Learning to teach English

October 13, 2008

PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS and PERTH, AUSTRALIA–Some fourth-year Bachelor of Education degree students of Edith Cowan University from Australia who aspire to be language teachers have been coming to Mauritius every year, for the last 10 years, for a two-week learning and teaching activity. This exercise is important for them to qualify as full story

Improving Teaching in Jordan

October 13, 2008

NEW YORK, NY and AMMAN, JORDAN–In August, Teachers College sent a delegation of faculty members and consultants to Amman, Jordan to assist Jordan’s Ministry of Education in making mass-scale improvements to the nation’s public school system. Members of the Teachers College delegation led a five-day retreat to design pre-employment training for Jordan’s full story

Rwanda opts for English teaching

October 13, 2008

KIGALI, RWANDA–Rwanda’s cabinet has decided that all education will be taught in English instead of French. Officially the Rwandan decision is a result of joining the English-speaking East African Community. But relations between Rwanda and France have been frosty following the 1994 genocide, when France was accused of supporting Hutu militias. full story

Study of English increasing in Mauritania

October 10, 2008

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA–In recent years, more and more Mauritanians show interest in learning English. People both young and old view it as the world’s leading language and the key to navigating a globalised world. Recognising the trend, the government undertook a series of educational reforms in 1990 that included the decision to teach English from the first year full story

The Art and Science of Good English: Here Comes Help

October 1, 2008

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–The University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Examinations is planning to work with education councils and corporate sectors across the UAE to raise the standard of English among students, teachers and professionals in the country. full story

Teaching multiple languages to children in Lebanon: How soon is too soon for little minds?

September 29, 2008

BEIRUT, LEBANON–It is still early in the morning, but the children at the lou&lo preschool in Hamra’s Wardieh district are already very busy. In the school’s various motor, language, art and music centers different groups of girls and boys aged 10 months to 3 years identify the colors of their modeling clay in French and the days of the week in English, and sing songs in both languages. full story

Can your English skills take the test?

September 23, 2008

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–As the UAE progresses as a hub for business and education, an increasing number of foreigners continue to make the country their home. With the world continuing to develop into a global village, communication is key. Thus a universal language is needed to communicate across cultures. full story

Eager to practice together–virtually

September 22, 2008

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES & SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–Earlier this year a group of students from Dubai and South Korea found themselves hovering over a series of platforms suspended over a tranquil sea. When they saw some friends they wanted to talk to in English they landed and started to pick up on conversations and ask questions. full story

Educational Experts Encourage ‘Effective Communication’ in the Classroom

September 17, 2008

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–Educational experts across the Middle East are placing increasing importance on effective communication in the classrooms, says senior academic at the British University in Dubai, the region’s leading post-graduate university. Many educational associations have been reviewing the importance of encouraging proficiency in academic writing, especially with higher full story