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18 May 2016
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Students in England eager to learn Spanish, report finds
Students' interest in learning Spanish has increased across schools in England, according to a House of Commons Library research paper. Data show interest in learning French or German is declining among students.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (16 May.) 
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Professional Development
Why New Zealand schools need more funding for ELL programmes
New Zealand education officials should reconsider funding allocations for English-language learners, says Auckland Primary Principals' Association President Diane Manners. Data show an increase in the student population, and some school leaders say they need more resources to meet students' needs.
Stuff (New Zealand) (16 May.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Prejudice, under-education among biggest challenges to gender equality
Ahead of the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen this week, leaders from some of the world's largest women's rights organizations issued statements on what actions must be taken to address gender inequality by 2030. Prejudice against women, under-education and ensuring girls receive access to the same opportunities as boys were just a few of the issues UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and other leaders addressed in their calls for action.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (15 May.) 
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Girls in Turkey to have access to online English-language lessons
Entrepreneurs in Turkey are developing a programme to provide female students in Turkey with free online English-language lessons. The site will use interactive features and offer weekly lessons with teachers through online courses.
The Huffington Post (16 May.) 
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Study: How laptops in class affect students
Laptop use in the classroom may be a distraction for some students, according to a study from economists at West Point. Data show students with the highest ACT scores and grade point averages who used laptops in class scored lower than peers who did not have access to the technology.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (16 May.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Can brain activity reveal ability to learn 2nd language?
Brain, hand, head
Researchers studying the human brain and language say they have developed a test that can assess how fast a person can learn a second language. By measuring the patterns of a person's resting-state brain activity for five minutes, "we've found that a characteristic of a person's brain at rest predicted 60% of the variability in their ability to learn a second language in adulthood," said lead study author Chantel Prat.
Medical News Today (15 May.) 
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ECIS Child Safeguarding Certificate
The ECIS safeguarding certificate sets the benchmark for safeguarding training in international schools. Our four-part programme provides the principles -- the foundations -- for strong child protection policies and practices, complemented by assessments that require successful application of that knowledge. The programme is offered fully online, assessments are required after each section, and a Certificate of Completion is issued to each successful participant. Visit our website for more information.
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ECIS November Conference 16-19 November -- Copenhagen, Denmark
The theme for this year's conference is Cultivating Curiosity, not just from the viewpoint of inquiry, as a catalyst for learning, but also in trying to understand how we can nurture it within existing systems, or shift our systems to allow for curiosity and passion to grow and transform children. We look forward to receiving your proposals via our conference pages. The deadline is 10 June.
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