Immigrant language project extended

October 21, 2008

SUMMERHILL, IRELAND–FÁILTE ISTEACH, which involves older people teaching English to immigrants, would have been useful in continental Europe when the number of immigrants began to increase 20 or 30 years ago, businessman Denis O’Brien said yesterday as the project was extended nationwide. “For me, Fáilte Isteach is the absolute model full story  original story


Translating English into earnings

October 21, 2008

SARNIA, CANADA–Usually, when a twentysomething packs her bags and heads abroad to teach English, she comes home a year or two later with some stamps in her passport and a few extra bucks – and then she moves on to something else. Not Tina Bax. When she returned to Sarnia, Ont., in 1995 after a teaching in South Korea, she wanted more. “I developed a real passion for full story


The unstoppable rise of the English language

October 21, 2008

FREDRICTON, CANADA–Just over half of Africa’s 52 countries speak French, but the number is dropping. This month Rwanda defected, announcing that henceforward only English will be taught in the schools. It would not be overstating the case to say that this caused alarm and despondency in France. You couldn’t help feeling, either, that Rwanda’s trade and industry full story


Only one in seven Hong Kongers speaks good English, survey finds

October 21, 2008

HONG KONG, CHINA–Eleven years after British rule ended, only one in seven Hong Kong people consider that they speak good English, according to a survey released Friday, dpa reported. More than 40 per cent of people in the former British colony describe their level of English as below average or worse while 15 per cent describe it as good and only 3 per cent say it is excellent. full story


Should it be English only?

October 21, 2008

ST. LOUIS, MO–Missouri has a scant number of foreign-born residents. Folks who grew up here tend to stay here. And bilingual households are few and far between. Still, there is a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot next month that would make English the official language at all public meetings. The amendment would replace a 10-year-old state law listing English full story


Bilingual vote upsets parents

October 21, 2008

VERONA, WI–Over the objections of a standing-room-only crowd of teachers and Latino families, the Verona Area school board agreed Monday to alter how local schools educate Spanish-speaking students. The move disappointed parents and coincided with the resignation of Theresa Carranza, the district’s director of bilingual programming for the past five years, who later confirmed that her decision to quit was fueled by full story


English exam tests teachers

October 21, 2008

HATTIESBURG, MS–As school districts in Lamar and Forrest counties see a growing Spanish-speaking student population, educators are challenged with helping those students pass more rigorous state tests in English. Peggy Williams, assistant superintendent for Lamar County schools, oversees the district’s English as a Second Language Program, a federal program full story


Interpretation study fills hospital need

October 21, 2008

PHOENIX, AZ–Hospital stays can be scary, but what if you don’t speak the language and you can’t communicate with the medical staff? What if your child is critically injured or seriously ill? Reassurance and communication from a physician can be vital. And just as daunting is when medical personnel need information and can’t communicate with the patient or the patient’s family. full story


Pearson To Manage ELL Teacher Certification in California

October 21, 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA–The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has awarded a two-year contract to Pearson to manage certification testing (CTEL) for ELL teachers. Pearson already manages three other certification tests that are part of teacher credentialing in California: the CBEST, CSET, and RICA. “In California, more than 25 percent of our K-12 students are English Language full story