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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

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

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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Honda Adopts English as Official Language for Global Meetings

Honda Adopts English as Official Language for Global Meetings | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Honda Motor Co. (7267), a Japanese carmaker counting on North America for almost half of sales, has made English the official language of global meetings as it shifts decision-making to regional units. [...]“Imagine the shock sent through the operation,” Mendel said in an interview yesterday. “The CEO stands up and says, ‘All discussions about global operations will be conducted in English and oh, by the way, if you don’t understand it, get an interpreter.’” [...]Honda isn’t the first Japanese automaker to make such a language shift. Carlos Ghosn, chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, implemented a similar policy at Nissan more than a decade ago.

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Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 | OxfordWords blog

Today Oxford Dictionaries announces selfie as their international Word of the Year 2013. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Language research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries editors reveals that the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year.

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The evolving role of the Oxford English Dictionary - FT.com

The evolving role of the Oxford English Dictionary - FT.com | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The OED, which this month experiences a rare change in leadership, is different from other English dictionaries. Most obviously, it is much, much bigger. The first edition, published in 10 instalments between 1884 and 1928, defined more than 400,000 words and phrases; by 1989, when two further supplements of 20th-century neologisms were combined with the original to create the second, this had risen to some 600,000, with a full word count of 59m. Once the monumental task of revising and updating that last (and possibly final) printed incarnation is complete, the third edition is expected to have doubled in overall length.

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Bangladeshi writers turn to English at Hay Dhaka - Telegraph

Bangladeshi writers turn to English at Hay Dhaka - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

A new generation of Bangladeshi novelists are joining the global literary community because, for the first time, they are writing their fiction in English.

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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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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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English as the lingua franca of higher education? - University World News

English as the lingua franca of higher education? - University World News | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

An international conference in Spain, “The role of English in Higher Education: Issues, policy and practice”, drew an international audience to debate the growth of English as a language of instruction.

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Countries with better english have better economies | BusinessDay

Countries with better english have better economies | BusinessDay | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Research shows a direct correlation between the English skills of a population and the economic performance of the country. Indicators like gross national income and gross domestic product go up. In our latest edition of the EF English Proficiency Index, the largest ranking of English skills by country, we found that in almost every one of the 60 countries and territories surveyed, a rise in English proficiency was connected with a rise in per capita income. And on an individual level, recruiters and human resources managers around the world report that job seekers with exceptional English skills compared to their country’s average earned 30 to 50 percent higher salaries.

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Malaysia’s big financial dream has an English problem, says report

Malaysia’s big financial dream has an English problem, says report | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

A report published on online portal The Conversation said that Malaysia's poor scores in assessments by international students, declining language capabilities and persistent concerns over the employability of graduates did not augur well for its ambitious plans.

“The government may be able to build world-class facilities in Kuala Lumpur and attract international companies to operate in the new district by offering tax breaks and other incentives. However, without a supply of educated, English-speaking workers, hopes of challenging regional neighbours in Hong Kong and Singapore will remain a dream,” . . .

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Inter exams to open with English

Inter exams to open with English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

In what promises to give sleepless nights to Telugu-medium students, the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) has changed its exam pattern this year, conducting the English language paper on the first day of the schedule. The move comes eight years after a decision was made to open exam week with second languages like Urdu, Sanskrit, Arabic or French, with a view to driving away the fear of English among students, who are mostly from Telugu medium background. It was then seen that a bad performance in the English exam, held on the very first day, led to low confidence levels that affected other papers too.

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Malays will lose identity if Maths and Science are taught in English, say Islamic students

Malays will lose identity if Maths and Science are taught in English, say Islamic students | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

To revert to teaching Science and Mathematics in English will cause the Malays to lose their identity and it is contrary to the spirit of the Federal Constitution which spells out Bahasa Malaysia as the official language, an Islamic students group said.

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