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iPad Scotland Final Evaluation Report

iPad Scotland Final Evaluation Report | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Personal ‘ownership’ of the device is seen as the single most important factor for successful use of this technology:
− This is seen as the critical element:
in increasing student levels of motivation, interest and engagement;
in promoting greater student autonomy and self-efficacy;
in encouraging students to take more responsibility for their own learning.
− Evidence suggests that greater personal ownership of the iPad may also contribute to more interdisciplinary activity.

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BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers

BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Free printable worksheets and lesson plans for every busy teacher. Find printable worksheets on any topic: vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, writing and speaking!
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A huge and really helpful resource for teachers.

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Anna Van D's curator insight, January 7, 2:53 AM

excellent for all levels, I've been using material and worksheets on various topics for 2 years now and I am very satisfied. Thank you all 

postitinning's comment, January 19, 2:33 AM
Great
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The importance of Social Presence in Online Courses

The importance of Social Presence in Online Courses | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

To me, Social Presence depends a lot on how participants choose to take part in an online course. Of course, it also depends on the opportunities of interaction provided during the course.

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Some interesting tips for students and teachers.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 23, 3:03 PM

Instructors can encourage interactions, but students need to step up, too.

Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, January 23, 5:41 PM

#educación #comunicación

asli telli's curator insight, January 24, 12:09 PM

A different approach to social presence in online work...

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

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Yes. I absolutely think every teacher should have one of these.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, January 20, 8:50 AM

The short answer is "yes." You might also use Padlet, About.me, Evernote, or Weebly (and many others that other folks might recommend). As is the case with digital options, there are MANY. Choose the one that makes the most sense for you and your teaching style, grade level, etc. And have fun with it! As important as it is to demonstrate professionalism, it's also important to demonstrate digital literacy and creativity.

Verity Cole's curator insight, January 21, 3:46 PM

Useful stuff.  Though I'm not convinced an ELT professional needs a Digital Teaching Portfolio as well as a website.  The former seems to be a pared down version of the latter?

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Responsive Open Learning Environments - Springer

Responsive Open Learning Environments - Springer | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This book presents the outcomes of four years of educational research in the EU-supported project called ROLE (Responsive Online Learning Environments). ROLE technology is centered around the concept of self-regulated learning that creates responsible learners, who are capable of critical thinking and able to plan their own learning processes.  ROLE allows learners to independently search for appropriate learning resources and then reflect on their own learning process and progress.

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This looks like a really impressive free ebook. Well worth downloading.

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The Challenges of Digital Leadership

The Challenges of Digital Leadership | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
By far the most prevalent issue I see in schools struggling with their technology integration and implementation is the lack of a collective vision for how digital learning tools will be used to enhance learning. Schools often purchase software, computer devices, and technology-based learning systems because they are effective marketing tools for recruitment, or because they want to keep pace with the digital investments of rival institutions, or simply because they fear appearing outdated. None of these have to do with learning, of course, and inevitably are insufficient to smooth over the challenges that arise as digital tools enter classroom spaces.
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Some very salient points here.

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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, January 16, 8:42 AM

We owe our children regular and substantive opportunities to master their current technology...

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Media & Learning News

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The January 2015 issue.

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Interesting collection of articles and links.

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tentuseful's comment, January 17, 4:20 AM

Phenomenal...!!
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The Struggles and Realities of Student-Driven Learning and BYOD

The Struggles and Realities of Student-Driven Learning and BYOD | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A 2013 Pew study revealed that only 35 percent of teachers at the lowest income schools allow their students to look up information on their mobile devices, as compared to 52 percent of teachers at wealthier schools. And while 70 percent of teachers working in high income areas say their schools do a good job providing resources and support to effectively integrate technology into the classroom, only 50 percent of teachers in low-income areas agree.
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An interesting read.

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David Smart's curator insight, January 12, 3:29 PM

This is an unfortunate reality that needs to be remedied. 

ibexerain's comment, January 13, 12:08 AM
Its amazing :)
asli telli's curator insight, January 13, 3:57 AM

Thought-provoking & comparative statistics regarding poor and wealthy schools mobile content consumption...

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Using the text chat feature to teach English online

Using the text chat feature to teach English online | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This article looks at how to use text chat to develop English language students' linguistic competence.
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Some tips for activities that use the text chat feature of online learning platforms.

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10 Habits for successful English language learning

10 Habits for successful English language learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Here are some tips to help you build good learning habits and make your lessons more productive and to make English language learning part of your life.

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Some tips for developing language skills.

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nicolaperry's curator insight, January 9, 7:14 AM

Not rocket science but good sound advice.

nicolaperry's curator insight, January 9, 7:16 AM

Not rocket science but good basic sound advice.

ITTC_TEFL's curator insight, January 21, 11:41 AM

Useful habits to help any language learner

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MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure

MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Pritchard still questions the effects MOOCs will have; for one thing, he doesn’t see how they can have a sustainable business model on their own. But that doesn’t mean MOOCs are merely another overhyped technology. Ideas about what they offer, and whom they might help, are evolving as rapidly as the MOOCs themselves.
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Some interesting stats and research findings, but it's questionable as to how many of these course were genuinely MOOCs rather than just large free online courses.

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Erma F. Ballesteros's curator insight, December 17, 2014 12:33 AM

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Using the webcam to develop pronunciation

Using the webcam to develop pronunciation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The webcam can be a vital tool in helping to support our students’ pronunciation habits and helping them to ‘see’ how words and expressions are pronounced and what particular pronunciation features they need to be aware of.  So here are a few tips and examples to help you use your webcam to help with your students’ pronunciation.

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This is my latest post for the EnglishUp Teachers' Blog. This one is about using the webcam to help develop pronunciation when teaching online.

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, December 3, 2014 12:11 PM

Reinforcing the visual intelligence realm -- with particular applicability for higher ed  EL pedagogy

Janet McQueen's curator insight, December 3, 2014 5:11 PM

A great idea to support ELLs pronunciation in the classroom by using webcam. 

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Possibilities and Challenges for ICT-enabled Learning in India

Possibilities and Challenges for ICT-enabled Learning in India | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

With India being one of the giant users of ICTs, people are now looking at using ICTs for education and skills development. ICT-enabled education has emerged to be the most viable solution not only due to its availability at a cost effective rate, but also due to the fact that an overwhelming proportion of knowledge-seeking youth and adults are born and socialized in the e-culture.

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Interesting article about the potential and the obstacles involved in introducing ICT-enabled learning in India. The writer finishes with a powerful list of recommendations

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7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom | Edudemic

7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom | Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

To educators who embrace new technologies wholeheartedly, digital devices are a powerful tool for creating an engaged and individualized educational experience. To those that are a little more hesitant, digital devices seem more like a quick route to Instagram and Facebook — that is, to distractions that interfere with the educational experience, rather than boosting it.

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Some useful tips.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 28, 2014 9:51 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, December 1, 2014 5:02 PM

Excellent article that gives educators some additional ways to incorporate digital devices into the curriculum.  The author also explains ways to get around using these devices as well.  You have probably heard of learning styles. Did you know there was such a thing as a "distraction style?"

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Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker

Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper. Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interaction between a person and a technology, be it a computer or an e-reader or even a bound book.
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A very interesting read.

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Marja Oilinki's curator insight, January 24, 11:44 AM

Tasapainoinen artikkeli siitä, miten lukeminen on muuttunut digiaikana, ja siitä, miksi tarve pitkittäistutkimuksille on suuri. Tutkimusnäyttö ei ole ristiriidatonta, ei myöskään yksilöiden kokemukset. Itse alan olla jo sangen taitava digilukija, koska olen harjoitellut paljon, ja pystyn keskittymään sekä välttämään internetin houkutuksia yhtä hyvin (tai huonosti) paperikirjaa kuin digitaalista tekstiä lukessani. Syventyvän lukemisen taitoa on harjoiteltava, oli väline sitten mikä hyvänsä.

 

Keinoja, jotka voivat auttaa esimerkiksi aloittelevaa digilukijaa, annetaan tekstissä: muistiinpanojen teko käsin, lukeminen offline-tilassa, tietoinen hidastaminen ja sen tajuaminen, että ymmärtäminen vaatii aikaa ja paneutumista. 

 

Pidän erityisesti siitä, että Anne Mangen pyrkii etsimään syitä ja näyttöä eikä vain vahvistamaan omia ennakkoluulojaan.

 

Mukana on monia tuttuja usein siteerattuja tutkimuksia mutta ainakin minulle myös uusia, kiinnostavia tuloksia. Esimerkiksi pelaajien parempi kyky käsitellä digitaalista tekstiä kuulostaa oikeastaan aika luonnolliselta, mutta en olisi osannut sitä arvata.

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MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning started as a series of blog posts written by Jordan Shapiro with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Games and Learning Publishing Council. We’ve brought together what we felt would be the most relevant highlights of Jordan’s reporting to create a dynamic, in-depth guide that answers many of the most pressing questions that educators, parents, and life-long learners have raised around using digital games for learning.

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Nice useful free ebook to download.

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CTD Institute's curator insight, January 23, 2:59 PM

Great guidelines for parents & educators.

Claude Emond's curator insight, January 24, 7:58 AM

Digital games and learning to lead together for change

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What Your Smartphone Is Doing To Your Body & Mind

What Your Smartphone Is Doing To Your Body & Mind | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

On average, people pick up their smartphone 221 times a day to do things with it. It's no secret that we are getting more and more addicted to these handsets, but have you wondered what effect that is having on your mind and your body? Scientists are definitely curious and have a few ideas

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A short light article but with lots of links to research data.


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faith ward's curator insight, January 24, 8:39 AM

Research data in the article is very interesting. 

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The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Teaching Online

The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Teaching Online | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

“Be sure to build in tasks that generate peer-to-peer interaction and sharing; those where participants create something their peers can use and benefit from tend to be most successful.”

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Nice to be quoted here.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, January 18, 6:14 AM

This is a fairly basic list of ideas, but could be useful for an initial "checklist". For most of them, there will be associated research and when using "tips" it's always good to be critical and search for other points of view. “Be sure to build in tasks that generate peer-to-peer interaction and sharing; those where participants create something their peers can use and benefit from tend to be most successful" - good point, which has several underlying theoretical principles to back it up.

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Helpful...!!
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Helpful...!!
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Redefining learning with iPads

Redefining learning with iPads | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
More teachers are getting hold of iPads for their work, but how can they go about getting the most out of them? Primary school teacher and iPad-innovator Lee Parkinson discusses how teachers can use the device to bring very specific subjects to life.
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Some nice ideas here.

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Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, January 15, 10:41 AM

Here are some real-world applications of tablet technology in the classroom.  I see here some excellent integration of the technology into innovative learning experiences that any classroom with iPad access could easily incorporate.

Vincent Martinet's curator insight, January 21, 6:04 AM

Nous avons utilisé le modèle SAMR pour nos nouveaux plans de formation. Les résultats sont très intéressants : juste progressivité, bonne gestion de l'hétérogénéité du groupe et montée réelle en compétences des enseignants avec l'ENT.

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Uruguay school pupils taught English live from London

Uruguay school pupils taught English live from London | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

School children in Uruguay are being taught English live from London, thanks to a unique videoconferencing project from the British Council and Plan Ceibal. Despite the two countries being over 6,000 miles apart, the tech-savvy initiative is using HD communications equipment to effectively link-up the classrooms across their two different continents.

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Interesting project from the British Council

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ropesemphasize's comment, January 14, 1:50 AM
Its superior
ropesemphasize's comment, January 14, 1:53 AM
Its marvelous :)
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HelloTalk - A Mobile Language Learning Community

This presentation shows how to use the HelloTalk mobile app to practice and exchange languages with other speakers around the world. You can view a recording of the presentation here: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/p2yp2bzwqvx/

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My presentation and webinar recording.

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, January 11, 1:50 PM

My Language colleagues may be interested in this.  Looks great. 

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How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015

How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

We never stop learning. But unlike our school days, when our brain is constantly challenged and exercised to become better, our adult lives don't make time for this. In 2015, give your brain a boost. It's easier than you think and takes only a few minutes of your life each day

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Some great technology tips for helping to focus and boost your mind.

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tom cockburn's curator insight, December 24, 2014 6:08 AM
Worth a try
Johan van der Merwe's curator insight, December 25, 2014 12:41 PM

Might be useful for reading

 

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, December 26, 2014 9:53 PM

Some great habits to pick in the new year. 

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The Evolution of Learning Technologies

Human beings have always been seekers of knowledge. The minute we discover something new, we want to share it with others and move onto the next achievement. Since the beginning of recorded history (and probably before) we have always strived to discover the mysteries of the planet, of Earth and of ourselves. How has learning evolved over the course of human history and what might the future hold for us?
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Fantastic edtech time line going all the way back to hieroglyphs

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Deborah Banker's curator insight, December 18, 2014 11:46 AM

Here is something that is just fun! 

Antón Seoane Pardo's curator insight, December 18, 2014 5:03 PM

Interesante timeline con una evolución de las tecnologías de aprendizaje, desde el ábaco a los MOOC, y más...

ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, December 23, 2014 8:30 AM

Cute timeline for putting educational technology into a historic perspective.

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Allow pupils to use Google in GCSE exams, says academic

Allow pupils to use Google in GCSE exams, says academic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A Harvard physics professor says schoolchildren must be allowed to access the internet and talk to friends in the exams hall to reflect the conditions seen in the workplace
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Seems like a no brainer to me.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 8, 2014 7:42 AM

El profesor Eric Mazur, Decano de Física Aplicada en la Universidad de Harvard, muy conocido por su metodología de enseñanza "Peer Instruction" afirma que los adolescentes deberían tener acceso a internet y discutir preguntas con sus compañeros de clase durante los exámenes para que de esta manera realmente puedan estar preparados para el mundo real.

 

Estoy completamente de acuerdo y yo agregaría que las actuales formas de evaluación a través de exámenes y prácticas en aula deberían ser completamente reemplazadas por evaluaciones permanentes durante el desarrollo de las actividades lectivas, que deberían estar menos centradas en las tradicionales y aburridas (con honrosas excepciones por supuesto) clases magistrales y más en discusiones, desarrollo de proyectos, trabajos colaborativos y con enfoque interdisciplinar. Todo ello por supuesto conlleva a una mayor dedicación del profesor, a que él mismo desarrolle habilidades de trabajo en equipo, sea más creativo, se interese por la tecnología más allá del Word, el Powerpoint y el correo electrónico. En consecuencia.. un enorme reto por delante.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, December 17, 2014 11:12 AM

Changes recommended by professor in how young people do GCSC exams to reflect the workplace conditions...using Google and conferring?

ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, December 20, 2014 5:03 AM

What fun.

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Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers

Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
With thirteen stimulating papers covering a wide range of geographical areas and educational contexts, this publication will interest anyone involved in the continuing professional development of English language teachers wishing to reflect on and refresh their practice.
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Free PDF ebook from the British Council.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 3, 11:31 AM

Action research paper by Anne Burns, good spread of countries and contexts.  Open access

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So Why Learn English: A personal view from Brazil

So Why Learn English: A personal view from Brazil | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In the last 2 years I have interviewed over 100 candidates in Brazil, all of which were in English because no other language unites an international company like ours. Only 40% of these candidates were fluent in English and the rest didn’t even make it past the 1st round even though they had excellent experience.

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An article with a good infographic on the importance of learning English.

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