Want to Understand CLIL? Start in Class

United Kingdom: From its origins in bilingual education, Content and Language Integrated Learning (Clil) has become a global phenomenon that is now having a profound impact on the way languages such as English are taught in schools.
As language learning moves into subject classrooms, the challenge for language teachers is to adapt their expertise and play [...]

Football transfers face test penalty

UK: British clubs are prepared to pay vast sums for star players from abroad, but new visa rules that require them to pass a language assessment could jeopardise future deals, reports the Guardian. Under a new points-based visa system, any players who originate from outside the EU will have to apply for a Tier 2 [...]

British Council marks 10 years in Sharjah

United Arab Emirates & United Kingdom: The British Council has been present and active in Sharjah for 10 years, and has significantly increased the size of its teaching and support staff over this time, to meet local demand from an increasing number of students for English language courses, which is one of the main areas [...]

Teaching with West Bengal’s New Book

India and United Kingdom: The less than innovative decision to teach English using language that is accessible to the children of West Bengal was taken by the team of local teachers and education staff recruited by the state education department to write the new primary level course book, reports Guardian Weekly.
They attended an initial training [...]

Scotland: English course for immigrants to be expanded

Scotland: An English language project, using major European investment to provide training and employment opportunities to 250 immigrant workers living in the Highlands and islands, is to be expanded to more towns for another year.
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English is the second language at some schools

United Kingdom: More than a third of pupils at some Southend primary schools do not speak English as their first language, a new report has revealed. The study by Southend Council showed 39 per cent of pupils at Porters Grange Primary School are learning English as an additional language.
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United Kingdom: Pupils ’speed-date’ in languages

United Kingdom: Speed-dating techniques have been adopted by a Cheltenham school to give pupils a taster course in languages, notes the BBC. Youngsters at Pate’s Grammar worked against the clock to learn a variety of words and phrases in languages such as Hindi, Portuguese, Thai and Filipino.
The approach is normally used by busy single people [...]

Overseas student ID cards begin in UK

United Kingdom: It’s finally happened; the fingerprinting of overseas students for biometric identity cards has begun for those extending their visas, notes BBC news. This is the first phase of tighter visa restrictions which will eventually affect more than 300,000 people applying to study in the UK each year. The tougher rules are intended to [...]

UK: return to single-sex education would help to get girls interested in science and engineering

Sarah McCarthy-Fry said girls could be put off by boys in the classroom and separating them for lessons could be the answer, reports the Daily Telegraph. In her first interview since replacing Lord Adonis in the Prime Minister’s recent reshuffle, she said: “Girls do much better in science in single-sex classes. They sometimes feel intimidated [...]

United Kingdom: Ealing seeks common standards for a common language

Sunny Ealing is a diverse London borough with a large migrant population, notes the Times Online. Throughout the borough, there are many different providers of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), from the local college to church groups or social landlords.
These providers are all funded by different agencies or Government departments and are all [...]

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