How is English-language instruction approached around the world? | Thailand seeks international support for English-language lessons | Private schools flourish in Shanghai, China
09 September 2015
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How is English-language instruction approached around the world?
English-language instruction varies in classrooms worldwide, and some estimates indicate 75% of the world's people do not speak English. This blog post examines foreign-language policies around the world and the potential implications for the US population. Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (01 Sep.)
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Thailand seeks international support for English-language lessons
Education officials in Thailand will work with educators from Cambridge University in England to design an English-language programme for students. The plan is intended to improve students' language proficiency. The deputy education minister also hopes to develop exams for students and teachers. Bangkok Post (08 Sep.)
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Professional Development
UK schools to look abroad for physics, maths teachers
UK education officials are seeking to recruit physics and maths teachers from other countries. While education officials say schools always have had this option, some note the move may be an effort to address a potential teacher shortage in science, technology, engineering and maths. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (04 Sep.)
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Leadership and Governance
Many private schools in Uganda are not teaching in English
In Uganda, data show that many private schools are not complying with a policy that requires English to be the primary language of instruction in the fourth year of school, write Medadi Ssentanda and Judith Nakayiza, both lecturers at Makerere University. In this commentary, they assert the government should study the matter and require uniform enforcement of its policies. The Conversation (U.K.) (07 Sep.)
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Study: UK students favour computing lessons over language studies
Students in the UK would rather study computer programming than learn a foreign language, according to a recent study by Ocado. The study comes about one year after the UK launched its own computer-science curriculum. (U.K.) (07 Sep.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Students from Japan travel to Malaysia for summer school programme
Students from the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan, recently attended a summer school programme in Malaysia. Students said the programme allowed them to learn about the other country's culture and converse in English. Star Publications (Malaysia) (08 Sep.)
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