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Language Skill Changes Lives in North Korea

As North Korea announced the creation of its own time zone, the leaders of the “hermit country” have again politically distanced themselves from the rest of the world. However, in the last decade, there has been a huge increase in interest in foreign language education as more trade jobs are opening up and students are trying to connect with...

Four Years to English Proficiency

Study Finds English Learners in Seattle-Area Elementary Schools Successfully Reach Language and Literacy Targets in Nearly Four YearsA new Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest study, prepared in partnership with seven Washington school districts, found that English language learners (ELLs) took 3.8 years on average to gain English proficiency. The study included nearly 18,000 students who attended district elementary schools...

Students Protest Multilingual Instruction in South Africa

Student protests disrupted classes and led to the cancellation of a career fair at Stellenbosch University in Western Cape, South Africa over a school-wide language policy that gives Afrikaans and English equal status as languages of teaching and learning.The university, a public research institution ranked in the top three of South Africa’s colleges, traditionally taught white students using Afrikaans...

Half of EU Doctors Rejected from UK for Poor English

About a year after the EU’s freedom of movement rules were amended to require medical doctors to pass a language proficiency exam in order to practice medicine in an EU member state in the doctor’s non-native language, a shocking 45% of the doctors who applied to work in the UK were barred after failing to prove their English-language skills.Doctors...

English on the Upswing Among Latinos

According to a new report out by the Pew Research Center, English proficiency has hit all-time highs among Latinos, while Spanish is spoken less and less in Latino homes. The report, “English Proficiency on the Rise Among Latinos: U.S. Born Driving Language Change,” by Jens Manuel Krogstad, Renee Stepler and Mark Hugo Lopez, examines language use trends since 1980...

Closing English Language Learner Gaps Early

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Benjamin Heuston and Haya Shamir of the Waterford Institute examine how adaptive learning software makes the curriculum effective for English language learners worldwideLiteracy is the keystone to success, first in school and then in life; a common saying is that first we learn to read, but then we read to learn. Children who learn to read early and often...

Oklahoma Senator Reintroduces the English Language Unity Act

This week, Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, reintroduced the English Language Unity Act. The legislation would mandate that the federal government use the English language when conducting all official functions and proceedings, including naturalization exams and ceremonies. The English Language Unity Act was originally proposed in 2005, but Senator Inhofe first introduced the Act in 2011.More...

Tanzania Drops English for Kiswahili

Since Tanzania's independence from Britain in 1961, public education has been bilingual, beginning with Kiswahili - known as Swahili in the West - in elementary school, and switching to English from high school to university. President Jakaya Kikwete and his administration have launched new education guidelines that will make only Kiswahili the language of instruction from primary school to...

California Needs an English Learner Advocate

Language Magazine is lending its support to twenty Californian education, social justice, and civil rights organizations encouraging the state’s governor, Jerry Brown to appoint an English learner advocate to the State Board of Education.Nearly 45% of Californians speak a language other than English at home, and in our schools, nearly 1 out of 4 students is identified as an...

English Challenge in Morocco

 After saying that “French is no longer valid” back in April, Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education, Lahcen Daoudi, is now saying that Arabic is important only because it is the language of the Quran, and suggesting that students looking to join the professional and academic community learn English.In a video posted on YouTube, the minister said that “only five...