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Coming first with a second language
Forbes
Students who don't speak English as their first language would seem to be at a fundamental disadvantage in English-speaking schools, but a focused approach is seeing them outperform their peers, showing that it is possible to come first with a second language. The rapid growth in the number of non-native English speakers is one of the biggest challenges facing schools today. As recently as a decade ago, they formed a sizeable group in only a handful of schools, but increasing international mobility is changing all that.
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Partial scholarships — Teaching Assistant Volunteering
InterCambio Cultural Educational Foundation
InterCambio Cultural Educational Foundation is pleased to offer 5 Teaching Assistant Volunteering scholarships to students. These scholarships recognize academic excellence and assist deserving individuals who need financial help to continue their professional experiences abroad.

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The power of social media in language acquisition
By: Beth Crumpler
To truly spark curiosity and engage the interests of youth today, we must reach them through what they find interesting. Social media is a powerful tool educators can use to deeply access the learning potential of these youth. Moreover, social media enables English language learners to have interactions and dialogues with classmates, other ELLs and native English speakers. Proactive and effective educators recognize the learning potential social media can provide, and they actively incorporate it into lesson plans. Here's how.
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English learners sent into mainstream, ready or not
Pioneer Press
Pisey and Monita Pov arrived from Cambodia two years ago knowing only basic English phrases. This year at St. Paul's Harding High School in Minnesota, they are charting population growth in biology. Alongside native English speakers in literature class, they are reading novels with "many characters and difficult words," Pisey said. In each classroom, the sisters have a pair of teachers: a specialist in the subject and an educator skilled in working with English learners.
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Students learning ESOL with vouchers might be getting shortchanged
Voxxi
Florida law governing the tax credit scholarship program gives vouchers to low-income families to use as tuition for their children in private schools but does not adequately protect the rights of English language learners, shortchanging Latino students and other groups learning English as an additional language from receiving proper instruction. This flaw in Florida law must be rectified in order to improve educational opportunities for Latinos.
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COORDINATOR OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES VACANCY

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is looking for Certified Foreign Language and English Second Language Teachers. EBRPSS is accepting applications for the Coordinator of Foreign Languages. Click here for more information.
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Integrating content and language
Language Magazine
Similar to other bilingual education methods, the CLIL methodology (content and language integrated learning) is considered a model of good practice in Europe. It has been adopted by a large number of infant and primary schools in Spain, such as schools in the Bilingual Project in Madrid. CLIL is a form of dual-focused learning where emphasis is both on content and on language. Teachers plan their lessons with two sets of objectives, one regarding content and one regarding language.
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Bills aim to improve English language instruction
The Mankato Free Press
Minnesota's efforts to improve English language instruction for the 65,000 students who speak another language at home could change. A bill moving through the Legislature would encourage more districts to shift where English learners spend their time — and honor students' home language whenever possible. Keeping ELL students in class whenever possible is one of the proposals state Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul, has pushed this legislative session.
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    ELL students neglected in school turnaround efforts (THE Journal)
For Latino parents, bilingual classrooms aren't just about language (NPR)
Finn: Being bilingual offers more benefits than disadvantages (Iowa State Daily)
Digital storytelling for cognitive processing in ELLs (By: Beth Crumpler)
Top 8 surprising reasons why you should learn a new language (Hutong School)

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Study: Touch influences how infants learn language
Medical News Today
Tickling a baby's toes may be cute but it's also possible that those touches could help babies learn the words in their language. Research from Purdue University shows that a caregiver's touch could help babies to find words in the continuous stream of speech.
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Schools' ELL classes four times larger than state average
Doane Line
The minority population in Crete, Neb., schools has grown about 40 percent in the last 12 years. In 2013, nearly 56 percent of Crete Public School students were identified as minority, which is almost double the state average. This increase in minority students has created certain needs within the school system. English language learners make up about 24 percent of Crete Public School students, which is almost four times the state average. That number has increased more than 10 percent over the last 12 years.
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Test supports for ELLs: Differences between PARCC and Smarter Balanced
Education Week
Students across the country right now are test driving new Common Core aligned assessments, including thousands of English learners, who will have very different experiences depending on which test they are taking and where they happen to live. My colleague Liana Heitin has a really good story that explains the major differences between the two major test consortia — Smarter Balanced and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career — when it comes to testing supports and accommodations for English language learners and students with disabilities.
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Effects of meaningful peer interactions for non-native-English-speaking students
Phys.org
Amrita, a 13-year-old Nepali immigrant, doesn't talk much to other students in her math class because, she says, she doesn't have many friends there.

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From second language learning to bilingualism in schools
Psychology Today
We are many who feel that education should help children and adolescents acquire a second or third language while retaining their first language. Education should also encourage the active use of those languages, if at all possible.

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Dual-language learning for all students is visionary
The Voice of Tucson
Being visionary didn't work for Arizona. Being reactionary was a bust, too. It's time to apply some hard-nosed realism to the fact that our schools are not serving a population of kids who are fast becoming the majority of K-12 students.

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Effects of meaningful peer interactions for non-native-English-speaking students
Phys.org
Amrita, a 13-year-old Nepali immigrant, doesn't talk much to other students in her math class because, she says, she doesn't have many friends there. Researchers from Youth-Nex, the U.Va. Center for Effective Youth Development, based in the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, have been awarded a grant to learn what, if any, consequences exist for non-native-English-speaking students like Amrita who lack meaningful interactions with peers during class time — and how the situation can be improved for all students.
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Are Florida vouchers good or bad for English language learners?
Tampa Bay Times
As Florida lawmakers enter the final week of the 2014 session, the issue of whether to expand the state's school voucher program remains contentious. The debate has mostly focused on the area of accountability, and whether students in schools that accept vouchers must take the same test as students in traditional public schools. Now some leaders in the state's Spanish-speaking community are turning the conversation to the topic of academic options for children who are still learning English.
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