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Moroccan think tank calls for English to replace French in schools
Morocco World News
Morocco: The Rabat Center for Political and Strategic Studies called for the need to adopt English as the second language of instruction in the educational system in Morocco. The Center has reportedly raised a report to the Supreme Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research, recommending the replacement of French with English in Moroccan curriculum. Despite the fact that the Committee of the Supreme Council has considered the language replacement, it is currently still moving to keep French as a second language.
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Play: Far more than purposeless activity
By: Debra Josephson Abrams
Some whisper, some laugh, some argue. They gesture wildly, demonstrate their ideas with their hands or drawings. From the air, from their minds, from their partners, they search for the English words they need. They are furiously engaged in play, and they have forgotten that I — the teacher — am in the room. It is just as education should be. As the final project in my ESL reading course for precollege students, I chose to have students create a game based on the novel we had read.
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Poor English due to weak teaching methods
The Star
Malaysia: The decline in English is because of poor teaching techniques. Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap said teachers should teach English in a fun way using different methods and teaching tools. Only then will students be able to learn the language, she added. "Studies show that the speaking abilities of students are affected when teachers have ineffective methods and weaknesses in skills. There is a need to get teachers and students to speak more English."
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More local governments introduce early-stage English education
The Mainichi
Japan: English language education for children in Japan is changing, with the national government now beginning to look into the possibility of introducing English as a formal subject at the elementary school level in line with its enthusiastic goal of making Japanese nationals' English ability "the best in Asia." The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology has begun engaging in a restructuring of English language education, with recommendations from a panel of experts including the following measures: English language study as an official school subject from fifth grade; the "foreign language activities" that presently take place out of the classroom for fifth-graders being accelerated to begin at the third-grade level; and the installation of assistant language teachers in all nationwide public elementary schools — which presently number around 20,000 — by the 2019 school year.
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5 ways to prepare for freshman year at a US college
U.S. News & World Report
Many prospective international students have been admitted into schools they want to attend and feel extremely excited at the moment. That is exactly how I felt when I got into my university. While right now you're likely sharing your achievement and excitement with your family, the period until your flight to the U.S. will pass in the blink of an eye. Time goes by really fast the summer before you start college, and I am sure that you want to be prepared when you enter the U.S. Here are five ways new international freshmen can prepare before the fall semester starts to start college in the U.S.
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Foreign contractors to sit English tests
New Vision
Uganda: Foreign contractors interested in taking up the construction of infrastructure in Uganda like roads and power dams, among others, will be required to pass the English test before they can be given the contract. The move will ease communication at a time of inspection by government officials who speak English as the official language while most contractors cannot fully express themselves in English. This was revealed by the minister of works, John Byabagambi, in a meeting between contractors and manufactures of suppliers of steel and cement, organized by the Uganda Manufacturers Association.
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English language standards in question
Caymen News Service
Cayman Islands: An MLA has questioned the level of enforcement over English language standards among work permit holders after the Ritz Carlton recently undertook a recruitment campaign for a language tutor to improve the English spoken by hotel staff. Plans to mandate that permit holders sit a language test at international centers before coming here have been abandoned and immigration officials confirmed that those who are not native English speakers are still tested by officials on arrival.
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The digital language barrier: How does language shape your experience of the Internet?
The Guradian
United Kingdom: Does the language you speak online matter? The ability to communicate freely and access information are all promises woven into the big sell of Internet connection. But how different is your experience if your mother tongue, for example, is Zulu rather than English?
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Teaching syllables can mask meaningful morphemes
Edutopia (commentary)
Edutopia (commentary) Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D., a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "Syllable division can mask morphological boundaries and thus hide the meaningful structures of words. Now there's a statement to think about. How many times have you seen the word every misspelled as 'evry?' What did you do to remedy the situation? I bet you over-pronounced the word to help the student perceive all of the written syllables — that's what most teachers do, myself included. English is not a syllable-timed language. It is a stress-timed language. This means that syllables bear little to no effect on our writing system. Our written language, like any written language, is meant to convey and record meaning, not just to represent phonemes with graphemes."
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