English is slowly becoming more progressive. We’re noticing we’re using the progressive form, or ‘-ing’ form, a lot more, compared to the ‘to’ form. While language change used to be imperceptibly subtle, now we can witness it slowly unfolding, thanks to huge corpora like Brigham Young University’s News On the Web, believed to be the world’s biggest, with 2.8 billion words. According to Mentalfloss website, corpora analysis is revealing a steady increase in the ‘-ing’ form compared to ‘to’.
Authorities in Quebec, Canada have announced investigations into two English school boards following press reports of international students scammed by their agents. Management of both the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) and the Lester B. Pearson School Board, also in Montreal, have denied any wrongdoing.
International students returning to study in the US were among those worst affected by the travel ban imposed by President Trump’s executive order in January, Melanie Butler writes. This included a 90-day ban on Iranian, Somali, Yemeni, Syrian, Sudanese, Iraqi and Libyan nationals arriving. In the picture above is one of many protests that broke out in US airports, this one at San Francisco International.
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United States: Teachers’ union New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has appealed to the state to increase funding to support English language learners (ELLs). ELL enrolments have increased 22 per cent from 2008–9, the union reported, and while most of them are located in urban districts, numbers are on the rise in rural and suburban areas as well – 65 per cent of all New York State school districts reported having ELLs in their student body.