Barack Obama to boost US academic recruiting

November 12, 2008

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–The US is likely to step up its recruitment of the world’s best young minds in the wake of last week’s election win by Barack Obama, some leading American academics say. Stanford Graduate School of Business political science professor David Brady says he expects a “jump shift” in US efforts in the global talent wars. After a visa crackdown full story
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Language pros help foreign doctors speak English more clearly

November 12, 2008

DALLAS, TX–Karen Yates has a discerning ear. A language specialist, she hears native Chinese speakers learning English failing to pronounce the consonants at the end of their syllables, so they’ll say “blah” instead of “blood.” Indian speakers, she says, often reverse “W” and “V” and, as a result, “heart valve” becomes “heart wow.” It’s precisely these kinds of language issues full story
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Compulsory English classes planned for primary schools

November 12, 2008

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM–English will be compulsory for 20 per cent of third graders from the 2010 academic year. The Ministry of Education and Training intends to begin its pilot programme with four periods of English in HCM City, Ha Noi and Da Nang each week, says its Educational Science Institute deputy director Nguyen Loc. The ministry expects English to then become full story
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Education-Related Ballot Items Reflect Fiscal, Policy Concerns

November 12, 2008

EDUCATION WEEK–Maryland is getting slot machines in exchange for about $660 million for education. Oregon’s schools can continue to teach English-language learners in their native language for as long as they want. And Nebraska universities and school programs won’t be able to use race as a factor in admissions. Far down on state ballots across the country, those and full story
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Students learn science in their own words

November 12, 2008

MIAMI, FL–Fifth-grade student Leinsa McNally remembers pausing when she saw an unfamiliar word in her science book. What in the world is a hypothesis? she wondered. Then, on the very same page, Leinsa spotted the translation into Haitian-Creole: pansé. ‘I was like `Oh,’ ” the North Miami Elementary student recalled. “It made a lot more sense to see it there in Creole.” full story
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AMATEUR LINGUISTICS

November 12, 2008

LANGUAGE HATAndrey Zaliznyak, a Russian historical linguist, gave a talk last month “On professional and amateur linguistics” that can be read (in Russian) here (found via Anatoly). I recommend it to anyone who can read Russian; for those who can’t, I’ll translate an excerpt of general applicability: full story
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Students Whose Families Don’t Speak English Rise In Plainville

November 12, 2008

PLAINVILLE, CT–Poverty in local schools rose during the past five years at about the same rate that it increased statewide, but the town has seen a disproportionate increase in students from foreign language-speaking households. In a newly released annual report charting trends in local schools, the state Department of Education also concluded that Plainville has reduced class sizes full story
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