Recruit scam stings Teikyo university

October 13, 2008

DENVER, CO–A recruiter from Tajikistan who promised to send students from his country to bolster the enrollment of a small Denver college is accused of fleecing the students and the school out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. George Hegarty, president of Teikyo Loretto Heights University on South Federal Boulevard, said the man who offered his services seemed full story


Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites Of The Year

October 13, 2008

LARRY FERLAZZO–I have begun creating “The Best…” lists, highlighting what I think are the best educational websites each year. All these sites can also be found on my website, along with thousands of other categorized links. Direct student self-access links to all these resources will soon be available on my website. You can read about this plan here. full story


ESOL Enrollment Is Higher Than Projected

October 13, 2008

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA–The Prince William County school system’s enrollment in English for Speakers of Other Languages has dipped this year to 13,130 students — a drop of 279 from last year — but the figure is much higher than projected and will force the system to try to find about $1.6 million in its reserve funds and state coffers, school officials said. full story


There goes another myth: Children aren’t “sponges”

October 13, 2008

BABBEL BLOG–It’s not just the free-market myth that’s crumbling these days: Anne Sodermann, Michigan State University professor emeritus of Family and Child, spent some hundred hours in a bilingual Mandarin-English Kindergarten in Bejing. In a recent study (Powerpoint-presentation here), watching 3 to 6 year old children from 16 nationalities, she came to full story


Trying to get them to use modal verbs while they’re being chased by a bear

October 13, 2008

BABBEL BLOG–Todd Bryant on language learning within the online game World of Warcraft. Why did you start using World of Warcraft in the classroom in 2006?
I think I started to think about games whenever Sims Online came out ….I don’t know if you remember it or not. It didn’t get released in Europe, because it was such a huge flop. full story


Learning to teach English

October 13, 2008

PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS and PERTH, AUSTRALIA–Some fourth-year Bachelor of Education degree students of Edith Cowan University from Australia who aspire to be language teachers have been coming to Mauritius every year, for the last 10 years, for a two-week learning and teaching activity. This exercise is important for them to qualify as full story


Improving Teaching in Jordan

October 13, 2008

NEW YORK, NY and AMMAN, JORDAN–In August, Teachers College sent a delegation of faculty members and consultants to Amman, Jordan to assist Jordan’s Ministry of Education in making mass-scale improvements to the nation’s public school system. Members of the Teachers College delegation led a five-day retreat to design pre-employment training for Jordan’s full story


Rwanda opts for English teaching

October 13, 2008

KIGALI, RWANDA–Rwanda’s cabinet has decided that all education will be taught in English instead of French. Officially the Rwandan decision is a result of joining the English-speaking East African Community. But relations between Rwanda and France have been frosty following the 1994 genocide, when France was accused of supporting Hutu militias. full story


Derivation by deletion of punctuation

October 13, 2008

LANGUAGE LOG–There’s a little lake near here called Sob Lake. I only recently learned the etymology of this name. According to Akrigg and Akrigg’s British Columbia Place Names, the lake was originally named by a survey party. Finding the homesteader who lived nearby obnoxious, they recorded their opinion of him by naming the lake “S.O.B. Lake”. The authorities in Victoria, however, felt that this was improper and bowdlerized it to “Sob Lake” by removing the periods. full story


Coordinate possessives

October 13, 2008

LANGUAGE LOG–Comments on Mark Liberman’s Left Dislocation posting drifted for a while into the vexed question of how to express possession when two (or more, though I’ll restrict myself to two here) conjoined possessor NPs are involved. For the coordination of a 1sg (pronominal) possessor NP with a 3sg non-pronominal possessor NP, commenters came up with five possibilities full story