According to Saudi Arabian news outlets, almost 4,000 non-Saudi lecturers in the higher education sector are to have their contracts terminated by the end of the summer. These teachers, working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s public-sector universities lecturing in English, physics and maths, are reportedly being replaced with suitably qualified Saudi nationals.
After reporting the story of Muhammad and Mosa, two Afghan-born refugees teaching English in Montalto Uffugo, Italy (see August 2015 Gazette), we have observed an increasing trend of refugees teaching English to Italians increase, Matt Salusbury writes. These initiatives are often organised by local councils and associations with the aim of facilitating inclusion and mutual understanding between refugees and local communities, at times caught unprepared by the ‘migrant crisis’.
Matt Salusbury and Sarah Lally report on the 2016 ELTons awards
The winners of the fourteenth ELTons, the British Council’s awards for innovation in ELT (in partnership with Cambridge English Language Assessments), were announced at a ceremony in London in June.
More than twenty ‘new Canadian’ ESL students have been learning English at the outdoor classroom that is Common Roots Urban Farm on the site of a former high school in the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada. The students – many of whom arrived as young refugees from Syrian last winter – ‘are coming once a week to help out and be involved, Matt Salusbury writes.