Japanese is among several foreign languages that students in Malaysia can learn, along with Arabic, Chinese, French or German. Government policies have contributed to the language's popularity, and some educators travelled to Japanese universities to learn the language in the 1990s.
Teaching students in the languages they speak has a powerful influence on their learning, writes Aaron Benavot, director of the Global Education Monitoring Report at UNESCO. In this blog post, he shares how multilingual teaching helps boost educational outcomes.
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Everyone benefits from shared leadership, write author Peter DeWitt and Jenni Donohoo, with the Ontario Ministry of Education. In this blog post, they discuss the Ladder of Teacher Involvement in School Decision-Making model.
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Some teachers in Australia use mobile apps to track and share information about students. Neil Selwyn, professor of education at Monash University, addresses the benefits -- and potential questions and concerns -- of using such technology in schools.
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More schools in Southeast Asia are integrating online learning and other education-technology offerings, often through startup companies. Educators say the technology helps to expand access to education and enhance lessons.
The influence of US English on other world languages was greater in the past and now is fading, says Lynne Murphy, an American linguist at the University of Sussex in the UK. Murphy says the Internet, television and media have changed, with people doing more exchanging of words rather than just receiving words.
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Founded in 1965, ECIS is a global membership organisation that provides professional development opportunities to its members who are comprised of international schools, individuals and educational organisations.