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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November 11, 2008

NEW YORK, NY–Connie Attanasio of Middle Village, Queens, has a master’s degree in education and has been in business for 25 years providing books for students learning English and the teachers who guide them. Harlem-born Jesse Harris has been distributing language books and materials on African-American themes to city schools from his Bronx business since 1971. full story
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Learning English is priority for many of the newcomers

November 10, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY–City of Poughkeepsie resident Lorena Perez came to her English as a second language class to help herself. “I need to keep reading and writing English be-cause it’s going to help me,” Perez said. She hopes to learn enough to earn her general equivalency diploma. As the Hispanic population in Dutchess County grows, the need for ESL classes increases. full story
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No language, no learning

October 20, 2008

BUFFALO, NY–Nicole Marrero has attended Buffalo’s alternative school for more than two years but says she can’t understand her teachers, her classmates or her assignments. Nicole, who moved to Buffalo from Puerto Rico six years ago, speaks fluent Spanish but very little English. And none of her teachers, including her English as a Second Language instructor, speak Spanish. full story

Canadian schools to help stranded Japanese students of Gateway21

October 17, 2008

NEW YORK, NY–A Canadian language school chain said Friday it will not charge tuition to Japanese students who have been studying at its member schools through Japan’s bankrupt school broker Gateway21 Co. Subject to the benefit are about 160 students already studying the English and French languages at 13 member schools of the British Columbia-based full story  related 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

Test accommodations expanded for ELLs

October 8, 2008

ALBANY, NY–The state will now allow testing accommodations to former English Language Learners for two years after they achieve proficiency on NYSESLAT, the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test. NYSUT believes this two-year extension will give former ELLs an opportunity to show their content knowledge while they full story

English as a cool course with Freshdirect’s grocery

October 8, 2008

BROOKLYN, NY–Freshdirect’s grocery business budded out of convenience. Now, the company known for delivering gourmet goodies to the doorstep is cultivating its employees. Regulars at Helen Sashin’s weekly English-as-a-second-language class are not just students. They are FreshDirect workers – new immigrants – learning on the cool shipping floors of its Long Island City warehouse. full story