UK ‘still good place for overseas students’

November 11, 2008

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–New visa requirements will not deter overseas students, the British Council insisted this week, ahead of the launch of a competition to highlight the contribution they make to life in the UK. Critics claim the new points-based system will make UK universities less welcoming just as the perception of studying in the US improves after Barack full story
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English-learners rule strains TUSD, Sunnyside resources

November 11, 2008

TUSCON, AZ–A federal court hearing that starts Monday could ease pressure on Tucson-area schools teaching English to non-English speakers. The state Legislature has mandated four hours of segregated English immersion classes, which costs school districts money they say they don’t have. A week or more of testimony in a hearing in Flores v. Arizona, a 1992 suit filed full story
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HISD bilingual program doubles in capacity

November 11, 2008

HUMBLE, TX–Humble ISD is truly a diverse community, as evidenced by an annual report on the English as a Second Language program, or ESL. The program has increased from 1226 students in 2001 to 2923 in 2008. Special programs coordinator Sara Smith-Frings recently presented information on the set of courses to members of the Humble ISD Board of Trustees. full story
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Proposition 227: 10 years later

November 11, 2008

SAN DIEGO, CA–Ten years after California voters approved sweeping changes in the way schools teach English to immigrant children under Proposition 227, some educators say the law has not worked and needs to be changed. But supporters say the law has improved student test scores and should stay in place. Prop. 227, sponsored by full story
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British teachers to equip Punjab teachers in English

November 11, 2008

CHANDIGARH, INDIA–Under an agreement with the University of Wolver Hampton, now teachers from Britain will train class X teachers in Punjab government schools in teaching of the English language. “We have already trained 42 teachers from the state in May. It was a ten-day camp in which our teachers went to local schools in Punjab and tried to explain the importance of improving and perfecting English in teaching,” full story
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TESOL association against scrapping bilingual education

November 11, 2008

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–Further on the decision of the NT Government to require schools to teach the first four hours of each day in English.. a media release from Misty Adoniou, President of the Australian Council of TESOL Assocations (ACTA), the peak body for professional associations for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. full story
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Working mothers learn English with their kids

November 11, 2008

TOKYO, JAPAN–Despite having to look after their children, many working mothers want to learn English. This means they often have to fight the clock to find the time, sometimes attending English classes during lunch break, while at other times taking their children along. Although not all of them use English at work, the women say learning the language during their spare time full story
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LANGUAGE COMPANIES SHUT BY NEW DEPT. OF ED POLICY

November 11, 2008

NEW YORK, NY–Connie Attanasio of Middle Village, Queens, has a master’s degree in education and has been in business for 25 years providing books for students learning English and the teachers who guide them. Harlem-born Jesse Harris has been distributing language books and materials on African-American themes to city schools from his Bronx business since 1971. full story
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Using Asynchronous Audio Communication (AAC) in the Online Classroom:

November 11, 2008

JOLT–Facilitating learning online requires an evolving set of teaching skills that embrace Web 2.0 technologies. Asynchronous Audio Communication (AAC) may bridge the virtual “communication divide” between instructors and students. The purpose of this study was multi-faceted: first, to assess students’ and instructors’ satisfaction with asynchronous audio full story
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Moving Teaching and Learning with Technology from Adoption to Transformation

November 11, 2008

EDUCAUSE–Information technology has been an important part of higher education since the development of the lantern slide in the mid-1800s. However, occasions in which the academy has been transformed by technology are rare. Viewed in a historical perspective, these occasions can be considered as a series of three epochs: the online public-access catalog epoch; full story
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