English as an international lingua franca in education
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Can't read, won't buy- Why English is not enough to bring you global e-commerce success - e-commercefacts

Can't read, won't buy- Why English is not enough to bring you global e-commerce success - e-commercefacts | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

These findings contradict the longstanding assumption that many people on the web feel comfortable enough using English to buy products and services. 55% of the 3,002 respondents buy only at websites where information is presented in their language. For those with limited English, the preference for mother-tongue purchases increases to 80% or more. Key findings include...

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How to ruin a global brand

How to ruin a global brand | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
BRITAIN’S private schools are one of its most successful exports. The children of the well-heeled flock to them, whether from China, Nigeria or Russia: the number...
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English our way out for progress

The question as to what should be the medium of instruction continued to haunt the minds of Pakistani policy makers for nearly six decades. The result being that country continued to have three systems of education. Both the English medium and Urdu medium of instruction continued beside the
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Coursera

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The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has launched a pilot Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) prepared by and for English-teaching professionals. Shaping the Way We Teach English was developed by the University of Oregon. It is hosted on the Coursera platform as part of the Department’s partnership with Coursera. This is a free opportunity for current and future educators of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to improve the quality of their teaching methods.

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The MOOC is divided into two five-week sessions with the first course beginning on April 7; the second session begins on May 12. Participants can enroll in the second session without participating in the first session.

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Tokyo brushes up on English for 2020

Tokyo brushes up on English for 2020 | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
More people in more business sectors are increasingly enthusiastic about improving their English conversation skills to offer better hospitality for foreign tourists before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
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English language: the way forward

English language: the way forward | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Islamabad: Pakistan can overcome the prevalent English-Urdu language dichotomy in its education system by adopting English as a subject at the beginner’s level, and later on, enforcing it as a medium of instruction from grade three onwards to inculcate a balanced culture of language
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A-OK as most popular U.S. term turns 175

A-OK as most popular U.S. term turns 175 | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Whatever you're doing this Sunday, wherever you might be, take a moment to reflect on the most popular word in the English language, OK? It will be 175 years ...
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How Spain is internationalising its curriculum to teach in English

How Spain is internationalising its curriculum to teach in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Spanish graduates face a dire scene regarding the domestic labour market. The Spanish youth unemployment rate amounts to 26%, which is the highest in the European Union. Most students are now forced to think globally when looking for a job. Universities have had to include new skills and competences in their curricula to provide them with new tools to adequately access a new international job market. English language in the classroom is part of the solution proposed by Spanish universities. . . .

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'Hongkonger' makes it to world stage with place in the Oxford English Dictionary

'Hongkonger' makes it to world stage with place in the Oxford English Dictionary | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Amid anti-mainland sentiment, Oxford dictionary recognises city's local identity
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Filipino, not English, is the country’s lingua franca

Filipino, not English, is the country’s lingua franca | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Peter Wallace’s column titled “Language the unifier” (Opinion, 2/27/14) deserves a second look if only to unbend its logic. He rues the fact that English is losing ground in the Philippines; and the only path to development, he says, is to make significant changes in language use to be competitive in a globalized economy. It is like saying: “Move over, native languages, make way for English because it will save us!”
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E.U. Fights to Get Everyone Speaking Same Language on Education

E.U. Fights to Get Everyone Speaking Same Language on Education | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Though the objective to get youngsters learning more languages has been restated repeatedly among European Union officials, progress seems to be slowing.
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Which English? One that promotes understanding between countries and cultures

Which English? One that promotes understanding between countries and cultures | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Warren Murray: Finding the right words to communicate effectively to a global audience is much more important than whether you put an 'ise' or 'ize' on the end
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Language barriers | Herald

Language barriers | Herald | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

In 2011, the Sindh government of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) announced that Mandarin would be taught as a compulsory subject in the province’s schools. Around the same time, the Punjab government of the Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PMLN) announced that all public schools would switch over to English as the medium of instruction. More recently, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is preparing to institute a similar move in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with respect to at least some subjects in the school curriculum. With prominent educationists and activists crying themselves hoarse about the importance of instruction in the mother tongue and the negative effects on learning outcomes of privileging English over local languages, Pakistan’s language education policy looks as confused as ever.

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Non-native English speakers are creating new dialect of the language

Non-native English speakers are creating new dialect of the language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Michael Skapinker: Are we witnessing the development of a new English dialect? Could we call it Eurish?
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British Council builds capacity of English Language teachers

British Council builds capacity of English Language teachers | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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...through nativespeakerist processes perhaps?

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Celebrating Netizens Who Blog in Nigerian Pidgin English · Global Voices

Celebrating Netizens Who Blog in Nigerian Pidgin English  · Global Voices | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Nigerian Pidgin English is the country's "lingua franca, understood in all 36 states. Yet, you will not find a classroom in the whole country that teaches it"
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Morocco’s Minister of Education: French is No Longer Valid, English is the Solution

Morocco’s Minister of Education: French is No Longer Valid, English is the Solution | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education Lahcen Daoudi announced that the government is moving to boost the position of English in Moroccan universities, stressing that English is the language of scientific research, and it is believed to be the solution in Morocco’s education system
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Number of Words in the English Language: 1,025,109.8

The number of words in the English language is: 1,025,109.8.   This is the estimate by the Global Language Monitor on January 1, 2014. The English Language passed the Million Word threshold on June 10, 2009 at 10:22 a.m. (GMT).  The Millionth Word was . . .

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'Italy must teach children in English': minister - The Local

'Italy must teach children in English': minister - The Local | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Italy needs to revamp its language lessons in school and begin teaching young children subjects in English, the education minister has said.
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Want To Know The Language Of The Future? The Data Suggests It Could Be...

Want To Know The Language Of The Future? The Data Suggests It Could Be... | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

French is still a fast-growing, global language. The other mooted language of the future, Mandarin, despite being excruciatingly hard to learn for most Westerners, will probably not be that given China’s certain demographic slide. Meanwhile, French will be present on all continents, and particularly predominant in a continent that, by 2050, should be a fast-growing economic powerhouse–Africa.

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Fostering globally minded grads

Fostering globally minded grads | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Universities in Kyoto Prefecture have been reorganizing and adding new departments one after another to give students better English skills and an international outlook. Some of the programs being developed are surprisingly challenging: Some classes are conducted only in English, and some programs require overseas study. The fact that students and companies have become more internationally oriented is believed to be behind the trend.

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Finland’s R&D Strategy For 2020 Skips ‘English Language Factor'

Finland’s R&D Strategy For 2020 Skips ‘English Language Factor' | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Finland’s first national research infrastructure strategy as well as an updated infrastructure roadmap aim to increase the international integration of Finnish research, reinforce networks of top-level expertise and create new business ideas and jobs. Though, the publication does not pay suggest embedding English language as a compulsory item for the Finnish researchers or their publications. The roadmap includes 31 research infrastructures as well as two projects with potential to become significant infrastructures for Finland’s R&D industry. Also included in the roadmap are significant international infrastructures such as CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, and BBMRI, the Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure, which are of key importance to Finnish research.

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Chanco students petition Minister over use of English in Standard one | Malawi

Chanco students petition Minister over use of English in Standard one | Malawi | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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EF Education First will provide English training to 800,000 as part of the Rio Olympics - The Boston Globe

EF Education First will provide English training to 800,000 as part of the Rio Olympics - The Boston Globe | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
EF Education First, a for-profit education company specializing in language learning, said it has been selected as the official supplier of language training services for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A Swedish company with its North American headquarters in Cambridge, EF Education First, or EF, said that plans call for it to teach English to 100,000 staffers for the Rio games as well as to nearly 700,000 candidates for the Olympic volunteer program, contractors, and school children in Rio State. A private company, EF is not disclosing the value of its contract with the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee. This will be the fourth Olympics for EF, which does much of its work in teaching English as a second language.
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Brazil targets 1m with language training

Brazil targets 1m with language training | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Brazil ranks just 38th worldwide in English language proficiency and 2016 Olympic Games organisers are hoping to change this.

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