TESOL English Language Bulletin
Jul. 28, 2015

Lack of federal regulation in education will disservice underserved children
Education World
Researcher and former teacher Conor P. Williams doesn't agrees that federal efforts in education need reform — but he doesn't think that stripping the federal government of certain powers is the way to do so. "Right now, the educational current is flowing towards decentralization. Folks are inclined to put the power, pressure, and decision-making as far from Washington as possible," Williams said.More

Learning English, with an accent on communication
The Hindu
India: While students at the Chennai Corporation-run schools memorize meaty passages in English in no time, they don’t fare as well when it actually comes to holding a conversation. This was something that became obvious to George Bishop right off the bat, when he was brought in by the U.S. Consulate to observe the students in some of the schools.More

TESOL to host events in Vietnam, Mexico, and Singapore throughout the remainder of 2015
Each event will be hosted in collaboration with a local English language organization, and its themes and topics were developed based on the issues faced by English language professionals in that region.More

TESOL Awards & Grants: Now accepting applications
TESOL is now accepting applications for several different awards and grants. Awards for excellence and service, a teaching materials grant, and funding for TESOL 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland are available. Applications must be received by 1 November 2015. Apply today!More

TESOL at 50 — Deadline extended for submissions
The deadline for nominations for 50 at 50 & 30 Up and Coming has been extended to Friday, 21 August 2015. The deadline for TESOL Success Stories has also been extended to that date.

Interactive Timeline: Submissions to the interactive timeline can be done throughout the year. Your submissions can and should include an image.More


New from TESOL Press: Materials Development
The authors of the newest volume in the English Language Teacher Development series provide principles and approaches for adapting material to suit a variety of contexts and show how teachers can work successfully with limited resources. The book focuses on the choices teachers and learners have with regard to the timing and location of learning, and include a discussion of homework, virtual learning environments, and the flipped classroom.

New from TESOL Press: CCSS in Math for ELLs, High School
Copublished with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), this text explores some of the ways high school mathematics content can be made accessible to ELLs by building from their strengths and scaffolding their opportunities to learn more. The chapters included in this text describe specific lessons and instructional moves teachers may make that will not only support their students in learning the mathematical content, but also the associated English structures that accompany the content.

TESOL Press call for proposals: Series Editor for Putting Research into Practice
TESOL Press is seeking an editor for a series that directly connects published research from TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal to classroom instruction. Proposals due 15 September 2015.

TESOL Press call for proposals: Instruction and Assessment for K–12 English Learners,
TESOL Press is now accepting proposals for a book (200 pages) on instruction and assessment for K-12 English learners. Proposals due 15 September 2015.More

Early education gets noticed in revise of No Child Left Behind
The latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, that's before Congress more formally addresses early education and adds a competitive grant program to help states align their early education system with K-12 schools. The U.S. Senate's version of the bill, which passed with bipartisan support, “ensures that federal funds can be used for early education,” including support for preschool teachers and English learners.More

State tests: No waivers for special ed, English learners
The Journal News
Some parents and teachers say they are disappointed by the U.S. Department of Education's unwillingness to provide greater flexibility on state tests when it comes to assessing students with disabilities and those who are English learners.More

English language learners program helps students, families
Within one month, Longacre Elementary School fifth-grader Vaishnavi Chintalapati can confidently say that her English has improved, and she even has tips for those who might want to brush up on the language. In the ELL program, Celebrate Learning at Summer School, 65 kindergarten through sixth-grade students attended the four-week session for four days each week. The program is over 10 years old.More

Satisfying the learners while teaching a second language
The Financial Express
Bangladesh: Masum Billah writes: "When we conduct a class and speak to a group of learners we want to inform them something or, persuade or entertain them. To achieve any or all of these objectives, we should know their interests, likes and dislikes; otherwise our attempts and efforts tend to be futile. Before we speak to this group of learners, we should learn as much about them and their interests as possible."More

Literacy opens doors to freedom
Literacy Council Gulf Coast, Inc. has been teaching students and families in southwest Florida for over 25 years. We believe that literacy is the key that unlocks an individual’s ability to learn. Learning is important to protect and preserve our democratic republic and improve the community’s quality of life.More

How have the new SELT rules at sub-degree level impacted the UK sector?
The Pie News
The SELT shake-up has been a topic of conversation this summer, with sudden changes meaning IELTS is now the only approved global provider of Secure English Language Tests for students seeking to obtain a visa to enter the U.K. and study at sub-degree level, while Trinity College London can also provide SELTs but only in the U.K., for students already onshore.More

Babies' brains show that social skills linked to second language learning
University of Washington via Medical Xpress
Babies learn language best by interacting with people rather than passively through a video or audio recording. But it's been unclear what aspects of social interactions make them so important for learning. New findings by researchers at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington demonstrate for the first time that an early social behavior called gaze shifting is linked to infants' ability to learn new language sounds.More

The teacher's guide to Open Educational Resources
You've probably heard about Open Educational Resources and maybe even used some in your classroom. But the world of OERs is growing constantly, with more quality resources available every day. If you aren't taking advantage of them yet, now is a great time to take a closer look.More