ELL/ESL/EFL Blog Carnival — Seventh Edition

October 2, 2008

LARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF THE DAY–It’s time for the seventh edition of the ELL/ESL/EFL Blog Carnival. You can see the previous editions here. The next edition will be published on December 1st, and will be hosted by Mary Ann Zehr at Learning The Language, the blog hosted by Education Week that focuses on English Language Learners. That blog full story


Student visa fraud rampant

October 2, 2008

VANCOUVER, CANADA–Canada places so few restrictions on foreign students and the schools that attract them that it has left the student-visa system open to widespread abuse and fraud, according to an internal government review obtained by The Vancouver Sun. full story  another newspaper


Rent scam rips off international students

October 2, 2008

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA–An online scam offering cheap rental accommodation is exploiting international students unfamiliar with the best way to find a place to live in Melbourne during a rental property drought. The Tenants Union of Victoria said yesterday it had received 12 reports of students losing about $1000 each in the past three weeks. full story


Revamped U.S. citizenship test goes into effect

October 2, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC–Do you know the name of the current speaker of the House? Or why the United States flag has 13 stripes? Or the role of the president’s cabinet? These are some of the 100 questions in a new citizenship test that went into effect today. Emilio Gonzalez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the new questions are designed to be full story


Children give voice to immigrant parents

October 2, 2008

CHICAGO TRIBUNE–For immigrant families, the traditional roles of parents and children often flip, with children serving as guides to a foreign culture and language. They accompany parents to the doctor to describe a sickness or to the bank to fill out mortgage applications. Critics long have said it’s dangerous and unfair to lay the burdens of adulthood on children, but full story


Head teacher forced to use sign language at school of 24 nationalities

October 2, 2008

BRIGHTON, UK–Of the 311 children at Fairlight Primary School in Brighton, East Sussex, 55 are from overseas, originating from a total of 24 countries. Between them, they speak 26 languages ranging from Spanish and Polish to Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. The school’s new head teacher, Damien Jordan, realised full story