Monthly Archives: August 2018

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Caretakers Japanese Level Raises Concerns in Nursing

Japan eased the language ability requirements in its move to bring in foreign technical trainees in nursing care. Although the relaxed requirements have been lauded as a way to alleviate the chronic shortage of caregivers in Japan’s rapidly graying society, others warn of potential health risks caused by miscommunication. It is the first time Japan…

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Austria Scraps Turkish Driving Tests

Austria will no longer offer its written driving test in Turkish, according to the country’s transportation minister. Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) claimed the move was to cut costs but added that the government hopes it will serve as an “encouragement to learn German.” Over a quarter of a million people with…

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Report Challenges California’s System for Identifying English Learners’ Needs

  Californians Together is releasing a new report today entitled Masking the Focus on English Learners. The report questions the efficacy of California’s accountability system for identifying the needs of English learners accurately. The report claims that by combining data from two English learner subgroups (current and reclassified), the system fails to recognize the distinct needs…

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Baby Talk Works

The more baby talk (e.g., words that repeat themselves, like choo-choo, or diminutives, like bunny or Mommy) that babies are exposed to, the quicker they grasp language, according to a new study at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh. The study’s assessments of nine-month-old children suggest that those who hear baby-talk words more frequently are faster at…

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Free Videos to Learn Italian While Cooking

MIT has released a series of free videos to learn Italian while cooking through their Experimental Study Group. According to their website, “The Experimental Study Group (ESG) offers instruction in the core freshman subjects of biology, chemistry, math, physics, and humanities through small, discussion-based classes designed for students who are interested in taking an active…

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OELA Reorganization Set for January

A slew of educational advocacy organizations, including TESOL, the Center for Applied Linguistics, American Federation of Teachers, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, Joint National Committee for Languages, National Association for Bilingual Education, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, California Association for Bilingual Education, Californians Together, and the American Association of Teachers of German, are…