Uganda boosts Chinese-language instruction | How learning foreign languages can benefit Singapore students | Teachers share how to leverage games in lessons
15 May 2019
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Learning and Teaching
Uganda boosts Chinese-language instruction
Uganda boosts Chinese-language instruction
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Some schools in Uganda have started teaching Chinese-language skills to secondary students to prepare them for jobs with Chinese government-backed infrastructure projects in the country. Uganda and China also have signed an agreement to train more than 100 Ugandan educators to teach the Chinese language.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (12 May.) 
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Professional Development
What is lesson study?
Lesson study helps personalise professional development for teachers, writes Adrienne Baytops Paul, an elementary-school maths teacher. Paul shares four steps to adopting this peer-generated professional-development approach, which encourages collaboration and allows educators to view lessons from the perspective of their colleagues and students.
Edutopia online (13 May.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Some schools in China limit screens to tackle myopia
A province in China has established a limit for the amount of time teachers can spend using digital screens in the classroom at 30%. The move addresses concerns about myopia among students.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (14 May.) 
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Chinese-language event looks to the future
Chinese-language event looks to the future
China's flag (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)
The Confucius Institute Headquarters, the College Board and Asia Society recently held the 12th annual National Chinese Language Conference in California, with the theme, Connecting to a Global Future. Language learning is the way to learn the histories and cultures of the world, said Anthony Jackson, vice president of education at Asia Society, said and "that is the basis for good judgement as we go forward in the future."
Xinhua News Agency (China) (12 May.) 
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Technology
Australian high school tests phone pouches
Australian high school tests phone pouches
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A high school in Australia is testing a digital detoxification programme in which students place their cellphones in pouches where they cannot access them during class. Officials say they plan to track the effects of the approach.
Camden Haven Courier (Australia) (12 May.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
How digital tools can enhance language learning
Foreign-language educators can use technology to engage students, and there is help for those who need guidance, writes Adam Ross, Chinese content and technology specialist for a school in San Francisco. In this blog post, Ross highlights strategies and tools for tech implementation, including a model with stages to help educators use digital learning in classroom activities.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (07 May.) 
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