Education Officials Back Down on Some Proposed ELL Mandates

October 20, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC–Bowing to complaints from state officials and advocates for English-language learners, the federal government has published a final—and more flexible—“interpretation” of how states should carry out the section of the No Child Left Behind Act that applies to such students. In particular, the Department of Education backed off on what critics saw as overly rigid full story


1-7 international students are So. Korean

October 20, 2008

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–Students from South Korea make up nearly 15 percent of international students at U.S. colleges and universities, the U.S. government says. The Korean Times reported Saturday that the 115,852 South Koreans studying in the United States account for 14.9 percent of all the international students in American schools. full story


Trade college closed for breach of rules

October 20, 2008

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA–A trades college for international students has been forced to close by the state regulator, another has been suspended and 40 have been ordered to improve the way they operate. The news comes amid unprecedented growth in the number of private training colleges in Australia to meet booming demand, particularly from China and India. full story


Stereotypes alive and well in classrooms

October 20, 2008

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA–The work of a sociology researcher can extend over decades and involve time-consuming and patient studies of people, especially in schools, with their marked differences in the backgrounds of teachers and students. Ruth Arber lectures in education at Deakin University and for the past 30 years she has worked as a teacher and a researcher in Melbourne full story


English-only policy rejected by committee, but not board member

October 20, 2008

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ–If the Board of Education is going to consider a policy declaring English as the official language, board member Frank Blandino will have to make the motion — and may do so at next week’s meeting. Mr. Blandino posed a question about directing a policy draft after hearing the Policy Committee’s report at the board’s Monday meeting. Committee Chairman full story


Foreign ESL Teachers’ Salaries On The Rise

October 20, 2008

BEIJING, CHINA–This is good news for all of us. Compared to this time a few years ago the average hourly pay for a foreign ESL teacher in Beijing has raised nearly 20%. My only guess is that this increase will, or already has, been felt in other provinces of China as well. If you have been in China for some time now and are doing a part-time teaching deal then you probably have full story


Student reported missing flew back to Vietnam, police say

October 20, 2008

CHICAGO, IL–River Forest police on Friday announced that a woman who had been reported missing Oct. 9 had taken a flight to her native Vietnam a day earlier. Trang Nguyen, 20, an international student studying English here since late August, boarded an airplane in Chicago and flew to Los Angeles before flying to Vietnam, police said. full story