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Left behind in English wars

01-03-2017 Hits:289 News Melanie Butler  - avatar Melanie Butler

Under attack from left-wing party Izquierda Unida (pic above), the Madrid regional government has released a torrent of information on their bilingual schools.

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The British government may look to slash the number of international students to 170,000, nearly half the current enrolment, according the Guardian newspaper, in what’s seen as a purely political move to rig immigration numbers. The government has promised to reduce net migration, a measure which includes British citizens and international students.

Hundreds have been arrested with at least two killed – apparently at the hands of security forces – during protests by anglophones. Lawyers, teachers and students are on strike over the ‘marginalisation’ of English-speakers in the officially bilingual (French and English) west African nation of Cameroon. The protests, rallies and demonstrations throughout the last three months of 2016 have escalated into calls for ‘federalism’ or even independence for Cameroon’s majority English-language-using Northwest and Southwest regions.

Rafael Sato

English language learners (ELLs) in the US state of Texas are more likely than native speakers to be excluded from special education services, an investigation for the Houston Chronicle newspaper revealed. According to the study, just 39 of the nearly 1,000 ELLs receive services like tutoring, counselling and speech therapy, 70 per cent less per capita than a decade ago,  Andrea Pérez writes.

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Claudia Civinini writes

Students in the Republic of San Marino – a micro-state with 32,000 residents surrounded by central Italy – are protesting after being excluded from subsidised First Certificate of English (FCE) preparation courses, according to local press reports.

Demand for these courses far exceeds the limited number available for secondary school students.

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