Trends in Unauthorized Immigration: Undocumented Inflow Now Trails Legal Inflow

October 3, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC–There were 11.9 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States in March 2008, according to new Pew Hispanic Center estimates. The size of the unauthorized population appears to have declined since 2007, but this finding is inconclusive because of the margin of error in these estimates. full story


ESOL standards ‘have to improve’

October 3, 2008

LONDON, UK–Much more needs to be done to improve the standards of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) training, according to an Ofsted report. Although it said the number of colleges providing ESOL that have less than satisfactory standards has gone down from one in five to one in sixteen between 2001 and 2005, Ofsted found that full story


Migrants are getting better English lessons

October 3, 2008

LONDON, UK–The quality of English-language teaching for migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers is improving, according to a new report by the education watchdog Ofsted. But it warns that a lot more needs to be done to ensure standards are lifted beyond “satisfactory” levels, and makes a series of recommendations to protect and enhance services. full story


The Language Show, in association with The Independent

October 3, 2008

LONDON, UK–The Independent is proud to be the official media partner of the Language Show this year, the UK’s biggest event for language learners, language teachers, linguists and anyone with a passion for languages. Between 31 October and 2 November full story


International students worth £75m to city

October 3, 2008

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND–International university students inject £75million into the Aberdeen economy every year, new figures reveal. Statistics compiled by the city council show the 4,970 foreign students at Aberdeen University and the Robert Gordon University annually plough tens of millions of pounds into the city. full story


Pub noise keeps language students awake, court hears

October 3, 2008

GALWAY, IRELAND–The owner of a language school has been losing business because excessive noise emanating from a late night bar next door has been disrupting students’ sleep, the Galway District Court heard this week after an objection was made to the renewal of a publican’s licence. full story


County’s Early Language Program Pays Off

October 3, 2008

LOUDON, VA–A spiky rubber porcupine flies through the air, passed between Spanish teacher Elizabeth Gueits and her seventh-graders as they go back and forth with questions and answers in Spanish. One student tiene hambre— is hungry; another está cansado— is tired. full story