As of 21 August 2013, EL Gazette's website has now been extensively redesigned, with lots of new features. These include a new job advertisements page and a glossary of international English language-teaching related jargon.
This site will carry a small selection of our recent news stories, interviews and features on education policy. Additionally, you can still view pdfs with all the content of recent back issues of the print edition at EL Gazette digital. (You will need to register for it, but it's free, there's a short tutorial on how to register and how to use its search function here.)
We are aware that there are still a few glitches with the new-style website that still need ironing out, such as the text in some of the sidebars, and we are working to update the content and links in some of the 'resources' pages.
By Rafaela Peteanu
France’s higher education minister Geneviève Fioraso presented a draft of her new Education and Research Law (known in France as the ESR) to the country’s Council of Ministers in March. Among other provisions, the proposed law permits teaching in universities in languages other than French, which has led to petitions against the ‘marginalisation and destruction of the French language’.
By Jefferson Youth
The Saudi government has been moving forward with its ‘saudisation’ plans and is inspecting schools, colleges and small businesses to root out people working without correct visas. It aims to rid the country of illegal workers, opening up positions for the 12.5 per cent of Saudis who are unemployed.
According to a Saudi Passports Office official, as reported by al-Hayat newspaper in April, ‘more than 200,000 foreigners have been deported from the country over the past few months’. This has sent shock waves through the expatriate community as many workers, particularly expats’ wives working as teachers or assistants, are used to officials turning a blind eye. Fear of fines or deportation has led to many schools closing, with employees staying at home.