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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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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City, county schools surpass state English language learner targets

November 13, 2008

GAINESVILLE, GA–Hall County and Gainesville schools passed all three annual measurable achievement objectives under No Child Left Behind pertaining to the performance of limited English proficient students last school year. Results from the annually administered ACCESS English Language Proficiency Test reveal 69.9 percent of the Hall County school system’s English language full story
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AUSD receives overview of testing for English language learners

November 10, 2008

ATASCADERO, CA–The Atascadero Unified School District Board of Trustees received an overview from AUSD testing and accountability coordinator Dan Mosunich regarding the expected results of the California English Language Development Test, which is administered to students every year to assess their spelling, listening, reading and writing skills, during a school board meeting full story
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Foreign students to take PU’s own language test

October 29, 2008

CHANDIGARH, INDIA–Indian students applying to foreign universities are usually made to take English proficiency tests, mainly International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test For English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Panjab University has now decided to return the favour. Foreign students enrolling themselves here would now have to full story
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Florida can’t afford to cut ESOL training

October 27, 2008

MIAMI, FL–Learning a foreign language can be daunting. In Florida, there are almost a quarter-million public-school students learning English for the first time. They’re expected to pass the FCAT in a year. Talk about intimidating. Those students don’t only have to speak English fluently, they must master grammar and reading at their grade level. Yet research shows it takes two to five full story

D65 subgroups fail to meet federal mandates

October 22, 2008

EVANSTON, IL–Administrators at Evanston/Skokie School District 65 have filed an appeal after failing to meet standards for the No Child Left Behind Act for the first time in three years. The appeal alleges the district was unfairly hurt by a change in the test given to “limited English proficient” students. In past years, these students were able to take a less complex test. full story