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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

English education set to get serious | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

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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David Crystal - World Englishes

From the interview with David Crystal in Belgrade on 9 November 2013 Interviewer: Tony O'Brien, British Council Director Western Balkans
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Gaokao reform removes English

The Chinese Ministry of Education has released a draft reform plan for gaokao, the national college entrance examination, which will be open for public opinion soon, making it clear that English will not be included in gaokao in the future. The plan, which was released by the ministry on Friday, said English will not be a gaokao test subject in the future. Instead, students can take English tests more than once each year, and only the highest score will be counted.

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Firms offer English language courses for Saudi employees | Arab News

Firms offer English language courses for Saudi employees | Arab News | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

With the Saudi economy growing, companies in the Kingdom have realized that proficiency in the English language is one of the best ways to communicate with the world.  And with Saudis being hired in various job positions, corporate leaders have stressed the need for them to learn English, although many citizens are yet to realize the importance of the language. The government has made its policy known to international companies that they should employ Saudis and help them improve their English language skills, and even fund such training courses.

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English teachers to study abroad

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The Tokyo Board of Education has taken a bold move — perhaps its first ever — to raise the level of English at public schools. If its plan goes without a hitch, eventually all English teachers at Tokyo’s junior high and high schools will have to study and live in an English-speaking country for three months. The requirement is an attempt to improve English in Japan and should be warmly welcomed by anyone caring about Japan’s low level of English competence. ... The new move is obviously connected to the 2020 Olympics.

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Why India is a big market for English language dictionaries

Why India is a big market for English language dictionaries | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

India, among other countries like China and South Korea, is seen as a big market for the English language dictionary, despite a swell in digital tools for word learning and usage, says a UK publisher.

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English language can be a barrier for international students

English language can be a barrier for international students | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Living in a country far from home, where everyone speaks a language you didn’t grow up with, can be a challenge. For some international students, the English language can be a barrier that makes them feel lonely and excluded.
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Parlez-vous diplomacy? English won't serve the UK abroad

Parlez-vous diplomacy? English won't serve the UK abroad | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
A report from the British Academy has warned that a lack of foreign language skills could undermine the UK’s future security and capacity for global influence.The report warns of an apathy towards language…...
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Teaching English as a lingua franca | British Council Voices

Teaching English as a lingua franca | British Council Voices | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
We often hear about 'global English', but how do you teach it? English teachers Katy Davies and Laura Patsko explain how to adapt lessons for speakers of English as a lingua franca (ELF).
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Tokyo education board to send English teachers to study abroad

Tokyo education board to send English teachers to study abroad | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education has decided to require third-year English teachers at public junior and senior high schools to go on three-month study-abroad programs starting next academic year, in an effort to boost English education ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

According to the education board, the system will send around 200 teachers a year on study-abroad programs to places including universities in English-speaking countries. They will receive certification for teaching English as a foreign language, and learn how to conduct class only in English and encourage active debate among students. Homestays for the teachers are also planned. The board is seeking around 600 million yen from the metropolitan government budget to cover the project's expenses.

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The Global Imperialism of English: Impacts on Science

The Global Imperialism of English: Impacts on Science | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
It is easy to be complacent about English language dominance, especially for native English speakers. But we could be seriously limiting ourselves by not diversifying the current linguistic hegemony.
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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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Language Data Reveals Twitter’s Global Reach | MIT Technology Review

Language Data Reveals Twitter’s Global Reach | MIT Technology Review | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Twitter’s footprint is growing fast, although English speakers in the U.S. remain the largest demographic. The trick now is to turn its global presence into advertising dollars.
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France stages summit to resist rise of English language on TV - Telegraph

France stages summit to resist rise of English language on TV - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
France's broadcast watchdog to debate how to fight against invasion of English terms in French TV and radio - in latest bid to protect the language
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Poor English hindering careers of majority of office workers: Taiwan poll

Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) Almost 60 percent of office workers in Taiwan said their lack of English language skills has hampered their ambition to pursue an ideal job, according to the results of an online survey released Sunday.
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Ministry plans English teaching overhaul (Bangkok Post)

A ministerial draft regulation on English learning and teaching reform with a greater emphasis on communication over has been drawn up by the Office of the Basic Education Commission's English Language Institute. It is expected to be finalised next week. The move follows Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng's call last September for English teachers to devise ways to improve language skills in schools.

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Asian nations dominate international test

Asian nations dominate international test | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
American students once again lag behind many of their Asian and European peers on a global exam, a continuing trend that often is blamed on child poverty and a diverse population in U.S. schools.
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Full access to the PISA 2012 results here: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results.htm and here: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-overview.pdf

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Highlight: The bumiputera bastion and the English language

Highlight: The bumiputera bastion and the English language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

English as a medium of instruction in Malaysian higher education.

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ELF Pronunciation

ELF Pronunciation | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Ideas for teachers and students interested in pronunciation for English as a Lingua Franca
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Why Startup Conferences Should Be in English

Why Startup Conferences Should Be in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Most startup conferences in Europe and the surrounding areas, no matter where they are held, are conducted almost entirely in English. The recent Webit conference in Istanbul was 100% English. Even Arabnet, an annual event in nearby Beirut, was almost entirely in English. But the panels and many of the talks at Riseup Summit are being done predominantly in Arabic. The Arabic-speaking Internet is one of the largest, and fastest-growing demographics. It is estimated that . . .

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MOOC will teach English

MOOC will teach English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The UK-based FutureLearn will ­partner with the British Council, which already provides English language education, to pioneer MOOCs that teach the English language. It is the first time that a major MOOC provider has announced plans to offer language courses. The two organisations said there would be a portfolio of English language courses ready in 2014 which would be focused on preparing ­students whose native language is not English for studying higher education courses taught in English.

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