ELL challenges not insurmountable

December 1, 2008

NASHVILLE, TN–Davidson County is home to more than a quarter of all Tennessee’s English language learners — a situation that poses challenges to Metro Schools in terms of funding. School district leaders say there are questions as to whether the state’s funding formula for ELL students provides appropriate compensation for the resource-intense process of helping kids learn English. full story
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Law students offer help to immigrants

December 1, 2008

CHAPEL HILL, NC–Some are deported without the chance to say goodbye to their families. Some sign their rights away even though they can’t read what they’re signing. Some must prepare for the threat of leaving behind everything they’ve worked hard to achieve. full story
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Increasing Hispanic population affects schools

December 1, 2008

CHARLESTON, SC–A striking surge in Hispanic students at one Charleston County elementary school has changed the way its educators do business. The school communicates with its Hispanic parents in their native tongue, and teachers work hard to overcome students and their families’ language barrier. Hispanic students make up nearly half of the roughly 750 students full story
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International Students Being Wooed Back to NZ

December 1, 2008

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND–New Zealand’s international student industry has been battered by fierce global competition, losing more than a third of its foreign student population over the past three years. But smart marketing strategies and the lower New Zealand dollar are luring overseas students back. Compared to offshore competititors, New Zealand is a world full story
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Terror fear for foreign students

December 1, 2008

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND–Colleges fear that terrorist attacks could deter overseas students from coming to Scotland, a new report revealed. The study, by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE), also warned college bosses that they should not underestimate the competition from other countries for foreign students. Inspectors visited 10 colleges in Scotland as they full story
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‘More money’ plea to handle foreign school pupils boom

December 1, 2008

BRACKNELL, UNITED KINGDOM–Teaching in the borough has had to adapt quickly to the sharp rise in the number of pupils who speak English as a second language. Mike Pyle reports on the changing face of the borough. Schools must find new ways of teaching foreign pupils to cope with the huge number of languages now spoken in the borough, according to a new report. full story
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