Shaun the Sheep, an Aardman Animations character who debuted in the 1995 Oscar-winning film A Close Shave, will soon become the face of a global network for English for young learners’ centres in partnership with the British Council. The first two centres, aimed at children between two and six years, will open in Chile and Singapore later this year, expanding to more countries in 2015.
Angela Snelgrove on changes to recruitment of Ielts examiners in China
Changes to the recruitment of Ielts examiners in China will soon include restrictions on age. The move is part of a long-awaited review of how the British Council manages Ielts exams in China and coincides with changes taking place at other Ielts test centres around the world.
‘We are making the change in order to meet the needs of the market, to ensure we are operating in line with regulatory frameworks and to secure future business growth,’ said a spokesperson for the British Council in London.
Thailand is in the grip of a crackdown on ‘visa runs’, targeting long-term expatriates. The Bangkok Post estimates there are thousands of teachers working without visas.
The Post interviewed ‘Jon’, a UK national who has worked as a full-time English teacher without a visa for five years, making sixty three-monthly visa runs with little trouble, for around 3,000 bhat (£56) a time. Expat Teflers now report interrogations on return to Thailand over their numerous Thai entry stamps.
Matt Salusbury writes
Five people were charged in July in connection with the alleged embezzlement of almost $300,000 (£177,000) from the Adult English Language Acquisition Program of the Clark County School District. The school district is the fifth-largest in the US, with a jurisdiction that includes two thirds of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, and as of 2012 had over 312,000 students enrolled.
Priscilla Rocha, the county’s former adult English language program director, retired at the age of 66 in April while under suspension following her arrest in March. This apparently arose from a tip-off from an employee that resulted in a police search of the adult English program’s premises. Rocha was indicted on fifty counts of theft and misuse of private funds going back to 2005. The grand jury indictment runs to 1,007 pages of testimony and includes over 100 exhibits.