Hunt for ‘fake’ English teacher

September 30, 2008

COOCH BEHAR, INDIA–Police are trying to trace an alleged imposter after one of the two Class IX students he had befriended committed suicide in Cooch Behar on Friday. The dead girl’s parents told police she took sleeping pills after being “tortured” by her school principal for her association with the man.“Besides using filthy language, she hit my daughter. full story


Tufts campus a ‘cocoon’ for Indian freshmen

September 30, 2008

MEDFORD, MA–Like virtually every incoming college student, Tufts University freshmen Esha John and Samujjal “Shayan” Purkayastha worried about how they would fit in and interact as new students on a college campus. But for these two students, college represented a particularly full story


Lincolnshire is facing major problems with – or without – its immigrants

September 30, 2008

LINCOLNSHIRE, UK–While they are putting a massive strain on public services, creating resentment among local residents, struggling to ‘adapt’ to British culture and plagued by Eastern European gangsters, they are essential to the county’s main industry – agriculture. full story


Sladek honored with Texas TESOL Award

September 30, 2008

SAN MARCOS, TX–Texas State University-San Marcos Intensive English Language Program (TSIE) professor Beverly Ingram Sladek has been recognized as the 2008 Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Region III Teacher of the Year.The Texas TESOL is a regional chapter of TESOL, a global association of instructors who teach full story


President Lacks Specific Steps to Promote Wider Use of English

September 30, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–A professor said Wednesday that President Lee Myung-bak’s initiative to promote wider use of practical English is a step in the right direction but it lacked specifics in achieving that goal. Myongji University Professor Ahn Young-sup made full story


Program at elementary school helps parents, students learn English

September 30, 2008

JACKSON, MI–Azucena Mata has a hard time helping her three daughters with homework because of the English language barrier. “From what I’ve learned, I can help them a little bit,” said the 31-year-old Mata as translated by English language learner (ELL) teacher Maureen Peters. “If I could learn to write and read better (in English), that would be great.” full story


Joliet schools make progress but English learners lag behind

September 30, 2008

JOLIET, IL–Joliet Grade School District made progress on state assessment tests in all student subgroups except in reading among students who have a limited proficiency in English. The only area where the district saw a decrease in scores was with its students who do not read English, but were required to take the Illinois State Achievement Test which is administered in the spring. full story


Committee majority finds fault with English-language proposal

September 29, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–Voters should reject strict limits on Oregon schools’ ability to teach non-native English speakers in their native language because the time limit is too rigid and research says it won’t work, a panel says. The recommendation came from 61 percent of the people on an independent 23-member citizen review panel that examined Measure 58 in exacting detail this week. full story  another newspaper


The Bilingual debate

September 29, 2008

NEW YORK TIMES–In this installment of Education Watch, Bruce Fuller and Lance T. Izumi discuss the candidates’ positions on bilingual education. Mr. Fuller argues that bilingual education can work given the right training, and Mr. Izumi says that English immersion works better. Mr. Fuller’s piece  Mr. Izumi’s piece


Overqualified, underemployed

September 29, 2008

STOCKTON, CA–In the present, Ismael Cortez is accustomed to living modestly. Cortez, once a respected teacher in Mexico, owned a two-story home that featured a library of 2,000 books. He spent his time with intellectual pursuits by reading and associating with politicians, professors and community leaders. But in the late 1990s, Cortez moved to the United States. full story