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Governor Signs CATESOL-Supported Bills

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
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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
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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
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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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Call for Lesson Plan Submissions

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
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Book Editors Seek Ideas for New Ways in Teaching Creative Writing for the ELL Community —We are seeking contributors with exciting and effective lesson plan ideas for using creative writing in the English language classroom. Our book, New Ways in Teaching Creative Writing for the ELL Community, will be published in the TESOL Press New
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CATESOL Goes to Washington for 2016 TESOL Summit

Sep 24th, 2016 | By
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By JUDITH B. O’LOUGHLIN —Judy O’Loughlin, CATESOL K-12 Advocacy Chair, and Sydney Rice, CATESOL president, representing Adult Education, joined approximately 75 other TESOL educators and members of TESOL International Association on June 19-21, 2016, in Washington, DC, for the 2016 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit. The program featured two full days of issue briefings and
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New Legislation a Positive Step
for Making Progress on EL Policy

Sep 24th, 2016 | By
thumbnail of legislative advocate Jeff Frost

By JEFF FROST —As I have reported earlier this year, the 2016 session of the State Legislature has produced two bills that should have significant impacts on improving opportunities for English learners. CATESOL is supporting both of these measures. AB 2350 (Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach) would prohibit English learners (ELs) in middle and high school
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A Critique of the TABE Assessment

Sep 24th, 2016 | By
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By YUCHENG CAO —Introduction The teachers in my placement school (LA Technology Center) all use Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to assess the skills and knowledge of their adult learners. In the evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) class that I have been observing, the host teacher employs the reading test of TABE 9&10 to assess
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