English as an international lingua franca in education
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Proposal discussed to make English 2nd official language in Taiwan

Proposal discussed to make English 2nd official language in Taiwan | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

A proposal to make English the second official language in Taiwan was discussed at a conference Sunday in Tainan, the city that is leading the push. [...] With more than 70 countries around the world having designated English as their second official language, Taiwan's English education policy, however, is being challenged by a lack of funds and the dispute over its squeezing funds out of the budget for mother-tongue programs, . . .

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Norwegian leaders struggle in English

Norwegian leaders struggle in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Norwegians often think they speak and understand English well, but monotone delivery, poor pronunciation and a torrent of useless words can creep into their speech. That, in turn, can seriously undermine their message and their authority.

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New app connects Valley high school students to English learners

New app connects Valley high school students to English learners | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
A free app is connecting Valley high school students to people around the world. The goal is to help foreigners learn English by talking to native English speakers.
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Here's an idea for an app that can connect users and learners of English, not just the native speakers with the non-native speakers. 

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Shakespeare in Modern English?

Shakespeare in Modern English? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
THE Oregon Shakespeare Festival has decided that Shakespeare’s language is too difficult for today’s audiences to understand. It recently announced that over the next three years, it will commission 36 playwrights to translate all of Shakespeare’s plays into modern English.
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Is Arabic overtaking English in America?

Is Arabic overtaking English in America? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Alarming statistics reveal that Middle Eastern languages are infiltrating the U.S. at an advanced rate.
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"Alarming"...?   and "infiltrating"...? So many things wrong with this article...

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Britain plans tougher English tests for foreign students - The Economic Times

Britain plans tougher English tests for foreign students - The Economic Times | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Britain is considering tougher new English tests for foreign students, a move set to negatively impact the already dwindling number of overseas students.
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10 ways speakers of World English are changing the language

10 ways speakers of World English are changing the language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Varieties of World English always innovate, and we’re taking a look at 10 ways speakers of World English are changing the language

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English is a language of opportunity

English is a language of opportunity | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
It is a heartening sign that enrolment in English-medium schools has grown 89% over the past five years.
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English, English Everywhere | NIU Newsroom

English, English Everywhere | NIU Newsroom | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

No town in Japan is without an English Conversation School. Leaders of foreign governments are bankrolling scholarships for study in the United States. Some people are even snipping the roots of their tongues to improve their pronunciation of English. . .

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Unearthing the Future of French Pop

Unearthing the Future of French Pop | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Nearly 400 years ago, the chief minister to King Louis XIII established l’Académie Française, a council whose aims were to prevent “impurity” from sullying the French language. The Académie operates to this day as a coven of cloak wearers who preside over matters of linguistic importance: A recent decision had them lowering their shields against the scourge of Anglophone terms like “email” and “chicken nuggets.”

France’s stuffiness about its mother tongue is one of the reasons why pop music with English lyrics became standard for the country’s native bands since the dawn of the rock’n’roll era—it represented the rebellious antithesis of traditional chanson française. [...]  “These days, it’s almost tacky to sing in English [...] It means sacrificing your creative desires for the promise of an international career—which, as we know, only happens for a select few acts, and rarely the most credible ones.”

 

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'Do comedy in English if you want to go International'

'Do comedy in English if you want to go International' | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Ghana’s finest comedian DKB, who recently was crowned as the ‘King of Comedy’ in Ghana by KSM has urged upcoming comedians to have command over the English language. [...] According to FlexGH.com, DKB therefore urged rising comedians to do more of the English language than vernacular for international reasons, so they can perform in any other countries and on grand stages in their carrier.

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Cuba goes all in on English, amid closer US ties

Cuba goes all in on English, amid closer US ties | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Now that Cuba has restored diplomatic ties with the United States, teaching English in schools will be a priority, the communist party newspaper Granma reported on Aug. 31. In the 1970s, the study of English in Cuban schools was supplanted by Russian, after the Soviet Union emerged as the communist island's main benefactor following Fidel Castro's ascent to power in 1959. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, English returned to ...

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The Dangerous Nationalism of Making English 'America’s Official Language'

The Dangerous Nationalism of Making English 'America’s Official Language' | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Spanish was spoken on this continent before English was. Compared to, say, Europe, where children are commonly taught more than one language, the United States doesn’t have to worry about keeping up with too many foreign tongues. By and large, it’s considered a good thing to be bilingual and to be exposed to other languages.
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Switch to Urdu from English as official language a hurdle for Pakistan

Switch to Urdu from English as official language a hurdle for Pakistan | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Eight percent of Pakistan's population speak the language as its native tongue. Only one word of it — “ka,” meaning “of” — is in the country's three-stanza, 56-word national anthem. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court of Pakistan in August ordered the government to replace English with Urdu as its official language. English has been the country's recognized language since its independence 68 years ago. Citing Article 251, the court noted that the 1973 constitution declared Urdu the official language of Pakistan and the government was to arrange for its use for official and other purposes within 15 years of the constitution's adoption, or by 1988. The constitution allowed that “the English language may be used for official purposes until arrangements are made for its replacement by Urdu.” The government never really made the switch, however, . . .

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New English language test agreed for European nurses

New English language test agreed for European nurses | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
European Union nurses who want to work in the UK will in the future be required to pass an International English Language Testing System exam if they cannot prove they are proficient in using English, despite concerns about the test’s robustness.
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UK-based Romanian author's first novel in English becomes a sensation

UK-based Romanian author's first novel in English becomes a sensation | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Rachel Mills, of PFD, described The Book of Mirrors as “a really well-plotted murder mystery”. She added: “It is such an incredible novel, so sophisticated. You would never know it was written by someone whose first language wasn’t English.”
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Jason Kenney criticized for tweeting praise for refugee boy’s ‘unaccented English’ | Toronto Star

Jason Kenney criticized for tweeting praise for refugee boy’s ‘unaccented English’ | Toronto Star | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The former immigration minister deleted his comment after it drew scorn. Now running for re-election to Parliament, he says his words were being “misconstrued.”
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Is Beirut the codeswitching capital of the world?

Is Beirut the codeswitching capital of the world? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
In Lebanon, hellos, thank-yous and how-are-yous are often said in French. Arabic is the core language, but kids are taught in French or English at school­. French- and English-language schools have been around since the 1800s, when Catholic and Anglican missionaries arrived in the region. Then, after World War I, the French ruled Lebanon until the 1940s.
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Pakistan expert helping non-English speaking Indians access web in local scripts - The Economic Times

Pakistan expert helping non-English speaking Indians access web in local scripts - The Economic Times | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The panel working on Indian language domain names-called the Neo-Brahmi panel - will make domain names available in 21 Indian languages.
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Govt to export English language teachers to southeast Asia

Govt to export English language teachers to southeast Asia | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

India will soon export English teachers to southeast Asia to cater to massive demand from the region and earn some foreign exchange in return. Sources said India and Malaysia will sign a memorandum of understanding during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit next month and the first batch of 100 teachers will land in Malaysia next year.

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First Lady's English Speeches Attract International Attention

First Lady's English Speeches Attract International Attention | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan delivered two speeches in English on Saturday. The first was at a meeting for UNESCO, while the other was at a meeting for the WHO.
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‘Taxi rooftop indicators should be in English as well as Marathi’ - The Times of India

‘Taxi rooftop indicators should be in English as well as Marathi’ - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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Foreign Scholars Get Easier Access to Chinese History via Reference’s English Edition

Foreign Scholars Get Easier Access to Chinese History via Reference’s English Edition | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

With the publication of the English translation of "Thirty Years of Chinese History Studies," foreign scholars can now have easier access to and better understand Chinese history. The book includes imperial and modern China, covering . . .

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India’s obsession with English is depriving many children of a real education

The reason behind India’s massive push for English is our belief that it is a quick-fix solution. A magic mantra. An only way out. English, it seems, will close the skill gap, offer employment opportunities and set the country on its path to greatness.
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Mikis Theodorakis: 'In Greek prison, we learn English'

Mikis Theodorakis: 'In Greek prison, we learn English' | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

"I like very much the English language for his simplicity, for his music.  My dream is to learn English, but the only opportunity was when I was in prison, and my English is the English of the prison because in Greek prison we learn English."

See the rest of Mikis' wonderful interview here: http://www.bruceduffie.com/theodorakis.html ;

 

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