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Know Your Score … Card

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
image of CATESOL President Sydney Rice

By SYDNEY RICE with KATHY WADA —According to dictionary.com, success is defined as “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.” If we apply this definition to education, we notice two distinct pieces. The first is gaining a degree or certificate. The second is accomplishing what a student, individually,
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My Name, My Identity

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
thumbnail of Judith O'Loughlin

By JUDITH O’LOUGHLIN —What’s in a name? Each of our names is tied to our identity, our family history, our culture, our language and, essentially, who we are. When you pronounce students’ names accurately, you are acknowledging and respecting each of the students in your classroom. Your classroom, your school, and your community of learners
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State Budget Update: Proposals Address Decline in Revenue

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
thumbnail of legislative advocate Jeff Frost

By JEFF FROST —Budget Overview On January 10, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2016-2017 budget proposals. The governor began his press conference by reporting that state revenue collections over the past six months indicate the “tide has begun to turn.” More specifically, while state revenues continue to increase, “the trajectory of General Fund revenue growth”
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Improving Reading Engagement
Through the Use of ELL Perceptions
Toward Instructional Strategies

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
thumbnail of Maryann Hasso

By MARYANN HASSO —Low reading-engagement skills of English language learner (ELL) students are a barrier to academic and vocational progress. Improving reading engagement in an academic setting can improve reading skills. This summary consolidates perceptions of ELLs regarding reading instructional strategies and support to determine what practices may encourage increased engagement. The approach was a
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Governor Signs CATESOL-Supported Bills

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
thumbnail of legislative advocate Jeff Frost

By JEFF FROST —In the late evening of September 30, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. completed his actions on the bills that reached the governor’s office before the 2016 legislative session ended. During the course of 2016, 1,059 bills reached Governor Brown, and he signed 898 of them. The governor vetoed 159 bills, and he
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The Shades of Bicultural Identity: A Narrative

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
cartoon of esra alsuhaibani

By ESRA ALSUHAIBANI —I will never forget the moment when I made an identity choice. It was probably the most important time in my life. It was a time when I had overcome a major obstacle in my life. It was a time when I had the chance to come to the US and learn
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Fostering Multilingualism at Home

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
Regula Schmid

By REGULA SCHMID —“Multilingualism is the natural potential available to every normal human being (Paradowsky, 2010).” Every child is born with the ability to acquire more than one language just as well as he or she is able to acquire one language. All that is needed is input, that is, hearing the language. To build
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The Future of Education in a Post-Truth, Pro-Trump America

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
new official author pic of Andy Curtis

Editor’s Note: The views in this opinion piece reflect the concerns of the author, and they are not an official position of CATESOL. I welcome other opinion pieces on this issue or on other controversial issues of concern to readers of the News.—Karen Bleske By ANDY CURTIS —As CATESOL News readers know, the theme for
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Of Race and the Ownership of a Language

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
Ana Wu

By ANA WU —My relationship with culture, language, and race has become intriguing since I moved to the US more than 10 years ago. At the recent CATESOL Annual Conference during breakfast, I sat at a table with two other instructors. Previously, the common questions that I had been asked were, “I see you are
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Reallocation of Resources for Teaching English to
Syrian Refugees in North America: A Note of Caution

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
Hedieh Najafi

By HEDI NAJAFI —With the Syrian war in its fifth year, millions of Syrians have become displaced inside and outside Syria. Just in 2015, 1.2 million Syrians were pushed out of their homes (Rodgers, Gritten, Offer, & Asare, 2016). Out of the millions of displaced Syrians, thousands have found refuge in English-speaking countries. Already there
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