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Is veteran school chain Bell English turning its back on UK EFL?

09-11-2017 Hits:562 News Melanie Butler  - avatar Melanie Butler

The operating company Bell English is abandoning plans to increase its number of language schools in the UK, citing ‘a significant shift towards in-country English-language tuition’ and away from language...

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An investigation into the alleged rape of a student by an attendant at an English-medium school in Bangalore, south India, has revealed that the school may be operating illegally – along with thousands of others in the surrounding state of Karnataka.

The unnamed school in the city’s Jalahalli district faces criminal charges brought by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) over non-compliance with 23 regulations. The school attendant and three others are in police detention.

Aaron Voeks writes

The University of Chicago closed its Chinese language and research centre in October, and was joined by Penn State University less than a week later. The research centres, known as Confucius Institutes, are Chinese-government-backed institutions established by universities, with a stated aim to ‘promote Chinese language teaching as well as support a broad program of research on China’, according to the Confucius Institutes’ website.

However, the institutes have come under increasing scrutiny on university campuses. Allegations against them include discrimination against the Falun Gong spiritual movement and the refusal to acknowledge historical events such as the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

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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.

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