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English education set to get serious
The Japan Times
Japan: Junior high school English teachers should conduct classes exclusively in English and be periodically tested on their skills in the language using a third-party proficiency test, and formal English instruction should start in the fifth grade of elementary school from 2020, according to a blueprint for education reform. As part of the plan for elementary to high school English education, more assistant language teachers also will be hired, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said.
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Thailand lagging behind in English
The Nation
Thailand: Educators and experts gathered recently to share their experiences of reform in English language teaching and learning, implemented in Asian countries like China and Vietnam. During the seminar, held by the Quality Learning Foundation and the Embassy of Finland, much useful information was provided to Thailand's education academia.
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Migrants face tougher English language tests
Yorkshire Post
United Kingdom: Migrants coming to the U.K. are to be questioned about their English language skills and what efforts they have made to find work before being able to claim income-related benefits. The government said a "more robust" test is being rolled out at job centers across Wales, England and Scotland. In order to pass a habitual residence test, migrants must answer more individually-tailored questions, provide more detailed answers and submit more evidence before they can make a claim.
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8 current trends in teaching and learning EFL/ESL
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TESOL President Deena Boraie shares eight current trends in teaching EFL/ESL that shed some light on the direction of the profession. Other recent TESOL blogs: Writing-to-Learn Activities, Virtual Flashcards in a Flash, and Best Language Learning Games: Part 5 of 5. Please visit the TESOL Blog for more.
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British Council call for proposals
British Council via TESOL
The British Council seeks proposals for a new volume entitled Early Childhood Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages, edited by Dr. Victoria Murphy and Dr. Maria Evangelou of the University of Oxford. Case studies (2500–3000 words) will identify specific contexts and related issues on English education for (nonnative-English-speaking) preschoolers (up to 5 years old) in the areas of (1) psychological/biological factors, (2) teachers/professional/parents, (3) curriculum/resources, or (4) interventions in early years settings or within families. Send 500-word proposal and curriculum vitae to Victoria Murphy by 20 January 2014. Notifications will be sent in February 2014.
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TESOL to hold first symposium in Egypt
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TESOL will hold its first international symposium in Egypt in January 2014 to talk about ways in which teachers and students can unplug from classroom technology.
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New from TESOL Press: New Ways in Teaching Writing, revised
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This revised edition contains more than 100 updated activities adapted for technology, low-resource classrooms, higher education, EFL, workplace literacy, adult immigrant education, K-12, or corporate training.
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Visit the new TESOL Resource Center
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Stop by the revamped TESOL Resource Center to share and explore lesson plans, activities, teaching tips, and much more!
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The relevance of English to Malaysians
The Star
Malaysia: Although Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world, it cannot rival the English language which is spoken in more countries than any other language in the world.

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What it takes (and means) to learn English as an adult
NPR
Ana Perez never made it to high school. Her education ended after the sixth grade, when war broke out in her native El Salvador. She says she's "desperate" to learn English, but she gets nervous trying to speak 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.

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US House votes to roll back sequestration
Education Week
School districts and early-childhood education programs are one step closer to getting some relief from across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, which trimmed about 5 percent of federal K-12 spending this school year. The U.S. House of Representatives approved 332-94 a plan that would roll back the majority of the cuts slated to hit most school districts during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. The agreement, which was written by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will now proceed to the U.S. Senate.
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5 ways schools throw away talented teachers
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According to a new report based on thousands of educator responses, schools across the country don't have a pipeline for leadership, discouraging talented teachers from staying in education. The problem: The unending cycle of mediocrity based on last-minute leadership hires for those often unprepared for the challenges facing schools today.
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Schools dual language learners reach milestone
Tri-City Herald
In kindergarten, Ryan Calveard wasn't thrilled about sitting in a class where most everything was taught in a language he didn't understand. "All they spoke was Spanish, all the time," Ryan said. "It was hard." Now the 14-year-old Pasco High School freshman is taking advanced courses in English and science but still studying Spanish. He can carry on a conversation in either language with ease and says he wants to go into law enforcement, a career where bilingualism would be a big boost.
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Teaching in English: Is Denmark up to the challenge?
The Copenhagen Post
Denmark: Recent articles on the status of English in Denmark indicate that not only is English here to stay, it is necessary for Danes in a globalised world. Research suggests English is not about to overtake Danish as the national language.
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New college English tests draw complaints
China Daily
China: Changes in the new national College English Test level 4 and level 6 held on Saturday for the first time have prompted complaints about the listening and translating sections. In an online survey initiated by Sina Weibo, a Chinese micro blog platform, 23.1 percent out of 3,835 test-takers said they didn't finish the listening comprehension section and 17.4 percent said they handed in a blank answer sheet for listening. "Time for listening comprehension was extremely limited, and we had to hand in our answer sheets immediately after the record ended," said Liu Junqiang, a freshman at Beijing Institute of Technology.
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Teach For America to recruit undocumented college graduates
Education Week
In selecting its next batch of recruits for the 2014-2015 school year, Teach For America will seek out undocumented college graduates who meet the organization's criteria to become teachers in some of the nation's most challenged public schools. Teach For America announced yesterday that it would open up its recruitment efforts to include undocumented candidates who were brought to the United States as children by their parents. To be considered for TFA's corps, students will have to have "deferred action" status, meaning they've sought, and received, temporary work authorization and relief from deportation from federal immigration officials. The Obama administration ordered the deferred action policy more than a year ago for undocumented youth who came to the U.S. before turning 16 and who meet certain education and military service requirements.
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The relevance of English to Malaysians
The Star
Malaysia: Although Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world, it cannot rival the English language which is spoken in more countries than any other language in the world. This is the reason why it is recognized as an international language and is increasingly used by people from non-native English speaking countries to learn science and technology, and to communicate with others around the world. It is also the language of the World Wide Web as many materials are written in English.
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6 ways to honor the learning process the classroom
Edutopia (commentary)
Terry Heick, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "Roughly put, learning is really just a growth in awareness. The transition from not knowing to knowing is part of it, but that's really too simple because it misses all the degrees of knowing and not knowing. One can't ever really, truly understand something any more than a shrub can stay trimmed. There's always growth or decay, changing contexts or conditions. Understanding is the same way. It's fluid."
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Don't make these mistakes with flipped learning
eClassroom News
From stale practices to no accountability, even flipped learning can fail students. Flipped learning has taken off in classrooms across the country, but what many educators are realizing is that the new toy feeling of videos as homework is wearing off. The reason: You can't re-package stale teaching techniques as something new. To get the most out of flipped learning, the trick is in the design.
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