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Malta attracted 85,000 English language students in 2013
The Malta Independent
Malta: Up to 85,000 English language students came to Malta last year, spending around €145 million collectively, Tourism Minister Karmenu Vella announced this morning. Speaking during the FELTOM annual general meeting Mr. Vella said that the government is pledging its full support to this sector. Statistics show that one in eighteen tourists who visit Malta come to learn English. Malta is attracting an average of 82,000 English language students every year, amounting to 5.7 percent of the tourism sector. 2012 numbers had increased by 18.2 percent over the previous year. The majority of students are Italian, German and Russian.
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Why some teachers may question 'new' education trends
MindShift
Often frustration with the public education system is directed at teachers, even when they are following the standards and guidelines set out by the government. Everyone from politicians, to nonprofits to parents tell teachers how to do their jobs better. So it's no surprise that when the federal state education officials or school superintendents announce a new initiative that not all teachers are ready to jump on the new trend. Education has a long history of reform, each succeeded by another, and teachers have learned to pick and choose carefully where to put their energies.
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Obama restates old education commitments in 2014 State of the Union address
The Huffington Post
President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address ran short on fresh education policy ideas, unlike in previous years, according to the text of his speech. Instead of announcing new initiatives, Obama mostly expanded on proposals he announced during and since last year's State of the Union address, tying them to his theme of fighting poverty and pushing the country forward despite legislative inaction. Obama promoted a competition to redesign high school, boosting schools' Internet connectivity, and making college more affordable and accessible — all ideas he has already proposed.
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800,000 people in Britain know little or no English
The Economic Times
England: Not so English! Nearly 800,000 people in Britain know little or no English with more than half not working, according to a study of the 2011 census. Migrants who know little or no English are 50 percent more likely to be unemployed than native speakers and three times as likely to have no formal qualifications, the new analysis of findings from the census showed.

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US experts to train Saudis in English language teaching
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Education has invited specialists from Columbia University in the United States to train Saudi teachers on methods of teaching the English language.

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Los Angeles schools' plan for non-English speakers: Segregation or solution?
The Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles schools are moving forward with a plan to separate English language learner students from native speakers in all core elementary school classes. Protests have erupted.

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Political rivals find common ground over Common Core
NPR
Supporters of the new Common Core education standards adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning. But there's growing backlash to Common Core, and conservatives and liberals increasingly are voicing similar concerns: that the standards take a one-size-fits-all approach, create a de facto national curriculum, put too much emphasis on standardized tests and undermine teacher autonomy. The mainstream business wing of the Republican Party strongly backs Common Core, arguing that raising standards is vital to creating the next-generation American workforce. But in an echo of the rifts in the GOP nationally, the Tea Party branch has been critical of the new standards.
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High schooler eyes program to boost English language learners' confidence
DNAinfo
A local high school student is pushing to create an after-school program to help English language learners do better academically, feel less isolated, and gain confidence and self-esteem. Quentin Dupouy, 17, an Upper West Sider and student at Hunter College High School, is launching ELLIS, which stands for English Language Learning for International Students, and is also a reference to Ellis Island. The program will pair high school students with students in grades K-12 who want conversation partners, mentors and tutors to help them gain confidence speaking in English, he said.
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School sets up English language unit for Eastern European pupils
Stoke Sentinel
England: A Stoke-on-Trent academy has set up its own language school to cater for dozens of Eastern European pupils who have arrived knowing little or no English. More than 70 of the 750 students at Thistley Hough Academy, in Penkhull, need the extra support in order to build up their English skills and cope in mainstream lessons. The families are predominantly from Roma backgrounds and have moved to the Potteries from countries such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
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Report: 250 million school age kids can't read
The Associated Press via ABC News
At least 250 million of the world's 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, according to a report commissioned by the U.N. education agency. The report found that 130 million are in primary school but have not achieved the minimum benchmarks for learning, and almost 120 million have spent little or no time in a classroom including 57 million youngsters who are not attending school. The independent research team that wrote the report for UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, calculated that the cost of 250 million children around the world not learning translates to a loss for governments of around $129 billion annually.
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800,000 people in Britain know little or no English
The Economic Times
England: Not so English! Nearly 800,000 people in Britain know little or no English with more than half not working, according to a study of the 2011 census. Migrants who know little or no English are 50 percent more likely to be unemployed than native speakers and three times as likely to have no formal qualifications, the new analysis of findings from the census showed. Ann Cryer, the former Labour MP for Keighley — who was one of the first politicians to raise the issue of migrants failing to learn English — said there was a particular problem among the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in her former constituency with women being brought to Britain as wives and denied the chance to integrate.
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English language lessons finding success on the Net
The Japan Times
Japan: Inexpensive English conversation lessons over the Internet are growing rapidly in Japan, especially among company employees in their 20s to 40s. The domestic market for foreign language education continues to grow, reflecting the increase in the number of Japanese companies operating overseas. According to Yano Research Institute, the market expanded 2.7 percent in fiscal 2012 to ¥789.2 billion and is expected to grow a further 4.3 percent to ¥823 billion in fiscal 2013, which ends March 31.
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Recent polls: Do educators support the Common Core?
Edutopia
There is a lot of misinformation being spread about the Common Core. And some of it the public believes. The 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Towards the Public Schools found that of those who had heard of the Common Core, 49 percent of respondents agree with the false statement that the initiative will create standards in all subjects, and 39 percent agree with the false statement that the Common Core was developed based on a blend of state standards.
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How do you learn best? Hands-on style tops survey results
Education Week
Score one for a hands-on style of learning, especially among young people. A new survey finds that getting physically involved in learning something trumps reading about it. The results paint a picture of a very different kind of learning than what is typically found in most classrooms.
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Flipped classrooms: A technology-driven teaching method
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Flipped classrooms promise a more innovative and interesting mode of learning and teaching. Perhaps no other emerging technology has created such a stir in the education world as this one, leading to heated debates, a spate of analysis and studies, parent-teacher meetings and more administrative and expert involvement than ever before. But let's look beyond the flurry of activity and realize how healthy this idea is. Seldom has there been a concept that merged reforms and technology so well and opened up the way the modern generation should be taught.
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