inform how they make changes to and improve their education systems, according to a report from the Data Quality Campaign. The Washington-based nonprofit measures states by a list of 10 benchmarks that show how effectively they use different data measures, such as linking K-12 and higher education data and creating progress reports with student-level data for teachers, students and parents. The group found that in 2013, Arkansas and Delaware were the first two states to meet all 10 benchmarks.
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States insist on 3rd grade reading proficiency
Stateline
Educators have known for decades that learning how to read by the third grade is a critical milestone for children. Students who fall too far behind by the third grade rarely catch up. One recent study found that students who don’t read well by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Despite progress in some states, only 35 percent of fourth graders across the country are proficient in reading, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress, released earlier this month.
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Indian media criticize politician's demand to ban English language in parliament
BBC News
India: Media in India are criticizing a leading politician's demand to ban the use of the English language in parliament. Mulayam Singh Yadav, chief of the Samajwadi Party, reportedly sought to ban English in favor of Hindi and other regional Indian languages. "There should be a ban on English address in Parliament. Countries which use their mother tongue are more developed. It's the need of the hour to promote Hindi," the NDTV website quotes Yadav as saying.
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High school revamps report cards
Burlington Free Press
The students in some cases had a 4.0 grade point average and a solid perch on the honor roll all four years of high school. Yet admission to college proved elusive, to the surprise and dismay of Burlington, Vt., refugee families. Frustrated, the parents asked school officials for a more honest report card that better reflects grade-level proficiency and course difficulty.
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Aim to please
Language Magazine
Accelerative Integrated Methodology is an intensive second-language-learning system designed to accelerate the development of language proficiency and fluency at the beginning stages of learning. This "post-method methodology" devised by Canadian teacher and author Wendy Maxwell is enabling teachers to consistently and coherently put into practice a combination of often discussed but scarcely implemented language-acquisition techniques fused with original elements in AIM.
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English instruction a priority
WHO-TV
Studies show 10 percent of students in U.S. schools are still learning to speak English. But just 1 percent of teachers are qualified to instruct them. Whether it's a doctor, firefighter or a baseball player, most kids have an idea of what they want to be when they grow up. David Aregbe didn't. Last year, his dream was learning how to communicate with his fellow fourth graders. But there was one subject Aregbe did get, math. It's a subject with its own universal language. ELL instructors like Magdalena Mujica Voy use other universal ideas like pictures to help English learners.
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Open doors — Foreign students flock to America
University World News
Higher education institutions across the United States have experienced an astonishing 40 percent increase in international student enrollments over the past decade. In the current academic year, nearly 820,000 foreigners are studying in U.S. universities and colleges, a record number and up from less than 590,000 10 years ago. Despite the huge rise in numbers, overseas students still comprise less than 4 percent of America's 21 million enrollments in higher education and while the number of internationally mobile students around the world has doubled over the past decade, the U.S. share has actually decreased by 10 percent.
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Breaking the language barriers
The Clarion
It isn't easy to become a citizen of the United States, and Selma Ryan knows that first hand. Selma, who is originally from Brazil, met Chuck, her now husband, via the Internet several years ago. She said that they often talked on the Internet and on the telephone, but that was not sufficient. The pair decided they would like to meet each other in person, so in March of 2009 she flew to the United States.
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Sex of speaker affects listener language processing
University of Kansas via Science Daily
Whether we process language we hear without regard to anything about the speaker is a longstanding scientific debate. But it wasn't until University of Kansas scientists set up an experiment showing that the sex of a speaker affected how quickly listeners identified words grammatically that there was evidence that even higher-level processes are affected by the speaker.
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