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TESOL online grammar courses
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Do you feel confident discussing grammar? If not, TESOL has two online courses to help you develop the metalinguistic competence — and confidence — necessary to discuss grammar in the classroom. These courses suggest principles to keep in mind when planning grammar instruction. You will also prepare activities for grammar teaching and share them with the rest of the class. For more information and to register, please visit the TESOL website.

English Language Specialists: Share your stories
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Have you worked as an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State? Would you like to share your experience with other TESOL members? If so, please contact Sarah Sahr, TESOL education programs manager. We're hoping to put together a blog post with some of our amazing experiences.

TESOL and NCATE seek program reviewers
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Looking for a way to develop your expertise and advance the field? Become a TESOL/NCATE program reviewer. As a volunteer program reviewer, you will review TESOL program reports submitted by institutions seeking recognition from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. For more information, please visit the TESOL website. The application deadline is Jan. 10. Applications are being accepted online.

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New TESOL book series seeks proposals
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TESOL is accepting proposals for a new series that will consist of 10,000-word short booklets on topics in English language teacher development. Authors should be language educators who are emerging or experienced in their topic areas. Deadline for proposals is May 1. The series editor is Thomas S. C. Farrell. For more information, please visit the TESOL website.

Budget deal restores literacy aid, cuts US history program
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A budget compromise just announced in Washington would breathe new life into a major federal literacy initiative, but abolish funding altogether for some other Department of Education programs targeting aspects of the curriculum, including teaching American history, foreign languages and civic education. The Math and Science Partnerships program and Arts in Education, meanwhile, would see small cuts. More

Test scores often misused in policy decisions
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Education policies that affect millions of students have long been tied to test scores, but a new paper suggests those scores are regularly misinterpreted. According to the new research out of Mathematica, a statistical research group, the comparisons sometimes used to judge school performance are more indicative of demographic change than actual learning. More

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9 states win early education grants
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Nine states have won a collective $500 million from the federal government to help make pre-kindergarten and other early learning programs more accessible and better capable of narrowing the achievement gap between those who start kindergarten without any formal schooling and those who do. California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington state were announced as winners at the White House on Dec. 16, 2011. More

How much should teachers be paid?
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With U.S. schools facing enormous pressure to improve, even as state and local budgets continue to evaporate, teacher compensation is the latest flashpoint in debates about education reform. Though some critics argue that teachers are overpaid, many believe it's just the opposite. More

Study: Failure rate of schools overstated
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When the Obama administration was seeking to drum up support for its education initiatives last spring, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Congress that the federal law known as No Child Left Behind would label 82 percent of all the nation's public schools as failing this year. Skeptics questioned that projection, but Duncan insisted it was based on careful analysis. More

Malaysia may adopt Aussie method
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Malaysia: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the intensive English language course taught to foreign students here could be emulated by Malaysia and incorporated into the education system to enhance the teaching of English in schools. The course is being taught to foreign students who reside here and undergo the education curriculum in schools where the medium of instruction is English. "It might not be practical for Malaysia to fully adopt the method because the medium of instruction in our schools is Bahasa Malaysia." More

MSU study finds English language test is negatively affecting some Michigan school children
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In 2011, nearly 70,000 Michigan school children who speak English as a second language had to take a special test of their English language skills. A new Michigan State University study says that test is causing unintended problems for those students. The English Language Proficiency Assessment is intended to identify which students may need help learning English as their second language. But MSU researcher Paula Winke says the way the test is administered often confuses new students and very young students who have trouble understanding why they are being forced to prove they understand English. More

Rules to stop pupil and teacher from getting too social online
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Faced with scandals and complaints involving teachers who misuse social media, school districts across the country are imposing strict new guidelines that ban private conversations between teachers and their students on cellphones and online platforms like Facebook and Twitter. More

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Primary school league tables show 1,310 schools failing on English and maths
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United Kingdom: More than 1,300 primary schools are failing to reach official targets for teaching the basics of English and maths, according to published figures. League tables show that 1,310 primary schools in England fall below the expected standards, while about 150 schools have been below the "floor standard" for five years. Doggedly under-performing primary schools face a change of management, either by converting them to academies or merging them with a successful school nearby. More

Doctors from the EU to face language tests following landmark ruling
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United Kingdom: Britain has won the right to test foreign doctors and nurses on their ability to speak English following a landmark ruling from Brussels. There is mounting concern that patients are being put in danger by a ban that prevents watchdogs from checking the language skills of European doctors and nurses. More

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Decisions around English proficiency
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Australia: Nov. 5 should have been a big day for Australia's universities, but for most it probably slipped by quite unassumingly. This was the day that greater choice arrived in terms of access to an increased pool of international students resulting from acceptance of additional English language test providers for visa purposes by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. More

Limited-English-proficient population rises 80 percent since 1990
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On a fairly regular basis, we get updates on where the latest waves of immigrants to the U.S. are settling and which countries of origin are most widely represented among the new arrivals. Drawing from the latest U.S. Census data, we also can see how these patterns are playing out linguistically, thanks to a new analysis from the Migration Policy Institute which examines how the population of individuals who don't speak English or have limited proficiency is growing and where they are choosing to settle. These patterns are hugely important for educators to understand and prepare for as they encounter more English learners in their classrooms. More

Debate continues over need for native-English teachers in Indonesian schools?
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Indonesia: In the Indonesian education scene, the debate over whether students can more effectively learn English with a local teacher or a native English-speaking one has long been a divisive issue. As more Indonesian students study abroad and return home fluent in English, education analysts are increasingly making the case that schools no longer need to have native English speakers. More

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More districts sending teachers into students' homes
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The expansion of a parent-involvement strategy in which teachers make scheduled visits to their students' homes promises to yield insights into how those visits might be used to improve outcomes for students and sustain engagement by parents in their children's academics. Though the economic downturn has affected some of the expansion, districts, philanthropists and teachers' unions have poured funding into a variety of new teacher home-visit projects over the past five years. Many of them are taking steps to track the results of their efforts, determine their impact on student behavior and academics, and make adjustments to the programs along the way. More

Why asking questions might not be the best way to teach
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More than 2,000 years ago, the philosopher Socrates wandered around Athens asking questions, an approach to finding truth that thinkers have venerated ever since. In modern times, the Socratic method was adapted for use in universities and became the dominant form of instruction for students learning philosophy and the law. The most recent national survey on the subject found that 97 percent of law-school professors use the Socratic method in first-year classes. Socratic dialogues seemed to work for the ancient Greeks (at least according to the records produced by Socrates' disciple Plato.) Are they effective for people today? Recently, a group of researchers decided to find out. More

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