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31 August 2016
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Learning and Teaching
Some students in Tanzania to learn Chinese
Students in Tanzania encouraged to learn Chinese
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Students in Tanzania recently were encouraged to study Chinese language and to consider the advantages of the Confucius Institute. Studying the language could give students a leg up in applying for college, landing jobs or traveling, officials said.
Daily News (Tanzania) (28 Aug.) 
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England finds success with universal preschool
Parents of preschool-age children in England have access to free universal preschool, and about 94% of such parents enroll their children in the programme. Some say universal preschool helps reduce stigma and ensure quality.
The Hechinger Report (23 Aug.) 
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Professional Development
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More than 10% of teachers left their jobs in 2015, according to government data from the UK. In this commentary, Rachel Williams, lecturer and part of the Employment Research Unit at Cardiff University, addresses several ways new teachers can curb stress and address other issues that lead to attrition.
The Conversation (U.K.) (30 Aug.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Greece creates plan for refugee education
Greece is working to provide an education for thousands of school-age refugee children. Plans include transporting some students to local public schools or having schools located in reception camps.
Greek Reporter blog (29 Aug.) 
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Technology
Free mobile app aids ELL instruction
Free mobile app aids ELL instruction
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About 350,000 classrooms worldwide are using the mobile application Duolingo for Schools to teach English-language learners, according to the company. Teachers say the platform helps to personalise instruction while helping them focus on struggling students.
The Hechinger Report (24 Aug.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Study: Algorithms detect bias in language
Study: Algorithms detect language biases
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Computer software learning human languages through algorithms also can pick up on prejudices -- even when humans fail to recognise racial and gender biases -- among the words, a recent study found. Researchers used nearly 1 trillion words taken from the internet and tested word associations for the study.
Quartz (29 Aug.) 
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