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Dual-language learners make key gains in head start and public pre-K
Medical Xpress
A comprehensive review of research on young Latino and Spanish-speaking children confirms that widely available public programs are helping dual-language learners make important academic gains. According to scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, children who have lower English-language abilities than their peers benefit the most from programs like Head Start and public pre-K — but exactly how and why remain unanswered questions.
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Uses for GIS mapping technology in fields of ESL
By Beth Crumpler
Geographic information system mapping enables users to add geographic information and related information to a map on a particular selected topic in layers. Layers of data are laid over each other. As long as there is geographic data available, this mapping technology can be used to make maps for any topic or content area. GIS mapping can be used in many areas of English language learning — for program development and planning and for instructional purposes.
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English minor teachers can teach language
New Straits Times
Malaysia: Teachers with a minor in English can teach the language to overcome the shortage of teachers for the subject. Deputy Education Minister 1 Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching said the ministry was concerned about the shortage and was taking measures to solve it.

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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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Survey: Common Core needs dominate districts' curriculum priorities
Education Week
As districts implement the Common Core State Standards, 68 percent plan to purchase new instructional materials — an increase from 62 percent two years ago, according to a survey by MDR, a provider of marketing information and services for education. The potential market size of purchasing Common Core materials is 7,600 district buyers, according to the survey, which will be included in MDR's EdNET Insight State of the K-12 Market 2013. This four-part report will be available in its entirety later in December. In the meantime, MDR, which is based in Shelton, Conn., shared a portion of the report's results with Education Week.
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NGO promotes English language with spelling bee
Nigerian Bulletin
Nigeria: The Chairperson of Women and Child Watch Initiatives Biola Adimula promised to help improve the vocabulary of students in Kwara state through spelling bee competitions. Adimula said this at the grand finale of Great Kwara Spelling Bee Competition which comprised 400 contestants from secondary schools across the 16 local government areas of the state. According to her, performance of public schools in the competition had improved to 30 percent since the takeoff of the programme in 2010. The competition is expected to instill the art of reading in students, improve the students' spellings and help them attain higher scores in essays and other tests in English language.
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The right to read: Suing a state for better teaching
Center for American Progress
The research is irrefutable: Children who don't learn to read proficiently by the third grade face nearly insurmountable challenges not only in their next decade of schooling but also into their adult lives. The mounting evidence clearly linking the ability to read well in the early grades to future success has, over the past few years, prompted a number of states to consider and enact legislation to require the retention of students who cannot read at grade level in the third grade and the intervention of special instruction and support to raise their reading achievement.
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US achievement stalls as other nations make gains
Education Week
U.S. performance in reading, math, and science has remained stagnant since 2009 as other nations have plowed ahead, according to new results from a prominent international assessment. Nineteen countries and education systems scored higher than the United States in reading on the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, up from nine systems when the test was last administered in 2009. Germany and Poland, for instance, have seen steady gains on the reading assessment over time, and are now ahead of the United States.
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English minor teachers can teach language
New Straits Times
Malaysia: Teachers with a minor in English can teach the language to overcome the shortage of teachers for the subject. Deputy Education Minister 1 Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching said the ministry was concerned about the shortage and was taking measures to solve it. "It is a challenge. We are deploying teachers who are not English teachers but have a minor in the language to teach the subject," she told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday. She said this in reply to a question from Seah Leong Peng (DAP-Teluk Intan), who wanted to know why there was a mismatch between teachers' options and the subjects they were teaching.
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New ESL course makes life at tech easier for international scholars' spouses
Michigan Technological University
When Georgi Tsenov came to Houghton from Bulgaria, he knew almost no English. He could say hello, goodbye, please, thank you and a few basic phrases, but not much more. It's a problem faced by many international scholars and their partners: social isolation due to a lack of English skills. But, thanks to a new seven-week Community English as a Second Language course, Michigan Technological University staff and faculty are hoping to lessen the challenges faced by this unique group of campus community members.
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MOOC online English course in Brisbane pips the Brits
The Australian
Australia: A website to be launched in Queensland will house the world's first specialist language MOOC. Dubbed the Massive Open Online English Course, the site features more than 50 free lessons developed by 15 Queensland colleges and universities. Its creators expect the offerings to double by mid-next year as institutions join up from interstate, and hopefully overseas.
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How visual thinking improves writing
MindShift
Younger kids typically love to draw and aren't too worried about the outcomes of their artwork — until they get older. By the time they've learned to read and write, art takes a back burner to academics, primarily because of what most schools prioritize. Over time it becomes harder for kids to think in pictures the way they once did. But what if students were encouraged to think in pictures alongside words?
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Tripped tongues teach speech secrets
Acoustical Society of America via Science Daily
Tongue twisters are not just fun to say; it turns out that these sound-related slip-ups can also open windows into the brain's speech-planning processes. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will report new insights gleaned from a comparison of two types of tongue twisters at the 166th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, held Dec. 2-6, in San Francisco.
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Age of distraction: Why it's crucial for students to learn to focus
MindShift
Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and connection, but those very devices can also be distracting to students. Similarly, parents complain that when students are required to complete homework assignments online, it's a challenge for students to remain on task. The ubiquity of digital technology in all realms of life isn't going away, but if students don't learn how to concentrate and shut out distractions, research shows they’ll have a much harder time succeeding in almost every area.
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Teaching English By Eye
The Connection Newspaper
A Mount Vernon, Va., woman has found a way to teach the English language simultaneously to deaf and hearing students. Christine Wixtrom's new program, known as English By Eye, incorporates a visual and written component, along with an oral presentation, and an American Sign Language interpreter. These four elements are joined together in a series of short videos that last approximately two to six minutes each.
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