Around the World: ESL in the News
Brazilian Teens Video Chat with Elderly Americans
to FCB Brasil and the CNA language school network, Brazilian
teens are able to practice their English skills through a
speaking exchange - with senior citizens living in Chicago
retirement homes. Participants have formed real relationships
talking about everything from their families to big dreams.
Click the image above to view a video of teens and seniors
Tutors in China
Well-paid, but often not qualified
families in China spend small fortunes on foreign English
teachers for their children, but sometimes parents mistakenly
think any foreigner -- no matter what their level of English-language
skills -- can provide quality education in English. Education
experts say this has led to cases of unqualified, unmotivated
and sometimes even non-English-speaking foreigners tutoring
Chinese kids. Said one tutor: "My English is not very
good, so it is a little difficult for me to teach, but I need
In Germany Over Invasion Of American English
Germans have borrowed more than 10,000
American words since 1990. Language experts here say English
is the main foreign language that has influenced German over
the past six decades. This cultural infusion is pervasive,
with English used by journalists, by scientists and even at
the highest levels of government.
do tend to affect one another, but the influence of English
in Germany is so strong that Germans are having a hard time
advancing their own vocabulary," he says.
Students in Turkey have Poor English Skills even after Years
than 90 percent of Turkish students cannot progress beyond
basic language skills even after 1,000 hours of English training,
according to a recent report.
Plagued by poorly trained teachers, inadequate materials and
methods, and non-engaged students, English learning in Turkey
is suffering. Student TOEFL scores are not competitive and
the report found that over 95 percent of Turkish students
in state schools cannot respond to spoken questions in English,
despite having at least 920 hours of classes over the course
of seven years to 10th grade.
Announcement of Transition to English in Moroccan Universities
expressed mixed reactions to the announcement made by the
Minister of Higher Education to transition to English, rather
than French, as the main foreign language in Moroccan universities.
The minister said the language change would push the Moroccan
education system forward and keep Morocco more in line with
the rest of the world.
of the main components behind Minister Daoudis declaration
is the fact that English is the language used around the world
to produce scientific research.
The transition will push Moroccan university students to become
fluent in English as a condition for obtaining a doctorate
in engineering and medical programs.
Some Moroccans feel the idea is advantageous and the time
is well past due to for Moroccan universities to make the
switch. "If Moroccans dont open their eyes to the
rest of the world and try to liberate themselves from this
complex called la France et les Français
our progress will suffer immensely, commented one supporter
of the change.
Egyptian President Taught by Former NC State ESL Program Coordinator
an ESL teacher, you just never know whose lives you may touch
or who your students may become.
Former NC State ESL Program Coordinator Kristen Danek taught
the new president of Egypt, AbdelFattah Elsisi, nine years
ago at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center
in San Antonio, Texas. This course was in preparation for
a year of study at the US Army War College.
Says Kristen: "The man who was my student at DLI in 2005
was intelligent, kind, respectful, and humble. May you lead
your country through these tumultuous times with vision, integrity,
and strength of character."