Universities urged to improve English language skills for students

December 8, 2008

HANOI, VIETNAM–Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education and Training Banh Tien Long has asked universities to help students improve their English so that they can use it confidently and competently by 2015. Mr Long made the statement at a seminar held in Hanoi on full story
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Chamber hopes teaching workers English pays off

December 8, 2008

SANTA ROSA, CA–You don’t want Roberto Delgaldo in your class — he messes up the curve in a big way. The employee of the Filtration Group tripled his English comprehension score in after-work English classes, and on Wednesday, received a diploma for finishing his first semester full story
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Move to Introduce English in Arabic Nurseries Hailed

December 8, 2008

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–Children at a young age are more linguistically inclined in comparison to the later stages in their life. Parents thus believe that if English is taught in state-run and Arabic nurseries and schools it will make their children more proficient when they full story
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Oregon Suspends Use of Aprenda–a Spanish-Language Test

December 8, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGAUGE–Oregon has become the latest state to stop using an alternative test for English-language learners because federal education officials have questioned its comparability with the state’s regular test. A number of states have already dropped alternative tests for English-language learners for the same reason. full story
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Despite testimony, immigration bill looks to pass session intact

December 8, 2008

SALT LAKE CITY, UT–After more than two dozen hours of testimony about illegal immigration from Utahns across the state, it looks as if a comprehensive immigration reform bill will survive with only a couple of minor tweaks. SB81 attempts to tighten immigration full story
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Invigorating basic education

December 8, 2008

MANILLA, PHILIPPINES–Teaching basic education through the language spoken by the child at home is both a policy and a widespread practice among the more developed countries across Asia, such as in Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Japan.  full story
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Course breaks barriers to language for non-English speakers

December 8, 2008

DESOTO, MS–Since 2002, the number of non-English speakers in the DeSoto County School system has multiplied 10-fold, from 70 to more than 800. And the trend is likely to continue. As a result, the district is embarking on a bold pilot program to integrate these children full story
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What Language Teaching Is

December 8, 2008

NCLRC–Good teaching happens when competent teachers with non-discouraging personalities use non-defensive approaches to language teaching and learning, and cherish their students. full story
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