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Government has taken steps to improve command of English language, says minister
The Sun Daily
Malaysia: The government has taken various initiatives to improve the command of the English language among teachers and students in both urban and rural areas. Education Minister 2 Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said that to improve the teaching standards and usage of the language among students, the ministry has introduced the Uphold Bahasa Malaysia & To Strengthen the English Language policy (MBMMBI) in 2011 at the primary school level.
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Civil rights officials: Texas charter school operator excluded ELLs
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education has hammered out a deal to address concerns that English language learner students and students with disabilities were underrepresented in schools run by the largest charter school operator in Texas. Investigators with the Education Department's office for civil rights found that Harmony Public Schools' admissions officials enrolled students with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency at roughly half the rate of nearby traditional public schools.
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Plans for Kepner surface concerns about services for English language learners
Chalkbeat Colorado
Denver Public Schools has postponed finalizing plans for Kepner Middle School for another month in response to concerns about how the district will fulfill its legal commitments to English learners. The decision follows questions about whether the district's current plan — which would place two charter schools, Compass Academy and Rocky Mountain Prep, in the building temporarily — would disrupt the district's commitment to provide certain programs to non-native English speakers at Kepner, including some instruction offered in their native language.
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Proposals for 2015 Electronic Village in Toronto: Deadline extended
TESOL
CALL-IS has extended the deadline for proposal submissions to the 2015 Electronic Village. The new deadline is Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. There are SEVEN DAYS left for you to submit your proposal for any of the 2015 Electronic Village events. 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.
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Teaching ELs to read nonfiction texts
TESOL
Learn how to teach your English language learners to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant facts in a nonfiction text, allowing them to acquire important information faster. Other recent TESOL Blogs: Connecting Career Education, Women, and TESOL Leadership; Tech-Break: A Quiz Game for Review the Fun Way; ESL Classroom Routines; and Leap.it: A Visual Social Search Engine for ELLs.
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Digital literacy an elementary skill
Jackson Clarion Ledger
The only sound in teacher Barbara Oberst's digital literacy class is the light tapping of dozens of fingers on computer keyboards. About 20 sixth-graders are concentrating intently on their computer screens as they practice their keyboarding skills. "We know that this is the digital age," Principal Gloria Wyatt says. "We know to be college- and career-ready they have to be proficient in these skills."
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Groups push parents, students to opt out of standardized testing
Education World
With the help of anti-testing groups, schools across the country continue to push back against the Common Core standards by opting out of testing. In Florida, "two-dozen groups have been formed at the district level to help parents learn the procedure for opting their students out of the tests," said an article on wlrn.org. "By following a specific procedure [which may vary depending on the district], the student's test is invalidated," the article said.
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Education Department moves to regulate teacher preparation programs
The Washington Post
The Obama administration unveiled a proposal to regulate how the country prepares teachers, saying that too many new K-12 educators are not ready for the classroom and that training programs must improve. Under the plan, the federal government would require states to issue report cards for teacher preparation programs within their borders, including those at public universities and private colleges, as well as alternative programs such as those run by school districts and nonprofits such as Teach for America.
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No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who is the incoming chairman of the Senate committee overseeing education, says his top education priority is fixing the landmark Bush-era law. His goal? Get a bill signed by President Barack Obama early next year.
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Language in Action program helps English learners move forward
Los Angeles Times
When Aidee Oliva first started attending San Fernando Senior High School two years ago, she often found herself at a loss. "It was hard," said the 11th-grader, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico. "You cannot ask anything to anybody because you don't know the language." But since joining Language in Action, an after-school program run through the EduCare foundation in partnership with Beyond the Bell, the 17-year-old has learned to expand her vocabulary to help others better understand her. For Aidee, knowing English is important because it removes the barrier between her and her classmates.
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ASU language immersion program helps Hispanic students learn English
The State Press
Hundreds of Mexican college students filled the tables in the La Sala Ballroom at the West campus, eagerly waiting for their chance to walk to the stage and receive their certificate of completion of an English language immersion program from the American English and Culture Program. Program coordinators and other ASU faculty, including West campus Dean of Student Affairs Sharon Smith, spoke to the students before they received their certificates, applauding them for their hard work.
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A valuable lesson on bullying
Observer-Reporter
It is a subject that is receiving a lot of attention these days, and justifiably so. It is often cited as a contributing factor when a person inexplicably commits mass murder in a school, movie theater or any other populated venue. We are talking about bullying, defined as an unwanted, aggressive behavior that includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
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