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Students in New Zealand speaking native languages get support
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In New Zealand, about 36,000 students received funding through the English for Speakers of Other Languages programme -- 48% of whom were born in the country. The most common native languages spoken among those students are Samoan, Mandarin, Hindi and Tongan. Stuff (New Zealand) (16 Nov.)
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Should schools invest in phonics instruction?
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Officials in England and Australia are overhauling curricula to include a focus on phonics instruction. However, in this commentary by Misty Adoniou, a senior lecturer at the University of Canberra, she shares seven reasons why educators should be wary of some phonics programmes. Instead, Adoniou suggests investing in school libraries, staff and professional development to help students succeed. The Conversation (Australia) (17 Nov.)
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Brown: Children's rights to education must be protected in war zones
Schools and children seeking an education no longer are exempt from attack in conflict zones and governments must step up measures to protect children's rights to education, says Gordon Brown, the UN special envoy for global education. "There is no shortage of schools ... of teachers. What there is is a shortage of money, and that reflects a shortage of compassion and political will to act," Brown contends. Thomson Reuters Foundation (12 Nov.)
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Report: Almost half of students in Australia lag in computer literacy
Nearly half of students in Australia are not meeting standards for computer literacy, according to a recent report by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. In particular, male students and those in rural areas, among others, are falling behind. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (17 Nov.)
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Professor explores how culture is changing English
The sound of the English language is changing as variations are being spoken in other languages, according to this article by Simon Horobin, a professor of English language and literature at the University of Oxford. He highlights how other languages, cultures and the Internet have influenced the spellings of words while emojis have changed people's communication. The Conversation (U.S.) (10 Nov.)
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