What does bilingual education have in common with marijuana, condoms, the death penalty and gun control? In the US state of California, those were some of the topics raised by seventeen different referendums on 8 November, the day of the general election, Kelly Franklin writes.
A GROUND-BREAKING randomised control trial in four Madrid nurseries appears to show that children between eight months and three years old can acquire foreign L2 through hyper-stimulating interaction with a native-speaking teacher while improving their L1 and problem-solving skills. Emphasis on the use of native speakers, however, has caused controversy in Spain’s educational circles.
Monash University and Curtin University, two Australian institutions with campuses in Malaysia, are facing criticism for advising their students not to participate in rallies against the Malaysian government. The registrar of Monash University issued a warning via email to all students, with the prospect of possible ‘disciplinary proceedings’ for any students arrested as a result of their participation in ‘illegal gatherings’. It seems this is the first time that private universities in the country issue such warnings to their students.
Primary school teachers in the state of Karnataka, India (which includes the mega-city of Bangalore) will participate in special training for English language teaching. The programme is organised by the state’s department of public instruction, and aims to involve 5,100 teachers before the end of the academic year.