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John Dewey on High Stakes Testing

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TESOL Peace Forum in October

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August 2003

Fallout From High-Stakes Testing
Whether the issue is framed as "phonics vs. whole language," "accountability vs. accommodations" or even "English-only vs. bilingual education," those who seek political or economic points at the expense of students in our schools are really distracting us from what matters most....
Accreditation Agency for IEPs OK'd by U.S. Department of Ed
CEA’s quest for recognition can be traced to the early 1990s, when Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) began to look at the development of standards for IEPs in the United States....
TESOL Forum to Explore Role of ESL/EFL Teachers in Peace Education
On Friday, October 17, 2003, The American University in Washington, D.C., will host an all-day TESOL Forum titled "Teachers Building a Culture of Peace: Classroom Responses to War and Terrorism." Betty Reardon, Founding Director of the Peace Education Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, will give a morning plenary, "The Role of Teachers in Promoting a Culture of Peace," before participants embark on a series of concurrent workshop sessions....
Getting English Language Learners to Guess Ahead in Reading
There is a great text by Francoise Grellet titled "Developing Reading Skills: A Practical Guide to Reading Comprehensive Exercises" (Cambridge, 1981), where she describes the reading process as clearly as I have ever seen it done. One key aspect of reading, according to Grellet, is anticipating or guessing what is coming next, and then checking our hypotheses, modifying them, and forming new ones as we move through the text...