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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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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English is the second language at some schools

December 2, 2008

SOUTHEND, UNITED KINGDOM–More than a third of pupils at some Southend primary schools do not speak English as their first language, a new report has revealed. The study by Southend Council showed 39 per cent of pupils at Porters Grange Primary School are learning English as an additional language. Visitors to the school, which has 450 pupils, will hear 34 different full story
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‘More money’ plea to handle foreign school pupils boom

December 1, 2008

BRACKNELL, UNITED KINGDOM–Teaching in the borough has had to adapt quickly to the sharp rise in the number of pupils who speak English as a second language. Mike Pyle reports on the changing face of the borough. Schools must find new ways of teaching foreign pupils to cope with the huge number of languages now spoken in the borough, according to a new report. full story
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Overseas student ID cards begin

November 25, 2008

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–The fingerprinting of overseas students for biometric identity cards has begun for those extending their visas. It is the first phase of tighter visa restrictions which will eventually affect more than 300,000 people applying to study in the UK each year. The tougher rules are intended to prevent the abuse of student visas as a way of gaining entry to the UK. full story
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