Universities look beyond borders

October 6, 2008

DENVER, CO–After the attacks of Sept. 11 led to a drop in international student enrollment in U.S. colleges, the numbers are on the rise again, with Colorado schools in the mix and starting to market themselves full story


Care for foreign students lacking

October 6, 2008

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND–A Ministry of Education report for Parliament shows despite a 25 per cent decrease in the number of international students since 2003, there was a 45 per cent increase in the number of complaints by students over the same period. “We’ve got to look after these kids. They’re in a foreign environment,” full story


Berlitz strike grows despite naysayers

October 6, 2008

TOKYO–As union representative for Berlitz General Union Tokyo (Begunto), let me set the record straight. Despite scabs, naysayers and second-guessing pundits in the English-language media, Berlitz teachers are making history. With more than 100 teachers striking at dozens of schools around the Kanto region for over six months, the industrial action at Berlitz is now the largest sustained strike in full story


Banding Together–Teachers unions in Japan do more harm than good

October 6, 2008

TOKYO, JAPAN–One of the reasons I enjoy teaching at my English school is because of the stress-free environment. But that relaxed feeling has recently changed. This has occurred not because of the students, the management, the company or the location. Surprisingly, the dissent among instructors is due to the new teachers union full story


ESOL interns at Blanton: ‘an asset beyond words’

October 6, 2008

ST. PETERSBURG, FL–Perched on the edge of a kid-sized chair, the young woman reads slowly and oh so patiently from a giant picture book, punctuating each word with her left index finger. “We. Are. Going. On. A. Picnic.” Focusing on one of three kindergarteners sitting across from her, she asks: “Alexander, what kind of food are they taking on the picnic?” full story


Haitian students get help breaking language barrier

October 6, 2008

NEW ORLEANS, LA–Matine Fremont knows exactly how hard it is to come to America from a foreign country and be plunked into a classroom, not knowing any English. Not getting any special help in school, she taught herself English as a little girl, watching children’s shows and talking to the television. “Barney was my favorite person,” the native Haitian said. full story


English-learning critic: Our way not the best way

October 6, 2008

PHOENIX, AZ–Arizona State University Assistant Professor Margarita Jimenez-Silva has worked in the classroom teaching English-language learners and more recently has been preparing future teachers to work with ELL students and researching the topic. She said there are many ELL experts across the nation skeptical of the new approach Arizona has adopted for teaching ELL full story


Makaton – Sign of the times

October 6, 2008

BRIGHTON, UK–Last week it was revealed that a primary school was using the sign language Makaton to help foreign pupils communicate with staff and one another. The 300-plus children at Fairlight primary school in Brighton speak 26 languages between them, and the head teacher, Damien Jordan, full story


Code-switching conscious?

October 6, 2008

LANGUAGE LOG–In commenting on a recent LL post, Daddy G. asked

Does the term “code-switching” apply ONLY to those instances when the practice is consciously employed for effect? Or is the term more generally applied to the switching itself, regardless of whether or not there is conscious control involved? full story