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Review English teaching methods
The Star Online
Malaysia: The authorities need to do a serious review of the English language teaching system that is being used, said Malaysian English Language Teaching Association president Assoc Prof Dr Ganakumaran Subramaniam. "The Education Ministry needs to carry out a comprehensive research with students and ask them why they are having difficulty learning the language," he said. Dr. Ganakumaran said another question that could be raised was why some students were able to grasp the language, adding that it did not matter if they were from rural or urban areas.
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Newspapers, childhood reading key to strong vocabulary
Language Magazine
Researchers at London's Institute of Education have found that children who are avid readers reap the rewards well into adulthood. The participants of the study who were avid readers as children scored significantly higher on vocabulary tests as adults.
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Now available from TESOL Press: New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary, Revised
TESOL
Containing 100 step-by-step activities, this revised volume is designed to make vocabulary teaching almost effortless.
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A Roomful of Quotes: A Communicative Activity
TESOL
This classroom activity for adult ELLs engages and motivates students while they utilize speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Other recent TESOL Blogs: Teaching ELs to Summarize and Synthesize Texts; ESL Classroom Routines; The Personal Brands of ESPers; eduCanon: For Making Videos Interactive; and 5 Free Online Writing Labs.
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House education committee welcomes new Republican members
Education Week
The chairman of the House education panel, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., announced new committee members for the 114th Congress, which convenes on Jan. 6, 2015, for its first working legislative day. The committee is slated to welcome eight new Republicans — Democrats haven't yet finalized their picks for the committee — including Rep.-elect Dave Brat, R-Va., who famously ousted former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary.
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Game night gives students, families better grasp of English
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
The four boys sat in Iowa's Southdale Elementary School cafeteria taking turns rolling the 12-sided die, moving their game pieces around the board and choosing a card with a word on it. Their roll, or where they landed on the board, determined which stack they picked their card from — adjectives, nouns, verbs or articles. The boys placed their cards in the proper spot on a panel to create a sentence in English. When one was complete, it often elicited a giggle from the boys.
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Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative bridges academic gap
The North Bay Business Journal
The Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative in California has served 1,225 children and their parents in Napa County in their work toward narrowing the academic achievement gap for English language learning children during its first year. For new-to-English students in Napa County in 2011, the achievement gap was an 18 percent to 34 percentage point difference between their average scores on national tests by subject matter as compared to their English-fluent counterparts.
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Writing the narrative essay: How to find the words
Voice of America
A student from overseas did well on a research paper for an American college. She said, "Research takes up space, and the words in the research are correct because the writing is in English." Now, however, she has to write a narrative essay in her own words. She is afraid she does not know enough English. Such a paper can be hard for anyone. Experts at Purdue University in Indiana define a narrative essay as "often anecdotal, experiential and personal." In other words, this kind of essay usually tells a story from the writer's experience. It is about something the writer has lived.
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Anyone who is good at German learns English better
University of Zurich via Science Daily
Your literacy skills in your first language heavily influence the learning of a foreign language. Thus, anyone who reads and writes German well is likely to transfer this advantage to English — regardless of the age of onset of foreign language learning. Foreign language lessons at an early age, however, pay off less than was previously assumed. In fact, they can even have a negative impact on the first language in the short run, as a linguist reveals in her long-term study involving 200 Zurich high-school children.
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Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?
The Hechinger Report
The Common Core wasn't necessarily supposed to change how math is taught, but in many schools that's exactly what's happening. Many — some might argue most — American math teachers once followed a simple format: Explain a formula to the class, show an example on the board, then let students practice on worksheets.
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