Language Centres Set Up All Over the Country

December 10, 2008

KIGALI, RWANDA–Following the move by the government making English the language of instruction in all schools, centres have been established across the country that will facilitate students and teachers learn the language. According to Fred Bahati, the Director of the 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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Rwanda: English Language Teaching Kicks Off

December 2, 2008

KIGALI, RWANDA–The recent government decision to use English as the language of instruction has kicked off in some schools, with teachers enrolling for the language alongside their students. Among the schools that have started implementing English language is St Patrick primary school in Kicukiro district. full story
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Rwandans Say Adieu to Français

October 28, 2008

KIGALI, RWANDA–C’est la vie. In another blow to the language of love, the Rwandan government has decided to change instruction in schools from French to English. All government employees are now required to learn English, and everyone here from lawmakers to taxi drivers to students to businesspeople seems to believe that the usefulness of French, full story  complete coverage
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GES bemoans fallen standard of the English language

October 23, 2008

KUMASI, GHANA–Mr Samuel Bannerman-Mensah, Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), on Wednesday attributed the falling standard of education to the downward trend of the English language. Speaking at a national forum on the falling standard of education for directors of education, heads of Senior High Schools (SHS) and heads of English departments in Kumasi, full story

Kagame reiterates need to use English as Education medium

October 17, 2008

KIGALI, RWANDA–President Paul Kagame yesterday stressed the urgency in the process of using English as a medium of education in all Rwandan schools, saying it is a choice Rwandans have to make if they need development. He said this while visiting Ecole Primaire d’Application de Kimihurura (EPAK), a primary school located in Kimihurura, Gasabo District. full story

Virtual Reality world used to teach language

October 16, 2008

COLIMA, MEXICO and AMMAN, JORDAN–If you’re trying to learn a new language and nothing seems to work, many people will suggest the full-immersion treatment. That way, there is no choice but to learn the language. If you’re looking to try the method without moving to a foreign country, the answer may be just around the bend. full story

In Public Schools, Students Struggling to Speak English

October 16, 2008

YEMEN–Public school students studying English have unfortunate speaking skills as speaking is the least of students’ skills at all levels according to language experts, though it is one of the most important. Teachers explain more during class time rather than letting students talk. Students continuously complain of not having the adequate opportunity to participate in class and mingle with their classmates in English. full story

Obsession With Rankings Goes Global

October 15, 2008

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION–A Chinese list of the world’s top universities would seem an unlikely concern for French politicians. But this year, France’s legislature took aim at the annual rankings produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which claims to list the 500 best universities in the world. The highest-ranked French entry, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, comes in at No. 42 full story

English Teachers Show Worry

October 15, 2008

ACCRA, GHANA–The Ghana Education service has organised a forum for more than 80 English Language teachers from schools in Greater Accra Region, as part of efforts to promote the teaching and learning of English Language. The GES, earlier in August, held a National forum to address the falling standard of English Language in the country. full story