Hopes are rising that international students will be back in Australia early in 2022, but that doesn’t mean the education sector will be able to shrug off the impacts of their absence any time soon.
A draft strategy for the English-language teaching sector released in 2020 was put on hold. In revisiting the strategy, we emphasise the advantages that Australia’s multilingualism offers learners.
Without the opportunity to learn in dual-language programs, children may lose out on growing up to be bilingual.
The language learning approach called “plurilingualism” empowers people to draw on many languages and cultural modes of communicating.
Despite reports that multilingual students’ academic progress has ‘stalled,’ researchers find new reasons to be optimistic about how they are faring in US schools.
Using purpose-built English language tests for purposes other than what they were created to test reduces the validity of these tests.
The discourse and structure of online learning can exclude English language minority students. Techniques such as video chats, “safe houses” and content-focused grading can support their success.
The new British Columbia government wants the province to shed its status as a laggard on education funding and poverty reduction. If it succeeds, B.C. will be a safer place to live.
The English language test is an unfair barrier to anyone for whom English is not their mother tongue.
Language learning can make people more open to seeing a new way of doing things and develop a greater level of comfort with unfamiliar situations.
In South Africa there’s a value judgment attached to students who take part in universities’ English for Academic Purposes programmes. This shouldn’t be the case.
Will Hélène really learn English better if you call her Helen?
Instead of scouring the developing world for healthcare staff, we should be doing more to help doctors and nurses arriving here as refugees to join in.
Under the current system, nobody is accountable for the progress of students learning English in schools – or whether funding is being used appropriately.
Want kids to improve fluency in English language? Try dance and drama as teaching tools.