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Pearson Pays $700 million for Brazilian English Schools

With its $721 million acquisition of Brazil’s Grupo Multi, Pearson has become the market leader in English language education amongst adults in Brazil. Grupo Multi provides English-language training through a variety of language school chains, most notably Wizard, Microlins, Skill and Yazigi. Grupo Multi serves over 800,000 students across 2,600 franchized schools for children, adolescents, and adults. Pearson’s investment in...

U.S. Education Department ‘Failing English Learners’

U.S. students who speak a language other than English at home and are still learning English have received scant support from the federal Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan. That is the take-away of the report "Opportunity Lost: The Promise of Equal and Effective Education for Emerging Bilingual Students in the Obama Administration" published this month by the...

Former English Learner Takes Reins at NYC Schools

New York’s new Mayor, Bill de Blasio, lost no time in announcing his appointment of Carmen Fariña as Schools Chancellor before he even took office. In naming Fariña to lead the nation’s largest school system, de Blasio “emphasized his commitment to working with parents as partners in education, establishing truly universal pre-kindergarten for four-year-olds and after-school programs for middle...

California Invites Public Comment on English Framework

Californians are being invited to comment on their state’s first framework based on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts. The English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (ELA/ELD Framework) will provide guidance for implementing the new Common Core State Standards and California's new English Language Development Standards. According to the...

English Language Learners: Shifting to an Asset-Based Paradigm

(Estudiantes del Idioma Inglés: Valorizando los Aportes Que Brindan) The 37th issue of the Annenberg Institute’s magazine, VUE (voices in urban education) focuses on the benefits that English Language Learners (ELLs) lend to the whole school populations and experience. Guest editor Rosann Tung, director of Research & Policy at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR), explains the...

Native American English Learners Request for Information (RFI)

The U.S. Department of Education has now re-opened its request for information (RFI) on Native American English learners. The purpose of the RFI is to gather information pertaining to the identification and placement of Native American students who are English learners in language instruction educational programs. This RFI was developed to help State educational agencies, local educational agencies, schools,...

Project to Research How English is Learned

Why do students from certain countries learn English more easily than students in other places? Why do the most effective strategies for teaching English to Russian and Chinese students differ greatly from those used to teach native speakers? Could a better understanding of what influences the mastery of core English skills help educators design more effective ways to teach?...

Tools for Teaching English

Language Magazine’s selection of products that incorporate technology into the ESL classroom Alloy Multimedia ESL ReadingSmart is a web-based English language learning environment founded on a unique instructional design. It is easily implemented as a student-centered, stand-alone application or a blended learning environment, integrating online student work and classroom instruction. The program offers individualized, content-based instruction to develop English language proficiency with emphasis on literacy and cross-curricular vocabulary...

English in America

From Austin with love I questioned whether it was a ludicrously fortunate coincidence or simply my consistent failure to remember that this is a city of musical diversity; but with no sign of any answers other than “just be grateful,” I was still ecstatic to learn that the Austin band, The Black Angels were to charm Manhattan with their wondrous...

English in America: Niagra Falls

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Niagara Falls After stealthily blending in with the masses of Manhattan Island for five weeks, my inner-backpacker told me it was time for an out-of-city adventure. I contemplated Montauk and Green Mountain, pondering over maps and lack-luster tourist guide books, until I finally decided on what was both an obvious and predictable location; Niagara Falls. My reasoning was, despite the...
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