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UK School to Teach ESL to ALL Students

A high school in Leeds, UK has introduced classes to teach all students English as a second language. More than 75% of students at City of Leeds secondary school do not have English as a mother tongue.Principal Georgina Sale said all students, including those who have English as a mother tongue will soon receive one extra 50-minute session per...

U.S. Students Outperform International Peers

A new Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report shows that U.S. 15-year-old students scored above average on the 2012 problem solving assessment in comparison to their peers in 43 other education systems. The PISA problem solving assessment, administered on computer, assessed students’ skills in solving problems set in real-life contexts for which a routine solution has not been...

Celebrate International Mother Language Day

"Local languages constitute the majority of languages spoken across our world in the field of science. They are also the most endangered. Excluding languages means excluding those who speak them from their fundamental human right to scientific knowledge. " - Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General.The Mother Tongue Day in 2014 will examine issues related to local languages and science. Experts...

Biden Pledges to Double Number of US Students in Rest of Americas

During today’s press conference, launching President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative: Vice President Joe Biden confirmed that the plan was to double the flow of educational exchange between the U.S. and its American neighbors so that at least 70,000 U.S. students were studying every year in other American countries. Biden also stated that learning Spanish and Portuguese was...

Celebrate International Education Week by Applying for High School Study Abroad Scholarships

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors many programs that are now accepting applications for scholarships that provide American high school students the opportunity to study abroad.Opportunities include:The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend an academic year living with host families and attending...

Study Abroad at All-Time High

The number of international students at colleges and universities in the U.S. increased by 7% to a record high of 819,644 students in the 2012/13 academic year, while U.S. students studying abroad increased by 3% to an all-time high of more than 283,000, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today.In 2012/13, 55,000 more...

State Dept Scholarships to Study Critical Languages Abroad

About 600 scholarships are available for the 2014-15 academic year for American high school students to study language through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program. NSLI-Y is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program seeks to increase Americans’ capacity to engage with native speakers of critical languages by...

All Students Benefit from Bilingual Education

Bilingual education programs have a very positive effect on the native English speakers attending schools with such programs even though they do not take part in them, according to a groundbreaking study published in the Journal of Public Economics.Texas elementary students who speak English as their home language and were enrolled in schools with bilingual education programs performed much...

Celebrate International Literacy Day 2013

Gift a book! Read to a child! Donate to a literacy organization! Learn a new word! Visit a library!Literacy is a right and a foundation for lifelong learning, better well-being and livelihoods. As such it is a driver for sustainable and inclusive development."Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step...

Migration Focus of International Youth Day

UN Secretary-General's Message for 2013:This year’s observance of International Youth Day focuses on the issue of youth migration. Of the annual total of some 214 million international migrants, young people constitute more than 10 percent, yet too little is known about their struggles and experiences.The reasons young people migrate are many. Some are fleeing persecution, others are...