The UK ELT industry heaved a sigh of relief after the Italian ministry of education invited its own state schools to apply for funding from the latest Pon programmes. These are EU-funded schemes designed to close the educational gap of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In the past, several groups of Italian high school students have benefited from these funds to study English in the UK, Ireland and Malta.
Australia’s plans to make it tougher to gain work visas or claim citizenship in the country have led to angry reactions from universities and refugee campaign groups. Australian universities say plans to axe the 457 visa for skilled migrants could prevent them from recruiting post-doctoral research fellows and lecturers from abroad. And a new diktat that citizenship will only be granted to those with an Ielts level 6 or higher could unfairly impact people with refugee backgrounds, campaigners say.
Ireland saw an 11 per cent rise in the number of international English language students in 2016, figures show. This is ‘hugely significant’ as it comes on the back of strong growth in 2015, said David O’Grady, chief executive of language school association Marketing English in Ireland (MEI).
Adaptations of a Charles Dickens novel and a Sherlock Holmes mystery are in line for awards celebrating literature that encourages students to read more widely.
The shortlist for the Extensive Reading Foundation’s (ERF) Language Learner Literature Awards is now in the hands of teachers and students who will vote on their favourites. The judges will then take their verdicts into account and decide on the winners, to be announced next year.