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Call for book proposals: 'Assessment in English Language Programs'
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TESOL is accepting proposals for a new book, "Assessment in English Language Programs." The volume will have a single author or a lead author who organizes and manages a team of authors to ensure consistency in coverage and style. The author(s) will explore possible approaches, models, principles and techniques related to effective assessment at the classroom and program levels. The book will reflect current theory, address the topic of assessment and accountability movements within the context of English language learning, and be of practical value to classroom teachers, administrators and teacher educators. Deadline for proposals is Dec. 1.

For more information and proposal guidelines, click here.

Foreign language programs stung by budget cuts
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The federal government has a huge demand for proficient speakers of foreign languages, but Congress substantially reduced funds to support the teaching of foreign languages to K-12 and college students in the budget deal struck for fiscal 2011. Foreign-language advocates said they are discouraged that while President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have stressed in speeches the importance of bilingualism, a pot of money that underwrites the cost of 14 higher education programs focused on foreign languages and international education — some of which provide crucial support to K-12 educators — will be cut by 40 percent in the current fiscal year. More

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First ESEA bill eliminates 43 education programs
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Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., chairman of the K–12 education subcommittee, recently introduced the first in a series of House bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Anyone expecting to learn whether Congress will eliminate No Child Left Behind's 2013–2014 proficiency deadline or set requirements for evaluating teachers will be sorely disappointed. Instead of tackling educators' deep-rooted concerns with NCLB, Hunter's bill eliminates 43 education programs in a bid to reduce federal education funding and weed out duplicative and ineffective efforts. More

More English learners identified for special education in Massachusetts
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The number of English language learners also identified as having a learning disability has more than doubled in the last decade in Massachusetts. That's according to a special report released by the Gastón Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. The study shows an increase of more than 100 percent of those students from 2001-2002 to 2010-2011. More

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How instructional teams support education of ELLs
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Having school-level instructional teams is one tool that has helped San Diego's Chula Vista Elementary School District succeed with English language learners. John M. Nelson III, the assistant superintendent for instructional services and support in the school district, writes in The School Administrator, that school-level instructional teams have helped each school to tailor teaching and learning for that site. More

China rush to US colleges reveals predatory fees for recruits
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Leon Lin was ecstatic when he found out he'd be leaving home in southern China to study at the University of Connecticut. As the Chinese agent whom his parents paid $5,000 to help him get into the school told him, the university's flagship campus at Storrs was a highly ranked institution, with 25,000 students and ready access to Boston and New York City. And eventually Lin would return home with the status and career advantage of a United States degree. More

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Coaching and much more for Chinese students looking to US
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In December 2009, a rejection letter from Columbia University found its way to the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. It was addressed to Lu Jingyu, a top student and member of her school's student government. As she read the disheartening words, Lu immediately began to panic. Where had she gone wrong? How could she fix this? For answers, she turned to ThinkTank Learning, a college admission consulting company from California that had recently opened an office in Shenzhen. More

Top education for less in the Philippines
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Philippines: Thousands of foreign university students are flocking to the Philippines, attracted by cheap yet high-quality courses conducted in English and an easy-going lifestyle outside class. With more than 2,100 private and state-run institutions nationwide offering a wide array of courses, and an immigration policy friendly to foreign students, the former American colony is enjoying an enrolment boom. More

Latest budget victim: Adult education in California
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Facing staggering cuts tied to the state budget deficit, a growing number of school districts and community colleges are focusing precious resources on K-12 and undergraduate education at the expense of adult education classes, eviscerating a key economic springboard for low-income Californians. The cuts for the coming school year will likely affect everyone from seniors hoping to learn new computer skills in the San Jose Unified School District to English learners in the Oakland Unified School District and at City College of San Francisco. More

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The bilingual advantage
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A cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok has spent almost 40 years learning about how bilingualism sharpens the mind. Her good news: Among other benefits, the regular use of two languages appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Bialystok, 62, a distinguished research professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, was awarded a $100,000 Killam Prize for her contributions to social science. More

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Software uses auditory methods to boost language acquisition
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Computer programs are playing a more active role in language acquisition, and many include features that let English as a second language students and those learning a foreign language have conversations with their computers or hear a computer read aloud sentences that the students struggle to write. For example, designed for ESL students, English in a Flash uses aural teaching cues to help build students' mental word banks. More

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