Category Archives: Asia

India’s outcasts are putting their faith in English

When India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh recalled, during a lecture at Oxford University in 2005, the legacies that his country had inherited from British rule, he placed the English language and the education system above all others. This, notes the … Continue reading

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Indonesia: High-tech help for plugged-in teachers

The Virtual Teachers Support Network, funded by the British Council and the National Education Ministry, is a free online service where English language teachers can access lesson plans and share ideas.  English language teachers across the country, notes the Jakarta … Continue reading

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Brunei’s education model… an unsung story

Brunei: Brunei’s education model has been an ‘unsung success story’. Research, notes Brunei Direct, has indicated its attainment levels in English were considerably better than neighbouring countries’, the chief executive of CfBT Education Trust (United Kingdom) told The Brunei Times … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Pilot English Teaching Project is Hit by Staff Shortage and Poor Skills

Factors including a serious lack of facilities, as well as a shortage of qualified teachers have adversely affected the Ministry of Education and Training’s pilot English language teaching programme for primary school children, notes VietnamNet. Read more on this… Post … Continue reading

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China: Shanghai police crack down on illegal foreign teachers

Recently, the Minhang Police Entry and Exit Administrative Department of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau began renewing efforts to combat the “three illegalities” for foreigners: illegal immigration, illegal residence and illegal employment. It has recently been discovered, notes eChinaCities website, … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka takes measures to alleviate its shortage of English teachers

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Education has focused on the dearth of English teachers in the country’s schools and taken measures to launch a special programme to train more English teachers. Deputy Minister of Education, notes ColomboPage website, Vijith Wijayamuni Soyza … Continue reading

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(Poor) use of English stirs fear of job loss for Japanese

Tokyo: In the cafeteria at the headquarters of Japan’s top online retailer Rakuten, employees with furrowed brows can often be seen trying to comprehend the company’s strictly English language menus. The online giant, notes Asia One Business website, is swapping … Continue reading

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Ganbei! China embraces the English language

In an effort to promote internationalism, China is learning English. Over the next five years, all state employees younger than 40 will be required to master at least 1,000 English phrases, and all schools will begin teaching English in kindergarten. … Continue reading

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From Brooklyn to Beijing… and into a Caldron

China: China had captivated the imagination of Paul Cabo for as long as he could remember. Maybe it started with the documentaries he saw as a child about the Great Wall. Or his desire to understand his recently immigrated Chinese … Continue reading

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Teaching English pronunciation to Vietnamese students

An ESL teacher in Saigon wrote to Antonio Graceffo at the Foreign Policy Journal: “As you may have worked out already, the pronunciation of Vietnamese ESL learners is not great. I am looking at ways to try and improve the … Continue reading

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