School pupils in Italy will soon have to sit a compulsory English language test at the end of each stage of schooling, the Italian education ministry has said.
Students in middle and secondary schools will have to sit this national English test before being allowed to take the school-leaving exam, but it will not affect the final grades.
Adaptations of a Charles Dickens novel and a Sherlock Holmes mystery are in line for awards celebrating literature that encourages students to read more widely.
The shortlist for the Extensive Reading Foundation’s (ERF) Language Learner Literature Awards is now in the hands of teachers and students who will vote on their favourites. The judges will then take their verdicts into account and decide on the winners, to be announced soon.
A major expansion of bilingual programmes in New York sends ‘a clear message’ that ‘all families’ are welcome in the state school system, the city’s mayor has said.
In the biggest expansion since 2010, the New York City (NYC) schools chancellor Carmen Fariña has announced that 68 new dual language and transitional bilingual education programmes will be added from this September.