U46 counteroffers in discrimination lawsuit

October 1, 2008

CHICAGO, IL–Elgin School District U46 has offered a counterproposal to plaintiffs in an attempt to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit against it, according to the district. “We gave plaintiffs our counterproposal on Friday,” said Patti Whitten, an attorney at the full story


Cebu can be global ESL hub

October 1, 2008

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES–After gaining international recognition as an emerging destination in the global outsourcing industry, Cebu is up for another title – that of being the “mecca” of English as a Second Language (ESL) in the world. Australian Paul Robertson, owner of Time International Ltd., which produces English journals, said Cebu needs full story


EvCC impresses Japanese sister school’s officials

October 1, 2008

EVERETT, WA–Leaders from Everett Community College and Aichi Toho University in Japan figure they have a lot to learn from one another. Even down to the flashcards used in an EvCC English as a second language class. A five-member delegation from the Nagoya-based private university arrived last week and will full story


The Art and Science of Good English: Here Comes Help

October 1, 2008

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–The University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Examinations is planning to work with education councils and corporate sectors across the UAE to raise the standard of English among students, teachers and professionals in the country. full story


Strict new rules for foreign students

October 1, 2008

LONDON, UK–FOREIGN STUDENTS hoping to come to the UK to study will have to meet strict new criteria, the Government announced Wednesday July 30. The Home Office has published proposals for much tighter rules for foreign students, and the universities and colleges hosting them, full story


Merging a Metalinguistic Grammar Approach with L2 Academic Process Writing: ELLs in Community College

October 1, 2008

TESL-EJ–This action research study evaluates a classroom approach incorporating a reflective, metacognitive component within a second language process-oriented writing environment. Inspired by the literature and developed by the first author, this approach seeks to provide English language learners (ELLs) with a command of metalinguistic principles through a process of full story


Teacher Language in ESL Face-To-Face and Written Electronic Discussions

October 1, 2008

TESL-EJ–This repeated-measures, counter-balanced study reports on a comparison of quantity and quality of one teacher’s language in face-to-face (FTF) and written electronic (WE) discussions with advanced English as a Subsequent Language (ESL) students. Transcripts from the two types of discussions were compared for complexity of teacher input and full story


Six candidates agree that English learning is priority

October 1, 2008

VISTA, CA–The Vista school district, where six candidates are competing for three seats on the school board, has made gains in academic achievement but still faces big challenges. Twelve of its 32 campuses are on a federal watch list for underperforming schools, five of them for the fifth year in a row. full story