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Monday Deadline for Comments on Proposed Student Visa Restrictions

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is asking for written comments and related materials regarding the proposed rule to eliminate duration of status (D/S) for F students and their dependents, J exchange visitors and their dependents, and I media representatives be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal on or before October 26. EnglishUSA, TESOL International Association, and University and...

Lorena McElwain to Run Federal English Language Office

Lorena Orozco McElwain has been appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Prior to joining the federal government, McElwain was as an ESL/Spanish/Italian instructor, translator, interpreter, and assessed language proficiency using the State Department’s language proficiency scale. She was also a bilingual educator in New Mexico prior to...

Co-teaching Strategies for Remote Learning 101

Gayle Hammer, an ELL teacher in Chicago Public Schools, along with Jennifer Estrada, , Elizabeth Laverde, and Caitlin Sheehan have created resources to improve collaboration and student learning in co-taught classrooms during remote learning. Hammer has been collaborating with other teachers of ESL and Diverse Learner to develop norms and structures for Co-teaching while working remotely. This includes modified co-teaching...

Free Resources in English and Spanish for U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools Week

Statistics in Schools (SIS) Week, which will take place March 2-6, is a program of the U.S. Census Bureau designed to educate students about the importance of the Census. The Census Bureau has called upon teachers to help promote the program, even collaborating with them to design a week's worth of in-class activities for students. The Bureau has also...

Experts Not Hopeful on Vietnam’s English Targets

Education experts are expressed concern that the targets set for Vietnam’s foreign language proficiency are set to fail at a recent meeting on English teaching at colleges and universities held by the education ministry, Vietnamnet reports. The goals were set in the 2008-2020 national project, Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages in the National Education System. The project requires all...

The ESL Makeover

Danny Brassell gets over himself to make learning fun for all ages When I first began teaching elementary school, my principal asked me if I knew any Spanish. After I replied, “Un poquito (a little),” he said, “Good. You’re our new bilingual coordinator!” Mind you, my school had over 950 students, and over 85 percent of them ...

Acquiring Academic Literacy from the Inside

Throughout the U.S., there is a sizeable population of international students from mainland China studying at colleges and universities. Among the varied difficulties during the process of adjustment to the host culture, such as homesickness, loneliness, and isolation, as well as financial burden, it is probably academic literacy that creates the biggest barrier to...

ESL and STEM through CALL

Published by Rowman & Littlefield, Teaching ESL and STEM Content through CALL: A Research-Based Interdisciplinary Critical Pedagogical Approach by Abdelilah Salim Sehlaoui addresses the growing need for effective critical pedagogical competence (CPC), critical technological competence (CTC), and critical cross-cultural communicative competence (C5) in teachers who serve ELs. C5, which encompasses CTC and CPC, is defined in the book as...

Two Teams Share $7M Adult Literacy XPRIZE

XPRIZE, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has announced two grand prize winners of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, a multi-year, multi-phase competition focused on transforming the lives of low-literate adults across the nation. Launched on former first lady Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday in 2015, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy...

Bill May Relax AZ English Immersion

2/19/19 UPDATE: Arizona’s House Education Committee has unanimously approved HCR 2026, which would give Arizona voters the opportunity to repeal the state’s English-only instruction law. Arizona’s Senate Education Committee has approved Senate Bill 1014, which would provide schools with more flexibility for English Learner (EL) instruction. Currently, ELs spend four hours of every school day in Structured English Immersion...
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