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What we talk about when we talk about best practices: Methods and approaches
By: Debra Josephson Abrams
The previous two articles in this series examined the elements that constitute a best practices ESL program and began looking at the components of a best practices curriculum. Today, we look at the differences between methods and approaches and the critical application of multiple intelligence theory, learning styles theory and learning strategies. Best practices research distinguishes between methods and approaches and asserts that educators must have the flexibility to adapt their pedagogical approaches as necessary.
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Students advised to learn English to master their expression
Dawn.com
Pakistan: Speakers at an annual English day function here on Wednesday urged students to learn English language to master their expression and get communicated to more than half of the world. The annual English day function was organized by Khyber Students Societies at Khyber Union Hall, Islamia College Peshawar. Prof Rafilullah, former teacher of Islamia College, was chief guest on the occasion. He said that learning English was inevitable for students at all levels. He urged students to learn English to master their expression.
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Could you pass a citizenship test? States may make it graduation requirement
The Christian Science Monitor
If you want to graduate from high school in North Dakota, you better start buffing up on your American history and government. Lawmakers in North Dakota unveiled legislation Monday that would require high school students to get 60 questions right on a 100-question civics test before they graduate. These range from the number of justices on the Supreme Court to the number of amendments to the Constitution. Immigrants hoping to become US citizens must correctly answer six of 10 questions randomly chosen from the 100-question test.
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Botetourt County, Va., after school program makes a difference for English language learners
WSLS-TV
The saying goes — it takes a village to raise a child and one local program is reaching out to children of immigrants. Orchard Hills Achievement Center in Botetourt County, Virginia, has grown from a one-day-a-week summer program to year-round. When students in the "Homework Helps" program arrive at Orchard Hills Achievement Center after school, they don't immediately pull out assignments and start working. They first have a snack and spend some time talking with their classroom volunteer. This is how they build relationships one child at a time.
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Steamboat Springs School District top in Colorado for work with English language learners
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The Steamboat Springs School District was recognized as the top performing school district in Colorado for its work improving academic growth among English language learners. The district received an English Language Proficiency Act Excellence Award as well as its fifth consecutive Accredited with Distinction designation and numerous other awards during a ceremony in Denver. Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal Tracy Stoddard accepted the awards from the Colorado Department of Education on behalf of the district.
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Some people may be pre-wired to be bilingual
HealthDay News
Some people's brains seem pre-wired to acquire a second language, new research suggests. But anyone who tries to move beyond their mother tongue will likely gain a brain boost, the small study finds. The brain "becomes more connected and integrated after learning," said study co-author Ping Li, co-director of the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition at Pennsylvania State University. But it's even more interesting, Li said, that "the brain networks of the more successful learners are better connected even before learning takes place."
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Literacy through photography for English language learners
Edutopia
Enter most schools and you will hear about literacy instruction or the "literacy block." However, literacy is not a subject — it is something much bigger. Paulo Freire encouraged a broader definition of literacy to include the ability to understand both "the word and the world." Literacy includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and analyzing a wide range of texts that include both print and non-print texts.
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