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Gujarat government to polish English skills of SC students
The Times of India
India: Students from the schedule caste community in Gujarat would soon be able to polish their English language skills and get an edge in the job market with the state government deciding to install a special English language software in state-run Ideal Residential Schools. The unique thing about the software will be that students themselves can operate it without any help from instructors to sharpen their English speaking skills.
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How Brazil plans to teach a million people English before the Rio Olympics
Wired
Enio Ohmaye was 14 years old when his family went broke due to the 1964 overthrow of the Brazilian government. Now, as CTO of the online learning institution EF Education First, Ohmaye wants to teach English to one million Brazilians before the start of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Partnering with the Brazilian Olympic Committee as well as the Brazilian Ministry of Education, the company is opening its online language learning platform, EF Englishtown, to 550,000 high school students and 450,000 Olympic volunteers for free.
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TESOL announces election results
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TESOL International Association is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 election. The new Nominating Committee members begin their term on 15 January 2015. The president-elect and new board members begin their terms on 27 March 2015 at the conclusion of the TESOL Annual Business Meeting. Please join the association in welcoming these leaders to their new positions.
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Call for Commission for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Reviewers
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Increase your professional expertise and help advance the field by becoming a TESOL/CAEP program reviewer! Apply today! Deadline 5 Jan 2015.
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What does Congress's budget squabble mean for education?
Education Week
If you've been paying attention to Congress this week, you've probably noticed lawmakers feverishly trying to come to an agreement about how to avert a government shut-down, which could occur Dec. 11 when the current stop-gap measure that's financing the U.S. Department of Education is set to expire. Readers of Politics K-12 know this fiscal scramble all too well. Because of across-the-aisle and intraparty bickering, it's been years since Congress funded the government under the normal appropriations process by passing 12 separate agency funding bills. And this year proved no different.
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Consortium begins Common Core tests in some districts
Education Week
The first Common Core tests designed collaboratively by a group of states are making their debut this month, with 30,000 middle and high school students sitting for exams in mathematics and English/language arts. Millions more students in grades 3-11 will take such tests later in the winter and next spring. After four years of controversy surrounding the federally funded tests from two multistate consortia, the first administration is a small-scale affair.
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Integrating ELL students in general education classes
Edutopia
Most general education teachers of English language learners will tell you they are usually doing one of two things to support their readers. They are figuring out either the best way to teach them within a full-class inclusion, or what kind of activities can suit their abilities within a full-class framework. That's the only way to ensure engaging them in a situation where it's often very easy to lose them.
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'Mystery parents' test charters' enrollment of special education and ELL students
Education Week
Fielding phone calls from parents asking about enrollment is part of everyday business for schools, but for some charter schools, the person on the other end of the line may only be posing as a parent. Modeled after "mystery" or "secret shopper" services used in retail, authorizers in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts are using a similar tactic to make sure the charter schools they oversee are not turning away students with more specialized needs, such as children with disabilities or who are still learning English.
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Why you should hire bilinguals even if you don't need their language skills
Inc.
As America's population grows ever more diverse, smart companies are realizing they need bilingual employees. That's just common sense. Now comes evidence proving that dual-language speakers may be faster thinkers and more productive, even in roles that don't necessarily require them to utilize their second language. A study conducted by Northwestern University and the University of Houston and published in the journal Brain and Language found that bilinguals were more efficient at making linguistic and visual connections, possibly because of the mental acuity required to constantly balance two competing vocabularies.
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How dissecting a pencil can ignite curiosity and wonderment
MindShift
Can the act of making or designing something help kids feel like they have agency over the objects and systems in their lives? That's the main question a group of researchers at Project Zero, a research group out of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, are tackling alongside classroom-based teachers in Oakland, California. In an evolving process, researchers are testing out activities they've designed to help students to look more closely, explain more deeply and take on opportunities to change things they see around them.
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Adolescence and homework
Psychology Today
Although often starting in the elementary grades, homework becomes more seriously given and seriously taken in middle school, when early adolescents start having a lot of other growing concerns on their minds and generally become less welcoming of bringing study obligations home. At an age when there is more resistance to work, more school work is assigned.
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