Obsession With Rankings Goes Global

October 15, 2008

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION–A Chinese list of the world’s top universities would seem an unlikely concern for French politicians. But this year, France’s legislature took aim at the annual rankings produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which claims to list the 500 best universities in the world. The highest-ranked French entry, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, comes in at No. 42 full story


Measure 58 Draws National Attention

October 15, 2008

 PORTLAND, OR–National experts are in Oregon this week arguing both sides of controversial Ballot Measure 58. That’s the initiative to limit teaching English as a Second Language to two years. As Rob Manning reports both sides are arguing they have the research and results to prove their case. full story


Brownsville Schools Win Prestigious Award

October 15, 2008

BROWNSVILLE, TX–The fifth graders at Morningside Elementary School in Brownsville, Texas, are working through math problems in room 309, when muffled cries momentarily disrupt the class. A boy is telling the teacher, Lourdes Medrano, how his home in Port Arthur was destroyed by Hurricane Ike. “Mom went back to see what she could salvage, but everything got destroyed,” full story


Missouri Ballot Issues: Amendment One

October 15, 2008

ST. LOUIS, MO–English has been the “common” language of Missouri since 1998, come November 5th it could become the show me state’s “official” language. Constitutional Amendment One would change Article One of the State Constitution to make English be the only language allowed during all government meetings. full story


Brownsville, Texas, Wins Broad Prize

October 15, 2008

BROWNSVILLE, TX–The Brownsville, Texas, school district was named the winner of the 2008 Broad Prize for Urban Education today. The award is given annually by the Los Angeles-based Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to a city school district that has made notable strides in improving achievement, especially in closing gaps among students of different racial and ethnic groups. full story


California Awards Pearson Two-Year Contract to Manage Certification Testing for Teachers of English Language Learners

October 15, 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA–Pearson announced today that the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has awarded the company a two-year contract to manage its certification testing for teachers of English Language Learners, the California Teachers of English Learners(R) (CTEL(R)) exams. In 2007, Pearson was granted a three-year contract to continue managing the full story


Language Barrier Begone

October 15, 2008

STURBRIDGE, MA–A Sturbridge company dealing with a problem manufacturers have faced since the first wave of Industrial Revolution immigrants hit New England’s shores has come up with a way to topple language barriers: Teach employees English on company time. G&F Industries, a plastics company just off Route 20 in Sturbridge, was finding it difficult to full story


English Teachers Show Worry

October 15, 2008

ACCRA, GHANA–The Ghana Education service has organised a forum for more than 80 English Language teachers from schools in Greater Accra Region, as part of efforts to promote the teaching and learning of English Language. The GES, earlier in August, held a National forum to address the falling standard of English Language in the country. full story


Standards change for ESOL programs

October 15, 2008

FORT MYERS, FL–Bonita Springs Middle eighth-grader Jorge Bahena’s language arts class is his favorite because it helps him in all his other ones. Bahena, 14, takes language arts and reading with other students also learning English. He only spoke Spanish when he arrived from Mexico a year ago. Recently, he read part of a dialogue aloud and worked with a partner to write one in English full story


Renowned Language Expert to Address English-Only Issues

October 15, 2008

CORVALIS, OR–Noted language-policy expert James Crawford will speak at Oregon State University on Saturday, Oct. 18, as part of the three-day annual meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest. Crawford will speak on the subject, “English Plus or English Only: Which Way for Language Policy in the United States?” Crawford is president of the Institute for Language and full story