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Developing the China Standards of English: challenges at macropolitical and micropolitical levels

Developing the China Standards of English: challenges at macropolitical and micropolitical levels | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
A project has recently been proposed by the National Education Examinations Authority, P. R. China, to develop a national framework of reference for English language education, provisionally called China Standards of English (CSE). In this article, we argue for the necessity of developing the framework of reference in China and challenges facing such an important endeavor. We first reviewed relevant documents of English language education in China to identify the overlaps and inconsistencies in the curricular requirements at different educational stages. We then explored the need for improving the transparency in policies and practices of English language education. Finally, challenges facing the development and implementation of the CSE were discussed based on Alderson’s (2009) conceptualization of politics in language education. For governmental organizations, coordinating resources and negotiating views of different educational stages may prove challenging due to the segmental management structure of English language education in China. Micropolitically, the CSE project may face technical challenges due to the innovative nature of the work involved. Resistance may also be encountered from practitioners who may pay lip service to the new framework and feel reluctant to change their pedagogical and assessment practices. The discussion of challenges facing the development of a national framework for English, the first of its kind in China, is intended to influence and inform decisions on how the CSE can be developed, and more importantly, how the framework can be implemented so as to achieve the ultimate purpose of improving English teaching, learning and assessment in China.
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Free British Council IELTS prep tools - Loud and Clear, a blog from ClarityEnglish

We have developed three free resources that tackle the nuts and bolts of IELTS prep, and also provide the scope for committed candidates to go further.
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Did This Medieval African Empire Invent Human Rights?

Did This Medieval African Empire Invent Human Rights? | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
UNESCO recognized the Mande Charter in 2009. 
 
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Global Challenges Foundation

Global Challenges Foundation | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
The Global Challenges Foundation has launched a $5m global prize to find the best ideas to facilitate international cooperation to manage global risk.
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Google’s Artificial Intelligence Learns Highly Aggressive Behaviour and Concept of Betrayal

Google’s Artificial Intelligence Learns Highly Aggressive Behaviour and Concept of Betrayal | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
Stephan Hawkings warned us of the advancements in artificial intelligence – both good and bad for mankind.  Now, it seems Google has crossed the AI line.
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Africa, Uncolonized: A Detailed Look at an Alternate Continent

Africa, Uncolonized: A Detailed Look at an Alternate Continent | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
What if the Black Plague had killed off almost all Europeans? Then the Reconquista never happens. Spain and Portugal don't kickstart Europe's colonization of other continents. And this is what Africa might have looked like.
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A robot that eats pollution

A robot that eats pollution | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
Meet the "Row-bot," a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Rossiter explains how this special swimming machine, which uses a microbial fuel cell to neutralize algal blooms and oil slicks, could be a precursor to biodegradable, autonomous pollution-fighting robots.
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You are living inside a massive, musical instrument – and here's what it sounds like

You are living inside a massive, musical instrument – and here's what it sounds like | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
The Earth's magnetic field acts like a giant instrument playing magnetic music.
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'We need to be ready': German firm starts selling 'EU 2019' map with Scotland as independent member

'We need to be ready': German firm starts selling 'EU 2019' map with Scotland as independent member | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it

A GERMAN map maker is offering customers a vision of what could be with a map of an independent Scotland in Europe.
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Chernobyl's Giant Sarcophagus Is in Place

Chernobyl's Giant Sarcophagus Is in Place | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
It's the largest movable structure ever built, and it's housing the remains of one of mankind's largest disasters.
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Aipoly - Vision Through Artificial Intelligence

Aipoly - Vision Through Artificial Intelligence | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
We give real time image recognition to any device using deep learning.
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How Scientifically Accurate Is Your Favorite Sci-Fi Film?

How Scientifically Accurate Is Your Favorite Sci-Fi Film? | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
Some sci-fi films take special care to get the science right.
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Maria Montessori- the woman who revolutionized the education systems of the world

Maria Montessori- the woman who revolutionized the education systems of the world | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. The teacher must first love and understand the universe. The teacher must prepare himself and truly wor
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Why teachers are the key to effective self-access - Loud and Clear, a blog from ClarityEnglish

Why teachers are the key to effective self-access - Loud and Clear, a blog from ClarityEnglish | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
Julia Ker from the University of Surrey talks about how to make a success of self-study resources through awareness building and teacher participation.
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Alike

Alike | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film titled Alike by Pepe School Land. In the lesson students practise using alike, adjectives to describe character and routines, watch a short film…
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Global Challenges Foundation

Global Challenges Foundation | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
The Global Challenges Foundation has launched a $5m global prize to find the best ideas to facilitate international cooperation to manage global risk.
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Where Europe Shrinks, and Where it Grows

Europeans are aging fast, and moving more — creating pockets of population growth amidst increasingly empty rural areas.
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The race to map the human body — one cell at a time

The race to map the human body — one cell at a time | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
A host of detailed cell atlases could revolutionize understanding of cancer and other diseases.
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Talks to inspire projects with kids

Talks to inspire projects with kids | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
These crafty talks will ignite passions, pique interests and introduce kids to the excitement of hands-on learning.
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Music of the Spheres, Harmony of the Spheres - Celestial Spheres - Crystalinks

Music of the Spheres, Harmony of the Spheres - Celestial Spheres - Crystalinks | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
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2017 Astronomical Events

2017 Astronomical Events | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
Here's a calendar of 2017's astronomical events for sky watchers, many of which can been seen with the naked eye. Keep looking up!
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Kids Commute to Clifftop School With Death-Defying Ladders

Kids Commute to Clifftop School With Death-Defying Ladders | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
A village in rural China replaced decaying bamboo ladders with steel steps, improving safety.
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Technospheric!: All About the Earth's Newest Layer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Technospheric!: All About the Earth's Newest Layer [INFOGRAPHIC] | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
A primer on the "technosphere"—Earth's newest layer.
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We're Entering a New Age, One Where the Life Expectancy Is 90+

We're Entering a New Age, One Where the Life Expectancy Is 90+ | IELTS, ESP, EAP and CALL | Scoop.it
South Korea is likely to see the largest increase in life expectancy, with women born in 2030 averaging 90.8 years of age.
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