Education in Spotlight on Statewide Ballots

October 7, 2008

EDUCATION WEEK–Education issues are poised to break through the din of presidential politics and economic anxiety in more than a dozen states next month, as voters confront ballot questions and constitutional amendments involving K-12 policy and school finance. full story


Gov’t to Raise Spending for 2009 English Education

October 7, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–The government said Sunday it will expand the education budget to develop training programs for English teachers and recruit more native English-speaking teachers. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced Sunday that it will spend a total of 19.5 billion won ($15.9 million) next year, up 12.2 billion won from a year earlier, full story


English language program growing 20 percent a year

October 7, 2008

TOPEKA, KA–The stage is being set for changes in programs aimed at reaching students learning to speak English as their second language in Topeka Unified School District 501. School board members Thursday night got an overview of the challenges of working with students who often struggle academically while learning to speak English. When the board meets later this month, full story


Board hopes to welcome more foreign students, and their fees

October 7, 2008

HAMILTON, CANADA–Hamilton’s public school board raises about $1 million a year from fee-paying international students, and staff say that could increase. Trustees last night voted to continue foreign student recruitment until a staff report in January outlines creation of an international department. The plan is expected to suggest links to an arm’s-length agency, full story


Most Overseas Students Complaints Are About Private Trainers

October 7, 2008

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND–Complaints about private training outlets dominate those received by New Zealand’s International Education Appeal Authority from foreign students. The IEAA has had a code of practice for the pastoral care of international students in New Zealand since October 2002. From then to the end of 2007 it received 346 complaints from students, with 211 relating to private training establishments. full story


EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES MOBILE-COMPUTING TRENDS: LIGHTER, FASTER, SMARTER

October 7, 2008

LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY–We are moving into a new era of mobile computing, one that promises greater variety in applications, highly improved usability, and speedier networking. The 3G iPhone from Apple is the poster child for this trend, but there are plenty of other developments that point in this direction. The Google-led Android phone will make its appearance this full story


MEASURING ORAL PROFICIENCY IN DISTANCE, FACE-TO-FACE, AND BLENDED CLASSROOMS

October 7, 2008

LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY–Although the foreign-language profession routinely stresses the importance of technology for the curriculum, many teachers still harbor deep-seated doubts as to whether or not a hybrid course, much less a completely distance-learning class, could provide L2 learners with a way to reach linguistic proficiency full story


FOCUS ON FORM THROUGH COLLABORATIVE SCAFFOLDING IN EXPERT-TO-NOVICE ONLINE INTERACTION

October 7, 2008

LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY–Synchronous Computer-mediated communication (CMC) creates affordable learning conditions to support both meaning-oriented communication and focus-on-form reflection that play an essential role in the development of language competence. This paper reports how corrective feedback was negotiated full story


Turre opts for the bilingual route

October 7, 2008

TURRE, SPAIN–Turre Town Council voted last week in favour of taking the necessary steps to ensure that the town’s new school is fully equipped to be bilingual in Spanish and English. The move is seen as something the town will benefit from, given that a large proportion of its residents are full story


EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM MEMORY AND CONTENT REPRESENTATION TYPE ON MOBILE LANGUAGE LEARNING

October 7, 2008

LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGYDue to the rapid advancements in mobile communication and wireless technologies, many researchers and educators have started to believe that these emerging technologies can be leveraged to support formal and informal learning opportunities. Mobile language learning can be effectively implemented by delivering learning content full story