Educators at Spires Academy in Oxford assess the needs of refugee students when they enrol and then place those with limited English-language abilities in a programme for beginners. After six weeks, students keep a regular schedule but continue to receive support to help them adjust to life in the UK.
A Saskatoon, Canada, heritage school is teaching the Arabic language and culture to Syrian refugee students and those interested in learning about it. The students, ages 3 to 15, are learning how to write Arabic and other lessons in Sunday sessions.
Teachers at a high school in Australia have taken control of their professional development through self-directed peer learning groups. One PLG used research-based practices to introduce 10 to 15 minutes of free reading time before lessons for students.
Finland has long been a model of education success, but in recent years its ranking on the Programme for International Student Assessment has been sliding. In this interview, Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish educator and leading figure in education policy, helps shed light on why the country's PISA results have declined.
Some educators in Ireland are using Snapchat as part of their lessons, where about 85% of 15- to 18-year-old students have an account. Natasha Lynch, a French tutor, has used the mobile app to share educational videos with her students and says the videos have been effective resources.
Skype is expanding the capabilities of its real-time language-translator programme, allowing users to call mobile phones and landlines -- besides Skype accounts -- that are in their contact lists. Experts say the technology, while new, has the potential to be "transformative."
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