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Mahathir: I too am Malay but Math & Science must be taught in English

Mahathir: I too am Malay but Math & Science must be taught in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad won himself some credit with urban Malaysians, when he repeated his call for Science and Mathematics to be taught in English.  "We have to be realistic. Bahasa Malaysia is still not the official language for Science and Maths," Mahathir said at the International Conference on Teacher Education in the Muslim World on Tuesday.  "I am a Malay and I love the Malay language. But I also want the Malays to be educated. I beg that the subjects be taught in English again."

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How to Cure South Korea’s English Fever?

How to Cure South Korea’s English Fever? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

South Korea ranks as a mid-tier English speaking country despite enormous outlays on studying the language. Seoul should consider some radical options to deal with the problem, writes Jasper Kim.

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The statistics here are informative, but the reporter's suggestions naive if not irrelevant.

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The language question in Nigeria

The language question in Nigeria | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Nigeria is not only ethnically diverse but also linguistically heterogeneous. Like other African and Asian countries, the country is a multi-linguistic society and ranks one of the top 10 most linguistically diverse countries with a total of 529 languages. According to language experts, linguistic pluralism should be a source of blessing in terms of development to the country and not a liability. It should be an asset for communication at the local, national and international levels. For national communication, it is supposed to be an invaluable energy infusion to attaining social, political, cultural and other national goals..

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One of the most irritating words - 'huh' - is now a worldwide phrase

One of the most irritating words - 'huh' - is now a worldwide phrase | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Dutch researchers at Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen said that while there were subtle differences in each country, all used a near-identical sound.
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English: why the discipline may not be 'too big to fail'

English: why the discipline may not be 'too big to fail' | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

"More crucially, there is a huge, rarely crossed divide between English at secondary school level and English in higher education. While physics teachers in the schools sector are served by the Institute of Physics and history teachers by the Historical Association, which regard them as being on a continuum with university colleagues and lobby for their disciplines as a whole, many teachers of English in secondary schools feel cut off from academic English. Perhaps this is the core of the problem: there is no unified national voice for English. It’s not so much that there are no such disciplinary bodies but that there are instead too many, with a bewildering array of acronyms, complex histories and half-forgotten animosities."

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The World’s Top 60 Countries in English According to The EF English Proficiency Index

The World’s Top 60 Countries in English According to The EF English Proficiency Index | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

EF Education First, the global leader in international education, today published the results of this year's EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) - the world's most comprehensive ranking of English ability.  In addition to ranking 60 countries and territories by their English skills, the EF EPI for the first time includes an analysis of English proficiency trends over a six-year period that has seen intense investment in English language learning.  The EF EPI also finds correlations between the English skills of a nation's workforce and the country's economic outlook.

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Some very interesting, and rather surprising facts here.

And here's another way of looking at these data:

http://www.ef.com/epi/?mc=we

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Greedy Intelligence’s 1Checker Is A Proofreading Platform For Non-Native English Speakers | TechCrunch

Greedy Intelligence’s 1Checker Is A Proofreading Platform For Non-Native English Speakers | TechCrunch | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Developed by two Cambridge PhD students, 1Checker is a proofreading platform that seeks to be a better alternative to Microsoft Word’s spellchecker and Grammarly for non-native English speakers. 1Checker and its sibling 1Course, an online learning management platform for language schools, identifies errors commonly made by people who learned English as a second language and makes contextually appropriate suggestions so users can avoid embarrassing errors.

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Prostitutes Prepare For World Cup

Prostitutes Prepare For World Cup | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The official countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil began on Wednesday, June 12. Stadiums are being revamped, public transport is being tweaked, businesses are gearing up and prostitutes are taking free English classes.
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The ultimate test for every truly global language.

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So frenchy, so touchy, about the English language

So frenchy, so touchy, about the English language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

What kind of triumph is it for English to be massacred, day in day out, by a nation whose touchiness about its own language is near-pathological. The French attitude towards English is pretty much akin to its attitude towards anything that comes from elsewhere. That is to say it may be jolly good but it would be better if it were French. ...

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Some strong words there...

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The history of the English language in 100 places - Telegraph

The history of the English language in 100 places - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
A project tells the story of the English language through 100 locations, starting in Suffolk and ending in Vienna - with stops in Hastings, Beijing and the moon along the way
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The English Project can be found here:

http://www.englishproject.org/

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China's English obsession slowing down

China's English obsession slowing down | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

BEIJING: China's obsession to learn English to catch up with the rest of the world showed signs of wariness amid complaints of stressful experiences of students over mastering the language as well... Currently, the two languages, along with math, have the same weight and Beijing education authority wants to raise the value of Chinese by shifting points from English to Chinese in college and senior high school entrance exams from 2016 ...

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Required English from third grade in Japan

Required English from third grade in Japan | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The education ministry is considering moving up the starting year of obligatory English-language education in elementary schools to the third grade from the current fifth grade by around 2020, government ...
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English should be Brussels' official language, Flemish minister says

English should be Brussels' official language, Flemish minister says | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
If Brussels aspires to be an international city, it should make English its
official language, the Flemish minister for education Pascal Smet has told
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I'm going to Brussels this May.  I hope they make the offical language English by then!

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India's National Translation Mission Will Translate From English To Indian Languages

India's National Translation Mission Will Translate From English To Indian Languages | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

India's National Translation Mission (website: ntm.org.in) is taking up an important initiative - translating Indian vernacular texts to English. NTM is an initiative of Government of India to establish translation as an industry and thereby make the knowledge existing in English & other foreign languages to Indian languages. 

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English Proficiency Falters Among the French

English Proficiency Falters Among the French | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Marseille’s new Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations opened in June, part of the city’s celebration of its status as this year’s European Capital of Culture. Though the museum is European in ambition, many of its exhibits are labeled only in French: English, though firmly established as the global language of business, education and culture, is glaringly absent from most of the signage, though an English-language audio tour is available.

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Most Used Word of 2013: '404' Tops Global Language Monitor Survey Of English Language

Most Used Word of 2013: '404' Tops Global Language Monitor Survey Of English Language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, The Global Language Monitor unveiled the results of its annual global survey: the top words and phrases of 2013  used in the English language. In what feels like a bad sign, “404” — the universal term for an internet failure — tops the list. Other contenders include . . .

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International classes in China face testing questions

Yang Dong is relieved to have escaped taking the gaokao, China's national college entrance exam. Instead, he is preparing for a test that could land him a place at Cambridge University. "I'm studying for the UK high school exam," said the 16-year-old, who hails from Chongqing and is enrolled in an international class in Shenzhen. As opposed to international schools in China, which are for students with foreign passports and are fluent in English, international classes are run at public high schools for Chinese students. They are designed to cater to the growing demand to study abroad; however, some critics argue they are merely preparatory schools for exams for overseas education systems...

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

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....
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Hamas appoints 1st female English spokesperson

Hamas appoints 1st female English spokesperson | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The government in the Gaza Strip appointed a woman as their first English-language spokeswoman on Sunday, offering the Hamas-led authority a fresh new face to represent itself on the world stage. Her appointment comes as part of a broader effort on the part of the Gaza government to strengthen its approach to public relations and to explaining its message to a non-Palestinian audience.

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Advocating World Englishes: An Interview with Dr. Mario Saraceni | ELTWorldOnline.com

Advocating World Englishes: An Interview with Dr. Mario Saraceni | ELTWorldOnline.com | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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German an official language in the United States?

Have you ever heard the story that English only narrowly defeated German language to become the official language of the United States?
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The very interesting story of the German language in the USA.

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Who's in charge of English? Uses and descriptions of ELF

Who's in charge of English? Uses and descriptions of ELF | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
One of the recent topics here has been language regulation – what are the norms of English when it's used as a lingua franca (ELF), when most of the parties in interaction aren't native speakers of...
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Malaysia's English language crisis - The Nation

Malaysia's English language crisis - The Nation | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

When the ministry recently announced that from 2016 onwards, students in Form Five - the equivalent of a GCE O-level class in Singapore - must pass English before they can obtain their school-leaving certificates, it set tongues wagging. After all, last year, almost a quarter of 470,000 Form Five students failed English, and only 16 per cent of them scored highly in the language. ..

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The French depression about speaking English - The Local

The French depression about speaking English - The Local | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

When it comes to assessing their levels of English, French people are all doom and gloom, two new reports reveal. A European league table of insecurity over English levels, released on Thursday, ranked the French second only to Italy.

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Taiwan lagging behind in English proficiency

Taiwan lagging behind in English proficiency | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

A US testing service organization has released data showing that English proficiency in Taiwan is falling further behind other Asian countries, such as China, the Philippines and South Korea. Taiwan had an average TOEIC score of 539 last year, far behind China’s 747, the Philippines’ 678 and South Korea’s 628, data from the ETS showed. . .

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