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‘English is key to success’

‘English is key to success’ | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
With growing fears about falling rates of language proficiency among young people, one businessman makes the case for speaking both well Despite his gentlemanly charm, John de Giorgio takes a hard line on applicants who are not adequately bilingual...
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English Proficiency in Malaysia: Time for Urgent Action

English Proficiency in Malaysia: Time for Urgent Action | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

English proficiency in Malaysia has reached a critical level that it can undermine the well-being and international prestige of this country in the absence of genuine efforts to curb its decline. It is impossible, for example, to conduct diplomacy and commercial relations without a strong command of English...

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English with a twist in Lima

English with a twist in Lima | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
With the rise in popularity in learning business English, one Lima -based company is providing an alternative way to learn.
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Private schools gain popularity in Cuba

Private schools gain popularity in Cuba | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Churches and private tutors are increasingly offering educational services in the Communist country. ... Workshops for English and private business ownership, with 150 students, are the most popular. In 2014, the centre will add prep courses for university entrance exams, because "people ask for them often"...

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Can Latin American higher education go global without using English?

Can Latin American higher education go global without using English? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Latin American universities need to encourage more widespread use of English language to boost their global recruitment and research, argues Leandro Tessler
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English to get 2020 push but teachers not on same page

English to get 2020 push but teachers not on same page | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
A reform plan released in mid-December by the education ministry looks to bolster English study from elementary to high school from the 2020 academic year to pursue globalization. ...
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September - Minister fails English - The Portugal News

September - Minister fails English - The Portugal News | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The news in September was that Portugal could be taking a step closer to becoming a bilingual nation after the Minister for Education said he wanted English lessons to be compulsory in all primary schools.
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Embrace English ... without losing Arab identity | Arab News

Embrace English ... without losing Arab identity | Arab News | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Is the increasing use of English by young Saudis a threat to Arabic and the Kingdom's identity? Some people agree, while others feel it’s a healthy trend. English is in vogue nowadays because it is a requirement for landing various jobs. In social settings, there is also a growing trend among young people to replace the traditional "assalamu alaikum" with "hello" and "good morning," some say.

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Kevin J Ruth, PhD's curator insight, December 25, 2013 7:45 PM

As a language teacher myself, I have a heightened sense of awareness when it comes to using other languages. I can identify with some of those quoted in this article who are concerned about their identity when they are speaking more and more English amidst conflicting viewpoints about how much English to speak, with whom, in which contexts, and so forth. The notion of upholding Arabic as the Mother Tongue of Saudis resonates with me. [By the way, feel free to check out the upcoming Mother Tongue conference in late February in Amsterdam at http://www.ecis-eslmt.org/] ;

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French lessons for UK higher education

French lessons for UK higher education | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Once upon an enlightened time, French was an academic lingua franca. Remnants of this golden age are: the poor level of English among several generations of French academics, a highly developed pride for our language (well-founded, naturally) and a large number of invaluable academic journals that now fail to find a readership outside of the Francophonie. Today's lack of reach for the French language and the still poor command of English in French academia, should be counted as factors in the failure of French higher education to attract universally, along with excessive red tape and incomprehensible fragmentation.

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First English-Mandarin bilingual free school to open

First English-Mandarin bilingual free school to open | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Britain’s first English-Mandarin bilingual primary school has been approved.
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Mixed reaction to Japan’s ‘English-only’ junior high school classes - The Japan Daily Press

Mixed reaction to Japan’s ‘English-only’ junior high school classes - The Japan Daily Press | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

English classes in Japanese junior high school level English classes will be conducted primarily in the English language, and the global lingua franca will become a standard subject for fifth and sixth graders, this under a plan announced on Dec. 13 by the Ministry of Education

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EU in court threat over English tests for migrants

EU in court threat over English tests for migrants | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Brussels last night warned it would take Britain to court over ‘xenophobic’ plans to impose English tests on migrants before they can claim benefits. The plan to require migrants to demonstrate a ‘reasonable standard of English’ was outlined by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith this week. But Laszlo Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, told David Cameron to drop proposals to tighten the so-called ‘habitual residency tests’ or face legal action.

 

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ELF7 - The 7th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca | September 4-6, 2014 | Athens Greece | Venue: DEREE - The American College of Greece

ELF7 - The 7th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca | September 4-6, 2014 | Athens Greece | Venue: DEREE - The American College of Greece | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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The website of ELF7, the 7th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca, to be hosted in Athens, Greece.

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European Union countries now offer courses in English due to globalisation - Nation | The Star Online

European Union countries now offer courses in English due to globalisation - Nation | The Star Online | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Language is no longer a barrier for students interested in studying in European Union (EU) countries....

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Introduction of English in Ashramshalas is based on demand, says government - The Times of India

Introduction of English in Ashramshalas is based on demand, says government - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The state's tribal welfare ministry says demand from parents is the reason behind the decision to introduce "lower English" as a medium of instruction at schools it operates through private bodies.
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English fluency hopes rest on an education overhaul

English fluency hopes rest on an education overhaul | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Ringing in 2014, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a dream: One nation that will actively re-engage with the global marketplace. To realize this dream by 2020, it’s commonly accepted that the Japanese need to improve their English. So, what’s the problem? Unfortunately there are a few...

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English edge: Those who speak the language fluently ‘earn 34% more than others’ - The Times of India

English edge: Those who speak the language fluently ‘earn 34% more than others’ - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
"Men who speak English fluently earn about 34% higher and men who speak a little English earn about 13% higher than those who don't speak any English," a report said.
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It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English

It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Why do we persist in thinking that standard English is right, when it is spoken by only 15% of the British population? Linguistics-loving Harry Ritchie blames Noam Chomsky
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Japan should take English lessons from Philippines

Japan should take English lessons from Philippines | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

English was brought to the Philippines during the 1896-1946 American occupation and it still enjoys official status. This does not mean that everyone understands or speaks English, but it does mean that exposure to the language is so widespread that those who do speak it can communicate quite fluently. I was also impressed that people who had never stepped outside the Philippines were nevertheless fluent in English. How can a nation acquire a second language so proficiently despite some claims that as many as 27.8 percent of Filipino school-age children either don’t attend, or never finish, elementary school? It’s all in the approach to learning English. The Philippines not only teaches English in its schools but also provides its population with another tool crucial to language acquisition: exposure.

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Hong Kong's English language skills branded 'pathetic' as Chinese has 'negative influence'

Hong Kong's English language skills branded 'pathetic' as Chinese has 'negative influence' | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The English-language skills of Hong Kong's adult population have slumped to the level of South Korea, Indonesia and Japan, according to new rankings of 60 countries and territories. Despite rising in the global rankings for English proficiency, over the past six years, the city's actual score has dropped and it now sits fourth in Asia. Experts put the blame partly on the switch from teaching mainly in English to mainly in Chinese since the handover. They said English skills must be improved if job-seekers were to remain competitive with mainlanders, whose English skills were improving.

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'Global' grads in demand at Japanese companies- Nikkei Asian Review

'Global' grads in demand at Japanese companies- Nikkei Asian Review | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

TOKYO -- The globalization of Japanese businesses has made English language ability one of the most important qualifications companies look for in new recruits, which in turn has raised the profile of Japan's "global five" universities among employers. ... More than half of AIU graduates find work at manufacturers. Rakuten, a big Internet retailer that has adopted English as its official language, takes many graduates from ICU and Sophia University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. The company plans to fill 60% of its engineering jobs with people from outside Japan next spring. This means English is a must, even at its Japanese offices.

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Spiegel Online slashes English section

Spiegel Online slashes English section | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The online English language section of famous German news magazine, Der Spiegel, is to be drastically cut. It is not making enough money, magazine bosses decided.  ...  Launched in 2009, the website was described by the European Commissioner responsible for Communication, Margot Wallström as "the expression of our desire to facilitate, to encourage and to support the creation of a European public forum for communication, discussion and debate."

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English remains the biggest choice for general school students - News VietNamNet

English remains the biggest choice for general school students - News VietNamNet | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Under the current regulations, the foreign languages taught at general schools are English and some other languages including French, German, Japanese, Chinese and Russian. However, according to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), 98 percent of students want to learn English. ... Though English is the choice of 98 percent of students and Vietnam has abundant English teachers, the percentages of “standardized teachers” who can meet the requirements set by MOET, remain modest. A recent survey by MOET has found that 75 percent of primary school and 90 percent of high school teachers did not meet the standards.

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Thailand lagging behind in English - The Nation

Thailand lagging behind in English - The Nation | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Pattanawimol Israngkura from the British Council said within the Asean region there were indicators that Thailand's standards of English-language teaching and learning were falling behind the rest of the region. Following 9 to 12 years of English studies at school, exit levels for Mathayom 6 students were comparatively low when compared to key competitor nations. The quality of teaching was another issue, she said. Limited data collected by the British Council suggested that primary school English teachers in Thailand have, on average, an English level of around "A2" (pre-intermediate) on the CFR (common framework of reference), and those at secondary level have a "B1" (intermediate) level of English. These standards are about one level below teachers in Malaysia and about two levels below teachers in Singapore - though this was only a rough estimate, she said.

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English education set to get serious

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Junior high school English teachers should conduct classes exclusively in English and be periodically tested on their skills in the language using a third-party proficiency test, and formal English instruction should start in the fifth grade of elementary school from 2020, according to a blueprint for education reform unveiled Friday.

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