Untapped Talents of Educated Immigrants

October 24, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC–One in five college-educated immigrants in the United States is unemployed or working in an unskilled job such as a dishwasher, fast-food restaurant cashier or security guard, depriving the U.S. economy of the full potential of more than 1.3 million foreign-born workers, according to a study released yesterday. full story


‘English’ city lies at heart of Jeju’s development plans

October 24, 2008

JEJU, SOUTH KOREA–First there were English villages where Korean students could go to practice their language skills. Now there are plans to build an entire city where the lingua franca, including the medium of instruction, will be English. It’s a highly ambitious plan and one fraught with challenges, especially given the uncertainty of the global economy. But, if it works, full story


Learning English the Disney way in Shanghai

October 24, 2008

SHANGHAI, CHINA–The Walt Disney Co has opened a Disney English teaching facility in Shanghai that combines Disney’s famed storytelling and fun with original stories and songs written just for Chinese kids. The small English-immersion classes are given by tutors from North America and bilingual assistants at the school on Maoming Road with seven charming theme full story


Top List of the hardest languages to learn

October 24, 2008

LEXIOPHILES–There are some controversial questions which to some extent may never be satisfactorily answered. For instance, why is the train always late when we are on time and on time when we arrive too late? One important question, which falls under this category, is the following: What is the hardest language to learn? When I went to school we had to choose full story


Sharing languages, students gain an edge

October 24, 2008

BROCKTON, MA–The goal of the game for the fifth- and sixth-graders is to think of a Spanish word that begins with “m.” “Melodía,” (melody) one student pitches, then hands a pink rubber ball to the next student. “Marino,” (sailor) this student says. “Marrón,” (brown) says the next. Mañana,” (tomorrow) says the next, who is eliminated for repeating a word. full story


Lively debate at language talks

October 24, 2008

PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA–The fourth round-table to discuss the use of the English language to teach Mathematics and Science in primary and secondary schools saw a hot debate involving political stakeholders at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre. The closed-door discussion included Parti Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, full story