Teachers will mind language

December 2, 2008

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA–The Territory Government is facing a revolt from remote teachers who vow to continue teaching in Aboriginal languages, despite an order to teach in English. Award-winning teacher Yalmay Yunupingu said yesterday she would refuse Departmental orders not to teach in her own language of Yolngu Matha. The Territory Government says from full story complete coverage
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Department’s reports undermine Minister

November 24, 2008

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA–Two reports by the Northern Territory Education Department have directly undermined an attack on bilingual schools by Minister Marion Scrymgour, who claims they are poor at teaching English. full story  complete coverage
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Bilingual Education Produces Better English: Leaked Report

November 24, 2008

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA–Two reports by the Northern Territory Education Department have directly undermined an attack on bilingual schools by Minister Marion Scrymgour, who claims they are poor at teaching English. full story  complete coverage
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Race Discrimination Commissioner labels bilingual education ‘a success story’

November 18, 2008

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA–Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner says bilingual teaching is one of few success stories in the recent history of Northern Territory education. Tom Calma says the Northern Territory Government is ill-advised to implement restrictions on full story
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More foreign students choosing SA

November 13, 2008

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA–South Australia is attracting a growing number of international students, pouring $740 million into the state’s economy this year. Latest data shows a 17.5 per cent rise in the number of foreign students in schools, tertiary study and vocational education and training in SA. As of September, a total of 25,306 international students were enrolled full story
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Barack Obama to boost US academic recruiting

November 12, 2008

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–The US is likely to step up its recruitment of the world’s best young minds in the wake of last week’s election win by Barack Obama, some leading American academics say. Stanford Graduate School of Business political science professor David Brady says he expects a “jump shift” in US efforts in the global talent wars. After a visa crackdown full story
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TESOL association against scrapping bilingual education

November 11, 2008

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–Further on the decision of the NT Government to require schools to teach the first four hours of each day in English.. a media release from Misty Adoniou, President of the Australian Council of TESOL Assocations (ACTA), the peak body for professional associations for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. full story
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Cheap dollar to “lure” students

October 28, 2008

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA–The global economic situation and its impact on the Aussie dollar may present some real opportunities for Adelaide to boost its international student numbers, especially from China. Education sources have described Premier Mike Rann’s visit to China earlier this month as “perfectly timed” to push Adelaide’s brand as `Education city’. The low Aussie dollar full story
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Reining in rogue colleges

October 27, 2008

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA–Sunshine College of Management teaches hairdressing and hospitality — two subjects with apparently little in common, except that both fields of work appear on the Federal Government’s list of desperately needed skills from migrants. In fact, what they do have in common is that international students who complete such courses are awarded extra full story


Minister plans ban on shaky visa deals

October 22, 2008

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA–The Immigration Minister, Chris Evans, wants tougher laws to combat the rise of shonky education agents promising Australian visas to overseas students when they can deliver no such thing. Increasingly, unscrupulous dealers in Australia and overseas are selling dubious study packages offering tuition, work experience and an Australian visa, a full story