Monthly Archives: February 2009

This made me chuckle

I haven’t had a go at Dave Sperling for a while and perhaps don’t need to thanks to Gary’s excellent piece on the ESL Cafe on his Mexile blog. Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

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Ethiopian streetkids turn to PCs in language challenge

Ethiopia: In the shadow of Addis Ababa’s biggest Orthodox church, notes Reuters, more than 100 street children cluster around gazing as Amharic script flashes on computer screens before them. Ethiopia, one of Africa’s biggest and poorest countries, has more than … Continue reading

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Some Israeli parents still paying for English classes despite ministerial ban

Israel: Months after the government imposed a ban on private funding for advanced English classes in public schools, parents and teachers say money is still changing hands. “The ministry failed to offer an alternative solution,” one paying parent said. The … Continue reading

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Obama becomes English teacher to Japanese students

Japan: Apart from steering US economy through difficult times, finetuning strategy on two wars and resetting geopolitical equations, US President Barack Obama is also helping many Japanese students learn English. Makoto Ishiwata, who heads an English language school called Kaplan … Continue reading

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Discover the World of Warcaft

Established in Alberta, Canada, Buy MMO Accounts is an online business that puts World of Warcraft accounts up for sale. A big part of the appeal of the online game WoW is that players invest both time and money in … Continue reading

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India: Foreign faculty on a mission

India: It is like an annual pilgrimage for them. They come every year in August from Ireland and England to teach English to teachers of primary schools located in rugged hilly areas of Uttarakhand. From the road head, one has … Continue reading

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The Cantonese conundrum: Hong Kong’s English

China: The Malaysian Insider reports that the long-running and often bitter row over Hong Kong’s mother-tongue policy has taken a new turn, with the government set to ease restrictions on the use of English in the classroom. Currently, only 114 … Continue reading

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Do Sex Offenders Live On Your Block?

For any parent, learning that a convicted sex offender is living on the same block can be a frightening discovery. Many parents can’t imagine that someone, who could be so potentially dangerous, may be living somewhere on their block or … Continue reading

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Languages as endangered species

Of the 6,000 or so languages still heard in the world, about 2,500 are at risk, and 199 have fewer than 10 speakers left, according to Unesco, as noted in the Chronicle of higher education. To bring attention to the … Continue reading

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MTN Moves to Stem Decline in Education Standard in Nigeria

Nigeria: allAfrica reports that, in an effort to stem the declining standard of education in Nigeria, leading GSM provider, MTN, has introduced an interschool quiz competition, tagged MTN Smarter Brains Competition. The competition which will draw participants from junior secondary … Continue reading

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