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Register today for the 2012 Principles and Practices of Online Teaching certificate program
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TESOL's "Principles and Practices of Online Teaching" certificate program is designed for the online English language teacher and course designer at any level of experience. Whether you design and deliver courses that are fully or partially run online, this program will help develop the skills you need to effectively teach English language courses online or blend online segments with your traditional face-to-face courses. "Principles and Practices of Online Teaching" consists of certificate foundation and completion courses, and ten courses on general and content-specific topics. The deadline is Jan. 16. For more information, please visit the TESOL website.



Call for contributions: 'New Ways of Classroom Assessment' (revised edition)
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TESOL seeks contributions for a second edition of its bestseller "New Ways of Classroom Assessment." The volume contains a collection of assessment activities contributed by teachers who have used them successfully with their learners in ESL and EFL classrooms. The new edition will continue the at-a-glance, simple lesson plan format. All contributions should follow the format of the current edition. For more information, including a list of topics, please visit the TESOL website. Deadline for contributions is Jan. 15.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation invites applications for dissertation fellowships in education
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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's dissertation fellowship program supports doctoral students for work done after the successful defense of their dissertation proposals. Although applicants must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate school in the United States, they need not be U.S. citizens. The fellowship is a one-time award of up to $25,000, which may be used for a period of not less than 9 months and up to 18 months. Four fellowships will be awarded. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, including education. Complete program information and the application form are available at the Cooke Foundation website.

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Call for proposals: 11th Symposium on International Writing
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The 11th Symposium on Second Language Writing will be held Sept. 6-8 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. The theme of the symposium is graduate study in second language writing. The 2012 Symposium Organizing Committee seeks proposals for 20-minute presentations that address various topics within the field of L2 writing, broadly defined. Any topic related to second language writing theory, research or teaching is welcome; proposals that seek to challenge the status quo in the field by introducing new topics as well as new theoretical and methodological approaches are especially encouraged. Deadline for proposals is May 1. For more information, please visit the symposium website.







Civil rights officials issue more flexible rules on use of race in school assignments; admissions
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Federal civil rights officials said that school districts and colleges and universities may legally consider race when making decisions about school assignments, admissions and other programs that are designed to increase diversity and reduce racial isolation. The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education jointly released the new, more flexible guidelines that are meant to clear up confusion on how and when race can be considered in the wake of three earlier U.S. Supreme Court decisions. More

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Obama's NCLB Waivers: Are they necessary or illegal?
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When the framers of the United States Constitution wrote that it is a duty of the chief executive to "take care" that the laws be faithfully executed, they can hardly have imagined a law so freighted with perverse and destructive consequences as No Child Left Behind. And if they had imagined any such thing, they would likely have assumed that the legislature would be quick to correct its work. More



Variety of languages challenges, enriches schools
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In educator Kelly Shipman's Perry Township school district, 59 languages are spoken among the student body. Many children from other countries are quick to learn English, she said, but communicating with their families is often a much bigger challenge — one that teachers and administrators are working hard to address. "We don't want our non-English-speaking parents to feel intimidated about coming to school activities or events," said Shipman, the district's special programs supervisor. More



Facing challenges in multiple languages
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VideoBrief Public School 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, N.Y., is one of about 90 dual-language programs in the city. Ninety-one percent of its students are Latino and 45 percent of the student body are designated English Language Learners. The school principal, Christina Fuentes, says the curriculum makes the students fluent in both languages, even though they struggle on citywide tests. More



India offers English stepping stone to east Asian students
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India: Jinju, often described as South Korea's most beautiful city, is an education hub, with many high schools, community colleges and universities. It seems strange, therefore, for a teenager from the city to leave his parents and study in a boarding school in an alien land thousands of kilometres away from home. Yet this is just what Sang Hyeon Cho, an 18-year-old 11th-grade student at the Woodstock School in Mussoorie, northern India, is doing. He is not alone. There are hundreds of east Asian, especially South Korean, children enrolled in schools across India, pining for home food while persevering with their studies. And the reason for their extraordinary conduct can be summed up in what to them is almost a magical word: English. More

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US study boom fuels testing times
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China: Studying in the U.S. is more popular than ever, but students who must first take an English Language proficiency test are complaining that they are unable to register on the slow website, or have to pay scalpers and agencies inflated fees. Some candidates have paid double to register online for the Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL, paying up to 3,000 yuan ($469), the Beijing Evening News reported yesterday. The test should cost 1,479 yuan. More

No English or know English, does it really matter?
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Is English really the root cause of academic problems? Hywel Coleman, editor of Dreams and Realities: Developing Countries and the English Language, and senior research fellow at the University of Leeds, said it can affect the cognitive ability of students if they are instructed in a language alien to their upbringing. The researcher voiced his concern over English-medium schools and the quality of education imparted by them. More



Language limits jobs, health care for new Burmese refugees
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Htoo Mlar's son was born in a Thai refugee camp, and inexplicably, he never learned to walk. There weren't any Western-trained doctors at the camp, so it wasn't until Mlar's family — refugees from rural Myanmar, formerly known as Burma — came to Oakland in 2009 that they visited a doctor and learned the boy has cerebral palsy. Doctors are hopeful that with spinal surgery and physical therapy, Mlar's now 10-year-old son will one day learn to walk. But because Mlar is Karen, an ethnic minority that does not speak Burmese, he and his family often have difficulty communicating with American doctors' offices and social service agencies. More

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Unease in Indonesia as English tests for migrant workers to Singapore scrapped
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Indonesia: The decision to scrap English entry tests for domestic workers seeking jobs in Singapore has been greeted with caution and even dismay in Indonesia, where officials had hoped instead to change how the test was administered. Rieke Dyah Pitaloka, a member of House of Representatives Commission XI, which oversees labor affairs, said that letting workers go to Singapore without adequate language skills was risky. Indonesia and Singapore do not have a formal agreement governing the treatment and rights of domestic workers. More



Survey: Kids in developing countries dream of better education than US kids
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VideoBrief To find out what kids around the world dream of when it comes to pursuing the best life they can imagine, the ChildFund Alliance surveyed 5,100 children throughout Africa, Asia, the Americas and the United States. The nonprofit, which works with vulnerable kids in 56 countries, asked privileged kids and children in need questions about their ideal jobs and how they would improve their countries as president. The survey concluded that those in developing countries are focused on education, while kids in the United States have the chance to set their sights on the arts and sports. More

Language may trump race for young kids
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University of Chicago researchers showed children images and voices of a child and two adults, and asked, "Which adult will the child grow up to be?" Children were presented with a challenge: One adult matched the child's race, and one matched the child's language, but neither matched both. For example, children saw a white child speaking English, a black adult speaking English and a white adult speaking French. More



Census: Poverty dominates many school districts
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Nearly half of all children in America live in school districts with high levels of poverty, according to U.S. Census data. In 2010, 45 percent of all children resided in school districts with poverty rates greater than 20 percent. Another 34.3 percent live in districts where poverty rates are between 10 and 20 percent. Counties with poverty rates significantly above the national average for school-age children were found in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Texas. More

How the brain strings words into sentences
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Distinct neural pathways are important for different aspects of language processing, researchers have discovered, studying patients with language impairments caused by neurodegenerative diseases. While it has long been recognized that certain areas in the brain's left hemisphere enable us to understand and produce language, scientists are still figuring out exactly how those areas divvy up the highly complex processes necessary to comprehend and produce language. Advances in brain imaging made within the last 10 years have revealed that highly complex cognitive tasks such as language processing rely not only on particular regions of the cerebral cortex, but also on the white matter fiber pathways that connect them. More



Rewards of role reversal: Teachers learn, students teach
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All too often, schools find that they've invested heavily in education technology only to see these tools unused or classroom instruction unchanged. That was one of the realizations of the Oak Hills Local School District, a tech-friendly district in Cincinnati. Even though the district had adopted an "anywhere, anytime, any device" policy, school officials found that technology simply wasn't being used all that frequently in the classroom. It was clear that a different level of support was necessary, beyond typical professional development. So the district devised a program to help teachers and students take full advantage of the tech resources by turning to an under-utilized but incredibly valuable resource: its students. More

No place in class for digital illiterates
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United Kingdom: Growing up in the 1970s people all had a pretty clear idea of what it meant to be "literate" — literacy, coupled with basic numeracy, was the mainstay of junior-school education, and these basic skills served us well for decades. Times, however, have changed and it's about time we revisited our notions of literacy for the digital age. This 20th-century notion of literacy has mutated as the world has evolved in the face of a barrage of technologies that allow for different forms of expression and different levels of interaction: both with media and with other readers, writers, producers and editors. More




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