Volunteers to teach asylum seekers English

December 10, 2008

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–A campaign aimed at embarrassing the government into revoking its ban on free English lessons for asylum seekers by mobilising volunteers to teach them is being launched today. The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (Niace) full story
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Academics petition over ‘spying’

December 10, 2008

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–Academics and students have presented a petition to Downing Street, urging the government to withdraw new immigration rules for overseas students in the UK. From next March, universities will be expected to monitor whether full story
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Asylum seekers need free English classes, urges campaign

December 10, 2008

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–Asylum seekers should be entitled to free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and not have to wait until their claims for asylum have been approved. This is the principle aim of A Right to a Voice – a campaign being launched in London today, full story
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EC acquires 3rd US school

December 4, 2008

NEW YORK, NY–EC, the Maltese-owned group of language schools, has acquired a well-established language school in Manhattan, New York. This is EC’s 8th school, its third in the US. EC’s first steps in the American market came with 2007’s acquisition in Boston and were soon followed by a San Diego acquisition earlier this year. The New York school, which will be full story
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Downturn ‘could hit universities’

December 4, 2008

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–Universities could be in serious financial trouble if foreign students decide they can no longer afford to study in Britain. Many British universities rely on funds brought in by overseas students. But the British Council, which promotes education overseas, fears the economic downturn may deter international students from coming to the UK. full story
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BRITISH COLLECTIVE PLURALS

December 4, 2008

LANGUAGE HAT–Most of us probably have a general sense that U.K. usage favors “the [group] are” where Americans say “the [group] is”; if you’re curious about the details, check out Mark Liberman’s post at the Log. He investigates committee and government, and discovers that the singular is favored overwhelmingly for the former and significantly for the latter; various full story
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International students pay £29m in fees to universities

December 2, 2008

BELFAST, IRELAND–International students paid over £29m in course fees to attend Northern Ireland’s two universities over a two year period, it was revealed yesterday. One student paid a staggering £21,830 for one year of a clinical course (medicine and dentistry) at Queen’s University, Belfast, during 2007/08. The figures have been released following a request full story
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