TESOL English Language Bulletin
May 11, 2011

TESOL 2011 resources now available
Thank you for making the 45th Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans a success! If you could not attend the convention this year or you missed some of the highlights, you can catch up using the following resources:

See you for a "Declaration of Excellence!" in Philadelphia on March 28-31!More

US reminds schools of obligations to immigrant students
Education Week
The Obama administration is reminding school administrators nationwide of their obligation under federal law to enroll children regardless of citizenship or immigration status. "Recently, we have become aware of student enrollment practices that may chill or discourage the participation, or lead to the exclusion, of students based on their or their parents' or guardians' actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status," says the "dear colleague" letter.More

UK slashes number of trusted English language testers
The Guardian
United Kingdom: United Kingdom immigration authorities have drastically cut the number of language assessment providers they deem suitable to offer tests to demonstrate the English skills of visa applicants. The U.K. Border Agency, which controls visa processing, unveiled its revised list of English language tests that will be accepted as part of visa applications to come to the U.K. to live, work and study.More

No niche too specialist for skilled English language teachers
The Guardian
United Kingdom: The language of accountancy is the focus of the latest English for specific purposes test offered by LCCI. The U.K.-based exam provider predicts that its new English for Accounting test will generate about 15,000 registrations in its first year, to add to the 150,000 takers who LCCI says sit its range of financial English tests annually.More

Dual language immersion programs growing in popularity
Los Angeles Times
Dual language immersion programs are the new face of bilingual education — without the stigma. They offer the chance to learn a second language not just to immigrant children, but to native-born American students as well.More

Looking beyond English
MIT news
In fall 2008, Daniel Ginsberg, an English as a Second Language teacher at a public high school in Malden, Mass., approached MIT professor Wayne O'Neil asking about incorporating linguistics into his curriculum to allow students to compare and contrast English with their native languages. '’Neil's answer? Such a curriculum doesn't exist for ESL students — but he'd be happy to help design one.More

English teaching in Malaysia
The Student Operated Press
Malaysia: English language is one reason why many Chinese high school students shy away from pursuing education in western institutions. Special English language course for enabling such students to pursue western education are being made available in China now. In comparison, Malaysia already seems be running a balanced system of English language learning for students.More

Employers use remedial English training
People Management
Employers have serious concerns about the basic skills of school and college leavers and many have had to use remedial training as a result, according to a survey. The survey of 566 employers found that 42 percent are not satisfied with the basic use of English by school and college leavers, while more than a third (35 percent) are concerned with the basic numeracy skills in this age group. To address these weaknesses, 44 percent of employers have had to invest in remedial training for school and college leavers.More

The new normal of teacher education
Chronicle of Higher Education
Between 1900 and 1940, America's normal schools, noncollegiate teacher training institutions with an emphasis on practical education, gave way to university-based teacher education. Today the nation is moving in the opposite direction. The first of the public normal schools, educating primary school teachers, was established in 1839. By 1900 there were more than 330 normals, public and private, enrolling over 115,000 students. Their programs, originally a year long and later longer, included academic subjects but emphasized pedagogy and in-school training.More