Tennessee: Shuler Pelham spent Wednesday morning trying to explain to a 15-year-old Mexican boy why he should come to school. The teen arrived in Nashville in March, attended one week at Overton High in August and then disappeared. A truancy court ordered him back to Overton.
United States: The aggressive $4 billion program begun by the Obama administration in 2009 to radically transform the country’s worst schools included, as its centerpiece, a plan to install new principals to overhaul most of the failing schools.
Recently, TESOL Executive Director Rosa Aronson spoke to Education Talk Radio's Larry Jacobs about the state of K-12 English language teaching in the United States and the upcoming TESOL Convention in New Orleans, March 16-19, 2011.
United States: Business is the most popular subject for international students in the United States. At last count, twenty-one percent of foreign students at American colleges and universities were studying business and management.
This article contains commentary from Thomas Cossé, a professor of marketing and business at the University of Richmond in Virginia, and Kay Westerfield, member of the TESOL board of dIrectors and director of the international business communication program at the University of Oregon.
United States: If philanthropists want to see education improve in this country, they need to focus more on the needs of English-language learners, an influential group of funders says in a report released today.
Georgia: The former Soviet republic of Georgia is trying to improve the quality of the English instruction in its classrooms with a program that has hired 1,000 people from the United States, Canada and other English-speaking countries to teach in its schools. Here are three teachers’ observations so far.
Tblisi, Georgia: The new teacher who arrived recently at School No. 161 could barely speak a word of the Georgian language, knew little about local customs and easily got lost in the crazy-quilt streets of this hilly capital. But she was at the forefront of one of the most notable educational initiatives — if not social experiments — being attempted in the former Soviet Union.
United States: The U.S. Department of Education today launched a new website that provides convenient and transparent access to key national and state education data, highlighting the progress being made across the country in every level of the education system and encouraging communities to engage in a conversation about their schools.
United States: "Today is an opportunity for you to challenge and push me to become a better teacher, and a time for you to challenge and push yourselves to be better learners." So I began my ninth-grade English class one day before the winter break.