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Ielts blow to Pacific language preschools

09-02-2018 Hits:150 News Andrea Perez - avatar Andrea Perez

Stringent Ielts requirements for teachers in New Zealand have led to the closure of all dedicated courses preparing staff to work in the country’s Pacific language preschools, after applications plummeted...

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By Melanie Butler and Matt Salusbury

Greek language school associations face fines totalling nearly a million euros following an investigation by the country’s competition authorities. Five local school associations were found to have fixed or sought to fix prices for courses and to have restricted the activities of their members. The authorities ruled that these activities amounted to a prohibited cartel, and that associations had coordinated activities in a way that breached competition law.

According to online newspaper Kilkis Today, a total of €855,000 in fines was imposed on

By Rafaela Peteanu

International students, who sometimes pay up to four times as much as UK and EU students for a degree in Britain, are not just an excellent source of income for universities, but also a great selling point as they help create and preserve the image of a culturally diverse campus. But many of these students are not native English speakers, and quite a few enlist the services of proofreaders and translators to help with their essays. This may seem like an obvious tactic, yet British universities are beginning to realise they need to update their policies on how such services can be used by students.

A Times Higher Education (THE) investigation earlier this year concluded that almost two thirds of UK universities set English-language entry requirements too low. THE points out that while the British Council recommends a Ielts score of at least

By Matt Salusbury

An inquest at Preston Coroner’s Court in Lancashire, UK has revealed how English language teacher Lara Jones was strangled in an apparently motiveless attack by a hostel security guard while on holiday in Havana. The charity Lara’s Foundation in her memory has been set up to support EFL projects in ‘low-income countries’.

Although Jones was found dead in March 2012, details of her murder – and of the murderer’s confession and secret trial in Cuba – emerged only at September’s inquest, as did Cuban disclosures about the police investigation and autopsy in Cuba.

Jones graduated with a BA in linguistics from

By Matt Salusbury

A referendum on independence for Scotland will take place on 18 September next year, with pundits reluctant to predict the result. What will the Scottish international higher education landscape look like post-referendum in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote for independence?

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